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Comp Plan public hearings take a rest for the holidays; one more opportunity to testify in January 2016

It’s been a busy year for the Comprehensive Plan Update, with seven Planning and Sustainability Commission hearings and three City Council hearings on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map. Both the PSC and Council also held multiple work sessions to explore, discuss and deliberate on topics from infrastructure investments and housing to economic development and transportation projects.

Videos of the hearings are available on the Auditor’s website and the PSC YouTube channel.

At the first three City Council hearings (11/19, 12/3 and 12/10), Commissioners heard testimony about a variety of topics, including displacement and housing affordability, concerns about the height and scale of new development, cargo forecasts and environmental protection. They also heard testimony from individual property owners about the changes (or lack thereof) recommended for their property.

One more City Council hearing is scheduled for January 7, 6 – 9 p.m. at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) in Northeast Portland. After that, testimony on the goals, policies and land use map will be closed. Commissioners subsequently will propose their amendments to the Plan, participate in additional work sessions on the amendments in late January and February, and then hold a final public hearing to hear testimony on the amendments in late March, with a vote to adopt scheduled for early April.

Early Implementation projects moving forward

Meanwhile … the early implementation projects for the Comp Plan Update are making their way through the legislative process. Staff have released discussion drafts and some proposed drafts for the Employment Zoning Project, Campus Institutional Project, Mixed Use Zones Project, Residential and Open Space Zoning Map and the Transportation System Plan. Additional early implementation projects are in the pipeline, and all of them will ultimately end up as a single package for City Council to consider and hold public hearings on in late Summer/Fall of 2016.

See a tentative schedule of all early implementation projects.

We invite you to mark your calendars for the release of each draft so you have time to weigh in and comment to staff, the PSC or City Council.