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Written testimony on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft being accepted until May 24

Portlanders now have another week to provide feedback on proposed changes to commercial/mixed-use zones outside of the Central City

On Tuesday, May 10, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hosted a large turnout of Portlanders for a public hearing on the Mixed Use Zones Proposed Draft. This hearing was continued to Tuesday, May 17, with more than 30 more Portlanders testifying on a variety of issues. At the conclusion of this hearing, Commissioners decided to hold the record open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 for written testimony on Zoning Code changes. The record for Zoning Map changes will remain open until July 12, when the PSC will hold a public hearing on the Composite Zoning Map Proposal.

The PSC invites testimony on this proposal through May 24, 2016, at 5 p.m. in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App (click on Mixed Use Zones).
  • By Email:
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Mixed Use Zones testimony

New Community Involvement Program for future planning efforts available for review

Rooted in the Portland Plan's community involvement principles, the proposed program will implement new Comprehensive Plan policies related to community involvement

Renowned for its great neighborhoods, public transit and urban scale, Portland’s livability didn’t happen by accident. City planners – with the help of community members – created Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan in 1980. Portland’s new 2035 Comp Plan involved even more people in the process. Moving forward, how can we ensure that future planning efforts reflect the needs and desires of Portland’s growing and increasingly diverse population?

Goal 1 of state land use law calls for cities to engage the public when creating and updating land use plans. As part of early implementation efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update, a new Community Involvement Program is being proposed that will support staff working to achieve the goals and policies laid out in Chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan. In February, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a Discussion Draft, offering Portlanders a chance to review and provide feedback to project staff. These comments were considered when creating the Proposed Draft of the Community Involvement Program, which is now available for public review. 

Portlanders are invited to testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on the Proposed Draft through June 14, 2016.

Read the Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft; then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or in person.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through June 14, 2016, in writing:

  • By Email: Address your comments with “Community Involvement Program Testimony” in the subject line to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By US Mail:
    Attn: Community Involvement Program Testimony
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland OR, 97201

Why is this important?

Policy 2.16 of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan directs the City to “Maintain a Community Involvement Program that supports community involvement as an integral and meaningful part of the planning and investment decision-making process.” This program, described in the Proposed Draft, will serve as a framework to carry out these policies, providing structure and guidance for staff and community members to continuously learn, adapt and refine practices for meaningful, inclusive involvement.

This project is an Early Implementation Comprehensive Plan project, implementing part of Chapter 2 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Unlike other Early Implementation projects, which primarily implement regulations through code and map changes, this project outlines a new program inside the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This program includes requirements and activities that are already in place, and integrates new ones required by the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, including a new Community Involvement Committee and a manual to guide staff community involvement activities.

Questions? Contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or


Do you live in a condo or apartment? Share your recycling story.

Metro is collecting stories and photos to help improve recycling in multifamily communities.

More than a quarter of Portland’s population lives in multifamily housing. The City of Portland is participating in a region-wide effort through Metro to better understand how well recycling is working (or not) for you.

We want to hear from you: What’s going well? What could improve?

If you live in a multifamily setting (5 or more units) such as an apartment, condominium, mobile home park, moorage or dormitory, share your story with Metro. Metro will share their findings with decision makers. 

PSC News: May 24, 2016 Meeting Recap

Community Involvement Committee — briefing / recommendation; Task 5: Community Involvement Program — briefing; Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session


  • Community Involvement Committee — briefing / recommendation
  • Task 5: Community Involvement Program — briefing
  • Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session

Meeting files

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

Help define the future of off-road cycling in Portland

Share your ideas and needs for off-road cycling facilities throughout the city

BPS is developing an Off-road Cycling Master Plan to help meet community recreation needs and to provide Portlanders more opportunities to be active and experience nature in the city.

The project is working to create a plan for future off-road riding facilities, such as trails, skill parks and pump tracks, for children, adults and families of varying skill levels. It will make recommendations for the development and management of trails and facilities based on community needs and input.

An assessment of community needs for off-road cycling facilities is the next step in the process and will be the basis for planning a City-wide system of off-road cycling opportunities.

The project needs your input to help identify the types of off-road cycling trails and facilities that make sense for Portland. This spring and summer, BPS is providing a variety of ways for Portland residents to get involved and share their ideas and feedback.

An online questionnaire will help gather information about off-road cycling needs and priorities.

Staff will offer the questionnaire and conversation at Sunday Parkways and other events around the city, and will be reaching out to underrepresented communities to learn from people whose voices are sometimes not heard in public planning processes.

The project booth will be at the June 26 Sunday Parkways in North Portland, on the south side of Kenton Park, at N. Kilpatrick St. and N. Brandon Ave., near the bike skills park. 

Residents can also send the project team an email at with questions or general comments.

For more information about the project, browse the website to find the project vision, an overview of the types of off-road cycling trails and facilities, and project news and updates.

And explore the new Off-road Cycling Master Plan interactive map where you'll find an inventory of existing places to ride off-road in Portland.

If you would like to receive monthly emails about the progress of the Off-road Cycling Master Plan, please sign up to receive project emails.