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New Map App makes commenting and testifying on land use and zoning changes easier than ever in new mobile-friendly interface

Enhanced design and user interface created to more clearly communicate technical information about zoning and land use proposals.

The all new Comprehensive Plan Map App was launched earlier this month with the release of the Recommended Draft, offering Portlanders an improved interface and design.  

The app has been completely overhauled, with a fresh look and feel and new interface that performs just as well on mobile devices as on desktop. Portlanders can now submit comments on the Comprehensive Plan’s land use designations, Citywide Systems Plan, Transportation System Plan, as well as Mixed Use Zones and Employment Zoning projects. More project maps, including the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Project, will come online later this fall.

More accessible, visual content

Users familiar with the original Map App will notice the new version is more visually appealing than its predecessor. A newly designed user interface presents information on land use and zoning proposals in a quick and succinct manner. Visit the Mixed Use Zones Project map, for instance, click or tap on a proposal, and take a look at how the proposed zones are described. You’ll see new visuals and images that summarize zones to make understanding proposed changes easier. Major improvements have also been made to performance, especially on smartphones and tablets, so users can view and comment on proposals from anywhere.

Better commenting experience

The ability to add and view comments and testimony is now in a single place, which is especially nice for mobile users. The comment form offers a lot more information about what kind of feedback you are providing and where it will go. And email confirmations with details about the proposal, what's next, what we will do with your comments or testimony, and what to do if you have questions, are sent to every person who comments or testifies on the Map App.

Behind the scenes with the back end of the Map App

Like the first versions of the Map App, the newest version was created entirely in house. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Technical Services team used a custom database along with Esri’s ArcGIS platform, ArcGIS JavaScript API, Maxbox Studio, Dojo Toolkit and Dojo Bootstrap. In the brief period of time since it was launched, the app has received 18,500 page views.

Says Tech Services Manager Kevin Martin, “The Map App is just one product of a very complex project, but it’s helped us improve our communication and outreach with the public. This version, more than the two previous ones, was less about building a web app and more about creating information and visuals that help Portlanders understand sometimes confusing planning ideas across several platforms.”

If you would like to learn more about how the Map App was developed or report a bug in the app, please send an email to and someone from the web development team will get back to you. Otherwise, enjoy the user experience!

Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: Info Sessions, Drop-in Hours and Open Houses re: the Comprehensive Plan and Early Implementation Projects

Planners will be at locations all over town to chat with community members and answer questions about the land use and zoning changes.

No matter where you live in Portland, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the City’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan; the Mixed Use Zones, Employment Zoning and Campus Institutional Zoning projects; and the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update.  

Over the next few months, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) will host events around the city, ranging from neighborhood drop-in hours, where Portlanders can chat with their local District Liaison, to project-specific informational sessions and open houses. Staff will also be “tabling” at other events organized by various community organizations around the city. Look for an event near you at:

Open House at PCC Cascade

One of the main events will be an open house and info session on Thursday, October 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at PCC Cascade’s Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB). The event will include an info session about the recently released Mixed Use Zones Discussion Draft, with a presentation starting at 7 p.m. The open house will cover the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft, which is at City Council for public hearings starting November 19, as well as other Early Implementation projects such as Campus Institutional Zoning, Employment Zoning, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Updates and more.

Staff from BPS and the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be there to talk with community members about their projects and answer questions.

Want to find an outreach event near you?

Check the Meetings and Events calendar.

Don't want to go out?

No problem; the Map App allows you to learn more and provide feedback from the comfort of your home. So if you’d prefer to stay in, you can always learn more about proposed land use and zoning changes on the Map App. Or give us a call on the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Stay tuned for more events being scheduled. Any way you like, you can learn more about the Comprehensive Plan — in person, online or by phone. Looking forward to seeing you out there!

Property owners may receive letters about proposed land use changes that could affect permissible uses of their property

Notice of proposed Comprehensive Plan Code or Map changes arriving in mailboxes soon; recipients can look up their property on the Map App to see proposed code or map changes and/or call Helpline with questions

Thousands of Portlanders may receive — or have already received — notices regarding proposed land use changes that could affect the permissible uses of their property.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently sent out the first notices to owners of property proposed to be rezoned for employment. Subsequent mailings will go to campus institutions and nearby residents, property owners in mixed use zones, and others whose property may have a proposed land use designation or zone that is new or different from the current one.

Along with information on the proposed changes, the notices tell property owners how they can learn more, get answers to their questions via the Comprehensive Plan Helpline, or provide formal testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission or City Council.

If you haven’t received one of these notices yet, but are curious about proposed changes, visit the all-new Map App, which allows you to browse or search by specific address and view any proposed changes to your property.

And feel free to call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email us at if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

PSC News: October 13, 2015 Meeting Information and Documents

R/W #7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent; Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing


  • R/W ##7961: NE Sandy Blvd — on consent
  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at