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What is the Comprehensive Plan?

Graphic depicting healthy connected neighborhoodThe Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan for the growth and development of Portland through 2035.

  • It will help ensure that Portland becomes more prosperous, healthy, educated, equitable and resilient for all Portlanders.
  • It is used to manage the location of population and job growth, land development and conservation and public investments in infrastructure (such as streets, sidewalks, parks and stormwater management systems).
  • It sets guidelines for community involvement in future plans and decisions.
  • It is used by the public to advocate for projects and programs during the annual budget process.
  • It establishes a shared plan for the future that is used to coordinate policies and actions across City bureaus and state and regional agencies.

When the Comprehensive Plan is complete, it will have five main components:

  1. Urban Design Framework that illustrates what the city will look like in the future through a conceptual diagram or map. It includes major design elements such as centers, corridors and habitat areas.
  2. Land Use Map that establishes legal land use designations for all land in Portland. It provides a structure for determining where various uses (residential, commercial, etc.) will be allowed, and how intense (density, height, etc.) development could be. It is the basis for the Zoning Map.
  3. Goals and Policies that guide future public decisions about development and investments. Goals are the long-term outcomes the City hopes to achieve by implementing the Comprehensive Plan. Policies describe what must be done to achieve the goals.
  4. Citywide Systems (Infrastructure) Plan that includes information on current and future transportation, water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater infrastructure systems needs and projects, as well as similar information for parks and natural areas, recreation and civic facilities.
  5. Transportation System Plan that includes more detailed information than the Citywide Systems Plan about transportation, including street classifications.

Portland’s long-range growth and development can help achieve the Comprehensive Plan vision through the following goals:

  1. Gateway regional centerCreate healthy connected neighborhoods by growing and investing in centers and corridors.
    • Guide development to create well-designed centers and corridors.
    • Prioritize investment in East Portland’s centers and corridors.
    • Encourage neighborhood economic development.
    • Support the Central City as the regional and state center for innovation and exchange.
  2. Business centerEncourage job growth by providing land and infrastructure for development.
    • Create additional capacity for industrial jobs in the Columbia Corridor through land use changes.
    • Help move freight through the city and decrease congestion through transportation investment.
    • Support job growth in East Portland by changing land use designations near freeways from residential and commercial to employment and industrial.
    • Increase livability by improving transitions between institutional and industrial uses and adjacent residential areas.
  3. Building a green streetSupport a healthy environment by connecting habitats and building green infrastructure.
    • Create habitat corridors and areas to protect and enhance natural resources and the urban forest.
    • Improve stormwater management in developed areas by using green built infrastructure, like green streets and eco-roofs.
    • Use natural systems, like trees, streams and wetlands, to manage stormwater in SW Portland and on and near buttes in East Portland.
    • Build city greenways to weave nature into the city and provide greater opportunities for Portlanders to walk and bike.
  4. Children playing at a parkReduce disparities and increase equity through strategic infrastructure investments.
    • Grow in areas that have high levels of service.
    • Make infrastructure investments to fill gaps in service.
    • View infrastructure investment decisions through an equity lens.
  5. Improve resiliency by preparing for climate change, earthquakes and other natural hazards.
    • Reduce risk by maintaining critical infrastructure.
    • Protect people from the effects of high temperatures and climate change.
    • Encourage energy efficient and renewable energy systems.

These goals will be implemented using equity as a guide, through inclusive public processes and community involvement, and with respect for local environmental, social and community contexts, while meeting multiple goals.

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