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Comp Plan Context: 1980–Today

Introduction
This web site was created for the Portland Planning Commission as background for an initial discussion about issues to consider when updating the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). That process is expected to begin after completion of visionPDX. That conversation will be part of the Planning Commission’s annual retreat on August 23, 2006. Community members may also find the information provided on this web site useful.
 
The Comp Plan, originally adopted in 1980, was drafted in response to the conditions particular to that time, and the aspirations and concerns of that community. This web site uses facts, charts, maps and web links to show how those conditions have changed. By its nature and length the site cannot capture every important fact or view of the city. Instead, it is offered as a conversation starter — a way to stimulate discussions about what past and future changes might mean for Portland planning and how the Comp Plan could evolve to better serve Portlanders.
 
Using the Site
The web site is organized in chapters. Each chapter includes maps, graphs and text about changes of note since 1980. For site users interested in delving deeper into these topics, the chapters include links to web sites that provide additional information and perspectives. Each chapter ends with a few questions for Planning Commissioners. Their responses will be compiled and distributed at the commission retreat to serve as a starting point for the commission’s discussions about the future of the Comp Plan.
 

Chapter 1: Overview—A review of basic facts and figures about Portland

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 2: People—A description of some of Portland's population changes

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 3: Place—Highlights the ways in which Portland’s neighborhoods have changed

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 4: Economy—A few facts about Portland’s economy since 1980

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 5: Civics—Some key changes that affect local government and civic life

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 6: Planning—The evolution of planning practice in Portland

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Chapter 7: Questions for the Future—A sampling of issues that could affect Portland’s future

Comp Plan Context—Selected Changes Affecting Portland 1980–Today

Respond to the Questions from the Comp Plan Context Chapters

Submit responses to questions suggested by the Comp Plan Context website

Respond to the Questions from the Comp Plan Context Chapters

Submit responses to questions suggested by the Comp Plan Context website

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