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With Comp Plan goals, policies and land use map adopted, City Council considers Zoning Code and Map changes

Public invited to review and comment on “Early Implementation Package,” including new Zoning Code, Zoning Map, Community Involvement Program and transportation bundle

Covers of several implementation project reports

Starting next week, the Portland City Council will conduct three introductory work sessions to learn about the different components of the Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation Package, in preparation for public hearings on October 6 and 13 (both at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers).

Council invites testimony on the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendations, including:

Following the hearings, Council will hold two more work sessions in late October and November to discuss testimony and possible amendments, before voting to adopt the Early Implementation Package.

What is Early Implementation?

The Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation projects update the City’s Zoning Map and Code to carry out the 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map designations that were adopted by City Council in June. All of the Early Implementation projects (including Mixed Use Zones, Employment Land, Campus Institutions, Residential and Open Space and more) are now combined into a new Recommended Zoning Map and Zoning Code (see links in bulleted list above).

How can I learn more?

In addition to the links above:

Council Work Sessions

The following are tentative dates for work sessions this fall. All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. Check the Council website for the most current schedule.  

  • Tuesday, September 13, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 15, 2–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 9 a.m. –1:30 p.m.  

How can I provide testimony?

Portlanders can testify on any element of the Early Implementation Package to City Council through the Map App, by email or letter, or in person at a public hearing. Check the Auditor’s website to learn how to provide testimony to City Council.  

City Council hearings on the Recommended Draft Zoning Map and Zoning Code changes are scheduled for October 6 and October 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. Check the City Council calendar to confirm dates, times and location of hearings.  

Did you recently receive a formal-looking notice about your zoning?

Want to learn more about proposed land use regulations that may affect the value of your property? Try one of the drop-in events below.

New zoning proposals for mixed use areas, campuses and institutions, employment land and residential neighborhoods were released last week for consideration by City Council and the public before Council holds public hearings in October.

If you’d like to learn more about how these proposed changes may affect your property, stop by one of the following events and chat with a City planner. There will be no formal presentation, but staff will be available to answer questions about proposed changes. While not necessary, bringing the notice will help staff better address your questions and concerns.

Drop-in Hours

September 19, 2016, 3–5 p.m.
Northwest Library
2300 NW Thurman Street

September 19, 2016, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
St Johns Library
7510 N Charleston Avenue

September 20, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Hollywood Library
4040 NE Tillamook Street

September 22, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Multnomah Building, Room 100
501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

September 27, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale Library
1525 SW Sunset Boulevard

September 27, 2016, 5–7 p.m.
Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Avenue

Have questions but can’t make it? Call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Or visit:

New Zoning Map goes to Planning and Sustainability Commission

Community members invited to testify on Composite Zoning Map at public hearing on July 12

City Council may have adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan last week, but there’s still more work to be done to implement it. Next up is a Composite Zoning Map, which incorporates new zoning from several Early Implementation projects.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held public hearings for all of the implementation projects making updates to the Zoning Map, including employment land, campus institutions, residential and open spaces, and mixed use zones. These projects were created to address the most urgent needs to implement Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development.

New “Composite” Zoning Map
Now all of the Zoning Map updates have been combined into one “Composite” Zoning Map. You can view the new map by visiting the online Map App.

The PSC will invite testimony on the Composite Zoning Proposal at a public hearing on July 12, 2016.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Composite Zoning Map
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 4 p.m. 
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through July 12, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email:
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Composite Zoning Map testimony

Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.

Next steps

Following the PSC’s public hearing, the Commission will hold a work session on August 2, 2016, and recommend a new Zoning Map to City Council, which will hold additional hearings in the fall.

What’s the difference between the Comprehensive Plan Map and the Zoning Map?

The Comprehensive Plan Map depicts a long-term vision of how and where the city will grow and change over the next 20 years to accommodate anticipated population and job growth. The Zoning Map tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today

For more information, visit the project website:



It’s 2035. What did the new Comprehensive Plan deliver?

Imagine … 20 years from now, what would Portland look like guided by our new long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city?

A little more than 35 years ago, Portland welcomed its first Comprehensive Plan, a blue print for the city that would be admired around the world in the decades to come. In 1980, the population of Portland was 366,000, a little more than half of what it is today.

Back then, Mt St Helens had just erupted, and Supertramp and Donna Summers were all the rage. Smart phones were only on Star Trek, Microsoft had just 11 employees, and a kid could ride a bike without a helmet and get away with it.

Portlanders banded together into neighborhood associations to block the Mt Hood Freeway and ensured those transportation dollars would go toward the construction of the MAX blue line. A downtown parking lot was transformed into Pioneer Square, and the Harbor Freeway into Tom McCall Waterfront Park. And Portland’s 1980 Comp Plan directed population and employment growth into a series of “nodes and noodles.”

The rest is history.

Fast forward to 2035 ... Nodes and noodles have become “centers and corridors,” and Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan has helped a mid-sized city grow up. Portland has become a place where most people can live healthy lives, with access to good jobs, safe streets and bikeways, affordable housing, clean air and water, walkable neighborhoods, quality transit service and beautiful parks.

The 2035 Comp Plan built upon the best of Portland’s strong planning heritage, advanced a more equitable approach to neighborhood development and leveraged Portland’s rapid growth to balance prosperity, human and environmental health, equity and resilience.

Imagine 20 years from now …

… a Portland that has nearly a quarter of million new people living here. Places like Hollywood, the Jade District, North Pearl, and Barbur and Powell Boulevards will be high-functioning mixed use areas with easy access to transit and a range of housing types to meet the needs of smaller households, Portlanders who want to age in place, and an increasingly diverse population.

Imagine …

… a city with 140,000 more jobs. More middle-wage jobs and a balanced economy fueled by the preservation of industrial land, expansion of our colleges and hospitals, a robust Central City, and flourishing smaller businesses in centers and corridors.

… better transit with new routes throughout East Portland, connecting more residents with their jobs; and fewer cars on the road, creating more room for freight, bikes and pedestrians.

… healthier people who have easy, safe and pleasant routes to walk, bike or take transit.

… and a safer and more resilient Portland with well-maintained infrastructure.

Most of Portland’s diverse population would live in complete, healthy and safe neighborhoods, close to the amenities they need. Tens of thousands more well-paying jobs would offer residents financial security and a pathway to wealth. Increased housing options would make it possible for individuals and families to create households to their liking. And a robust transit system and greenway network would offer multiple transportation options for Portlanders to get to and from work, as well as other places they want to go.

Sound crazy? It’s not. If the 1980 Comp Plan could transform a city suffering from suburban flight and crumbling infrastructure into a destination city for tourists as well as newcomers looking for a place to call home … it’s entirely possible that the 2035 Comp Plan — built on the success of previous planning efforts and created with the benefit of more data and public involvement, and inspired by so many other forward-thinking cities — could successfully guide Portland well into the mid-21st century.

Thank you!

With the adoption of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan by City Council on June 15, 2016, Portland's long range plan for a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland is on its way to the state for acknowledgement. And, thus, a reality.

Many thanks to the tens of thousands of community members who contributed to the plan. Just as with the 1980 Comp Plan, your contributions will be appreciated for generations to come.