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CC2035 Steering Committee will guide direction

The CC2035 Steering Committee will start meeting November 10th and help guide policies for the direction of the Central City.

Central City 2035 is embarking on the last phase in developing a Concept Plan for Portland’s Central City, which will guide development and decision-making over the next 25 years. The new CC2035 Steering Committee will be meeting over the next few months, starting on November 10th, in order to help shape the overall policy direction and complete the Concept Plan. At the November 10th meeting a Draft Policy Framework will be discussed. The Framework is a result of input and guidance received from the CC2035 Advisory Group and the CC2035 Symposium Series.

For questions or comments about the upcoming meeting or the CC2035 Concept Plan, please contact Troy Doss at (503) 823-5857 or by email at

The CC2035 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.

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.