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Planning and Sustainability

Innovation. Collaboration. Practical Solutions.

Phone: 503-823-7700

Curbside Hotline: 503-823-7202

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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What We Do

Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city.

The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

To learn more about what we do, explore our program pages below. For a high-level overview of our work, read our 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.


Barbur Concept Plan

The Barbur Concept Plan will create a long-term vision for the six-mile Barbur Boulevard corridor, from Portland’s Central City to the Tigard city limit

Brooklyn Station Areas

The Brooklyn Station Area project is providing detailed planning for the Rhine and Holgate station areas on the new Portland-Milwaukie light rail line. This process builds on the work completed through the Inner SE Station Areas process.

Citywide Tree Regulatory Improvement Project

The Citywide Tree Project is a multi-bureau effort to clarify, simplify and provide a consistent and effective regulatory framework for trees in the City of Portland

Clean Energy

Promoting energy efficiency and renewable power production

Climate Preparation and Action

Climate Action Plan, Climate Preparation Strategy, Climate Action Now

District Liaison Program

Working with community partners to help neighborhoods and commercial areas flourish as great places to live, work, shop, learn, gather and play

Economic Development Planning

Supporting prosperity through long-range planning and economic research

Environmental Planning

Protecting and enhancing Portland's environment for today and future generations

Green Spot

Green Spots are sustainable community features that nurture healthy, connected neighborhoods

Institutional Zoning Project

This project will develop new campus institution zoning procedures and standards, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth

Job Polarization in Portland

New report - Posted August 28, 2014

Mixed Use Zones Project

This project will develop new mixed-use planning and zoning designations in Portland’s commercial and central employment zones

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Advises City Council on the City of Portland's long-range goals, policies and programs for land use

Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project (Powell-Division) is intended to bring new regional transit and supporting development to Southeast Portland, East Portland and Gresham in five to seven years.

Regulatory Improvement (RICAP)

The Regulatory Improvement program seeks to continuously enhance the City's development codes and processes

Resourceful PDX

Save money, support your community and conserve natural resources while enjoying more time with friends and family

Sustainability at Work

Composting, recycling, water, energy and transportation assistance, resources, and certification. Get personalized help from advisors and learn what other sustainable businesses in Portland are doing.

Sustainable City Government Partnership

The City of Portland's "Green Team"

The Portland Plan

An inclusive, citywide effort to guide the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of Portland over the next 30 years

Urban Design Studio

Advancing the design quality of places citywide