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Goals and Policies

The goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan describe the long-term outcomes and direction on how the City will achieve the intended work of the Plan.

Goals are long-term outcomes the City hopes to achieve by implementing the Comprehensive Plan. They are aspirational, expressing Portland residents’ collective desires and values.

Policies set preferred direction and describe what must be done to achieve these broad goals. They are specific enough to help determine whether a proposed project or program would advance the values expressed in the goals.


Goals and Policies: All Chapters

The 10 Goals and Policies chapters of the Recommended Comprehensive Plan

Chapter 1: The Plan

Defines the breadth of content included in the Comprehensive Plan

Chapter 2: Community Involvement

How and why the City works with the community in land use planning and decision making

Chapter 3: Urban Form

Policies that describe the city’s overall development pattern and area character to inform and guide future investments and development

Chapter 4: Design and Development

Policies that encourage development and site design that respects context, minimizes risk and integrates nature into the urban environment

Chapter 5: Housing

Policies that will help Portland meet its need for quality, affordable homes for a growing and socioeconomically-diverse population, and to help ensure equitable access to housing

Chapter 6: Economic Development

Land development approaches to improve neighborhood prosperity as well as local competitiveness in regional markets

Chapter 7: Environment and Watershed Health

How land use and investment plans can help to protect investments in our watersheds, and help the City meet various regulations to protect public health and the environment

Chapter 8: Public Facilities and Services

Policies that support the equitable, efficient and adaptive management approaches needed to provide high-quality facilities and services to all Portlanders, including those in future generations

Chapter 9: Transportation

Policies to support a multimodal transportation system that offers safe and affordable choices

Chapter 10: Land Use Designations and Zoning

Describes the land use designations and how they relate to zoning and provides guidance on how to amend the Comprehensive Plan