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Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan hearings continue; public invited to testify to City Council on recommended goals, policies and land use map

Three more public hearings throughout the city give Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development in the city

On November 19, more than 70 people testified at the first public hearing with City Council on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Additional hearings are scheduled from now until early January to give more Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about the recommended draft.

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Self Enhancement, Inc.
3920 N Kerby Ave

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. Each person may only sign up for themselves. Exception: Attorneys may sign up more than once if they are representing separate clients (e.g., Jane Doe, Esq. representing Mary Q Public and Jane Doe, Esq. representing John Q. Public).

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. If you testified at a previous hearing, please refrain from giving the same testimony twice; rather, present testimony about a complementary or different topic/issue.

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.

Testimony on the goals, policies and land use map is currently expected to close at the end of the January 7, 2016 hearing. Additional public hearings may be scheduled after commissioner amendments are considered. 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

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.

See what other people said about the Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan

Explore the 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.