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Portland Plan Fairs start Wednesday, March 2

Phase III of the Portland Plan kicks off with the roll out of three integrated strategies and an Equity Initiative for Portland's future

Starting March 2, Portlanders have an opportunity to shape the City's strategies for the future at four upcoming Portland Plan Fairs. These fairs will offer residents a range of experiences and opportunities to learn about and comment on three integrated strategies and an Equity Initiative to ensure that Portland is a thriving and sustainable city, with health and opportunity for all. 

Portlanders say that equity, living wage jobs, student success and a healthy environment are their top concerns. In response to this community input, the Portland Plan combines these priorities with extensive research and national best practices to develop an overarching Equity Initiative and three draft strategies for Portland's future:

1. Education
2. Economic Prosperity and Affordability
3. Healthy Connected Neighborhoods

In addition to breakout discussions for each one, the fairs will feature local food, music, booths, presentations, exotic animals (at the Zoo) and community exhibitors. Mayor Sam Adams will be talking with community members and free childcare will be provided at all locations.

At the first fair on Wednesday evening in Southeast Portland, artists from Colored Pencils Art and Culture will be performing throughout the evening, including local favorites Parfait Bassale, a well-known singer and songwriter from Benin (West Africa); singer/songwriter Randa Benaziz from Morocco; Vietnamese Group Singers Vu Tran, Khanh Nguyen and Thai Bui; story tellers from Nepal Anouksha Garner and Kunga Lama; and poet Ronault "Polo" Catalani. We hope you'll bring your family and friends to one or more of the fairs below.

It's your future. It's our city. Let's make this plan together.


The Portland Plan Fairs


Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place

TriMet #4, #10


Sunday, March 6, 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road

TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue


Thursday, March 10, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

De La Salle North Catholic High School

7528 N Fenwick Avenue

TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow

En Espanol, tambien!


Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

10301 NE Glisan Street

TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue

Community public engagement is especially critical at this point in the Portland Plan process. After the fairs and follow-up outreach efforts, the draft strategies will be revised based on input from the community, Portland Plan partners and national experts. These revised strategies will be the core of the City's strategic plan, which will be available for comment and review this summer and will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission this fall.

For more information, please call 503-823-2041.

The Portland Plan team will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868 or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


Portland Plan Fairs open to a full house at Hosford Middle School

More than 150 Portlanders come by to give their feedback on strategies for Portland's future

Pedal KettleMusic, booths, food, raffle prizes, popcorn... and, of course, lively discussions with friends and neighbors. That's a recipe for public engagement that's fun. Hosford Middle School in Southeast Portland was the setting for some "good cookin'" last night, when more than 150 people showed up to see the draft Portland Plan strategies for Education, Economic Prosperity and Affordabilty, Healthy Connected Neighborhoods and an overarching Equity Initiative (see the slide show below).

Next Fair at the Zoo on Sunday, March 6

The next Portland Plan Fair will be at the Oregon Zoo on Sunday, March 6 from 12:30-3PM. Bring the kids and let them roam or take advantage of the free childcare (please call 503-823-2041 for reservations). Don't miss the exotic animals (including an armadillo, python and owl), when they tour the fair between 1-1:30PM.

The fair will also include Peddle Kettle, performances by Colored Pencils Art and Culture artists, community booths, raffle prizes (including free Zoo tickets) and more lively discussions with your fellow Portlanders.

Breakout Session Schedule
Breakout SessionS Time

Equity Principle and Initiative

Small group activity, Presentation, Group Discussion

Session A: 1:05PM - 1:50PM

Session B: 2:15PM - 3:00PM

Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy

Presentation and facilitated discussion

1:05PM - 1:50PM

Education Strategy

Presentation and facilitated discussion

2:15PM - 3:00PM

Healthy Connected Neighborhoods Strategy

Open House: Orientation Station, map your hubs and greenways exercise, community collage

Come and join anytime after 1PM.

Brief presentations at 1:05PM and 2:15PM

All breakout sessions will be held in the partitioned area to the south of the fair.

Learn more about the strategies and initiative and then take the surveys and tell us what you think.

The Portland Plan. It's your city. It's our future. Let's make this plan together.

Photos from the fair on Flickr.

From our Director, Susan Anderson: New strategic plan will guide our bureau through 2013

BPS E-News Issue 10

It is my pleasure to present the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s 2011-13 Strategic Plan. The plan provides a clear path forward and a framework for developing innovative approaches and practical solutions on issues as far-ranging as comprehensive, strategic, neighborhood and infrastructure planning to waste reduction, green and historic building, recycling, food, energy efficiency and solar technologies.

The strategy includes a strong mission, goals and objectives, as well as a clear understanding of our values and the “toolbox” we use to deliver on our goals.

Many thanks to those community members who contributed to the strategic planning process for BPS over the course of the last year via surveys, interviews and focus groups. As with all of our work to make Portland a more prosperous, equitable and healthy city, we rely on active collaboration with public and private partners from around the city and across the globe.

I am proud to represent the hard working staff of BPS. They bring tremendous technical expertise, collaboration and problem-solving skills, integrated and long-range thinking, entrepreneurial experience and a passion to make a difference on critical issues. We look forward to working with a community full of partners to implement these many ambitious projects and policies.

Please take a look at our new strategic plan. Let us know what you think, and tell us how you can be a partner to help reach our citywide goals.




Susan Anderson
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Help shape Portland’s future at a Portland Plan Fair

BPS E-News Issue 10

Springtime is close, and we’re ringing in the warmer season with a series of family-friendly Portland Plan Fairs. Featuring food, music, performances, games, prizes, booths and exhibitors — and even exotic animals (at the Zoo) — the fairs offer something for everyone.

The Portland Plan provides an opportunity for Portlanders to help define community priorities, guide investments and set the course for the city for the next 25 years. The plan is a multi-year, citywide project to create a strategic plan with short-term actions as well as a long-range plan for the physical, economic, social, cultural and environmental development of the city.
At the Portland Plan Fairs, we’ll be rolling out draft strategies around issues that Portlanders have indicated are their most important priorities: equity, education, economic prosperity and affordability, and healthy connected neighborhoods.

Developed with the community, these integrated strategies combine long-range policies with short-term actions to help get us started on achieving our goal of a thriving and sustainable city, with opportunity for all.

You may have read about the strategies in the latest issue of the Curbsider or at Now you can take advantage of another opportunity to learn more and provide feedback on this citywide plan for Portland’s future.
Colored Pencils Art Collective will give four performances at each event. Free childcare will be provided at all locations.
West Portland    
Sunday, March 6

12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road
TriMet #63, MAX Red + Blue

North Portland
Thursday, March 10

6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
De La Salle North Catholic High School
7528 N Fenwick Avenue
TriMet #4, #6, #75; MAX Yellow
En Español, también!

East Portland
Saturday, March 12

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan Street
TriMet #15, #19; MAX Green + Blue

Come share your ideas about how to get to the future we want! For more information, call 503-823-2041.