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Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan hearings continue; public invited to testify to City Council on recommended goals, policies and land use map

Three more public hearings throughout the city give Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development in the city

On November 19, more than 70 people testified at the first public hearing with City Council on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Additional hearings are scheduled from now until early January to give more Portlanders a chance to tell commissioners what they think about the recommended draft.

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Self Enhancement, Inc.
3920 N Kerby Ave

You must sign up to testify. Testimony sign-up sheets will be available one hour before the start of each hearing. Testimony will be taken in the order that people sign in. Each person may only sign up for themselves. Exception: Attorneys may sign up more than once if they are representing separate clients (e.g., Jane Doe, Esq. representing Mary Q Public and Jane Doe, Esq. representing John Q. Public).

Testimony will be limited to two minutes per person. You must be present when your name is called from the testimony sign-up list or you will lose your turn. If you testified at a previous hearing, please refrain from giving the same testimony twice; rather, present testimony about a complementary or different topic/issue.

When signing up, please include your name and mailing address. Without this information, the City is not able to send you notification of the Council’s final decision, and you may not be able to appeal it.

Testimony on the goals, policies and land use map is currently expected to close at the end of the January 7, 2016 hearing. Additional public hearings may be scheduled after commissioner amendments are considered. Please check the City Council website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.


Can’t make it to a hearing? Share your feedback with City Council one of these other ways …

Online via the Map App: www.portlandmaps/bps/mapapp

Email: Sent to with “Comprehensive Plan Testimony” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Letter: Send a letter with your comments to:

Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing equal access to information and hearings. If you need special accommodation, interpretation or translation, please call 503-823-7700, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 within 48 hours prior to the event.

PSC News: December 8, 2015 Meeting Information and Documents

Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — work session


  • Task 5: Employment Zoning Project — work session

Meeting files

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

See what other people said about the Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan

Explore the searchable Index of testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Ever wonder what other people said about the 2014 Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan? Wonder no more! All 4,000 comments sent to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their review have been catalogued into a searchable index. Online viewing of testimony being sent to City Council is in the works. 


Tips for curbside composting this holiday season

The holiday season often brings more food, festivities and the potential for increased waste. This year, include the food by making sure your holiday food scraps and leftovers end up in the green Portland Composts! roll cart.


Try a few of these simple tips to help make curbside composting easy during the holiday season.

In the kitchen: Store your kitchen compost pail next to your prep area so it’s handy during food preparation. Keep your pail tidy by lining it with newspaper, a paper bag or an approved compostable liner. You can also wrap up food scraps in a piece of newspaper before placing them in your kitchen pail.

Creative uses for Thanksgiving leftovers provides a better option for food you purchased and prepared for others.

To get the most from your bird, make stock with the bones before you compost it. It's easier than you think. By adding water, carrots, onions, celery and perhaps some favorite herbs and spices or even white wine, you can create flavorful stock to freeze for future winter cooking.

Enjoy your leftovers (many holiday foods taste better the second day), make a turkey sandwich, a casserole or get creative with your own concoction!

And when you’ve gotten everything out of your meal, add the turkey bones and any other food left to your green compost roll cart. 

On your pickup day: Set your green compost roll cart on the curb every week, even if it’s not full.  Before you empty your kitchen pail into your green roll cart, try placing a few sheets of newspaper, a paper bag or a pizza box on the bottom of the roll cart to absorb moisture. Even better, you can layer your food with some leaves or yard debris to absorb moisture and odors.

Find more ways to save money and waste less food this holiday at Resourceful PDX.

Is it food? It's compostable!
Get a detailed list of what goes in the green compost roll cart.

Have a question for our Curbside Hotline Operator?
Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

Commissioner Fritz Proposes Amendment to Accessory Structures Code Project

Change would affect Accessory Dwelling Units in R7, R5, and R2.5 zones

Commissioner Fritz has submitted an amendment to the Planning & Sustainability's Recommended Draft on the Accessory Structures Zoning Code Update project. The amendment was submitted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, prior to the Council's second reading and vote on the ordinance, which was initially scheduled for November 18, 2015.

The amendment removes the ability for smaller accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be placed within the side and rear setbacks in the R7, R5, and R2.5 zones. The amendment does not affect other covered accessory structures such as garages, sheds, workshops or other living spaces that don't provide independent living facilities.

The City Council has postponed their vote on the amendment and the full package of code changes until December 2, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. In the interim, testimony can be sent to the City Council through the Council Clerks office at

View the Council Amendment

View the Recommended Draft