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Guide to Comprehensive Plan now available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese

Portland’s diverse communities can learn about the City’s plan for growth over the next 25 years

Portland is growing, and the City expects another 250,000 people by 2035. Many of these new residents will be from other cultures and countries.

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan for Portland’s growth and development  over the next 25 years. Guided by the Portland Plan, it will help ensure that Portland becomes more prosperous, healthy, educated, equitable and resilient for all Portlanders. So it’s important to reach as many community members as possible to create this plan, including those whose first language is not English.

The Mini Companion Guide provides a summary of the goals and directions in the plan, as well as an introduction to the new online “Map App” and the Citywide Systems Plan.

The Map App allows the public to see the same maps and information that City staff do from the comfort of their own home or favorite coffee shop. It comes with the Google Translator, featuring instant translation into dozens of languages from around the world. With the tool, viewers can see different map layers, such as “public transit,” “parks” and “communities of color.” Viewers can combine layers to create their own maps and share their ideas via email, Facebook and Twitter. They can also comment directly on the maps and view the comments of others.

The Mini Companion Guide is available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese (click on the images below to view the entire document). Don’t miss this chance to shape the future of Portland. Make sure the Comprehensive Plan reflects the population of our growing and changing city by sharing the “Mini” with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.

Mini Companion Guide (Spanish)
Mini Comp Plan Guide - Spanish

Mini Companion Guide (Chinese)
Mini Comp Plan Guide - Chinese

Mini Companion Guide (Russian)
Mini Comp Plan Guide - Russian

Mini Companion Guide (Vietnamese)
Mini Comp Plan Guide - Vietnamese 

Mixed-Use Zoning Project Seeking Advisory Committee Members

Portlanders wanting to help create well-designed, viable, and convenient mixed-use and commercial development in Portland’s neighborhoods should apply by December 6 at 5 p.m.

Are you interested in helping create well-designed, viable, and convenient mixed-use and commercial development in Portland’s neighborhoods? If so, the City of Portland invites you to learn more about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Mixed-Use Zoning Project and consider applying to serve on the project advisory committee:

Healthy connected neighborhoods — where services are conveniently concentrated, good transit options offer connections to employment, and a variety of housing types are available — are vital to our city’s livability. Growth expected over the next 25 years can strengthen our existing neighborhoods and create more healthy connected neighborhoods, expanding access to commercial amenities and other services to more Portlanders. In order to do that, the City is working to foster a number of “centers” and “corridors” throughout the city that support these services through mixed-use (commercial, residential, employment) development.

Portlanders from all parts of the city who live in or near a mixed-use area, or build and do business in mixed-use and commercial zones, are invited to apply for the Comprehensive Plan Mixed Use Zoning Project Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to support the implementation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, which will guide growth and development for the next 25 years. Advisory committee members will consider current development outcomes and areas for improvement, provide guidance and feedback on development and design approaches, and help create changes to the zoning code. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will work to ensure diversity on the committee by seeking to include field experts, neighborhood representatives, business and institutional interests, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and representatives from other interest groups.

Apply online:

Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Update News: Portlanders needed to serve on Institutional Zoning Advisory Committee

Application deadline extended to November 22 to encourage more people with hospital adminstration/development experience to apply

Aerial photo of OHSU on Marquam HillHospitals, colleges and universities are among Portland’s largest employers, projected to make up 25 percent of the city’s total job growth over the next 2O Years. And because they are often in or close to residential areas, they are neighbors to many  households. In addition to providing healthcare, education and jobs, these institutions often help to enhance their nearby communities. But as they grow in size, they need more space to provide for employees, services and equipment, and can create additional traffic. 

Portlanders who have experience with hospital or college campus planning or development are invited to join the Comprehensive Plan Institutional Zoning Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to support the implementation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, which will guide growth and development for the next 25 years. Advisory committee members will help shape new zoning standards and development review procedures, advise on neighborhood impact prevention and mitigation strategies, and identify infrastructure investment opportunities that could facilitate institutional employment growth.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will work to ensure diversity of members, including field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color and interest groups.

Read more about the Committee Description and Application Process:

Apply online:

Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2013, 5 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Seeks Six New Community Involvement Committee Members

Help make sure that the perspectives of Portland’s many and diverse communities are reflected in the city's new Comprehensive Plan

Get involved in the future of your city! Help ensure that the perspectives of all Portlanders are reflected in the Comprehensive Plan Update by serving on the Community Involvement Committee (CIC).

As a member of the CIC, you will review and provide input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. The advisory committee makes recommendations to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and project staff on ways to maintain and improve its public involvement activities to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Applicants should have an interest in the public process and be able to share ideas for enhancing the City-Community partnership.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 1, 2013. Learn more about the committee or apply now!

Member Qualifications and Skills

Community members who are interested in serving on the CIC should have the following: 

  • Strong interest in and understanding of public involvement processes.
  • Commitment to the City’s goal for the CIC: To oversee and strengthen the community’s involvement and capacity to participate with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), partner City bureaus and government agencies in the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Willingness to contribute to successful group work.
  • Ability to commit 2-3 hours for quarterly meetings, plus: meeting preparation time, public involvement events, presenting at Planning and Sustainability Commission or City Council, etc.
  • Live, work and/or go to school in the City of Portland.

Member Responsibilities 

  • Review public involvement methods, activities and results. Approximate end date for the Comprehensive Plan Update is June 2015.
  • Review and make recommendations for involvement methods and activities for the coming quarter.
  • Consider issues and concerns from a citywide perspective.

Selection Process

Final consideration and appointments will be made by the Mayor and approved by City Council by November 2013.

Apply for the Community Involvement Committee.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update