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From the comfort of your couch ... the Comprehensive Plan Open House is at your fingertips

Welcome to the Comprehensive Plan Online Open House! Below you’ll find everything you’ll need to get acquainted with Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. We’ve included lots of visuals and videos to get you up to speed – and keep you entertained.

So let’s start with the Big Picture.



What’s a comprehensive plan and why are we updating Portland’s? 

These questions and more are answered with the following engaging slides, courtesy of our graphic artists, planners, urban designers and geographic information system team. 

View the Overview boards

Key Directions


That’s what we call the 30,000-foot view of the plan.

But how do visions, goals, policies and map changes translate into what’s “happening on the ground”? The next set of storyboards takes you through seven “key directions” (kind of like goals) and shows how land use (or map) changes and public investments can work to create a prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

View the Key Directions boards


Now let’s take an even closer look – on the street in your neighborhood, for instance.

Focusing growth in neighborhood hubs and busy streets (we’re calling these Centers and Corridors) gives more people access to services, amenities, jobs and transit. The following two videos show how this growth management strategy will bring the benefits of healthy connected neighborhoods to more people, while preserving land for parks and open spaces, jobs and industry – as well as Portland’s single-family neighborhoods.


Want to know how the new Comprehensive Plan could affect you, your property or your community?

Comment directly on the Map App

Visit the interactive Map App and type in your address. You’ll instantly be able to view any proposed land use changes within a quarter mile of your home or business. The Map App allows you to see what the current land use and zoning are as well as what’s proposed. And you can give your feedback on the proposed changes directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App.

If you have questions and would like to chat with a live person about your property and how the new plan might affect you, feel free to contact our Call Center at 503-823-0195 or send us an email at

But let’s break it down a little more. While most of Portland will not be affected by an update to the Comprehensive Plan, the proposed changes fall into several key “themes.” The following three videos explain how land uses changes will address lack of infrastructure in East Portland as well as stormwater issues and natural hazards, and ensure businesses have enough room to grow and provide jobs.

“Rightsizing” East Portland so infrastructure and schools can meet the needs of residents

Addressing natural hazards and stormwater constraints in SW and East Portland

Supporting economic development and job growth


Time to testify!

Now that you’ve explored the Map App and watched the videos, perhaps you’d like to tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission what you think about the draft 2035 Plan. You can do that in several ways – in person, in writing or via the Map App. Learn more by reading the Tips for Testifying sheet. And as Chair Andre Baugh says in the following video, your testimony is important because the commission wants to know what you think about the plan – not just planners and other City staff. Four public hearings begin September 23, and three open houses are scheduled to help Portlanders learn more and prepare testimony.

Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you


Early Implementation

Implementing the new Comprehensive Plan 

As we share the proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan with the public, we’re also working with the community to refine land uses and zoning in mixed use corridors and on and around campus institutions, as well as enhance the functionality of employment land and ensure robust community involvement in planning efforts moving forward. These “early implementation” projects are gathering steam and will go before the PSC later this year. Find out more with this last set of slides.

View the Early Implementation boards 

So, there you have it. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan in a nutshell (albeit a big one!). Portland only gets to do this as a community once every 20 to 30 years, so we hope you’ll at least nibble off a little bit ... maybe share with friends and family, discuss with your neighbors and tell the commissioners what you think of this long-range plan for our city.

Thanks for participating!