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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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1. When policies or zoning rules are written

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) conducts long-range planning projects that change the City’s Zoning Map and Zoning Code. These projects can be citywide, such as the Comprehensive Plan Update or Residential Infill Project, or specific to smaller areas, such as the Cully Commercial Corridor and Local Street Plan. Long-range planning projects typically set or affirm goals and policies governing how and where future development will take place, and make rules, such as zoning regulations, to achieve those goals. 

It’s important to make your voice heard if you care about how these processes set the long-term vision and rules for what can occur on the ground in the future. Community involvement [WS1] in long-range planning projects (“legislative process”) happens many ways, from attending workshops and other outreach events, responding to surveys, and testifying at hearings. See more in this overview of the legislative process

BPS operates a District Liaison program staffed with planners who work with community partners to understand each district’s issues, needs and opportunities, build relationships, gather and share information and infuse City projects, policies and investments with community priorities. District Liaisons serve as technical advisors and resources for neighbors, organizations, businesses and institutions. You can contact the District Liaison in your area of interest to learn more about the zoning rules in the area and any projects working to revise them. 

To stay informed about BPS programs and projects, subscribe to their press releases or bi-monthly newsletter.