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Long-range plan will help city manage expected population and employment growth
Portland isn’t perfect, but it’s a place where people want to live … because of its size, public transit, natural beauty and friendly culture. But it probably would not have become the city it is today without the visionary long-range planning of 30 years ago. Back then, the city’s biggest concerns were improving air quality and revitalizing the downtown. Portlanders created the city’s first Comprehensive Plan to address those issues.
Today, we face a new set of challenges: creating more jobs, ensuring our students are qualified to do them, protecting our valuable natural resources, making transportation options more accessible, preserving our distinct neighborhoods, and addressing racial and ethnic disparities.
The City of Portland is now updating its Comprehensive Plan to help manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in livability, parks, roads, sewers, business districts and more over the next 20 years. The update will be informed by and help implement the Portland Plan, a strategic plan for a prosperous, educated, healthy, equitable and resilient city. It will also build on the community’s vision created through visionPDX.
While the Portland Plan set goals and policies for economic development, housing, education, transportation and watershed health, the Comprehensive Plan Update will help implement them through more specific city policies to help us make better on-the-ground decisions in our neighborhoods. With the Comprehensive Plan as the foundation, we can improve zoning and provide direction for healthy and prosperous development throughout the city. These ideas will then be represented through a set of maps and a list of capital projects.
The Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan Update — available now — includes initial draft goals and policies for public discussion and review. The accompanying Companion Guide provides an introduction to the Working Draft Part 1 and highlights the document’s main ideas. The Working Draft Part 2, available this summer, will include draft maps and a draft list of capital projects.
The Comprehensive Plan Update is being developed with the help of more than 160 community members, technical experts and City staff from a variety of bureaus who serve on eight different advisory committees called Policy Expert Groups (PEGs).
Now it’s time for the entire city to have a say in how this long-range land use plan will evolve.
Portlanders can help shape this long-range plan for the future of Portland’s communities and neighborhoods by participating in the update of the Comprehensive Plan. In February and March, City staff and partners will be sharing information and soliciting feedback through a series of community workshops in seven locations.
Workshop Dates and Locations
There are many opportunities to participate in the update of the Comprehensive Plan, including:
Comment online: Submit a comment using an online form.
For more information about how to engage, visit the Get Involved section of the Comprehensive Plan Update website.
The updated Comprehensive Plan is being developed based on the Policy Expert Groups’ input, community discussions and technical analysis, including the facts and data gathered in the Background Reports developed during the Portland Plan process. The plan will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission and adopted by City Council in 2014. Later phases of the project will include the development, review and adoption of key implementation measures, such as zoning and code amendments. Future refinement planning will address issues and topics that require additional study or community input.
Packet to provide background and discussion information for January 29th
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) forwarded a packet of material for the January 29th Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) West Hayden Island (WHI) Work Session on natural resources. This session will be held from 4-7 p.m. Materials that are included in the packet and will be discussed at the work session include: natural resource mitigation, ownership, and tribal interests. The elements of the packet sent to the PSC are available here for the public to access.
You can find more information on the work session at the BPS WHI Calendar.
Making it easier for homeowners to make minor home improvements in the City’s historic and conservation districts.
At a public hearing on Jan. 22, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission reviewed code amendments that will make it easier for homeowners to make minor home improvements in the City’s historic and conservation districts.
Staff gave an overview of the project and answered several clarifying questions from commissioners. After testimony from 14 people, the commission voted to forward the package of Zoning Code Amendments from the January 7 report. Included in that recommendation were seven additional staff-recommended amendments and three specific requests to City Council in response to testimony, including:
City Council is expected to hold a hearing on the recommended Zoning Code Amendments on Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. The recommended report will be available the first week of February.
Historic Resources Code Improvement Project – hearing/recommendation; Comp Plan Update – briefing; West Hayden Island Draft Plan – work session
An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/search/rec?sm_clastext=Planning%20and%20Sustainability%20Commission&sort1=rs_dateCreated&count&rows=50.
Issue 21, February 2013
In 2012, Portland moved forward on many fronts — and I am pleased with the substantial accomplishments that were made in collaboration with BPS and dozens of community, business, nonprofit, academic and other partners. Here is a sampling of our progress:
2013 brings new City leadership and the opportunity for new vision and collaboration. A major effort underway for BPS is the development of our new Comprehensive Plan. As a once-in-a-generation update, it is a comprehensive task requiring all hands on deck! Dozens of community, business, academic and neighborhood leaders are working on this project as part of the Policy Expert Groups. These advisory groups are focused on such topics as housing, economic development, watershed health, community involvement, infrastructure, neighborhoods and transportation. Their work will be stitched together within the new Urban Design Framework, which forms the basic structure for the physical components of the Comprehensive Plan.
As you’ll read further on, the Comprehensive Plan – Working Draft Part 1 has recently been published, and public feedback is needed. We hope to see some of you at workshops around the city in February and March. Or visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan and tell us what you think.
Many other efforts are underway this year:
So as you can see, 2012 was a busy year, and we have much exciting work ahead. We hope our efforts, and our business and community partnerships, have provided a benefit to your household, neighborhood or business. Let us know how we can work with you to build a more prosperous, healthy and resilient community.
Susan Anderson, Director
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability