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Off-road Cycling Master Plan Focuses on Sustainability

Learning about the best practices and guidelines for trail design and management to protect people and natural resources.

The intent of the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan is to develop a citywide system of off-road cycling facilities, including sustainable trails. Creating sustainable trails starts with selecting the right locations, and requires designing and managing trails to protect natural resources and other users.

A screening and assessment of City-owned properties as potentially suitable for off-road cycling facilities is just getting underway. To inform this process and to help develop guidelines for sustainable trail development and management, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff and the Off-road Cycling Master Plan consulting team researched and summarized studies from around the nation related to the impacts of off-road cycling, and the best practices to address impacts.

The reports describe impacts to soil, vegetation, wildlife, water and safety, and provide an array of best practices for the planning, design and management of off-road facilities to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts. The reports also find benefits of off-road cycling to health and the economy.

Take a look at the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan website for more information about off-road cycling issues and project progress. You can follow the discussions of the Project Advisory Committee, sign up to receive project emails, and fill out our online questionnaire about off-road cycling needs and priorities. Once the initial site screening process is complete, there will be an online mapping tool to provide input on potential sites for off-road cycling.

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

City Council to vote on Portland 2016-21 Powell-Division Transit and Development Project “Local Action Plan”

New action plan focuses on ways to support community development for both housing and economic development in the Powell-Division corridor


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WHO: Portland City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

WHAT: On behalf of partner bureaus at the City of Portland, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present a proposed draft of the 2016–21 Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project to the City Council for adoption by resolution. The Portland Local Action Plan focuses on ways to support community development (housing and economic development) as part of the broader Powell-Division Transit and Development project. (A separate “Transit Action Plan” was adopted by Metro in June 2015.)

WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland

WHY: In Spring 2013, the City of Portland accepted a Community Planning and Development Grant from Metro to participate in the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. This broad planning process is intended to bring high capacity transit to the Powell-Division corridor by the early 2020s. 

The City of Portland and its fellow grantee, the City of Gresham, were awarded the grant to engage the community and prepare a “local action plan” that focused on the placemaking and community development aspects of the broader plan. The Local Action Plan suggests a set of actions over the next five years to create housing and economic development opportunities that align with future transportation investments. The plan also helps ensure that these actions and investments focus on equity and that accrued benefits are shared with existing residents and businesses in the corridor.

The Local Action Plan includes revisions based on comments and feedback from community stakeholders, the project steering committee and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

Highlights of the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

HOUSING: Provide more and better affordable housing along the corridor

  • Produce 300+ affordable housing units by 2021.
  • Include better multi-dwelling development standards in the Zoning Code.
  • Advocate for and adopt stronger tenant protections.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Provide benefits to existing businesses and residents 

  • Retain businesses with technical assistance.
  • Connect residents to jobs through workforce navigation opportunities.
  • Support new development and catalyst projects.
  • Perform ongoing community outreach.

PLACEMAKING: Improve walking and biking connectivity and safety in neighborhoods and places near transit investment, including the Jade District and Division-Midway.

  • Create high quality station environments that reflect local culture.
  • Improve access and active transportation opportunities in the corridor.

Thanks for all you do, Portland!

For years, we have worked together to make our city healthier, more livable and vibrant.

Families playing in public fountain

For years, Portland residents, businesses and local leaders have worked together to make our city healthier, more livable and vibrant.

Together, we have:

Cut carbon emissions by 41 percent per person (since 1990)!

Increased compost and recycling from 46 percent to almost 70 percent over the past five years.

Enhanced the livability of our neighborhoods by supporting local businesses and growing neighborhood centers.

Decreased our reliance on gasoline by 30 percent per person (since 1990). About 6 percent of Portlanders bike to work and transit ridership has doubled!

Doubled the number of farmers markets and community-supported agriculture farms (CSAs) serving Portland in the past eight years.

Installed more than 3,600 solar systems in the last five years, while another 5,000 homeowners have insulated their houses.

A better future. A better now.

PSC News: August 2, 2016 Meeting Information Recap

Campus Institutions Transportation Demand Management — briefing; Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation; Task 5: Mixed Use Zones Project — work session


  • Campus Institutions Transportation Demand Management — briefing
  • Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation
  • 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

REMINDER: Public hearings on new plan for the Central City start on July 26

Portlanders invited to testify on the Central City 2035 Plan to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in person or in writing

On Tuesday, July 26, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold the first of two public hearings on the Proposed Draft Central City 2035 Plan. Residents, property owners and other stakeholders will be able to share their input on this long range plan for growth and development along the Willamette River and in the city center for the next 20 years.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Central City 2035 Plan
Tuesday, July 26, 5 p.m. and August 9, 5:30 p.m.
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

Note: The 5 p.m. time on July 26 is a slight change from the original listing. Also, this location is different from the usual location of PSC meetings.

Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through August 9, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify about specific properties or transportation proposals through the Map App.
  • By Email: Email your comments with “CC2035 Testimony” in the subject line to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • 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

Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers’ name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.

Next steps
Following the PSC hearings, the Commission will hold a series of work sessions in the fall to work through specific topics in the CC2035 Plan. Commissioners may propose amendments before forwarding  a Recommended Draft on to City Council.

Have questions?
We’re here to help! Call the Central City Helpline at 503-823-4286 or send an email to

Learn more by visiting the Central City 2035 Plan website and Map App.

If you own property in the Central City and zoning changes have been proposed for it, you should have received a Notice of Proposed Land Use Regulation from the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. If you have questions about how the proposals may affect your property, please contact Central City staff. The PSC will not be able to answer your questions about this notice.