Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More

See what other people said about Proposed Draft

Searchable Index of testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Ever wonder what other people said about the 2014 Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan? Wonder no more! All 4,000 comments sent to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their review have been catalogued into a searchable index. Online viewing of testimony being sent to City Council is in the works. 


Updates to Residential and Open Space Zoning Map are now live on Map App

Portlanders invited to comment on a Discussion Draft of map changes until December 21

The Residential and Open Space Zoning Map is now available for public review. Comments to be considered for the Proposed Draft will be accepted until December 21.

The project updates Portland’s Zoning Map with a limited number of changes in order to:

  • Match newly applied Comprehensive Plan designations to address a variety of situations.
  • Help prevent risks to public health and safety in areas with high natural hazard risks, infrastructure constraints and limited urban services.
  • Address David Douglas School District capacity constrains by reducing zoning potential until the district can accommodate increased enrollment.
  • Rectify various situations including nonconforming density and split-zoned sites to match Comprehensive Plan map designations applied in 1980.

View the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map on the Map App at Have questions? Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Review the Campus Institutional Zoning Project’s Proposed Draft and zoning map

Planning and Sustainability Commission accepting comments until December 15

Major sectors of job growth in Portland over the past 10 years have been healthcare and higher education. That trend is projected to continue into the foreseeable future. But hospitals and college and university campuses are running out of room to expand their services and create space for new jobs.

The Campus Institutional Zoning Project was created to help Portland’s college and hospital campuses grow over the next 20 years, while protecting surrounding neighborhoods from the potential negative impacts of such development.

Portlanders can now review the proposed zoning code and zoning map.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will accept testimony on the Proposed Draft through December 15, 2015, and is expected to deliberate and vote on a recommendation to City Council in January 2016.

Attend the PSCs public hearing on December 15 at 5 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A.


Online via the Map App:

Email: Send to with “Campus Institutional Zoning Project Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Planning and Sustainability Commission
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201
Attn: Campus Institutional Zoning Project testimony

Comp Plan outreach by the numbers

City planners staff more than 100 outreach events to help Portlanders understand map and code changes coming their way.

With the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s transmittal of the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council and the release of various Early Implementation Project drafts, City staff have been out in the community talking with Portlanders about upcoming map and code changes as well as infrastructure investments.

Between neighborhood drop-in hours, information sessions and presentations at community events, more than 100 outreach events have been offered throughout the city since March 2015.

The City’s District Liaisons have set up shop at nearly 20 different drop-in sessions to chat with Portlanders about how proposed map and code changes may affect their neighborhoods. Since May nearly 60 Portlanders have stopped by these events to ask questions and learn more.

At more “formal” information sessions, staff presentations and displays have set the stage for community members to educate themselves about the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft and early implementation projects. The Employment Zoning Project, Campus Institutional Zoning Project and the Mixed Use Zones Project drew more than 100 attendees to their info sessions, which helped staff gather feedback to inform subsequent draft proposals. For instance, the MUZ project team heard a variety of comments from the public about parking needs and issues, scale of development and the use of bonuses and incentives.

Calling all planners …

The Comp Plan Helpline has been a valuable resource for people who can’t or don’t want to go to a meeting. Since April 1, 2015, Helpline staff have taken more than 530 calls, including 30 from non-English-speaking Portlanders with questions about the draft Plan. You, too, can call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask questions about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Mobile- and tablet-friendly Map App

You can also learn more with the updated Map App. This new version of the interactive map is tablet- and mobile-friendly. It features several maps, including land use designations, the Citywide Systems Plan, the Transportation Systems Plan, Employment Zoning, Campus Institutional Zoning, Mixed Use Zones and Residential and Open Space Zoning. Since September 1, the Map App has been viewed more than 31,000 times and received more than 250 comments on proposals.

More outreach opportunities to come

Project staff will continue to meet with community members about the Comprehensive Plan all over the city and into the new year. Look for events and opportunities on the project website and calendar.  


A growing Portland gets a new plan

City Council to hold public hearings on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan starting November 19

On Thursday, November 19, City Council will begin a series of public hearings on Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. Several years in the making and based on exhaustive research and analysis, tens of thousands of comments, countless public meetings and the work of dozens of project staff, the recommended draft of the 2035 Plan will prepare the city for new growth and development for the next 20 years.

It carries forward the best of Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan from 1980: Centers and corridors will continue to absorb both residential and commercial development, protecting our distinctive neighborhoods. Businesses and jobs will have room to grow on more employment land. East Portland will benefit from prioritized investments in transit and other vital infrastructure. And our trees, open spaces, rivers and streams will benefit from enhanced protections.

All so Portland can accommodate more people, more jobs and more housing in a finite amount of land from now until 2035.

Portland is growing – and growing up. No longer a small city, it’s been in “adolescence” for awhile. Now it’s poised to become a more mature city. And Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan will help guide the way.


Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Plan by visiting the Map App. Or read the Recommended Draft. Or watch a series of videos about the benefits of Portland’s growth management strategy.

But there’s nothing like a public hearing to make you feel at the heart of the public process. Portlanders are welcome to attend one of the hearings below or watch the events online.


Attend a public hearing to offer oral testimony directly to the City Council.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Council Chambers, Portland, OR 97204

2 – 3 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Economic Opportunities Analysis, Growth Scenarios Report and other supporting documents

3 – 6 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

You must sign up to testify. Testimony sign-up sheets will be available one hour before the start of each hearing. Testimony will be taken in the order that people sign in. Individuals must sign in for themselves. Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person. You must be present when your name is called from the testimony sign-up list or you will lose your turn.

When signing up, please include your name and mailing address. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal it.

Additional public hearings may be scheduled. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.


Can’t make it to a hearing? Share your feedback with City Council one of these other ways …

Online via the Map App: www.portlandmaps/bps/mapapp

Email: Sent to with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204