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Analysis of alternatives will help Portlanders evaluate different land use choices for managing future growth
The Growth Scenarios Report, recently published by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, provides a starting point for the community discussion on how and where Portland will accommodate future growth. The scenarios — or alternatives — explore how different development patterns can help Portland achieve the community’s goals for a prosperous, healthy, equitable, and resilient city.
According to Metro, Portland is expected to grow by 132,000 new households and 147,000 new jobs by 2035. Land use and investment decisions will shape how and where Portland grows over the next 25 years, which in turn will affect our ability to meet larger community goals.
Where will new households and businesses develop if trends continue? Is there a form of growth that will help Portland advance prosperity, equity, health and sustainability? What investments are needed to support those choices? And how can the growth patterns help us achieve our goals?
Each of the four growth scenarios tests different hypothetical growth patterns:
Each alternative is evaluated using the Portland Plan Measures of Success, including access to parks, frequent transit, bike networks, natural areas and family-wage jobs; watershed health and tree canopy; and displacement risk. These metrics provide detailed analysis for community discussion about appropriate policies, housing location, urban design and public infrastructure investments throughout the city.
In particular, the performance measures provide a framework to evaluate different land use options as we update the Comprehensive Plan.
The analysis also highlights several opportunities and challenges:
With the publication of the Growth Scenarios Report, the City of Portland is kicking off Task 3: Consideration of Alternatives of Periodic Review as required by the state, which includes developing draft land use maps and project lists for the Comprehensive Plan Update — to be released during the summer. The next steps include:
An addendum to this report will be prepared to evaluate a “preferred scenario” based on the community mapping exercise and the infrastructure investment plans.
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In their last meeting, PEG members will finalize a memo conveying key themes that have emerged from the group's discussions, and take part in an interactive mapping exercise to identify lead issues for staff to consider in Part 2.
PEG members will discuss draft recommendations and policies related to gentrification and displacement.