Since the October 3 release of the Working Draft Part 2, project staff have presented the Comprehensive Plan Map App and Citywide Systems Plan to a variety of groups at more than 90 meetings, community events and college classes. Close to 1,600 people, ranging from curious walk-ins to technical experts and community leaders, attended presentations or workshops to learn about the Comprehensive Plan, provide their feedback and input, see demonstrations of the Map App and get hands-on experience playing with it.
The Map App allows users who can’t attend meetings to participate by commenting on the Comprehensive Plan online. It has also been a useful tool for staff to engage participants in discussions about neighborhood-specific issues. At three Mapping Conversation events that took place in November in East, North and Southwest Portland, the Map App helped contextualize issues of concern for attendees, such as transportation infrastructure improvements, watershed health and zoning changes.
Portlanders have made about 500 comments on the Map App. Comments about the Working Draft Part 2 may also be submitted by email , web form, telephone or letter. But there’s not much time left — the deadline for feedback on Working Draft - Part 2 is December 31. Public comments will help guide refinement of all components of the Comprehensive Plan: Goals and Policies, Transportation System Plan, Citywide Systems Plan (Infrastructure), Land Use Map and Urban Design Framework. The entire revised package — the Proposed Draft — will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in Summer 2014. After public hearings and deliberations, the PSC will submit a Recommended Draft to City Council for consideration and adoption.
Note: Adults aren't the only ones telling us what they think. Over the summer, youth all over the city used blank "Wish you were here!" postcards to show us what they love about their neighborhoods. See more on Twitter @portlandbps.