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A growing Portland gets a new plan

On Thursday, November 19, City Council will begin a series of public hearings on Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. Several years in the making and based on exhaustive research and analysis, tens of thousands of comments, countless public meetings and the work of dozens of project staff, the recommended draft of the 2035 Plan will prepare the city for new growth and development for the next 20 years.

It carries forward the best of Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan from 1980: Centers and corridors will continue to absorb both residential and commercial development, protecting our distinctive neighborhoods. Businesses and jobs will have room to grow on more employment land. East Portland will benefit from prioritized investments in transit and other vital infrastructure. And our trees, open spaces, rivers and streams will benefit from enhanced protections.

All so Portland can accommodate more people, more jobs and more housing in a finite amount of land from now until 2035.

Portland is growing – and growing up. No longer a small city, it’s been in “adolescence” for awhile. Now it’s poised to become a more mature city. And Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan will help guide the way.

Testify!

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Plan by visiting the Map App. Or read the Recommended Draft. Or watch a series of videos about the benefits of Portland’s growth management strategy.

But there’s nothing like a public hearing to make you feel at the heart of the public process. Portlanders are welcome to attend one of the hearings below or watch the events online.

IN PERSON

Attend a public hearing to offer oral testimony directly to the City Council.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Council Chambers, Portland, OR 97204

2 – 3 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Economic Opportunities Analysis, Growth Scenarios Report and other supporting documents

3 – 6 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Testimony heard on the Recommended Draft Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map
Self Enhancement, Inc.
3920 N Kerby Ave

 You must sign up to testify. Testimony sign-up sheets will be available one hour before the start of each hearing. Testimony will be taken in the order that people sign in. Individuals must sign in for themselves. Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person. You must be present when your name is called from the testimony sign-up list or you will lose your turn.

When signing up, please include your name and mailing address. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal it.

Additional public hearings may be scheduled. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.

MAP APP, EMAIL AND LETTERS

Can’t make it to a hearing? Share your feedback with City Council one of these other ways …

Online via the Map App: www.portlandmaps/bps/mapapp

Email: Sent to cputestimony@portlandoregon.gov with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204