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My Portland Plan: What Makes a Neighborhood Complete?

Only 45 percent of Portlanders have easy, safe access to amenities, housing and transportation

A “complete neighborhood” is an area where residents have safe and convenient access to goods and services they need on a daily or regular basis. This includes a range of housing options, grocery stores and other neighborhood-serving commercial services; quality public schools; public open spaces and recreational facilities; and access to frequent transit. In a complete neighborhood, the network of streets and sidewalks is interconnected, which makes walking and bicycling to these places safe and relatively easy for people of all ages and abilities.

Why measure complete neighborhoods? Having safe, convenient and walkable access to schools, parks, grocery stores and transit can help Portlanders save money and stay healthy. For example, lower transportation costs help reduce overall household costs and increase housing affordability. And incorporating daily exercise is a lot easier with a safe network of sidewalks outside your door.

Today, fewer than half of Portlanders live in complete neighborhoods. By 2035, the City aims for 80 percent of Portlanders to be living in complete neighborhoods. The “heat map” below shows Portland’s neighborhoods in varying stages of “completeness”; the cooler colors in purple and blue (note outer East Portland, Southwest and the West Hills) have fewer amenities and safe streets, whereas the inner eastside neighborhoods in warm reds, oranges and yellows offer greater access to both. 

"Heat" map of Portland's 20-min neighborhoods

The “20-minute neighborhood” index measures access to everyday goods, services and amenities. The “heat map” shows the range of accessibility. 

PSC News: February 26, 2013 meeting recap and documents

Barbur Concept Plan — hearing / recommendation; West Hayden Island Draft Plan — work session


  • Barbur Concept Plan hearing / recommendation
  • West Hayden Island Draft Plan work session

Meeting files:

An archive of meeting minutes, documents and audio recordings of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

CC2035: Announcing the West Quadrant Reader and Survey!

Learn about planning issues and opportunities in the West Quadrant of the Central City, and share your thoughts about its future

reader PDFThe West Quadrant Reader, a short newspaper-like document outlining issues, opportunities and ideas for Portland’s West Quadrant, is now available in tabloid-size print or on the web — along with an online survey. The WQP Reader is part of the first phase of the West Quadrant planning process. It’s a starting point for the public conversation about the West Quadrant and will help people provide feedback via the online survey. It will also guide the Stakeholder Advisory Committee discussions in their first few meetings.

You can share your ideas and preferences for the West Quadrant areas, including the Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Goose Hollow, the West End, Downtown, South Downtown and South Waterfront by filling out the West Quadrant Issues and Opportunities Survey, available online through May 10, 2013. The survey seeks community input on topics such as housing, transportation and neighborhood services. Your responses will help the West Quadrant team outline directions for the West Quadrant Plan.

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