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A growing Portland gets a new plan

City Council to hold public hearings on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan starting November 19

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.


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.


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.


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 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


Comp Plan outreach by the numbers

City planners staff more than 100 outreach events to help Portlanders understand map and code changes coming their way.

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.  


City of Portland takes a stand for clean energy

Two new City Council resolutions signal local resolve to transition away from fossil fuels

On November 4 and 12, Portland City Council took historic action to move away from fossil fuels. Transitioning to renewable energy is cleaner, safer, better for human and environmental health, and addresses climate change.

City Council passed two resolutions, both co-sponsored by Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fritz. The first, passed on November 4, opposes oil trains carrying crude oil from rolling through Portland and Vancouver.

“The City of Portland’s resolution to oppose any increase in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through the City of Portland and the City of Vancouver, Washington is intended to stand in solidarity with the City of Vancouver’s decision,” said Commissioner Fritz, noting the City of Vancouver’s opposition to the proposal to build the West Coast’s largest oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

The second resolution directs City bureaus to identify how to use the City's authority to restrict the development and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure (other than infrastructure like pipes to serve direct end users.) Resolutions are not legally binding on their own. Any legally binding code changes will come back to City Council for consideration at a later date.

“Earlier this year the City of Portland’s new Climate Action Plan called for City Council to establish a fossil fuel export policy,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Now, with unanimous support, we have acted for future generations: Portland opposes new infrastructure that would expand fossil fuel storage or transport. This new resolution will allow staff to propose city code changes to make sure new fossil fuel projects aren’t built, protecting our planet and our people.”

The new resolutions build on a history of action:

1) Reduce direct use of fossil fuel use: The City has been systematically working to reduce fossil fuel use in Portland for more than 20 years, as detailed in four successive climate action plans. This most recent decision reflects the commitment of Portland’s leadership to stay the course, rather than a radical departure from past practice. 

2) Don't invest City financial resources in fossil fuels: In September 2015 City Council passed a resolution that adds fossil fuel companies to the City’s "do-not-buy" list of corporate securities.

3) Reduce fossil fuels in our electricity supply: The City continues to partner with clean energy advocates and allies to make it easier for renewable energy development to take place in Oregon. BPS has run programs to help residents and businesses go solar, like Solarize Portland, and has piloted new program ideas like crowdfuding for solar on community buildings. BPS has played an active role in supporting state legislative and regulatory proceedings that advance clean energy, like the Renewable Portfolio Standard.

President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline underscores that the world is changing, and it also makes the work of West Coast cities even more important. The oil industry sees Northwest ports as the next best way to transport fossil fuels. Portland alone cannot change the world, but by showing leadership and linking our efforts with other cities from around the world, we absolutely have an impact. Portland is playing its part in the global shift toward clean energy. Mayor Hales will travel to Paris for the Conference of Parties climate talks in early December to share Portland’s story and lessons learned with other cities and leaders from around the globe.

Register to become a certified Master Recycler by December 10

Motivate change in your community, learn from innovative leaders and make a meaningful difference as a Master Recycler


Imagine a day when all Oregonians live well, producing and using materials responsibly, conserving resources, protecting the environment and ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities as we do. Help make this vision a reality by becoming a Master Recycler.

Join 30 sustainability enthusiasts in an eight-week course. Learn from innovative leaders.

This popular course consists of eight weeknight classes and two Saturday field trips. The experience offers a blend of presentations by recycling professionals, peer group discussion and project development. After completing the course, graduates put their skills and knowledge to work and commit to volunteer 30 hours of community outreach.

WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter course and 30 hour volunteer program.

WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays (starting January 6, 2016), 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm; and two Saturdays (January 16 and February 13, 2016), 8 am – 2 pm.

WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave Suite 2500A Portland, OR. 

COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Scholarships are available.

APPLY: Deadline for applications is Dec. 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Visit for details and to apply.

The City of Portland will reasonably provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

The Master Recycler program is brought to you by Metro, the City of PortlandClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling AdvocatesClackamas CountyWashington CountyDepartment of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

Sign up for free landlord training in December

Portland-area property managers and landlords attending this training will learn ways to keep rental properties safe and free of illegal activity as well as techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants

Since 1989, over 18,500 Portland-area property owners and managers have attended this nationally recognized program and learned how to keep illegal activity out of rentals, maintain property in compliance with City maintenance regulations, and partner with City services/programs to both provide habitable housing and protect their residential property investment.

Learn more about this important opportunity

This program is constantly updated to current laws and issues, and has been adopted by over 550 cities and counties across the nation. The content of the course reflects in-depth research with organizations and individuals in police work, housing maintenance, property management, law and public housing.

Sign up for the Fall 2015 training here