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BPS News: Draft Comprehensive Plan Maps and Citywide Systems Plan released

Online map and tools available for public review and comment


October 2, 2013


Eden Dabbs

Eric Engstrom

Draft Comprehensive Plan Maps and Citywide Systems Plan released

Online map and tools available for public review and comment

PORTLAND, Ore. — The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Comprehensive Plan - Working Draft Part 2, launching a round of public outreach to share this large body of work with the community and solicit public feedback.

Working Draft Part 2: Maps and Infrastructure includes:

  1. The online Map App, an interactive series of maps showing the geography and location of various policy proposals. For example, the “stormwater areas of concern” map shows areas that have both a potential for new development and significant stormwater management constraints. Visitors to the Map App can view a variety of maps, combine multiple map layers, see areas of concern or change, make comments and view comments from others.
  2. The Citywide Systems Plan (CSP), a 20-year coordinated infrastructure plan that updates the City of Portland’s 1989 Public Facilities Plan. The projects proposed in the CSP are also reflected in the Map App.

The Map App is designed to solicit answers to questions, such as:

  • Where should we prioritize housing and development to support population growth?
  • Where should development be leveraged to provide more public services?
  • How can the City improve and support relationships between institutions that are experiencing growth (like campuses and hospitals) and surrounding neighborhoods?
  • Where should development be limited to reduce environmental risks and make it easier to manage stormwater?
  • Which areas of the city need greater connections to nature, and better bike and pedestrian connections to services?

“Hundreds of community members, City staff, business owners and other stakeholders contributed to the development of these products,” said BPS Director Susan Anderson. “Now public comments with these new tools will help the City make quality decisions to better manage and leverage population growth to create a more livable community for all Portland residents and businesses.”

Part 2 also includes a new Urban Design Framework (visible in the Map App), which shows Portland’s future intended physical form. The draft framework focuses growth in neighborhood centers and along travel corridors, identifies key transportation connections, and fosters a system of habitat corridors ─ all while being sensitive to the unique geographies and characteristics of different parts of the city.   

Public Outreach

Three public information sessions are being held later this month to share more information about the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft, the Map App and the CSP. All sessions will include a 30-minute presentation and time for questions and answers.

Comprehensive Plan Information Brownbag
Tuesday, October 22, noon – 1 p.m.
Portland Building Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor

Comprehensive Plan Information Session
Thursday, October 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 7A
Web Ex broadcast (see directions for access on the calendar listing)

East Portland Comprehensive Plan Information Session

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver Street, Student Center

In addition, BPS is hosting a series of mapping conversations ─ open house-style events that will focus on area-specific questions. Staff are also available for neighborhood, community or interest group meetings. To schedule a meeting, please contact Marty Stockton at 503-823-2041. For more information about the mapping conversations, please visit

The Comprehensive Plan Update is a long-range plan for the city’s growth and development for the next 25 years. The Portland Plan directed the City to complete a new Comprehensive Plan that explicitly supports a prosperous economy for all, recognizes the relationship between the built environment and youth success, creates healthy connected neighborhoods, and addresses equity. The public review draft of the Comprehensive Plan is being published in two parts. Working Draft Part 1 was published in January 2013 and contained draft goals and policies. With the publication of Working Draft Part 2: Maps and Infrastructure, the City will begin gathering feedback to shape the Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft, due out in 2014. For more information, please visit www.portlandoregon.gob/bps/pdxcompplan.

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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