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Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: Info Sessions, Drop-in Hours and Open Houses re: the Comprehensive Plan and Early Implementation Projects

Planners will be at locations all over town to chat with community members and answer questions about the land use and zoning changes.

No matter where you live in Portland, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the City’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan; the Mixed Use Zones, Employment Zoning and Campus Institutional Zoning projects; and the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update.  

Over the next few months, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) will host events around the city, ranging from neighborhood drop-in hours, where Portlanders can chat with their local District Liaison, to project-specific informational sessions and open houses. Staff will also be “tabling” at other events organized by various community organizations around the city. Look for an event near you at:

Open House at PCC Cascade

One of the main events will be an open house and info session on Thursday, October 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at PCC Cascade’s Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB). The event will include an info session about the recently released Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft, with a presentation starting at 7 p.m. The open house will cover the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft, which is at City Council for public hearings starting November 19, as well as other Early Implementation projects such as Campus Institutional Zoning, Employment Zoning, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Updates and more.

Staff from BPS and the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be there to talk with community members about their projects and answer questions.

Want to find an outreach event near you?

Check the Meetings and Events calendar.

Don't want to go out?

No problem; the Map App allows you to learn more and provide feedback from the comfort of your home. So if you’d prefer to stay in, you can always learn more about proposed land use and zoning changes on the Map App. Or give us a call on the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Stay tuned for more events being scheduled. Any way you like, you can learn more about the Comprehensive Plan — in person, online or by phone. Looking forward to seeing you out there!

Property owners may receive letters about proposed land use changes that could affect permissible uses of their property

Notice of proposed Comprehensive Plan Code or Map changes arriving in mailboxes soon; recipients can look up their property on the Map App to see proposed code or map changes and/or call Helpline with questions

Thousands of Portlanders may receive — or have already received — notices regarding proposed land use changes that could affect the permissible uses of their property.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently sent out the first notices to owners of property proposed to be rezoned for employment. Subsequent mailings will go to campus institutions and nearby residents, property owners in mixed use zones, and others whose property may have a proposed land use designation or zone that is new or different from the current one.

Along with information on the proposed changes, the notices tell property owners how they can learn more, get answers to their questions via the Comprehensive Plan Helpline, or provide formal testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission or City Council.

If you haven’t received one of these notices yet, but are curious about proposed changes, visit the all-new Map App, which allows you to browse or search by specific address and view any proposed changes to your property.

And feel free to call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email us at if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

PSC News: October 13, 2015 Meeting Recap

R/W #7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent; Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing


  • R/W ##7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent
  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

Eagerly Awaited Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft Released

Public invited to share feedback with City planners about new regulations that will guide the “look and feel” of Portland’s growing centers and corridors.

Based on public input, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has developed a Discussion Draft of new regulations for mixed use zones. The Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft includes draft Zoning Code and Zoning Map amendments for community review and feedback.

Review the Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft

The code amendments in the Discussion Draft would replace the current array of commercial zones with a smaller number of new commercial/mixed use zones. The new regulations would accommodate growth and development in centers and corridors while addressing community concerns about building massing and design, transitions to lower density zoning, outdoor space and ground floor uses. They would also provide incentives for affordable housing, affordable commercial space, plazas/community gathering places and sustainable development.

The Mixed Use Zones Project Discussion Draft represents evolving thinking and is an initial proposal to stimulate community discussion.

Staff will gather public comments on this Discussion Draft to inform the development of a Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in early 2016 for their consideration, public hearings and a vote.

See the Mixed Use Zones Project component of the Comprehensive Plan Map App to find out where the new commercial/mixed use zones are proposed to be applied:

Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Monday, November 16, 2015:


Write:    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

              Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project

              1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100

              Portland, OR  97201

Learn more at Mixed Use Info Sessions and an Early Implementation Open House
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is hosting a series of public information sessions on the Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft as well as an open house on all the Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation projects (see list below). Please check the Comprehensive Plan Update calendar to confirm dates, times and locations at

CENTRAL – Info Session
Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Room 2500 A/B

CENTRAL – Info Session
Thursday, October 8, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Presentation at 8:30 a.m.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Room 2500 A/B

SOUTHEAST – Info Session
Monday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis Street, Portland

SOUTHWEST – Info Session
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Wilson High School – Cafeteria
1151 SW Vermont Street, Portland

(Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Land and more)
Thursday, October 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
PCC Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building – Room 104
705 N Killingsworth Street, Portland

EAST – Info Session
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
Floyd Light Middle School – Library
10800 SE Washington, Portland

For more information, visit the project website at


News release: Mayor Hales Joins Local Businesses to Kick Off Climate Week

The goal: To get at least 50 Portland businesses to join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions. (Tuesday, SEPT. 22, 2015)

Mayor Hales Joins Local Businesses to Kick Off Climate Week

Mayor Charlie Hales this week announced his Business Climate Challenge. The goal: To get at least 50 Portland businesses to join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions.Mayor Hales kicks off Climate Week

And several Portland businesses already have stepped up to the challenge, including Elephants Delicatessen, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Indow, Trillium Asset Management, CH2M Hill, Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Moda Health.

The challenge is just one of a package of initiatives driven by the city, or going before City Council for Climate Week, Sept. 21 to 25.

“There’s this notion that the City of Portland is green, but that the business community is opposed,” Hales said. “That might have been true once, but not today. Today, members of our business community share our city’s values of equity and livability.”

One such business is Hopworks Urban Brewery.

“Mayor Hales’ climate challenge strikes at the heart of our mission,” said Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster and Founder of Hopworks. “For eight years we have proven that it is possible to have a sustainable, environmentally conscious business and be profitable. Today we join the Oregon Business Climate Declaration and commit to further examine every inch of our operation, creating efficient processes that lead to reduced environmental impact.”

Susan Anderson, director of the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, said Climate Week includes a series of events and initiatives hosted in New York City but with a global reach that connects cities, businesses, nations, organizations and individuals to address climate change. The week falls between the Vatican’s climate change summit in July, and the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, part of the Dec. 4 Paris Climate Conference, hosted by Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, and Michael Bloomberg, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Carbon emissions in Portland have declined 14 percent since 1990, well ahead of the national trend. Portland’s experience suggests that cities can reduce emissions as their economies and populations grow.   “Portland’s work on climate is not limited to one week—in fact, it stretches back more than two decades,” Anderson said. “Collectively, we are making some real progress. We also recognize that we have a long way to go.”

Hales, Anderson and other city leaders kicked off the Mayor’s Business Climate Challenge with a Tuesday press conference that includes representatives of a wide array of progressive businesses.

More than 200 Portland businesses—and more than 400 across the state —have signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration. Portland now is asking businesses to add their names to that list and to take specific steps in their operations to reduce emissions.

Thanks to Portland’s leadership on climate policy, Hales was invited to the Vatican summit in July and to the unveiling of the White House’s Clean Power Plan debut in August.

Portland adopted its Climate Action Plan in 1993 and, this year, updating it with new, ambitious goals. Since 2013, the city’s per capita carbon emissions are 35 percent below 1990 levels. Total carbon emissions are 14 percent below 1990.

Equally importantly, many of the same things that are reducing carbon emissions are creating jobs and making Portland a better place to live. Portland and Multnomah County now have 12,000 clean tech jobs, an increase of 25 percent in the last 15 years. Meanwhile, businesses leaders continue to retrofit their buildings, keeping energy costs down and creating decent jobs.

“We’ve created a city where businesses have an opportunity to grow, to create jobs, to support worker