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About the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Portland is growing and will continue to grow over the next few decades, gaining both jobs and households. The city is going to change, and Portlanders want it to grow in a way that is consistent with the vision and policies of the Portland Plan: a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city. The Comprehensive Plan identifies and enacts/embodies the principles that will guide this growth.

On June 15, 2016, City Council adopted Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The new plan’s goals, policies, maps and project lists provide direction for City decisions on land use, transportation, parks, sewer and water systems, natural resources and other topics as the city grows and develops. 

On December 22, 2016, City Council adopted the Early Implementation projects that make changes to the Zoning Map and other City documents and programs to align City rules and activities with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

In 2017, the state Department of Land Conservation and Development will review the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to ensure that it follows statewide planning goals. After acknowledgement, the new plan will take effect on January 1, 2018, replacing the current Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1980.

What are the parts of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan?

The four parts of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan work together to guide land use and infrastructure investment decisions in Portland:

  • Goals and Policies – Long-term aspirations for Portland and the work that must be done to achieve them.
  • A set of maps – Land use designations for growth, development and conservation.
  • List of Significant Projects – Planned infrastructure projects to meet the transportation, sewer, storm water and water needs of Portland’s current and future residents and businesses.
  • Portions of the Transportation System Plan (TSP) – Transportation policies, street classifications and street plan maps.

How is the Comprehensive Plan Used?

Together, the elements of the Comprehensive Plan guide decisions about land use and public facilities. State law requires that a comprehensive plan have sufficient and effective implementing measures. Some of these are familiar, such as the Zoning Map,  Zoning Code and the City Code. Other implementing measures include urban renewal, interagency agreements and tax abatements.

The Comprehensive Plan is used by decision-makers to determine how land is used or developed as well as public facility investment decisions related to those planned land uses or developments. More information about the context and use of the Comprehensive Plan can be found in the How to Use the Plan document.


Existing Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies is the current adopted land use plan for the City of Portland.