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Comprehensive Plan Update Community Workshop Recap and Survey

Transportation, urban design, public facilities and services are some of topics Portlanders are weighing in on

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Comprehensive Plan Update Community Workshops throughout the city during the past few weeks. Roughly 350 Portlanders came out to the seven events, engaging with City staff and fellow community members in the general sessions, open houses and breakout sessions. The breakout sessions, especially, engaged participants through interactive exercises and conversations about infrastructure equity, growth scenarios, watershed health, transportation and industrial land supply.

See the information boards about each Comprehensive Plan chapter and the breakout sessions.

Policy Survey and Online Commenting
These are issues that are top of mind for the Comprehensive Plan Update team and others who have been deeply involved in the process, including the Policy Expert Groups, whose members also attended the workshops. Some questions have a variety of valid answers and these have been included in a policy survey. Staff are using some of these questions to prompt useful discussions in group settings and help educate Portlanders about the range of issues. The answers will give the City valuable input about the community’s preferences and opinions.

So far, more than 200 people have filled out the survey online and to date the respondents are more diverse than the population at large. Another 200 have submitted comments via an online feedback form, correspondence and talking with City staff. 

The online survey is open until May 1, and we’d like to hit the 500 mark. Don’t miss your chance to help us carve a path forward on some of the stickiest land use, economic development, environmental health, housing and infrastructure investment issues.

Take the survey here (about specific issues) or make an online comment here (general or other comments).

Community Feedback on the Workshops
Feedback from the workshops indicated that many people felt they had learned something new and appreciated the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with staff and get their questions answered. But others noted the lack of diversity of the participants and not enough publicity to get the word out about the community events. People also want to know what will happen with their feedback and what the next steps are — and, of course, how the updated Comprehensive Plan will affect their neighborhood. A community feedback summary report on the workshops and survey will be available in June.

Other Outreach Efforts and Next Steps
The community workshops were the main outreach effort for the Working Draft Part 1, but there are still several ways to get involved and share your ideas about the future of Portland. In addition to the online survey, staff are meeting with three to six community groups a week, and will soon start tabling at communitywide events (e.g., Sunday Parkways, Portland Parks Summer Concert Series, street fairs and community fairs) in the spring and summer. Feedback from the community during this time will help guide refinements to the draft goals and policies in Part 1 and determine the direction for next steps in the process. 

Coming next: Working Draft Part 2. This will include a set of maps and project lists for transportation and other infrastructure investments to implement the policy direction in the updated Comprehensive Plan. To prepare Working Draft Part 2, the City’s District Liaisons will be talking with stakeholders during the spring to gather district-specific information, comments, preferences and ideas to help develop draft maps and connect the policies with geographically specific mapping possibilities. For more information, please contact your District Liaison or call 503-823-7700.

Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft will be published in mid-summer. It will include a series of maps (including an updated Urban Design Framework, land use designations, etc.) and first drafts of the Citywide System Plan, including infrastructure project lists.

In early Fall, the City will hold another series of community workshops focused on mapping questions and infrastructure choices. The goal is to refine the maps and infrastructure plans based on fall workshop input and publish a Proposed Draft Comprehensive Plan Map in December 2013. The proposed draft will then go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council consideration and discussion in early 2014.

So stay tuned and keep those comments coming!


West Quadrant: Project Up and Running!

Events in March and upcoming events in April are setting the foundation for the West Quadrant Plan.

The West Quadrant Plan team held three major public events in March. The West Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) held its first meeting on March 11 and set the foundation for their work, identifying issues and directions for the West Quadrant. Upcoming meetings in April and May will continue these discussions at the system wide and neighborhood scale. A planning forum and charrette for the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, held on two consecutive Fridays in the White Stag Building, attracted full houses. Staff is working on a summary of key ideas and concepts from the events which should be available in early May. Similar efforts for Goose Hollow are helping staff to get a running start at the quadrant planning process. Feedback has been enthusiastic and informative.

To kick off the West Quadrant Plan, the project team developed the West Quadrant Reader and an accompanying online survey. A short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, the Reader is a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people give feedback via the online survey. The West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. It is available online through May 10, 2013.

Upcoming April Events

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #2 (link includes meeting materials): Monday, April 1, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Downtown Neighborhood Workshop: Tuesday, April 8, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.

West Quadrant Plan SAC Meeting #3: Monday, April 22, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

For print copies of the West Quadrant Reader or to schedule a presentation about the project to your community groups — or if you have any questions about the West Quadrant Plan, please contact Elisa Hamblin at (503) 823-9714 or via email at

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended Code Amendments for New Apartments and Parking Minimums

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.


March 28, 2013


Eden Dabbs
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

PORTLAND, Ore. — On Thursday, April 4, 2013, City Council will hold a public hearing to consider recommended code amendments for parking minimums for some new apartments.

WHEN: April 4, 2013, 2 p.m.

WHERE: City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

HOW: Portlanders may testify in person at the event. Written testimony can also be submitted to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140, Portland, OR 97204, or FAX comments to 503-823-4571. Emailed testimony can be sent to Testimony must be received by April 4. Those who send a letter or email must include their name and address, and the letter or email must be received by the time of the hearing.


The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a public hearing regarding new apartments and parking on March 12, 2013. The commissioners heard testimony from a variety of stakeholders and community members on a proposal presented by City staff. Following public testimony and deliberations, the PSC recommended minor changes to the proposal.

In the last year, there has been an increase in new multi-dwelling buildings along commercial streets in Portland's close-in neighborhoods, including projects that do not include off-street parking. These projects are being built under current City policies and Zoning Code provisions. Some community members have reacted with concern about the number of these projects and lack of parking, while others have expressed support for current policy. At the direction of City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff have put together the recommended code amendments, which are focused on creating minimum parking standards for new large multi-unit buildings.

For more information or to read the FAQ, please visit the project web page at

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, please call 503-823-7700, the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or the Oregon relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), develops innovative and practical solutions to create and enhance a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The bureau provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 


PSC News: March 26, 2013 meeting recap and documents

West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session


  • West Hayden Island work session

Meeting Files:

An archive of meeting minutes and documents from all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at