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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.

City Council prepares for final vote to adopt Portland’s new Zoning Map and Code changes

Commissioners make key decisions about off-street parking requirements, floor area ratios (FAR) in the Alphabet Historic District, drive-throughs and more

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Portland City Council held its final meeting to discuss and vote on Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the Recommended Early Implementation Package of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. Council is scheduled to vote on the amended package before the end of the year. Key votes on amendments included:

Off-street parking requirements

City Council voted to remove minimum off-street parking requirements for development close to frequent transit that includes affordable housing. This amendment revisited a 2013 code change that imposed minimum requirements for new development of more than 30 units.

Floor Area Ratios (FAR) in RH zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic

Council voted to remove an element of the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft that would have decreased the allowed floor area ratio (FAR) in high-density residential (RH) zones in Northwest Portland’s Alphabet Historic District. City Council’s vote will keep the existing 4:1 FAR.

Drive-throughs in commercial mixed use zones

Commissioners also voted to expand the PSC-recommended prohibition of new drive- through facilities to include mixed use zones throughout the city (not just east of 80th Ave, as PSC recommended). This amendment also adds more liberal rules to allow owners of existing drive-throughs to upgrade and/or expand them.

Next Steps

Council has now completed their review of the new Zoning Map and Code changes for mixed use zones, campus institutions, employment land and residential and open space zones and more. You can view the work session on the Auditor’s website.

Next Commissioners will review “findings” (e.g., proof that Portland’s new Zoning Map and Code changes, etc. meets statewide planning goals) and receive revised ordinances on December 14, followed by a final vote to adopt the Recommended Early Implementation Package as amended on December 21. After that vote, the package will go to the state for acknowledgement. The zoning changes are tentatively expected to take effect in January 2018.

Upcoming City Council Actions

Consideration of the substitute ordinance to adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Package, as amended 
December 14, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Package
December 21, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Please check the Council website to confirm dates, times and location.

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



City Council holds final hearing on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Final vote on the City's new long-range plan for growth and development scheduled for December 14.

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, the Portland City Council held a public hearing on their amendments to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Projects. They heard testimony about the Hayden Island mobile home park, height in the NW Alphabet District, drive-throughs and parking minimums, among other issues. The Commission will discuss the testimony in a special meeting on November 22 at 9 a.m., then vote to adopt the final package on December 14 and December 21.

The Early Implementation Package is the final phase of the Comprehensive Plan Update project. Last year, Council adopted new goals, policies and a land use map to guide growth and development for the next 20 years. Now they are poised to adopt a new Zoning Map and Code.

Learn more about the Early Implementation Package.

Watch the video of the November 17 work session.