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Learn about the Comprehensive Plan Update. Find out more through news items, meeting announcements and summaries.

Calling All Map Nerds

Live from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, it’s the Map App Explorer!

Not the type to geek out over maps? Just try the new Map App Explorer! It combines the land use, transportation and infrastructure designs as featured in the Comprehensive Plan Update with updated data layers from the Proposed Draft Map App.

Users can create myriad combinations of layers to look at data:

    • Centers and corridors with demographic information, to see who is served by the concentration of services in Portland’s densest areas.
    • Proposed stormwater projects with natural hazards, such as flood and earthquake risk, to look at the strategic location of infrastructure.
    • Transportation projects with median age, to see the diversity of ages served by candidate projects.
    • And more!

Map App ExplorerMap App Explorer is designed to help users better understand the context for and relationship between the proposals in the Comprehensive Plan Update. Explorer allows you to make comparisons between different land use, transportation and infrastructure proposals with additional background data layers. For example, how does Portland’s plan for developing along centers and corridors (the red lines and circles on the map at right) relate to people’s ability to easily access transit (the blue areas)? 

Desktop, phone or tablet?

Both Map App Explorer and the Proposed Draft Map App can be operated on all devices, from desktop to mobile. Though it’s a cool tool for analyzing the context and relationships between planning proposals, Explorer is not as detailed as the Proposed Draft Map App, and it does not accept user comments.

Please continue to submit comments for consideration by the Planning and Sustainability Commission through the Proposed Draft Map App. You can navigate between the two versions of the Map App by clicking on the dots at the top left of your screen. (To comment on the Proposed Draft Map App, click on the INFO icon at the bottom left of your screen.)

What’s the difference, again?

  • Proposed Draft Map App = Actual land use proposal + infrastructure projects (comments welcome)
  • Map App Explorer = Proposed Draft Map App + supporting data layers

So geek out with the new Map App Explorer, and then let us know what you think about the Comprehensive Plan Update through the Proposed Draft Map App! Comments are welcome until March 13, 2015.

Two More Comp Plan Public Hearings: PCC Southeast and Downtown

Written comments on Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft accepted until March 13

The third public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft with the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be Tuesday, October 28 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the new PCC campus at 2305 SE 82nd Ave and Division. Look for the meeting in the Community Hall.

Jade District Rendering

Come early and stroll around the facilities, then squint your eyes south down 82nd Ave toward the Fubon market and imagine the area 15 to 20 years from now. The computer-generated image above is a hint of what’s possible in this emerging cultural, educational and business district.

SE 82nd and Division is designated a neighborhood center in the new Comprehensive Plan. That means the growth and economic activity already happening in this dynamic part of Portland will be enhanced by new zoning, infrastructure investments and transit.

In the News 

The Portland Tribune recently published a front page story about the area and the City’s efforts to make it a more livable, walkable, amenity-rich neighborhood. Reporter Steve Law toured the area with planners working on the Mixed Use Zones Project. His story explains how a civic corridor like 82nd Ave could mature into one with more street trees, pedestrian crosswalks, traffic calming features, mixed-use housing and retail around nodes such as the Jade District near the PCC campus, as well as Lents Town Center and proposed neighborhood centers in Montavilla and Roseway.  

You can read the article and then share your feedback on the proposed plan with the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Tuesday night. (And learn more about the Mixed Use Zones Project and upcoming project workshops at

Future Timeline 

The last 2014 public hearing on the proposed draft will be Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A. The PSC will then hold several work sessions and begin the new year with additional meetings, work sessions and hearings on the Comprehensive Plan and supporting documents and reports. The Commission will continue to accept written comments on the goals, policies and land use map until March 13. View the project calendar for more information.  

Mixed Use Zones Project Shares Preliminary Concepts at Public Workshops

Learn more and help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland’s centers and corridors

Community members are invited to learn more about and contribute to the development of new zoning regulations governing commercial and mixed use development in Portland’s centers and corridors. The draft Comprehensive Plan forecasts roughly 50 percent of Portland’s new housing and jobs will occur in these key places throughout the city.

Please join the Mixed Use Zones Project team to:

  • Hear what we’ve learned from public input and research.
  • Learn about the potential zoning components, directions and framework.
  • Share your thoughts on the emerging zoning concepts.

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November 5, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)

November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave (cafeteria)

Meeting Agenda

6 p.m. – Doors open

6:30 p.m. – Presentation: What we’ve learned; issues and concepts

7:30 p.m. – Work Session: Share your thoughts

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up: Common themes, next steps

9:00 p.m. – Adjourn

(Light snacks provided)

What is the Mixed Use Zones Project?

The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment Zoning Codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City. These zones (CN1/2, CO1/2, CM, CS, CG, CX, EX), in which mixed uses are allowed, were created more than 20 years ago when auto-oriented and low-intensity commercial uses were more common. 

The project will address issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.  An initial concept proposal is being developed this fall.  A more detailed Mixed Use Zones Concept Report is due this winter. Proposed zoning codes are expected in spring 2015. Public hearings on any proposed zoning codes are anticipated in June/July 2015.

Why are we doing this?

Portland is expected to grow — by roughly 122,000 households and 140,000 jobs — over the next 20 years. Where new people and businesses locate is key to supporting and enhancing the qualities that help make Portland an attractive place. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus neighborhood businesses and much of new household growth in mixed use “Centers and Corridors” that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. This will help Portland meet its goals for becoming a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

More information about the Mixed Use Zones Project



Phone: 503-823-7700

Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR, 97201, Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project  

Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing #2 at Parkrose High School

On Tuesday, October 14, 5 - 9 p.m. public can testify on draft plan for the future of Portland as the city grows and changes

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its second public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft at Parkrose High School on Tuesday, October 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Portlanders are invited to tell the commissioners what they think about the draft 2035 plan for Portland as the city grows and changes.

By holding this (and the following) hearing out in the community, the commissioners hope to make it easier for more Portlanders to give their feedback on the proposed draft. The third hearing two weeks later will be in East Portland at the new Portland Community College campus at SE 82nd and Division. The fourth hearing will be downtown.

Public Hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft
Planning and Sustainability Commission

October 14, 2014 at 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street

October 28, 2014 at 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 

If you can’t attend one of the hearings and/or you’d rather submit your testimony in writing, you can do that instead.

  • Send written comments to:

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

More than 50 Portlanders testified at the first hearing September 23. And many more packed the meeting room to listen and observe the process. You can read the meeting minutes and written testimony as well as watch the video of the meeting. Then prepare your testimony and tell the commissioners what you think.

Review the Plan

To prepare for testifying, you can review the Introduction, Parts of the Plan and Urban Design Direction, explore the Map App, and/or consult a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also read the PSC’s Tips for Testifying.

And if you have questions, please feel free to call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email