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City Council hearings on new Zoning Code and Map, Community Involvement Program and transportation bundle start next week

Commissioners to hear testimony on recommended Comp Plan Early Implementation Package on October 6 and 13

We’re almost there! Next week, Portland City Council will begin public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan Update Recommended Early Implementation Package. This is the final lap for the project before Portland’s entire 2035 Comprehensive Plan is adopted and sent to the state for acknowledgement.

The package includes combined changes to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map from all of the Comp Plan Early Implementation projects, including Mixed Use Zones, Campus Institutions, Employment Zoning and more. The package also includes a new Community Involvement Program and Stage 2 of the Transportation Systems Plan.

City Council Public Hearing
Recommended Early Implementation Package
Thursday, October 6 and 13, 2016, 2 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

Please check the Auditor’s website for more information and to confirm details. People interested in providing testimony may begin signing up one hour before the hearing but may only sign up for one person at a time. Testimony is limited to two minutes per person.

City Council also invites written testimony on the Early Implementation Package through October 13, 2016:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on recommended Zoning Map changes by location.
  • By Email: with subject line “Comprehensive Plan Implementation”
  • By U.S. Mail:
    Portland City Council
    1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 130
    Portland, OR 97204
    Attn: Comprehensive Plan Implementation

Next Steps

Following the public hearings on October 6 and 13, City Council will hold another work session to consider public testimony, discuss specific topics and prepare amendments. After another hearing for the amendments on November 17, Commissioners will have one more work session before voting to adopt the plan on December 14, 2016.  


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

With Comp Plan goals, policies and land use map adopted, City Council considers Zoning Code and Map changes

Public invited to review and comment on “Early Implementation Package,” including new Zoning Code, Zoning Map, Community Involvement Program and transportation bundle

Covers of several implementation project reports

Starting next week, the Portland City Council will conduct three introductory work sessions to learn about the different components of the Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation Package, in preparation for public hearings on October 6 and 13 (both at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers).

Council invites testimony on the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendations, including:

Following the hearings, Council will hold two more work sessions in late October and November to discuss testimony and possible amendments, before voting to adopt the Early Implementation Package.

What is Early Implementation?

The Comprehensive Plan Update Early Implementation projects update the City’s Zoning Map and Code to carry out the 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals, policies and map designations that were adopted by City Council in June. All of the Early Implementation projects (including Mixed Use Zones, Employment Land, Campus Institutions, Residential and Open Space and more) are now combined into a new Recommended Zoning Map and Zoning Code (see links in bulleted list above).

How can I learn more?

In addition to the links above:

Council Work Sessions

The following are tentative dates for work sessions this fall. All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. Check the Council website for the most current schedule.  

  • Tuesday, September 13, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 15, 2–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 25, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 22, 9 a.m. –1:30 p.m.  

How can I provide testimony?

Portlanders can testify on any element of the Early Implementation Package to City Council through the Map App, by email or letter, or in person at a public hearing. Check the Auditor’s website to learn how to provide testimony to City Council.  

City Council hearings on the Recommended Draft Zoning Map and Zoning Code changes are scheduled for October 6 and October 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. Check the City Council calendar to confirm dates, times and location of hearings.  

Did you recently receive a formal-looking notice about your zoning?

Want to learn more about proposed land use regulations that may affect the value of your property? Try one of the drop-in events below.

New zoning proposals for mixed use areas, campuses and institutions, employment land and residential neighborhoods were released last week for consideration by City Council and the public before Council holds public hearings in October.

If you’d like to learn more about how these proposed changes may affect your property, stop by one of the following events and chat with a City planner. There will be no formal presentation, but staff will be available to answer questions about proposed changes. While not necessary, bringing the notice will help staff better address your questions and concerns.

Drop-in Hours

September 19, 2016, 3–5 p.m.
Northwest Library
2300 NW Thurman Street

September 19, 2016, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
St Johns Library
7510 N Charleston Avenue

September 20, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Hollywood Library
4040 NE Tillamook Street

September 22, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Multnomah Building, Room 100
501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

September 27, 2016, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Hillsdale Library
1525 SW Sunset Boulevard

September 27, 2016, 5–7 p.m.
Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Avenue

Have questions but can’t make it? Call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Or visit:

New Zoning Map goes to Planning and Sustainability Commission

Community members invited to testify on Composite Zoning Map at public hearing on July 12

City Council may have adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan last week, but there’s still more work to be done to implement it. Next up is a Composite Zoning Map, which incorporates new zoning from several Early Implementation projects.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has held public hearings for all of the implementation projects making updates to the Zoning Map, including employment land, campus institutions, residential and open spaces, and mixed use zones. These projects were created to address the most urgent needs to implement Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development.

New “Composite” Zoning Map
Now all of the Zoning Map updates have been combined into one “Composite” Zoning Map. You can view the new map by visiting the online Map App.

The PSC will invite testimony on the Composite Zoning Proposal at a public hearing on July 12, 2016.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
Composite Zoning Map
Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 4 p.m. 
Portland Building
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room C

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through July 12, 2016, in writing:

  • Via the Map App: Testify on specific proposals by location through the Map App.
  • By Email:
  • By U.S. Mail: 
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
    1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
    Attn: Composite Zoning Map testimony

Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.

Next steps

Following the PSC’s public hearing, the Commission will hold a work session on August 2, 2016, and recommend a new Zoning Map to City Council, which will hold additional hearings in the fall.

What’s the difference between the Comprehensive Plan Map and the Zoning Map?

The Comprehensive Plan Map depicts a long-term vision of how and where the city will grow and change over the next 20 years to accommodate anticipated population and job growth. The Zoning Map tells us how land can be used and what can be built on any given property today

For more information, visit the project website: