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Members of Comprehensive Plan Update work group sought

Applications for Policy Expert Groups due by April 16 @ 6 p.m.

BPS News

Wednesday, March 19, 2012

Community Members Sought for Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Groups

Project will help implement the Portland Plan


The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is accepting applications through Monday, April 16, 2012, for community members to serve on eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan helps the city prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for the major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

The Comprehensive Plan Update will be informed by and help to implement the Portland Plan, a strategic plan for a prosperous, educated, healthy, equitable city. It will also build upon the citywide vision developed through VisionPDX.

Policy Expert Groups

The primary function of the PEGs is to advise City staff on the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update and related programs. PEG members will work collaboratively with City and agency staff to develop policy recommendations. The PEG membership will be composed of approximately 12 members. An effort will be made for a balanced group of community members and city/agency staff. Each PEG will have a professional facilitator, and meetings will be open to the public.

Policy Expert Groups Charter and Protocols

Members will:

  • Work collaboratively with City staff to develop policy, concept mapping and key parcel-specific mapping recommendations; secondary outcomes may include refinements to the capital improvement project list and implementation tools (e.g., zoning); and

  • Consider and integrate public input as part of their guidance to City staff.

Members of the PEGs will be expected to:

  • Review Comprehensive Plan background materials and analysis to understand the issues to be addressed in the Comprehensive Plan;

  • Attend monthly PEG meetings, beginning May 2012, for a period of one year. PEG members may decide to hold additional meetings or create subcommittees that meet more often;

  • Review and comment on proposed policies, mapping and implementation recommendations; 

  • Attend project community meetings to hear directly from the public; and 

  • Attend Planning and Sustainability Commission work sessions as needed to offer comments on policy, mapping and implementation recommendations.

The PEGs will address major themes from the Portland Plan and tasks required by the state-required Periodic Review Work Program, including the following topic areas:

  1. The Community Involvement Policy Expert Group will consist of members of the Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). This PEG will recommend community involvement policies for the Comprehensive Plan, incorporating best practices and the Public Involvement Principles developed by the PIAC and adopted by City Council in August 2010. (Implementing the Equity framework of the Portland Plan).

  2. The Education and Youth Success Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to educational facilities: how they can accommodate projected growth, flexibly provide multiple functions and serve as intergenerational community anchors. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Thriving Educated Youth strategy of the Portland Plan).

  3. The Economic Development Policy Expert Group will consider policies to foster business success, prosperity and employment land supply and vitality. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Economic Prosperity & Affordability strategy of the Portland Plan).

  4. The Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to the design and compatibility of new residential development in areas outside of centers and corridors. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  5. The Neighborhood Centers Policy Expert Group will explore how neighborhood centers and corridors can accommodate new growth, provide necessary commercial and community services, and be designed to enhance the character of their local communities. (Implementing the Equity Framework, Thriving Educated Youth, Economic Prosperity & Affordability, and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  6. The Infrastructure Equity Policy Expert Group will consider infrastructure policies and investment strategies to support equitable public service provision. (Implementing the Equity Framework of the Portland Plan).

  7. The Networks Policy Expert Group will explore the role of public infrastructure networks – including active transportation, green infrastructure and stormwater management systems – in the City’s future growth and land use. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  8. The Watershed Health and Environment Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to water quality, habitat and biodiversity, hydrology, natural hazards, designing with nature and other key topics. (Implementing the Equity framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

Member Qualifications and Skills

Community members who are interested in serving on one of the eight PEGs should have the following qualifications or skills:

  • Professional and/or volunteer experience that corresponds to a specific Policy Expert Group;

  • Experience with policy-making is preferred;

  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience;

  • Ability to commit 4-6 hours every month during business hours, plus preparation for monthly meetings and attendance at community involvement events; and

  • Live, work or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by BPS, in consultation with the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), and additional public agency staff. The selection committee will work to ensure diversity of members, including but not limited to, field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and interest groups. Final appointment to the work groups will be made by the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in April 2012.

To apply to be a member of one of the eight Policy Expert Groups for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update, please fill out an Interest Form by Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Update Policy Expert Group Interest Form

For more information about the Policy Expert Groups, please contact:

Marty Stockton
Community Outreach and Information
City of Portland, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-823-2041 Fax: 503-823-7800

For more information about Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit


The Portland Plan - Recommended Draft is heading to City Council

Public hearing scheduled for April 18 at 6 p.m.

Three years in the making, incorporating more than 20,000 comments and with the cooperation of more than 20 agency partners, The Portland Plan – Recommended Draft will be presented to City Council on April 18 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. With adoption of the Portland Plan within our sights, it’s time to acknowledge the many Portlanders who have been involved in the creation of this once-in-a-generation plan that provides a roadmap for Portland’s future. 

THANK YOU, Portland, for your contributions to the Portland Plan. It's a better plan for it.

The video below is a testament to the work of our entire community, without whom the Portland Plan would not exist. In it, you'll see the successes that we enjoy, the challenges that we face and the path forward for a more prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland. It concludes with pledges from some of our partners, who will help us implement the plan.

But there are also actions that every Portlander can take to help make this plan happen. My Portland Plan presents ideas for individuals, businesses and schools to be a part of Portland's future.

So, whether you were born and raised here, took refuge in the city's unique and diverse communities or sought a better way of life in Portland, you can be part of this major communitywide effort.

We invite you to join us and our agency and institutional partners, business representatives and community members as we present the Recommended Draft of the Portland Plan to City Council on April 18 at 6 p.m. If you cannot attend or would rather watch the hearing from the comfort of your own home, you can stream online at or tune into cable access Channel 30

Read the plan


Knock, knock: BPS Launches door-to-door education campaign for curbside collection

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

BPS has launched a door-to-door outreach campaign for Curbside Collection Service changes that is running through May 19.

Crews of volunteers provide assistance and resources to residents and answer questions about the curbside changes. Both Master Recycler volunteers and community volunteers are part of the effort to reach 40,000 households in different areas of the city.

Key themes will include:

  • Early indications show that Portlanders are reducing garbage by 30 percent or more! Residents are doing a great job composting food scraps and their efforts are making a difference. It takes time to adapt to a new change and some simple tips can make a big difference as residents refine what works best for them. All food can go in the green roll cart along with yard debris, including meat, bones, seafood, dairy and grains. A full list of what can go in each cart can be found here.

  • Big or small, we want it all! There are three key times to collect food scraps: preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning the fridge of leftovers.

  • Use an optional kitchen pail liner – newspaper, a paper bag or approved compostable bag – and empty your pail, including the liner, into the green roll cart frequently.

  • Line the bottom of the green roll cart with newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza delivery box to help absorb moisture.

  • Use soap and water to clean the green roll cart. Pour dirty water onto grass or gravel, not down the storm drain.

  • Put the green roll cart at the curb every week, even if it’s not full.

We’re here to help!

Hotline: 503-823-7202


Comprehensive Plan Update emerges with the Portland Plan

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

As the Portland Plan nears adoption by City Council, BPS is shifting focus to implementation, including the Comprehensive Plan Update. Updating the Comprehensive Plan is one of ways the City will achieve the goals of a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland. Mandated by the state, the Comprehensive Plan is the key long-range plan that helps us prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

Portland has experienced sustained population growth and development since the mid-1980s. This trend is expected to continue with a forecasted 132,000 new households and 147,000 new jobs by 2035. The Comprehensive Plan is about physical development, policy and plans, and it builds on the people-based goals and objectives expressed in the Portland Plan.

As one of the implementing tools for the Portland Plan, the Comprehensive Plan is framed in broad terms and provides future direction for the city through: 1) a set of maps, 2) goals and policies, and 3) a list of capital projects. Detailed implementation measures, such as zoning or project design for specific locations, will be resolved through the implementation phase of the planning process.

Policy Expert Groups

Work on the Comprehensive Plan Update will be guided by eight Policy Expert Groups (PWG) comprised of City staff, partner agencies and community members, who will focus their work around the following topic areas:

  1. Community Involvement (This Policy Work Group will consist of members of the Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC)).

  2. Education & Youth Success

  3. Economic Development

  4. Residential Development & Compatibility

  5. Neighborhood Centers

  6. Infrastructure Equity

  7. Networks

  8. Watershed Health & the Environment

The City is now recruiting community members to serve on the PEGs. Members of the public who have a depth of understanding of a topic area and can make a significant time commitment to the PEG for the next 18 months are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Monday, April 16, 2012. For more information about the Policy Expert Groups and to apply, please visit:

Economic Opportunities Analysis

The Comprehensive Plan Update is built on a foundation of background research and factual information. Staff have summarized their findings in background reports covering topics such as housing, natural resource inventories, infrastructure conditions and capacity and public schools. One of the state-required background reports is the Economic Opportunities Analysis or EOA, which is a study of the 20-year supply and demand for employment land within the city limits. It consists of four sections:


  1. Trends, Opportunities & Market Factors

  2. Long Range Employment Forecast (Demand)

  3. Buildable Land Inventory (Supply)

  4. Policy Alternatives

Key Findings

BPS contracted with E.D. Hovee & Company, LLC, to conduct the analysis. Their key findings include:


  • National employment trends indicate a shift from manufacturing to service sectors, with health, education and professional/business services being the leading growth sectors.

  • This past decade has been a period of relatively slow job growth not only for Portland but for the Metro region and nationally, but Portland’s job growth over the last business cycle has even lagged the region’s slow pace.

  • Industrial employment has been dropping at the same time the city is experiencing increases in industrial land development, cargo volumes and added value of manufacturing products.

  • The Buildable Land Inventory identifies a supply of 3,100 acres of vacant and underutilized employment land, but it may not be the right type or in the right location to meet projected demand.

  • Comparing the employment forecast to the buildable land inventory indicates a need for additional development capacity in our industrial areas and institutional campuses, as well as addressing market issues in the Central City, Gateway and our town centers to better utilize the existing zoned capacity.


Staff will be using the findings in the EOA to guide economic development policy changes in the Comprehensive Plan Update. The discussion draft of the EOA will be published on April 2, 2012 and will be available on the BPS website. The document will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on May 8.


Solarize Northeast deadline nears

BPS E-News Issue 16 - March

Do you live in Northeast Portland and are you thinking about adding a solar electric system to your home? Now is your chance! Northeast Coalition of Neighbors is running its second Solarize NE group purchase campaign.

Workshops are going on now and registration is open until May 15.  This effort is designed to simplify the process of residential solar installation and bring cost reductions through volume purchasing to local area neighbors.

Free workshops make the process easy to understand by covering topics such as: deciding on system size, explaining the costs, providing financing opportunities, and explaining net metering through the utility. Sign up today, or attend a local workshop to learn how to get started.


Three free workshops

  • Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. - 7:30p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue

  • Saturday April 14,  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta Street

  • Thursday April 19,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue