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UPDATED: Draft Portland Plan Goes Before Planning and Sustainability Commission

Public invited to testify during November hearings

Now that the Portland Plan - Proposed Draft is available for public review, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be holding public hearings in November to receive public testimony about the plan. Comments from the public will help the commissioners prepare their recommendation to City Council in early 2012.

The Portland Plan sets a 25-year direction for Portland’s future and includes a five-year action plan to address equity, job growth, education and a healthy environment. The PSC wants to hear public comments on the equity framework, the integrated strategies and the citywide measures of success in the draft Portland Plan. 

To accommodate community members and reach a broader a audience, two of the three hearings will be held offsite — one in North Portland at Jefferson High School and the other in East Portland at Parkrose High School. The third hearing will be held at the PSC's usual meeting place in downtown Portland.

Portland Plan Hearings (oral testimony welcome)

Tuesday, November 8
5:30 - 9 p.m.
Jefferson High School
5210 N Kerby Avenue
Tuesday, November 15
5:30 - 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street
Tuesday, November 29
5:30 - 9 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A

Oral testimony will be closed after the November 29th hearing. The deadline for written testimony will be extended through Dec. 28, 2011, to allow community groups to compile their thoughts and provide written input (previously the deadline for all testimony was November 30). 

Work Session (written testimony only)
Tuesday,  December 13
12:30 - 3 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A

Work Session and Recommendation  (no testimony taken)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A

Work session continues with a recommendation from the PSC to City Council coming at the end of this meeting. 
To submit written comments

Written comments on the Portland Plan will be accepted until Dec. 28, 2011.

By email: Send comments to with the subject line "Portland Plan testimony."
By mail: Send a letter with your comments to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201-5380, Attn: Portland Plan testimony.

For more information or if you have questions, please call 503-823-1303.
Tips for Commenting
When submitting testimony to the PSC (whether in person or in writing), please share the following:

  • What part of the plan are you testifying about?

  • What are the reasons you like something or would like to change something? Facts that support your reasons are always a good idea.

  • How does the proposal affect you or your organization?

Because of the anticipated volume of testifiers, comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person.
About the Planning and Sustainability Commission
The Planning and Sustainability Commission is a volunteer group that advises City Council on Portland's long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability. For more information, please visit their website.
Staff will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. Please notify us no fewer than five (5) business days prior to the event by phone at 503-823-7700, by the TTY line at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

BPS News: City of Portland chosen to showcase Clean Energy Works program at National League of Cities event

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff shares program model with other cities at NLC conference

For immediate release

November 9, 2011


Christine Llobregat

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability



City of Portland chosen to showcase Clean Energy Works program at
National League of Cities event

Portland, ORE —  The National League of Cities (NLC) has honored the City of Portland for the development of the Clean Energy Works pilot program. Staff from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will showcase the program at NLC’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, held in Phoenix, Ariz., November 9 – 12.

“We are very proud of the Clean Energy Works program. During the pilot, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and its pilot program partners tested best practices and weatherized over 500 homes,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “Now the program has expanded statewide with Clean Energy Works Oregon. It’s my hope that other cities attending the NLC event will find this job-creation model adaptable to their own communities.”

At this event, NLC is recognizing  24 city programs that are examples of creative collaborations, increased efficiency and enhanced quality of life for residents. The programs were chosen in key areas of interest to cities in these difficult economic times and will serve as models for other communities in the areas of economic development, sustainability, infrastructure and children and families.

City Showcase: Green Cities/Sustainability Category
The City Showcase is NLC’s premier program celebrating city achievements. Successful, creative programs from cities and towns across the country are selected to be recognized for their accomplishments and invited to participate in networking activities. Programs are selected for their innovative practices and for their contribution to a collection of programs that demonstrates a wide range of geographical locations, city sizes, and topic areas.

Portland’s colleagues in the green cities and sustainability award category—highlighted below—strengthen local economies, enhance physical infrastructure, protect natural resources and promote public health. 

Clean Energy Works History

After a successful pilot program, in 2010 Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability helped create Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO), a non-profit organization that makes energy efficiency upgrades affordable and easy. CEWO bundles multiple upgrades, expert contractors, and low-cost financing into a single home energy remodel.

The private and public sector have joined together as never before with a community improvement program responsible to a triple bottom line of benefits which include:

  • Financial – provides capital for thousands of homeowners in Oregon.
  • Social – creates family sustaining jobs in our local area.
  • Environmental – reduces e nergy waste and carbon pollution in our communities.

Visit for latest application information.

About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portland's diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. BPS provides a forum for community engagement and education, and is a catalyst for action. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency and solar technologies. This innovative, interdisciplinary approach strengthens Portland's position as an international model of sustainable development practices and commerce.

About the National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.



Youth and Others Testify at First Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing on the Portland Plan

The first Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) hearing on The Portland Plan – Proposed Draft was held on Tuesday, November 8 at Jefferson High School. Mayor Adams presented an overview of the plan, and representatives from Urban League, Center for Intercultural Organizing, SUN System Coordinating Council, Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Audubon Society and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, among others, gave testimony.

Perhaps most affected by this 25-year plan to make Portland prosperous, healthy and equitable are the city's youth. Students serving on the Multnomah Youth Commission spoke to the commissioners, supported by youth from Trillium Charter School and Jefferson High, along with a Youth Planning Program member attending Portland State University. They adovocated for youth to be included in the decision-making process when discussing policies that affect the youth community.

If you would like to watch a replay of the PSC hearing, it will be broadcast on Channel 30 on Friday, November 11 at 3 p.m., in addition to the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., and the first and third Sunday at 7 a.m. The next public hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver Street.

For more information, please visit or call 503-823-1303.

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

Open House at Rigler School draws a large crowd for Cully project

BPS E-News Issue 14

In the ongoing effort to create a more thriving neighborhood main street and a safe, accessible local street system to serve the Cully community, neighbors gathered for the Cully Main Street and Local Street Plans Project open house on Thursday, October 27 at Rigler Elementary School. About 80 community members attended the event, sharing their ideas about the future of their community while they learned about the project to improve the services, amenities, sidewalks and streets in the neighborhood.

Business people, individuals and families joined in, the latter taking advantage of the free childcare provided. Special guests included students from an English for Adult Speakers of Other Languages class that was being held at Rigler School that evening.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability hosted the event, along with our partners at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, to share the results of an existing conditions report and a redevelopment analysis. Staff also sought further clarification about:

  • Where new opportunities for commercial uses along the boulevard area might be.
  • How new development should occur to fit into the neighborhood and support new businesses.
  • What are the most important walking and biking routes in Cully and how streets should be improved.

City staff will incorporate open house and other community comments along with research and analysis to begin developing zoning proposals, new local street designs and funding tools, and other recommendations.

A second public open house for the project will take place in February 2012.

For more information visit the project website at and/or contact Debbie Bischoff, project manager, at or 503-823-6946.


Public reviews West Hayden Island Draft Concept Plans

BPS E-News Issue 14

West Hayden Island is home to some of the region's largest tracts of undeveloped open space as well as valuable deep-water terminal capacity. That's why Metro has classified the 800+ acres as both significant environmentally and useful for industrial purposes. In an effort to preserve and enhance both of these assets, City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to develop a concept plan for the island that would include both. During October, BPS and its consultant, Worley Parsons, presented a set of alternative concepts to the public for review and comment that would accommodate no more than 300 acres of marine terminal development and no fewer than 500 acres of open space and natural area on West Hayden Island.

Public outreach kicked off with a presentation to a joint meeting of the City Council and Port Commission on October 12 at the Port offices at the Portland Airport. This was followed by two open houses in North Portland and on Hayden Island, which attracted more than 50 people who wanted to review and discuss the concept plan alternatives. The alternatives addressed four main topic areas: operations, transportation, natural resources and recreation.  

The open houses were followed by a series of office hours that staff held on Hayden Island during the second half of October. These informal meetings allowed community members to drop-in and find out more about the project.  During this time, a virtual open house of the concept plans was posted on the project's website, which gave participants a chance answer questions and provide specific comments on the alternatives online. The comment period on the concept plan alternatives closed on November 7.  

However, the draft concepts are still available for viewing on the project website. For more information, please contact the project planners Rachael Hoy at 503-823-6042 / or Phil Nameny at 503-823-7709 /