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Comprehensive Plan Seeks Six New Community Involvement Committee Members

Help make sure that the perspectives of Portland’s many and diverse communities are reflected in the city's new Comprehensive Plan

Get involved in the future of your city! Help ensure that the perspectives of all Portlanders are reflected in the Comprehensive Plan Update by serving on the Community Involvement Committee (CIC).

As a member of the CIC, you will review and provide input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. The advisory committee makes recommendations to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and project staff on ways to maintain and improve its public involvement activities to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Applicants should have an interest in the public process and be able to share ideas for enhancing the City-Community partnership.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 1, 2013. Learn more about the committee or apply now!

Member Qualifications and Skills

Community members who are interested in serving on the CIC should have the following: 

  • Strong interest in and understanding of public involvement processes.
  • Commitment to the City’s goal for the CIC: To oversee and strengthen the community’s involvement and capacity to participate with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), partner City bureaus and government agencies in the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Willingness to contribute to successful group work.
  • Ability to commit 2-3 hours for quarterly meetings, plus: meeting preparation time, public involvement events, presenting at Planning and Sustainability Commission or City Council, etc.
  • Live, work and/or go to school in the City of Portland.

Member Responsibilities 

  • Review public involvement methods, activities and results. Approximate end date for the Comprehensive Plan Update is June 2015.
  • Review and make recommendations for involvement methods and activities for the coming quarter.
  • Consider issues and concerns from a citywide perspective.

Selection Process

Final consideration and appointments will be made by the Mayor and approved by City Council by November 2013.

Apply for the Community Involvement Committee.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan Update

West Quadrant Open House: Come Give Us Your Input!

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host a Concept Development Open House on Thursday, October 24

The West Quadrant Plan project team will host a Concept Development Open House next week on Thursday, October 24. The event will showcase a series of 10 draft concept maps for the area covering:

  • Land use emphasis
    West Quadrant skyline from the SE
  • Attractions and special places
  • Building height
  • Street and development character
  • Open space and parks
  • Green systems
  • Transit
  • Pedestrians
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Bicycles 

Together the 10 layers begin to illustrate a concept plan for the West Quadrant. This concept will be refined based on public comment and feedback from the project Stakeholder Advisory Committee later this fall. The final concept layers will help inform more detailed district-level planning early next year. The maps are available here: land use maps, transportation maps

West Quadrant Plan Concept Development Open House

Thursday, October 24, 2013
4 p.m. ‒ 7 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Main Lobby

Come join the discussion and tell us what you think about these draft quadrant wide concept maps. If you are not able to attend the open house but would like to provide input on the concept maps, please fill out an online feedback form

Your feedback is important and will be used by the West Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) and project team as they work toward a recommended concept. If you have any questions or comments about the open house or the online tool, send them to the project’s email at We hope to see you next week!

Find out more information about the draft concept maps

Read about and see maps portraying the guiding principles for the plan

PSC News: October 8, 2013 meeting recap and documents

Comprehensive Plan Part 2 — briefing


  • Comprehensive Plan Part 2 briefing

Meeting files

 ** If you receive an error message, click the icon to the right of "Contained Records" to open the document listing.

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

West Quadrant News: Concepts That Map the Future

Second post in a series about the West Quadrant Concept Development Phase

As mentioned in the previous post, the West Quadrant Concept Development Workbook contains a series of quadrant wide principles and concept layer maps that will be used to shape the policies and goals to come.

Using the urban design principles previously discussed as well as information from various public outreach events, six concept layers have emerged to guide the policies for the West Quadrant Plan: land use, special attractions, height, street and development character, open space and green systems.

West Quadrant Plan concept development mapsThe Land Use Concept Map includes “bubbles” that illustrate the predominant land uses that would be encouraged in future development. Most of the West Quadrant is mixed-use in character today and will continue to be in the future.  The Land Use Map also illustrates the desire to incentivize housing and employment in certain areas. Two additional maps ─ special attractions and maximum building height ─ also help reinforce the land use concepts. The Attractions and Special Places Map identifies significant places that are unique to the area and have a special draw. The building height diagram indicates approximate maximum building height to be allowed in different areas.

The Street Development and Character Map outlines a more intentional and varied approach for the quadrant’s street network. The Open Space and Green Systems Maps help reinforce the design principles of connecting places and designing with nature by laying out future open space and green system enhancement opportunities.

Together these maps help illustrate a West Quadrant where Portland residents can live, work and play for many years to come.