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Mixed Use Zones Project Hosts NE Broadway Walkabout

The public is invited to walk with planners and share ideas for how zoning changes can contribute to making Broadway a vibrant place

Join community members and City of Portland planners for a walk along NE Broadway to share ideas for how zoning regulations can be crafted to help achieve desired development outcomes. Neighbors, business and property owners, apartment residents — everyone is invited to share their perspectives on how future development can contribute to making Broadway a vibrant place.

WalkaboutWhen: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. until Noon
Where: Meet at the Fred Meyer play park at NE 28th and Weidler Street
Options: Join a walk on NE Broadway east toward Hollywood, or a walk west to NE 16th

The NE Broadway Walkabout is part of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Mixed Use Zoning Project. This project will revise zoning code regulations for commercial and mixed use zones to implement the “centers and corridors” concepts that emerged from the Portland Plan and Comprehensive Plan Update. Mixed-use corridors, such as Broadway, are intended to be enhanced as vibrant commercial districts and as places that play an important role in accommodating housing and employment growth. Zoning regulations will need to support these functions, as well as promote development designed to provide a pedestrian-friendly environment; create places where people will want to live, work and visit; and address the relationship to adjacent residential areas. The Broadway walk will be a key opportunity for City staff to consider these zoning and development issues through a local lens.

The types of questions to be considered will include:

  • What’s working well or not so well on Broadway regarding new development?
  • How can zoning code regulations help support a thriving business environment?
  • What scale of development is appropriate, and how might this vary along Broadway?
  • What building design features will enhance the character of Broadway?
  • What design features will create a quality environment for future residents?
  • What are appropriate ways of creating transitions in development scale and activity between mixed-use development along Broadway and adjacent residential areas?

Come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

Several more walkabouts in neighborhoods across Portland are in the works — stay tuned for more details about these events and other ways to get involved in the Mixed Use Zones Project. For information, contact Barry Manning, project manager at 503-823-7965 or

Next Steps for Comprehensive Plan Update

Milestones and events include more opportunities to learn and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has been guiding the city’s growth and development for more than 30 years. City planners have been working hard to update this long-range plan to ensure the community is prepared to manage expected population and employment growth over the next 25 years.

CPU timelineSomething this important requires robust community participation and plenty of opportunities for all Portlanders’ voices to be heard. Over the past couple of years, City staff have been soliciting public feedback at neighborhood association meetings, open houses, workshops, summer tabling events, community meetings and other events. Public comments have also been received through online surveys and the Map App as well as comment cards, letters and emails.

As we move into the final phases of the project, public input will now be considered through the legislative process — in the form of testimony given at Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and City Council hearings.

See the timeline and process chart for the remaining phases of the project.

Currently, staff are busy preparing the Proposed Plan, incorporating feedback gathered in the latter half of 2013, which is summarized in the What We Heard memo). The Proposed Plan will be released in July, and Portlanders will be able to submit testimony to the PSC at public hearings held throughout the city, beginning in late September. There will be informational open houses scheduled in July and in early September. After considering public testimony, the PSC will forward a Recommended Plan to City Council for consideration in early 2015.

Included in the Comprehensive Plan update process, some Early Implementation projects have begun. These projects represent the last phase of the state-mandated periodic review work plan. Technical experts and dedicated volunteers have been forming committees to discuss revisions to the zoning code, oversee community involvement processes, refine the Transportation Systems Plan, and more.  The July and September 2014 open houses will include information about Early Implementation projects. Additional outreach for these projects will occur in early 2015, before the PSC and City Council hold hearings on those projects.

Stay tuned for announcements of specific open house dates, as well as information about how you can submit formal testimony to the PSC and City Council. 

Portlanders provide valuable input for the Comprehensive Plan Update

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability received nearly 1,100 comments on the Working Draft – Part 2

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability would like to thank all the Portlanders who shared their feedback on the Citywide Systems Plan and Map App in the Working Draft – Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Nearly 1,100 people provided comments from October 2 to December 31, 2013.

The project team is in the process of reading and organizing all the comments and grouping them by topic. This public feedback will help guide planners as they refine the Comprehensive Plan over the next several months before submitting the Proposed Draft to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in the summer. A report summarizing all public comments will be available in the spring.

In addition to comments submitted via the Map App, staff also received feedback through handwritten cards, email correspondence, online submissions through the Comprehensive Plan Update website; in letters from organizations; and at public meetings and workshops.

Map App users made more than 904 comments through the commenting function, where users could “pin” feedback to any area of the interactive map of Portland. The commenting function has been deactivated, but the app’s other features remain accessible and existing comments can still be displayed. Portlanders are encouraged to use the Map App to learn more about their neighborhoods, infrastructure, demographics and other features.

View the Map App

What’s next for the Map App? BPS staff are working to revise and improve the app in preparation for the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft in the summer.