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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.
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
Issue 21, February 2013
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has served the city well since 1980, but it’s time to give it a complete overhaul so that it reflects the Portland of the 21st century. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is taking the lead on this citywide effort to manage the location of population and job growth, as well as public investments in infrastructure (such as streets, sidewalks, parks and stormwater systems) over the next 20 years. The new Comprehensive Plan will set guidelines for community involvement and influence the direction of private development and public facilities — all to ensure that Portland is a more prosperous, healthy, educated, equitable and resilient city.
While the Portland Plan set goals and policies for economic development, housing, education, transportation and watershed health, the new Comprehensive Plan 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 prosperous and sustainable development throughout the city. These ideas will then be represented through a set of maps and a list of capital projects.
The bureau recently published the Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan Update, which 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 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.
“We need your help to bring this document from a “60 percent draft” to 100 percent,” says Bureau Director Susan Anderson. “The draft Comprehensive Plan is a work in progress, which means there are still areas to be fleshed out and detail to be added. I encourage all Portlanders to join me at a workshop or give us your feedback in whatever way you can.”
Portlanders are invited to review and comment on the Working Draft Part 1, available on the Comprehensive Plan Update project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan. Printed copies are also available at Multnomah County libraries throughout the city and at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
The Working Draft Part 2, available this summer, will include draft maps and a draft list of capital projects.
In February and March, City staff and partners will be sharing information and soliciting feedback through a series of community workshops in six different locations.
West: Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 9 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland
North: Tuesday, February 26, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
De La Salle North Catholic High School
7528 N Fenwick Avenue, Portland
Southeast: Thursday, February 28, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Franklin High School
5405 SE Woodward Street, Portland
East: Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Avenue, Portland
Central: Tuesday, March 5, 5 – 8 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway, Portland
Northeast: Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Beaumont Middle School
4043 NE Fremont Street, Portland
Business: Thursday, March 14, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Location to be announced
Issue 21, February 2013
Homeowners in Portland’s historic and conservation districts will have an easier time making minor modifications to their homes when a proposed set of code amendments is adopted. In response to community concerns about the time and expense involved in historic design review, the Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability and Development Services developed this proposal in collaboration with homeowners, remodelers and historic resource advocates.
The goal of the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project is to streamline the regulatory process around historic design review. The project team has been looking at ways to create a quicker, easier-to-understand and more predictable review process for projects with minor impacts on historic resources, as well as clarifying code definitions and other code clean-up measures.
On Jan. 22, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission held a public hearing to consider the Proposed Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Zoning Code Amendments, and voted to forward a package of recommended Zoning Code Amendments to City Council.
Council is expected to hold a hearing on the code amendments on Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. The recommended report will be available the first week of February. The adopted code amendments will be effective 37 days after the City Council vote.
After adoption, the project team will continue its work to improve the regulatory process and provide benefits to homeowners in the historic and conservation districts. The code amendments may also allow the Bureau of Development Services to reduce historic review fees for smaller projects in the near future.
For more information about the project and how to get involved, please visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58976 or call 503-823-5869.