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BPS E-News: Comprehensive Plan Update in full swing

With eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) covering a variety of topics meeting monthly and a stack of background research in front of City Council for adoption, the Comprehensive Plan Update project is in full swing.

Comp Plan Factual Basis

On Sept. 5, 2012, the “factual basis” for the Comprehensive Plan Update was presented to City Council at a public hearing. In-depth reports on Portland’s future housing needs, economic opportunities, buildable lands, infrastructure and natural resources were submitted to the commissioners, the bundles so large they had to be wrapped in twine.

With adoption of the factual basis, the City of Portland will complete Task 2 – Inventory and Analysis of state Periodic Review of the Comprehensive Plan, which requires us to compare the employment and housing forecasts against our capacity to accommodate them.

The key finding from this background research shows that the future number of households in Portland is expected to grow by 132,000 and the number of jobs by 147,000. The data show that we have enough space to accommodate our housing needs and most, but not all, categories of jobs. We anticipate being short of land for industrial, manufacturing/production uses — particularly harbor industrial lands — but also institutional lands, such as for hospitals and educational institutions. Read a summary of the reports here.

Policy Expert Groups

Comprised of City and agency staff, technical experts and community members, the PEGs are tackling a variety of issues as they assist BPS staff in the development of policies around:

  • Community Involvement
  • Economic Development
  • Education and Youth Success
  • Infrastructure Equity
  • Neighborhood Centers
  • Networks
  • Residential Development and Compatibility
  • Watershed Health and Environment

For more information about the PEGs, please go to the PEG page on the Comprehensive Plan Update website. Get the latest information on the News and Updates page.

Comp Plan Update E-news

To help PEG members, staff and the public keep up with the discussions in monthly PEG meetings as well as provide overall project updates and calendar listings, we’ve created a monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please send an e-mail to

Infill and New Development Issues Studied

The Comprehensive Plan Update team is responding to residents’ concerns about new apartment buildings along frequent transit lines that have little or no parking. The bureau is conducting research and analysis to determine the facts about parking and travel behavior in the neighborhoods, the costs of development and rental of these new apartment buildings, and equity and access issues. The results of these studies will be shared with the public and the Planning and Sustainability Commission at an open forum on November 13. For more information about the parking study, the forum and the PSC meetings on the topic, please visit