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City Council holds final work session on Comprehensive Plan amendments; prepares to vote to adopt Portland’s new 20-year land use plan

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Portland City Council held its final work session on Commissioner-sponsored amendments to the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Key votes included:

  • Adopting the “middle housing” amendment (#P45), which supports more housing types (e.g., rowhouses, townhouses, duplexes, cottage courtyards and ADUs) near centers and corridors and close to transit. (Learn more about middle housing.)
  • Accepting the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s recommendation to convert selected golf courses to industrial land in order to meet employment land needs.
  • Developing stronger language to protect historic resources. 

With these actions and a few others, Council completed the new Comprehensive Plan. You can view the Council work session on the Auditor’s website.

Next Commissioners will review “findings” and receive revised ordinances on June 9, followed by a final vote to adopt the City’s new Comprehensive Plan on June 15.

What’s a “finding”?

Oregon land use law requires that cities address multiple goals when creating or updating their comprehensive plans. For instance, Goal 1 addresses public involvement; Goal 9, employment land; and Goal 10, housing. Over the past several years, Portland’s planners have researched existing conditions and trends to determine the amount of land needed to accommodate housing and employment growth, and the transportation projects and other infrastructure needed to support this growth. Planners also looked at the amount of land that should be set aside for open space and the protection of the environment. Each of these examinations is guided by one of Oregon’s statewide planning goals.

The findings are “proof” that Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan meets statewide planning goals. The findings contain the facts and reasons explaining why the City Council adopted the plan it did.  

Upcoming City Council Actions

Accept Findings and Revised Ordinances
June 9, 3 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan
June 15, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW Fourth Avenue

Please check the Council website to confirm dates, times and location.