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Several Comprehensive Plan early implementation projects will result in an updated Zoning Map

Portland’s draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and land use map are at City Council for hearings, work sessions and adoption. Bringing up the rear of the Comp Plan Update are several “early implementation” projects that will update the City’s zoning map and code.

These projects were created to address the most urgent needs to implement Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development, including creating enough employment land (for jobs and different types of businesses), addressing the scale and design of new mixed use development along busy corridors and in neighborhood hubs, and resolving discrepancies between the land use and zoning maps.

Last October, the Employment Zoning Project released a discussion draft for public comment. Since then, multiple drafts on this and other zoning update projects have been released. The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held public hearings for most of the Zoning Map update projects, which include:

After a public hearing with the PSC for the Mixed Use Zones Project on May 10, all of the Zoning Map updates above will be combined into a single – or composite – Zoning Map and considered as a whole. A public hearing on this Composite Zoning Map with the PSC is scheduled for July 12, 2016, when the PSC will invite testimony and make a recommendation to City Council about the consolidated map.

Get Involved

Portlanders have had the opportunity to provide feedback on these zoning update projects since each Discussion Drafts for each one were released over the past year. The PSC will hold public hearings on the following Proposed Drafts:

Mixed Use Zones Project
Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500A

Zoning Map Composite
Tuesday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
1120 SW 5th Ave, Room C

Check the PSC calendar to confirm the date, time and location one week prior to the scheduled hearing.

The PSC also invites testimony on these proposals in writing, via:

  • Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App
  • Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov.
  • U.S. Mail: Planning and Sustainability Commission, c/o City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201, Attn: [project name] testimony

Next Steps

Following the PSC’s public hearings on these zoning updates, the Commission will recommend a new Zoning Map to City Council, which will hold additional hearings. tentatively scheduled for fall 2016.

What’s the difference between the Comprehensive Plan Map and the Zoning Map?

The Comprehensive Plan Map depicts a long-term vision of how and where the city will grow and change over the next 20 years to accommodate anticipated population and job growth. In contrast, the Zoning Map tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today