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City Council begins work sessions on draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

On February 2, 2016, City Council discussed several Comprehensive Plan topics in a work session. The discussion focused on the Urban Design Framework, the Division Design Initiative testimony, the concept of “middle housing,” and potential affordable housing bonuses under consideration with the Central City 2035 and Mixed Use Zones projects. This was the second of four planned work sessions to discuss Comprehensive Plan testimony. 

View materials from the work sessions

Commissioners have also now identified potential amendments they are interested in. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has compiled a tentative amendment list to track requested amendments in a consistent format, as we understand them. Staff believe this reflects each commissioner's intent or interest, but the list should be cited as a BPS staff summary and not quoted as the commissioners’ words.

Read the tentative amendment list

City Council will hold additional work sessions to consider testimony on the goals, policies and land use map, as well as discuss amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. An amendments package will be published in mid-March before public hearings on Commissioner-sponsored amendments begin on Tuesday, April 14, 2016.

City Council Work Sessions
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave

Tuesday, January 26, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Introduction, public involvement, Economic Opportunity Analysis

Tuesday, February 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Centers and Corridors, middle housing, housing affordability

Tuesday, February 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  
Tentative: Nonconforming uses and small commercial nodes, map refinement recommendations, transportation strategy and related policy, transportation projects

Tuesday, March 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tentative: Anti-displacement policy, historic preservation policy, employment and industrial mapping, overview of other selected amendments, Q&A, next steps

Report with compiled commissioner-sponsored amendment proposals will be published by mid-March 2016.

City Council Public Hearings on Commissioner-sponsored Amendments
Thursday, April 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20, 2 – 5 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave

City Council Public Votes on Amendments and Findings

Amendment Vote
Thursday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. (2 hours)  

Vote on Findings
Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. (2 hours)

Final Vote
Wednesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Please check the City Auditor’s website to confirm dates, times and locations for all hearings.

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan? Call the Helpline at 503-823-0195. Or visit