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Goals and Policies

cover imageGoals are long-term outcomes the City hopes to achieve by implementing the Comprehensive Plan. They are aspirational, expressing Portland residents’ collective desires and values.

Policies set preferred direction and describe what must be done to achieve these broad goals. They are specific enough to help determine whether a proposed project or program would advance the values expressed in the goals.

The goals and policies also include principles that guide future public decisions about development and investments.

Chapter 10: Administration and Implementation

Guidance on how to amend the Comprehensive Plan while maintaining consistency with the Plan’s vision

Chapter 1: The Plan and Guiding Principles

Defines the breadth of content included in the Comprehensive Plan and provides principles that aim to realize the four key values of prosperity, health, equity and resilience

Chapter 2: Community Involvement

How and why the City works with the community in land use planning and decision making

Chapter 3: Urban Form

Policies that describe the city’s overall development pattern and area character to inform and guide future investments and development

Chapter 4: Design and Development

Policies that encourage development and site design that respects context, minimizes risk and integrates nature into the urban environment

Chapter 5: Housing

Policies that will help Portland meet its need for quality, affordable homes for a growing and socioeconomically-diverse population, and to help ensure equitable access to housing

Chapter 6: Economic Development

Land development approaches to improve neighborhood prosperity as well as local competitiveness in regional markets, including more brownfield redevelopment, low-cost office development and institutional zoning

Chapter 7: Environment and Watershed Health

How land use and investment plans can help to protect investments in our watersheds, and help the City meet various regulations to protect public health and the environment

Chapter 8: Public Facilities and Services

Policies that support the equitable, efficient and adaptive management approaches needed to provide high-quality facilities and services to all Portlanders, including those in future generations

Chapter 9: Transportation

A multimodal transportation system that offers safe and affordable choices

Commentary for 2035 Comprehensive Plan: Proposed Draft

Provides commentary of intent for the Goals and Policies of the Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan Changes Memo

Summarizes the changes made between the Working Draft and the Proposed Draft of the Comprehensive Plan update


Definitions of key terms in the Comprehensive Plan

Proposed Comprehensive Plan - Compiled Draft

Compiled version of the Introduction, About the Plan, the 10 Goals and Policies chapters, List of Significant Projects, Proposed Map and Glossary

Proposed Plan - Goals and Policies

Compiled version of the 10 chapters of the Goals and Policies in the Comprehensive Plan