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State approves Task 3 of Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan

On April 25, 2017, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal for state Periodic Review and rejected the single objection that was filed against it. 

Task 3 of the Comprehensive Plan Update was approved by City Council in June 2015. It included the Growth Scenarios Report and a revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

Background on the EOA

In 2014 the City withdrew an earlier version of the Economic Opportunities Analysis, which had been appealed by the Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC), citing concerns about industrial land supply in the Portland Harbor. Controversy surrounding the City’s possible annexation of West Hayden island for future marine terminal development also contributed to land supply and environmental concerns raised at the time. The Port of Portland withdrew its request to annex West Hayden Island earlier in 2014, causing the City to reassess its employment land supply assumptions. The WWC did not object to the revised EOA. 

Objection to Task 3

Task 3 was submitted to the state in January 2016.The single objection, submitted by James Peterson, related to the adequacy of the City’s index of the record, growth projections, housing capacity in Multnomah Village and household size trends. Though DLCD has rejected the arguments, the objector may appeal the state agency’s decision to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). 

Moving Forward: Submittal of Task 4

The periodic review process is moving forward. On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 to the state for review and notified participants in the development of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan of their opportunity to object. Task 4 was also adopted by City Council in June 2015, including the new land use map, the policy document and an associated list of growth-related capital projects. City staff expect to receive objections to that action sometime in May, followed by more state review over the summer. 

Learn more about the state acknowledgement process and Portland’s periodic review process

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled to take effect in January of 2018. 

Learn more about if and/or how you may be affected by the plan