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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Economic Development Planning

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS) Economic Development Planning Program has three primary roles:

  1. Develop land use policies and programs to support the vitality of Portland’s business districts, such as main streets, urban centers and industrial sanctuaries.
  2. Integrate economic development analysis and policies into BPS planning projects, such as Portland Plan and Central City Plan Update.
  3. Conduct a variety of economic studies and analyses, such as performance monitoring, interviews, market analysis and growth capacity analysis.

Current Projects

Comprehensive Plan Update

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is the long-range plan that helps us prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth. Its economic development components include background reports, updated policies and provisions for adequate industrial and commercial growth capacity to 2035. The Comprehensive Plan Update is an implementation project for the Portland Plan.

Portland Plan

Adopted in April 2012, the Portland Plan is the City’s 25-year strategic plan. It focuses on a core set of priorities for prosperity, education, health and equity. Each of these priorities has a detailed implementation strategy, including the Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy.

Central City 2035

CC2035 is an update to the 1988 Central City Plan, which is the existing plan and policy for downtown and the central areas of Portland. Various background reports were prepared to support economic vitality policies in CC2035.

Portland Green Loop Economic Analysis

The Portland “Green Loop” is a proposed 6-mile linear open space running through the heart of the city, connecting existing and new open spaces, parks, gathering areas, and walking and biking pathways. The goal of the Portland Green Loop Economic Analysis is to characterize, quantify and analyze the costs, benefits and impacts, particularly focusing on case studies of similar infrastructure investments in active transportation and analyses of property value impacts, economic (input-output) impacts and preliminary business/retail activity impacts.

Barbur Concept Plan

To inform community discussion around the Barbur Concept Plan, the Barbur Boulevard Corridor Market Analysis was completed to analyze demographic, housing, employment and commercial real estate trends along this major southwestern corridor.

River Plan / North Reach

The River Plan is a comprehensive multi-objective plan for the land along the Willamette River. River Plan / North Reach addresses the Working Harbor section of the river. Its primary economic development component is the Working Harbor Reinvestment Strategy.

Research and Analysis: Bicycle Industry
This report evaluates trends in firm growth, job growth and the economic contribution of the bicycle industry in Portland and provides insight into some of the issues and opportunities for future industry growth in Portland.

2012 Gentrification and Displacement Neighborhood Typology Assessment

As part of efforts to evaluate potential gentrification impacts, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) contracted with Dr. Lisa Bates to prepare a paper on how to assess vulnerability of different neighborhoods to increased gentrification pressure. Although gentrification can also have impacts on businesses or commercial space, this research focuses on the risks for residential displacement. This paper also includes a review of national best practices, including policy tools and programs that Portland could use to mitigate gentrification.

2018 Gentrification and Displacement Neighborhood Typology Assessment: Methods and Key Findings

This report provides an update to the 2012 Gentrification and Displacement Study. It highlights the areas of the city that are most at risk for displacement, especially East Portland. This report details the methods and key findings.

Staff Contacts

Steve Kountz
Senior Economic Planner

Andrea Pastor
Senior Economic Planner