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Portland’s Unique Neighborhoods Star in the Latest Centers & Corridors Video

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability releases newest episode in a series about the City’s growth management strategy

Hot off the “cutting room floor,” the latest episode of Portland’s Centers & Corridors video focuses on the different types of these vibrant hubs and bustling streets. Some of our favorite places in Portland take a starring role; neighborhoods like Sellwood and Montavilla, Multnomah Village, Hollywood and St Johns. And major thoroughfares like Barbur and Sandy boulevards.

Viewers can see computer-generated renderings of the different types of neighborhood, town and regional centers and corridors. The video shows how the size and scale of each determines the types of amenities and services each one can provide Portland’s residents and visitors. And it helps explain why more density and development means more shops, restaurants, transit, parks and civic buildings for people living in and around these compact neighborhoods and vibrant streets.

So take a look, and see if you can tell what kind of center or corridor you live or work in — or would like to. Portland has so many different shapes and sizes of great places. Focusing growth in Centers and Corridors means we’ll be able to create even more.

Comprehensive Plan Work Sessions with Planning and Sustainability Commission Begin

Commission hears from Community Involvement Committee and several City bureaus; decides on agendas for future work sessions

At its November 18 meeting, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held the first of several work sessions devoted to the Comprehensive Plan Update.

First, commissioners heard from the Comprehensive Plan Community Involvement Committee (CIC). Committee members presented a report summarizing public involvement efforts for the past six months. CIC members then shared their personal observations about how the City could engage even more community members in the development of Portland’s long-range plan for the future.

Then the PSC heard comments about the Proposed Draft from partner bureaus, including the Housing, Transportation, Emergency Management, Portland Development Commission, Development Services, Environmental Services and the City Attorney's Office.

Lastly, the PSC considered a schedule for upcoming work sessions, starting in January 2015. Members discussed agendas for four future work sessions (tentative schedule below), which will focus on the bigger, more complex issues the plan addresses, including:

  • Citywide decision-making
  • Centers and Corridors and Mixed Use Zones
  • Employment land supply and West Hayden Island
  • Transportation Systems Plan
  • Capacity in the David Douglas School system
  • Community involvement policies
  • Housing needs, affordability and compatibility
  • Residential down-designations

Staff assumes that other issues will arise during the course of these work sessions, so a fifth work session is being held open to discuss those and additional map or policy changes.

The PSC invites written comments on the Proposed Draft until March 13, 2015. Community members are encouraged to review the work session schedule below and send their comments about a particular topic to the commission at least eight days before that issue will be discussed to allow commissioners to review relevant testimony before each meeting. All work sessions will be held at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A.

Tentative PSC Comprehensive Plan Work Session Schedule

Please refer to the PSC Calendar one week before each scheduled meeting to confirm the agenda and times.

Work Session 1: January 27, 2015 (3 p.m.)

Topics: Centers and Corridors; Non-conforming Uses and Split-Zoning; Implementation; Consent List #1

  • Using the Plan in Decision-making (1 hour)
    • Balancing decisions
    • Showing compliance with the Guiding Principles
    • Numerical goals/targets, relationship to Portland Plan Measures of Success
    • Glossary terms
  • Centers and Corridors (2 hours)
    • Centers and corridors strategy; link to Portland Plan and the Scenarios Report
    • Urban Design Framework map
    • Mixed Use map approach
    • Relationship to zoning and Mixed Use Zone project
    • Site-specific center and corridor map questions
    • Investment strategy
    • Commercial displacement
  • Non-conforming Uses and Split-zoning (1 hour)
    • Defining the issue
    • Trade-offs of maintaining non-conforming uses and split-zoned developments
  • Consent List 1 (1 hour)
    • Staff recommendations the PSC could endorse without further discussion. Draft list released on January 13.

Work Session 2: February 10, 2015 (12:30 p.m.)

Topics: Economic Goals; West Hayden Island (WHI); Schedule/Timeline Check-In

  • Economic Elements and Goal 9 (2 hours, 30 minutes)
    • Summary of Periodic Review requirements for the 2035 Comprehensive Plan
    • Purpose and requirements of Goal 9 and consequences of not meeting Goal 9 requirements
    • EOA Briefing - Proposed approach to meet Goal 9 requirements: forecasts; job mix; role of manufacturing in the economy
    • Implications of proposed Goal 9 approach: land needs, wages and demographics
    • Industrial Land and Watershed Health (ILWH) Strategy overview
    • Economic policy refinement
    • Other employment-related map questions (non-WHI)
    • Related brownfield and transportation recommendations
  • West Hayden Island (1 hour)
    • Map approach
    • Policy approach
    • Relationship to past PSC recommendations
  • Schedule Check-in (30 minutes)
    • Discuss work session progress and schedule

Work Session 3 and Transportation System Plan (TSP) Hearing: February 24, 2015 (3 p.m.)

Work Session 3 Topics (3 - 5 p.m.): David Douglas School District; Community Involvement; Consent List 2; Discussion of Commissioners' Items of Interest for March 24.


Public Hearing on the Transportation System Plan Project List (5 p.m.) 

  • Public Hearing on Transportation Element and TSP Project List (2 hours)
  • David Douglas School District (1 hour)
    • Discuss options for responding to school capacity concerns
    • Implementation of proposed policy
  • Community Involvement Policies (1 hour)
    • Promoting inclusive planning
    • Role of neighborhood associations
    • Status of old neighborhood and area plans
    • Open data
  • Consent List 2 (30 minutes)
    • Staff recommendations the PSC could endorse without further discussion. Draft list released on February 10.
  • Selection of Other Items of Interest (30 minutes)
    • PSC members discuss and agree upon issues to discuss on March 24, 2015.

Work Session 4: March 10, 2015 (12:30 p.m.)

Topics: Transportation System Plan; Housing; Residential Densities

  • Transportation System Plan (2 hours)
    • Mode hierarchy policy
    • Multimodal system completeness approach
    • Financial plan
    • Project ranking and fiscally constrained list
    • East Portland equity considerations
    • Discussion of specific projects
  • Housing (1 hour)
    • Documenting housing needs and proposed approach to meeting housing needs
    • Opportunity mapping policy
    • Affordability, gentrification and displacement
    • Residential compatibility and density
    • Specific issues: large houses, skinny lots and demolitions
  • Residential Densities (1 hour)
    • Down-designations to match existing lot patterns (including Eastmoreland and Reed neighborhoods)
    • Down-designations to preserve historic character (including Eliot neighborhood)
    • Hazard-related and infrastructure-related down-designations (in East Portland and Southwest)
    • Miscellaneous up-designations and down-designations

March 13, 2015, 5 p.m. Testimony closes

Work Session 5: March 24, 2015 (p.m.)

Topics: Discussion of other individual maps or policy changes of interest to commissioners. Items to be nominated before February 24.

  • Candidate list: broadband, air quality, sound and light, food security, institutional zoning project relationship (subject to change)

Hearing on revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) Report: April 14, 2015

Hearing on revised Growth Scenario Report: April 28, 2015

Work Session/Recommendation: May 12, 2015

Get to Know the Comprehensive Plan in Six Languages

Now in Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese… a short overview of Portland’s long-range plan for a healthy, connected city

Portland is growing and becoming more diverse, which makes our community more vibrant and culturally rich. We welcome Portlanders from other places and want them to be part of the conversation about how the city will grow over the next 25 years.

So we’ve condensed the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan down to 300 words. (If you’ve seen the documents, then you’ll know that’s quite a feat!) We’ve gotten rid of the wonky talk and tried to describe the plan in a way that makes it easier for more people — including English speakers — to understand. And then we translated the text so that our Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese communities can learn more about the plan in their native language.

In just a couple of minutes, you can now learn about how the draft plan for Portland’s future will create more bustling neighborhoods and jobs; reduce pollution; improve natural areas; maintain and improve streets, sidewalks and parks; and help us prepare for natural hazards.

So whether you were born here or on another continent, we invite you to learn more about this plan for Portland’s future growth and development. Then join the conversation about the draft plan.

Comp Plan overview: English version

Get to Know the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (English version)


Comp Plan overview: Spanish translation

Conozca el Plan Integral de 2035 (Spanish translation)


Comp Plan overview: Chinese translation

了解 2035 年综合规划 (Chinese translation)


Waxka Ogow Qorshaha Buuxa ee 2035-ka (Somali translation)Comp Plan overview: Somali translation

Comp Plan overview: Russian translation

Познакомьтесь со всесторонним планом городского развития до 2035 г. (Russian translation)


Comp Plan overview: Vietnamese translation

Tìm Hiểu Kế Hoạch Toàn Diện 2035 (Vietnamese translation)