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Other Implementation Projects

The update to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has entered its final phase: Early Implementation. The projects described below will become effective after the adoption of the new Comprehensive Plan in 2017. These projects are necessary to either address a state mandate or implement a key component of the new Comprehensive Plan. Future implementation projects will be undertaken as part of the City’s ongoing work.

Early implementation projects overlap with work from the previous phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Over the past year, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Planning and Sustainability Commission have conducted extensive public involvement to gather feedback to create the Recommended Comprehensive Plan, which includes goals and policies, maps and a list of potential capital projects. 

More information about the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan.

Other Implementation Projects

Community Involvement Program
The City is required by state law to develop and maintain a Community Involvement Program (CIP) that includes goals, policies, a manual and an oversight body to monitor implementation of the Comprehensive Plan CIP. Goal 9 (Citizen Involvement) of the 1980 Comprehensive Plan is out of date and does not reflect principles and practices recently advanced by the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC) and community members. The 1980 Comprehensive Plan does not explicitly designate a community involvement oversight body as required by state law (although the Planning and Sustainability Commission is currently serving in this role by default). The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will partner with community members to develop a manual that incorporates the updated Comprehensive Plan goals and policies. The bureau will also designate and charter a public body to oversee an active and systematic process for community participation in all planning, policy and decision-making for the new Comprehensive Plan.

For more information contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or

Housekeeping Amendments Project
The purpose of this project is to bring existing implementation tools, such as the Zoning Code and Zoning Map, into conformance with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan. The Housekeeping Amendments Project will address changes that are not being included in larger Early Implementation projects. Examples of potential housekeeping changes include amendments to the no-net-loss housing approval criteria and zoning map changes in conformance with new Comprehensive Plan designations.

For more information contact Shannon Buono at 503-823-7662 or

Inter-Governmental Agreements
The State of Oregon requires all cities to have urban service agreements that assign responsibilities for urban service provision and coordination. The City needs to update these agreements to comply with current state statutes and rules with all urban service providers withinPortland’s urban service boundary. This project will develop, amend and adopt agreements with partner agencies,  jurisdictions and school districts.

For more information contact Al Burns at 503-823- 7832 or For school district IGAs contact Bob Glascock at 503-823-7845 or

Other priority implementation projects may include …
While the projects described above are necessary to align the City of Portland’s regulations with the new Comprehensive Plan, other projects (Central City 2035, Residential Infill Project) are also underway. In addition, future projects may include revisiting multi-dwelling zone development standards, evaluating tools to improve stormwater management, and reconsidering the land use regulations for schools. The timing of these projects will depend on funding and staffing.