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Comprehensive Plan Update: Early Implementation

The update to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is entering its fifth and final phase: Early Implementation.  The projects described below are beginning in early 2014 and will become effective soon after the adoption of the new Comprehensive Plan in 2015. 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 programs.

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) has conducted extensive public involvement to gather feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft, which included draft goals and policies, maps and a list of potential capital projects. Staff is in the process of considering all comments received to produce the Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in the summer of 2014. 

More information about the Working Draft.

Early Implementation Projects

Mixed Use Zones Project
This project will develop new mixed use planning and zoning designations to implement the “Centers and Corridors” concept that emerged from thePortland Planand the Comprehensive Plan Update planning processes. The project will focus on revising the city’s Commercial and Central Employment (EX) zones that are applied outside the Central City. This project is supported by a Construction Excise Tax (CET)  grant from Metro. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will work closely with the Mixed Use Zones Project team and will examine parking management policy through a concurrent project.

For more information contact Barry Manning at 503-823-7965 or

Institutional Zoning Project
This project will develop new campus institution zoning designations and identify infrastructure investments to support the city’s  hospitals, colleges and universities. It will refine development review procedures and standards for these institutions, while protecting surrounding communities from potential offsite impacts. This project will focus on Portland’s 15 major campus institutions located outside the Central City and off of Marquam Hill.

For more information contact John Cole at 503-823-3475 or

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 Marty Stockton at 503-823-2041 or

Employment Zoning Project
This project will implement new directions set in the Comprehensive Plan Update to meet 20-year land needs for job growth while protecting watershed health and neighborhood livability.  Expected actions include code changes to industrial and employment zones and zoning map changes for new employment areas.

For more information contact Steve Kountz at 503-823-4551 or

Transportation System Plan
The Transportation System Plan (TSP) is the City's long-range plan to guide transportation investments in Portland. The TSP update will also ensure thatPortlandis aligned with Metro's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The TSP meets state and regional planning requirements and addresses local transportation needs for cost-effective street, transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The plan will refine the transportation selection criteria, update the street classification map and project list priorities, and develop changes to the zoning code

For more information contact Courtney Duke at 503-823-7265 or email

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 for Portland to meet state-mandated Periodic Review requirements, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in coordination with partner bureaus,  is considering other priority projects. The timing of these projects will depend on the availability of funding and staffing. These additional projects may include revisiting multi-dwelling and single-dwelling zone development standards, evaluating tools to improve  stormwater management, and reconsidering how the City regulates schools.