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City of Portland gets another step closer to state acknowledgement of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Several community members file objections after submittal of Task 4 to the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (per state-mandated periodic review) to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and notified participants of their opportunity to object. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted by City Council in June 2015, including the new land use map, the policy document and an associated list of growth-related capital projects. The deadline for participants to file objections with DLCD was May 19.

Objections

The state received nine objections (or appeals) to Task 4, which contested the following issues:

  1. The designation of Multnomah Village as a Neighborhood Center.
  2. New Comprehensive Plan policies around “middle housing.”
  3. The Community Involvement chapter, Chapter 2.  
  4. The "middle housing" policy and land use designations on NE Fremont.
  5. The land use designation on a property along NE Fremont.
  6. The land use designations on a SW Portland property.
  7. Land use designations on a property near Sylvan.
  8. Higher density land use designations on the same property as #7 near Sylvan.
  9. The process surrounding the West Quadrant Plan stakeholder group.

Next Steps

The DLCD will now review each objection to determine if it contains the elements required to be considered valid. For those objections that are deemed valid, they will then review the substantive issues raised. During that time DLCD may ask the City to identify records and testimony related to each issue. DLCD will then issue a staff report and order, probably later this year. There will be an opportunity for the objectors to appeal the initial DLCD order to a Land Conservation and Development Commission hearing. 

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to take effect in January of 2018. 

Task 3 also final

On April 25, 2017, DLCD approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal and rejected the single objection that was filed against it. Task 3 of the Comprehensive Plan Update was approved by City Council in June 2015. It included the Growth Scenarios Report and a revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA). The April 25 DLCD order was not appealed, so that periodic review task is now considered acknowledged. 

Learn more about the state acknowledgement process and Portland’s periodic review process

Learn more about if and/or how you may be affected by the plan

State approves Task 3 of Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Growth Scenarios Report and updated Economic Opportunities Analysis required as part of Periodic Review.

On April 25, 2017, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal for state Periodic Review and rejected the single objection that was filed against it. 

Task 3 of the Comprehensive Plan Update was approved by City Council in June 2015. It included the Growth Scenarios Report and a revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

Background on the EOA

In 2014 the City withdrew an earlier version of the Economic Opportunities Analysis, which had been appealed by the Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC), citing concerns about industrial land supply in the Portland Harbor. Controversy surrounding the City’s possible annexation of West Hayden island for future marine terminal development also contributed to land supply and environmental concerns raised at the time. The Port of Portland withdrew its request to annex West Hayden Island earlier in 2014, causing the City to reassess its employment land supply assumptions. The WWC did not object to the revised EOA. 

Objection to Task 3

Task 3 was submitted to the state in January 2016.The single objection, submitted by James Peterson, related to the adequacy of the City’s index of the record, growth projections, housing capacity in Multnomah Village and household size trends. Though DLCD has rejected the arguments, the objector may appeal the state agency’s decision to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). 

Moving Forward: Submittal of Task 4

The periodic review process is moving forward. On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 to the state for review and notified participants in the development of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan of their opportunity to object. Task 4 was also adopted by City Council in June 2015, including the new land use map, the policy document and an associated list of growth-related capital projects. City staff expect to receive objections to that action sometime in May, followed by more state review over the summer. 

Learn more about the state acknowledgement process and Portland’s periodic review process

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to take effect in January of 2018. 

Learn more about if and/or how you may be affected by the plan

Transitioning to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Tracking the process of acknowledgment by the state Department of Land Conservation and Development

Now that City Council has adopted the Early Implementation projects that update the Zoning Map and Zoning Code to carry out the goals and policies in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, Portlanders may be wondering how the City will transition to the new rules.

After acknowledgement by the state Department of Land Conservation and Development, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan and the Early Implementation projects will take effect on January 1, 2018, replacing the current Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1980.

If you want to know what’s happening between now and January 2018 and how to stay informed, we’ve got some resources for you!  

If you have questions about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan process, call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195 or email compplanpdx@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland’s City Council unanimously adopts new Zoning Code and Map, Community Involvement Program and Transportation System Plan

Mayor and commissioners’ vote marks final City Council action on the Comprehensive Plan Update

This afternoon, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Map, Zoning Code and Transportation System Plan, as well as establish a new Community Involvement Program. These items make up the Recommended Early Implementation Package of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. With their votes, the Mayor and Commissioners took their last action on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Final Steps
Portland’s newly adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan will now go to the state for acknowledgement. In early 2017, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will organize the legislative record and transmit City Council’s decision to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. Once transmitted, a “Notice of Adoption” will be mailed to all who testified on the Recommended Early Implementation Package.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan will tentatively take effect on January 1, 2018, following state acknowledgement.

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

City Council to cast final vote in Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan

Adoption of Recommended Early Implementation Package is the last step before the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is sent to state for acknowledgement

Last Wednesday, December 14, 2016, marked the beginning of the Comprehensive Plan Update’s final chapter. That afternoon, City Council formally accepted the substitute ordinance and exhibits reflecting their November 22 amendments to the Recommended Early Implementation Package. This package includes:

  • Zoning Code changes
  • Zoning Map changes (including Major Public Trails)
  • A new Community Involvement Program
  • Transportation System Plan – Stage 2

Together these will implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, adopted on June 15, 2016.

This Wednesday, December 21, City Council will consider Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan for the very last time, as they vote on the new Zoning Code and Map. Built on a solid foundation from the 2012 Portland Plan, the Climate Action Plan and Portland’s 1980 Comprehensive Plan, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan represents the input of tens of thousands of Portlanders to make Portland more prosperous, healthy, educated and equitable, as well as, continuing the commitment to linking land use and transportation decisions.

City Council Vote on Comp Plan Early Implementation Package
December 21, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Time and date are subject to change. Check the Auditor’s website to confirm meeting details. The Auditor’s website also allows you to watch a live stream or recorded video of the meeting. 

Final Steps
In early 2017, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will organize the legislative record and transmit City Council’s decision to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for “acknowledgment.” Once transmitted, a “Notice of Adoption” will be mailed to all who testified on the Recommended Early Implementation Package.

Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan will tentatively take effect on January 1, 2018, following state acknowledgement.

Questions
Call the Comp Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.