What We Do
Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city.
The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
To learn more about what we do, explore our program pages below. For a high-level overview of our work, read our 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.
The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit
Ideas for making simple changes in everyday choices
The Brooklyn Station Area project is providing detailed planning for the Rhine and Holgate station areas on the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line. This process builds on the work completed through the Inner SE Station Areas process.
Long-term plan to guide development and decision-making in the Central City
The Citywide Tree Project is a multi-bureau effort to clarify, simplify and provide a consistent and effective regulatory framework for trees in the City of Portland
Promoting energy efficiency and renewable power production
Climate Action Plan, Climate Preparation Strategy, Climate Action Now
Long-range plan to guide development, investment and decision-making in the City
Increase opportunities to allow more neighborhood-serving commercial development in the heart of Cully
Working with community partners to help neighborhoods and commercial areas flourish as great places to live, work, shop, learn, gather and play
Adopted plans and design guidelines, policy and code, reports and more
Supporting prosperity through long-range planning and economic research
Protecting and enhancing Portland's environment for today and future generations
Free events held every winter: learn simple, affordable ways to save money and be healthy at home
Waste reduction information and resources for work and home
Advancing healthy building practices in Portland, Oregon
A commitment to protect our history and the built environment
This project will develop new campus institution zoning procedures and standards, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth
Citywide adopted plans, business associations, Comp Plan designation, FAR and maximum heights, historic resources, neighborhood associations, zoning map, annexations, and urban service boundary maps, more…
This project will develop new mixed-use planning and zoning designations in Portland’s commercial and central employment zones
Information and analysis on new apartments and parking
Advises City Council on the City of Portland's long-range goals, policies and programs for land use
The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project (Powell-Division) is intended to bring new regional transit and supporting development to Southeast Portland, East Portland and Gresham in five to seven years.
The Regulatory Improvement program seeks to continuously enhance the City's development codes and processes
Update of the 1987 Willamette Greenway Plan
Composting, recycling, water, energy and transportation assistance, resources, and certification. Get personalized help from advisors and learn what other sustainable businesses in Portland are doing.
The City of Portland's "Green Team"
Supporting greater access to healthy food
An inclusive, citywide effort to guide the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Portland over the next 30 years
Advancing the design quality of places citywide
Legislative Project to annex and zone unincorporated land in Columbia River
Youth ages 14-21 to work alongside professionals to assist in shaping our city in long-range planning efforts
Title 33, Planning and Zoning