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Discussion Draft released for Employment Zoning Project

Public invited to comment to staff, who will consider feedback as they develop the Proposed Draft to increase land for jobs in Portland

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Discussion Draft of the Employment Zoning Project. This early implementation project for the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan will implement new policies to achieve more efficient use of industrial land and mixed employment areas as well as map changes to expand these areas. Proposed changes also address the City’s prosperity and equity goals.

The number of people and jobs in Portland is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. The City of Portland is expected to accommodate approximately 141,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2035 — a 26-percent share of regional job growth.

The draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan proposes a range of strategies to meet forecast demand in Industrial and Mixed Employment areas (not Commercial areas), where 31,000 new jobs are projected. Most of these strategies will be implemented gradually. New brownfield redevelopment tools and investments that encourage industrial land intensification will be developed along with strategies to improve watershed health in what are largely the same places.

Read the Employment Land Project Discussion Draft. 

The Discussion Draft is a roughly 80-percent draft of the project proposals. Staff will gather public comments on this draft to inform the development of the Proposed Draft, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in September for their consideration and vote.

Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Friday, August 28, 2015 to:

Email: or

Write: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Attn: Steve Kountz, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

Planning and Sustainability Commission moves the Comprehensive Plan closer to the finish line

Commissioners vote on dozens of amendments to the Proposed Draft and; final vote — on goals and policies — at July 28 meeting

At their July 14 meeting, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted on a number of items for the Comprehensive Plan Update:

The Commission will tie up their work on this phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, July 28, after hearing from members of the project Community Involvement Committee about public engagement efforts. Once they make their final vote on the Goals and Policies document, as amended, the PSC will be ready to forward their Recommended Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan to City Council. 

Following their recommendation to City Council, the commissioners will turn their attention to the final phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update: early implementation. During the fall and winter, the PSC will hold public hearings on draft plans for employment land, campus institutions and mixed use zones and other implementation projects.

City Council will be holding several work sessions on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan in the fall, followed by public hearings later in the year. Check the CPU Calendar for more dates and details.

PSC News: July 28, 2015 Meeting Recap

R/W #7792 Street Vacation — hearing / recommendation; Powell-Division Transit and Development Project — briefing; Community Involvement Report — briefing; Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation


  • R/W #7792 Street Vacation — hearing / recommendation
  • Powell-Division Transit and Development Project — briefing
  • Community Involvement Committee — briefing
  • Comprehensive Plan — work session / recommendation

Meeting files

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

City Council Holds First Public Hearing on SE Quadrant Plan

Second hearing on July 29 will allow more people a chance to testify

City Hall

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, City Council held its first public hearing on the SE Quadrant Plan (full video; click on July 8, PM in the left hand navigation bar). Members of the SE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee, business owners, land owners and representatives from nonprofits spoke about the plan’s strengths and how it could be improved. There was broad support for the plan's balance between supporting the growth of the district while reinforcing protections for industrial businesses.

Transportation strategies affirmed

Representatives from two of Portland’s three modal advisory committees ― the Portland Freight Committee and Bicycle Advisory Committee ― testified in support of the plan. In addition to reaffirming the freight and bicycle designations in the existing Transportation System Plan and Bike Master Plan, the SE Quadrant Plan proposes enhancing separate routes for freight trucks and bikes to improve safety and comfort for each. Their support was echoed by the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC).

Property owners and neighborhood associations expressed enthusiasm for the Central Eastside portion of the Green Loop, if conflicts with freight operations can be addressed. The Green Loop is a signature urban design concept that would provide a safe and comfortable pedestrian and bike route around the Central City and link open spaces, tree canopy and pedestrian amenities.

Land use tools for small businesses and craft manufacturers

As at the Planning and Sustainability Commission hearing, the majority of testimony at City Council supported the expansion of the Employment Opportunity Subarea (EOS) throughout the rest of the district. Staff believe that expanding the EOS will create more locations for industrial businesses currently competing for limited real estate in the Central Eastside. Increasing the supply of this type of land should lower demand and stabilize lease rates for all sectors as a result.

At the hearing, a longtime business and property owner in the Central Eastside asked Council to ensure that traditional industry is a priority in the plan. And two members of the Portland Made group asked commissioners to consider the impacts of the EOS proposal on Portland’s growing craft manufacturing community. Based on this input, Councilors are crafting amendments to the plan that will be discussed at the upcoming hearing (details below).

Second City Council hearing

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2 p.m.
Portland City Council
Council Chambers (City Hall, 2nd Floor)
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Members of the public are invited to propose further amendments for Council’s consideration.

  • Those who signed up but were unable to testify at the July 8 hearing will be invited to speak first at the hearing.
  • Those who testified at the July 8 meeting will only be able to testify on new amendments to the plan, which will be published on this website prior to the hearing.