With the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s transmittal of the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council and the release of various Early Implementation Project drafts, City staff have been out in the community talking with Portlanders about upcoming map and code changes as well as infrastructure investments.
Between neighborhood drop-in hours, information sessions and presentations at community events, more than 100 outreach events have been offered throughout the city since March 2015.
The City’s District Liaisons have set up shop at nearly 20 different drop-in sessions to chat with Portlanders about how proposed map and code changes may affect their neighborhoods. Since May nearly 60 Portlanders have stopped by these events to ask questions and learn more.
At more “formal” information sessions, staff presentations and displays have set the stage for community members to educate themselves about the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft and early implementation projects. The Employment Zoning Project, Campus Institutional Zoning Project and the Mixed Use Zones Project drew more than 100 attendees to their info sessions, which helped staff gather feedback to inform subsequent draft proposals. For instance, the MUZ project team heard a variety of comments from the public about parking needs and issues, scale of development and the use of bonuses and incentives.
Calling all planners …
The Comp Plan Helpline has been a valuable resource for people who can’t or don’t want to go to a meeting. Since April 1, 2015, Helpline staff have taken more than 530 calls, including 30 from non-English-speaking Portlanders with questions about the draft Plan. You, too, can call the Helpline at 503-823-0195 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask questions about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Mobile- and tablet-friendly Map App
You can also learn more with the updated Map App. This new version of the interactive map is tablet- and mobile-friendly. It features several maps, including land use designations, the Citywide Systems Plan, the Transportation Systems Plan, Employment Zoning, Campus Institutional Zoning, Mixed Use Zones and Residential and Open Space Zoning. Since September 1, the Map App has been viewed more than 31,000 times and received more than 250 comments on proposals.
More outreach opportunities to come
Project staff will continue to meet with community members about the Comprehensive Plan all over the city and into the new year. Look for events and opportunities on the project website and calendar.