Online experience allows Portlanders to learn, share and comment on the draft 2035 plan for future growth and development – without leaving their home
Welcome to the Comprehensive Plan Online Open House! Below you’ll find everything you’ll need to get acquainted with Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. We’ve included lots of visuals and videos to get you up to speed – and keep you entertained.
So let’s start with the Big Picture.
What’s a comprehensive plan and why are we updating Portland’s?
These questions and more are answered with the following engaging slides, courtesy of our graphic artists, planners, urban designers and geographic information system team.
That’s what we call the 30,000-foot view of the plan.
But how do visions, goals, policies and map changes translate into what’s “happening on the ground”? The next set of storyboards takes you through seven “key directions” (kind of like goals) and shows how land use (or map) changes and public investments can work to create a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.
Now let’s take an even closer look – on the street in your neighborhood, for instance.
Focusing growth in neighborhood hubs and busy streets (we’re calling these Centers and Corridors) gives more people access to services, amenities, jobs and transit. The following two videos show how this growth management strategy will bring the benefits of healthy connected neighborhoods to more people, while preserving land for parks and open spaces, jobs and industry – as well as Portland’s single-family neighborhoods.
Want to know how the new Comprehensive Plan could affect you, your property or your community?
Visit the interactive Map App and type in your address. You’ll instantly be able to view any proposed land use changes within a quarter mile of your home or business. The Map App allows you to see what the current land use and zoning are as well as what’s proposed. And you can give your feedback on the proposed changes directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App.
If you have questions and would like to chat with a live person about your property and how the new plan might affect you, feel free to contact our Call Center at 503-823-0195 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But let’s break it down a little more. While most of Portland will not be affected by an update to the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed changes fall into several key “themes.” The following three videos explain how land uses changes will address lack of infrastructure in East Portland as well as stormwater issues and natural hazards, and ensure businesses have enough room to grow and provide jobs.
“Rightsizing” East Portland so infrastructure and schools can meet the needs of residents
Addressing natural hazards and stormwater constraints in SW and East Portland
Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you
Implementing the new Comprehensive Plan
As we share the proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan with the public, we’re also working with the community to refine land uses and zoning in mixed use corridors and on and around campus institutions, as well as enhance the functionality of employment land and ensure robust community involvement in planning efforts moving forward. These “early implementation” projects are gathering steam and will go before the PSC later this year. Find out more with this last set of slides.
So, there you have it. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan in a nutshell (albeit a big one!). Portland only gets to do this as a community once every 20 to 30 years, so we hope you’ll at least nibble off a little bit ... maybe share with friends and family, discuss with your neighbors and tell the commissioners what you think of this long-range plan for our city.
Community members invited to learn more about the proposed land use changes and how to give effective testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission
The Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft has been available for public review and comment since July 21. We hope you’ve had a chance to look at this long-range plan for Portland’s future growth and development and how it might affect you, your property and/or your neighborhood. The proposed land use changes are intended to create a healthier, safer, more connected city.
Want to learn more about the proposal, need help with the Map App or want tips for testifying? Come to an open house!
Portlanders are invited to submit comments on the proposed goals, policies and land use changes to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC).
To help community members learn more about the draft 2035 plan and prepare their testimony, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is holding three open houses in the next two weeks. These are intended to give the public a chance to talk to a planner, find out more about the proposed land use changes and get tips for delivering effective testimony.
Open House #1 Wednesday, September 10 2014, 4 – 7 p.m. David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria 1001 SE 135th Ave
Open House #2 Tuesday, September 16 2014, 4 – 7 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Ave
Open House #3 Thursday, September 18 2014, 4 – 7 p.m. Roosevelt High School, Cafeteria 6941 N Central Street
Have your say You can share your feedback to the PSC in several ways:
Send written comments to: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Comprehensive Plan Update 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100 Portland, OR 97201
Email: email@example.com (be sure to include the words PSC Comprehensive Plan Testimony in the subject line).
Testify in person at one of several public hearings: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m. Parkrose High School, Student Center 12003 NE Shaver Street
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m. Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall 2305 82nd Avenue
November 4, 2014 at 4 – 8 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
What happens next? The Planning and Sustainability Commission will listen to what the public has to say about the proposal at the public hearings mentioned above. After discussion and deliberation, they will make a recommendation to City Council early in 2015. City Council is expected to hold hearings and vote on the new Comprehensive Plan by mid-2015. They will likely hold hearings and vote on corresponding zoning changes by the end of 2015. After City Council approval, the new plan must be approved (“acknowledged”) by the State of Oregon. The new Comprehensive Plan Map will be the basis for future updates to the City’s Zoning Map and Zoning Code.
New video shows how the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan will help “right size” parts of East Portland to ensure livable neighborhoods
Portland has grown steadily in the past two decades, and much of this growth has occurred in East Portland. Many new apartment buildings have gone up, attracting a lot of newcomers to fill them. But the population increase has outpaced the development of sidewalks and other infrastructure and public amenities such as parks, and schools are overcrowded. Proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map will reduce the potential for dense new development in neighborhoods where infrastructure and services still need to catch up. This will help ensure these neighborhoods can become safer, healthier and more accessible.
Watch this video to learn more about changes in the Comprehensive Plan to address these issues, and check out the Map App’s “Risks and Service Gaps” layer to see where the proposed changes will occur. You can also use the Map App to submit testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission as they consider the draft 2035 plan.
New video about Portland’s Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan features East and SW Portland
Proposed changes to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Map are designed to scale back development potential in certain areas of Southwest and East Portland. These places are generally hilly, with steep slopes, drainage problems and higher risks of natural hazards like landslides, wildfires flooding and/or earthquake damage. Steep narrow roads can make emergency vehicle response and evacuation more difficult during emergencies. And the amount of new development allowed under the current zoning, would strain limited infrastructure and increase risks to public safety and property. The proposed Comprehensive Plan Map changes are meant to help keep existing risks and problems from getting much worse over time.
Watch this video to learn more about changes in the Comprehensive Plan to address these problems, and check out the Map App’s “Risks and Service Gaps” layer to see where the proposed changes will occur. You can also use the Map App to submit testimony on the proposed changes to the Planning and Sustainability Commission as they consider the draft 2035 plan.
*All Multnomah County libraries have public access computers.
The new Map App makes it possible to view the draft comprehensive plan maps online anytime, anywhere, on your desktop, tablet or smart phone. Exploring the Map App, you can learn about and comment on land use, transportation and other infrastructure proposals that will guide growth and development over the next 20 years.
The Map App at a glance:
Land Use Tab
Combined Proposed Changes
This map shows all proposed land use changes, aligning the Comprehensive Plan Map with draft goals and policies and planned infrastructure investments.
Centers and Corridors
Proposed map changes show where shops, restaurants, offices and homes may be clustered to promote convenience, walkability and access to services.
Proposed map changes provide places to meet the city’s demand for job growth, including large schools and hospitals, neighborhood-compatible light industry, creative services, medium-sized offices, manufacturing and distribution.
Risks and Service Gaps
Proposed map changes intend to protect public health and safety, avoid increasing natural hazard risks, and acknowledge limited infrastructure or services.
Neighborhoods, Parks and Open Space
Proposed map changes include adjustments to residential densities to respond to a variety of local conditions, as well as updates to Open Space designations on publicly owned sites dedicated to park or open space use.
The Comprehensive Plan Map
This map shows land uses and development intensities expected by the year 2035, inclusive of proposed changes and existing designations where no changes are proposed.
Citywide Transportation Systems Plan
Work in progress – This set of maps represents an unranked list of candidate transportation projects and programs. Projects are sorted by estimated price tag:
Up to $1 million.
Between $1 – 10 million.
Between $10 – 25 million.
$25 million or more.
Citywide Systems Plan
This map represents planned improvements to the City’s water, sewer and stormwater systems, as well as desired improvements to parks, trails and recreation facilities. The map shows location-specific projects identified in the City’s 20-year infrastructure plan, the Citywide Systems Plan.
This map shows planned improvements to Portland’s sewer system over the next 20 years to protect public health, water quality and the environment.
This map shows planned improvements to Portland’s stormwater system, including pipes and green infrastructure, over the next 20 years. Projects will lower the risk of flooding in homes, businesses and streets; protect public health; and support healthy watersheds.
This map shows planned improvements to Portland’s water system over the next 20 years to provide reliable clean water, protect public health and meet regulations.
This map shows desired improvements to Portland’s park and recreation system over the next 20 years. These improvements would fill gaps and help ensure all Portlanders have access to parks, natural areas, trails and recreational opportunities.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, translation or interpretation please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 711.