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Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has been guiding the city’s growth and development for more than 30 years. City planners have been working hard to update this long-range plan to ensure the community is prepared to manage expected population and employment growth over the next 25 years.
Something this important requires robust community participation and plenty of opportunities for all Portlanders’ voices to be heard. Over the past couple of years, City staff have been soliciting public feedback at neighborhood association meetings, open houses, workshops, summer tabling events, community meetings and other events. Public comments have also been received through online surveys and the Map App as well as comment cards, letters and emails.
As we move into the final phases of the project, public input will now be considered through the legislative process — in the form of testimony given at Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and City Council hearings.
See the timeline and process chart for the remaining phases of the project.
Currently, staff are busy preparing the Proposed Plan, incorporating feedback gathered in the latter half of 2013, which is summarized in the What We Heard memo). The Proposed Plan will be released in July, and Portlanders will be able to submit testimony to the PSC at public hearings held throughout the city, beginning in late September. There will be informational open houses scheduled in July and in early September. After considering public testimony, the PSC will forward a Recommended Plan to City Council for consideration in early 2015.
Included in the Comprehensive Plan update process, some Early Implementation projects have begun. These projects represent the last phase of the state-mandated periodic review work plan. Technical experts and dedicated volunteers have been forming committees to discuss revisions to the zoning code, oversee community involvement processes, refine the Transportation Systems Plan, and more. The July and September 2014 open houses will include information about Early Implementation projects. Additional outreach for these projects will occur in early 2015, before the PSC and City Council hold hearings on those projects.
Stay tuned for announcements of specific open house dates, as well as information about how you can submit formal testimony to the PSC and City Council.