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Planning and Sustainability Commission moves the Comprehensive Plan closer to the finish line

Commissioners vote on dozens of amendments to the Proposed Draft and; final vote — on goals and policies — at July 28 meeting

At their July 14 meeting, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on a number of items for the Comprehensive Plan Update:

The Commission will tie up their work on this phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, July 28, after hearing from members of the project Community Involvement Committee about public engagement efforts. Once they make their final vote on the Goals and Policies document, as amended, the PSC will be ready to forward their Recommended Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council. 

Following their recommendation to City Council, the commissioners will turn their attention to the final phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update: early implementation. During the fall and winter, the PSC will hold public hearings on draft plans for employment land, campus institutions and mixed use zones and other implementation projects.

City Council will be holding several work sessions on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan in the fall, followed by public hearings later in the year. Check the CPU Calendar for more dates and details.

Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation discussion drafts coming this summer and fall

Projects address employment land, institutional campuses and mixed use zones; includes consolidated zoning map

Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan will manage growth and development in the city for the next 20 years. That’s a pretty abstract concept. But down to earth, the plan includes some “early implementation” projects that will update the zoning code — or the rules — that regulate the size, allowable uses, location and scale of new buildings and development.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is focusing particularly on future development in mixed use zones, in and around campus institutions (e.g., hospitals and college campuses) and of employment land, including industrial areas. Project staff will be releasing discussion drafts for each project starting in July and running through September.

Discussion drafts allow planners to share their initial thinking with the community and consider the feedback as they develop their proposed drafts, which are presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for formal review and public hearings.

Early implementation projects will address the zoning code and map in different ways:

The Employment Zoning Project is implementing new directions for industrial and employment land uses. Project outcomes will include code changes to industrial and general employment zones and zoning map changes for new mixed employment areas. These land use changes address prosperity and equity objectives and 20-year land needs for job growth, while protecting neighborhood livability and watershed health.   

The Campus Institution Zoning Update Project increases the amount of development capacity for Portland’s dispersed college and hospital campuses. This will help these institutions accommodate projected demand for space and facilities over the next 20 years. The project also addresses surrounding neighborhoods and seeks to protect them from potential negative impacts of such development.

The Mixed Use Zones Project is proposing new zones for mixed use areas to address issues of scale, size, mass and location of new development in mixed use areas as well as create incentives for developers to build more affordable housing. In addition to reducing the number of zones for commercial development in these areas, the project will address community concerns about appropriate transitions between commercial main streets and hubs to surrounding single-dwelling neighborhoods.

Early Implementation Project Timeline

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases discussion drafts (comments to BPS staff):

  • Employment Land (Zoning Code and Map) – July 2015
  • Campus Institutions (Zoning Code) – July 2015
  • Mixed Use Zones (Zoning Code and Map) – September 2015
  • Residential and Open Space (Zoning Map) – September 2015

PSC holds public hearings and accepts written testimony on proposed drafts and recommendations: September 2015 – March 2016
City Council holds public hearings: May – June 2016
City Council adopts new Comprehensive Plan: Summer 2016
Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development reviews adopted plan: 2016
Effective date: 2017

Early Implementation (Task 5)

Time

Event/Milestone

Opportunities for providing feedback

If yes, to whom?

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Drafts for Employment Land, Campus Institutions and Mixed Use Zones

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing the Proposed Draft

Project staff

Summer 2015

Release of Discussion Draft of Residential and Open Space Zoning Map

Yes – The public may give feedback to staff, who will consider it when developing the Proposed Draft

Project staff

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Institutional Campus

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Employment Land

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Fall 2015

PSC Public Hearings and Recommendations on Mixed Use Zones

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Winter 2016

PSC Public Hearings on the Proposed Zoning Maps

Yes – Testimony may be submitted in writing and given orally at public hearings

Planning and Sustainability Commission

All hearings are open to the public. Please check the Planning and Sustainability Commission calendar for schedule updates at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/35452.

Comprehensive Plan inching its way toward City Council

Planning and Sustainability Commission scheduled to vote to recommend the new plan on July 14

On June 23, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold its final work session to discuss the draft recommended plan. This draft is based on public testimony from six public hearings and more than 4,000 comments submitted via email and letters, and through the Map App. The Commission is tentatively scheduled to recommend the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council for consideration on July 14.

A final Recommended Draft (including goals, policies and land use map) will be published and sent to City Council in mid-August. Council will then hold a series of work sessions around topics such as employment land, housing, centers and corridors, mixed use zones and the Transportation System Plan. Starting in November, Portlanders will have a chance to testify in person at several public hearings on the Recommended Draft. Council will be accepting written comments from the time the final Recommended Draft is published in mid-August until the public hearings close.

Early Implementation: Zoning Code Updates

In the meantime, the early implementation projects (zoning code updates) for the Comprehensive Plan Update are moving forward. Discussion drafts for employment land, campus institutions, mixed use zones and other zoning updates will be released starting in July and extending into September. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will accept comments on these drafts and use them when developing the project proposed drafts for the PSC.

Portlanders are invited to chat with city planners about how these new rules will affect their neighborhood during Neighborhood Office Hours throughout the city. Times and locations are posted on the Comprehensive Plan Update calendar.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE PROCESS/TIMELINE

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan
(Land use map, policies, project list)

  • PSC vote to recommend the plan to City Council: July 2015
  • Transmittal of PSC’s Recommended Draft to City Council: Mid-August 2015
  • City Council holds work sessions: September – October 2015
  • City Council holds public hearings: November – December 2015
  • Council adopts the plan (goals, policies and land use map): January 2016
  • Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development reviews adopted plan: 2016
  • Effective date: 2017

Early Implementation Projects
(Zoning code and zoning map updates)

  • Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases Discussion Drafts (comments to BPS staff):

Employment zoning – July 2015

Campus institutions – July 2015

Mixed use zones – August 2015

Other zoning – September 2015

  • PSC holds public hearings and accepts written testimony on proposed drafts and recommendations: September 2015 – March 2016 
  • City Council holds public hearings: May – June 2016
  • City Council adopts new Comprehensive Plan: Summer 2016
  • Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development reviews adopted plan: 2016
  • Effective date: 2017

Sign up to receive updates

While the draft Comprehensive Plan keeps moving forward, there is still a ways to go before the new plan goes into effect in the summer of 2017. So stay tuned and look for opportunities to engage in the process. Sign up to receive updates on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Draft Recommended Comprehensive Plan Available for Planning and Sustainability Commission Review

PSC will discuss the draft at its two June meetings before forwarding a recommendation to City Council this summer

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) is in the final stretch of preparing their Comprehensive Plan recommendation to City Council. The Draft Recommended Plan will be discussed at two meetings in June (June 9 and June 23 work sessions). This revised draft, prepared by BPS staff, incorporates changes based on public input and direction from the PSC over the past six months. Between July 21, 2014 and May 26, 2015, the PSC held six public hearings, received over 4,000 comments from the public, and had nine work sessions to shape their recommendation. 

The PSC will be reviewing this new draft to ensure it is consistent with their earlier work session recommendations and direction to staff. Commissioners may also discuss further amendments to this draft before taking a final vote, which is expected in July. A final Recommended Plan will be transmitted to City Council in mid-summer, at which time the public may provide input and comments to Council about the Recommended Plan. City Council will then schedule public hearings on the Recommended Plan during the fall and will invite the public to comment at hearings.