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City of Portland gets another step closer to state acknowledgement of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan

On April 28, 2017, the City of Portland submitted Task 4 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan (per state-mandated periodic review) to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and notified participants of their opportunity to object. The new Comprehensive Plan was 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. The deadline for participants to file objections with DLCD was May 19.


The state received nine objections (or appeals) to Task 4, which contested the following issues:

  1. The designation of Multnomah Village as a Neighborhood Center.
  2. New Comprehensive Plan policies around “middle housing.”
  3. The Community Involvement chapter, Chapter 2.  
  4. The "middle housing" policy and land use designations on NE Fremont.
  5. The land use designation on a property along NE Fremont.
  6. The land use designations on a SW Portland property.
  7. Land use designations on a property near Sylvan.
  8. Higher density land use designations on the same property as #7 near Sylvan.
  9. The process surrounding the West Quadrant Plan stakeholder group.

Next Steps

The DLCD will now review each objection to determine if it contains the elements required to be considered valid. For those objections that are deemed valid, they will then review the substantive issues raised. During that time DLCD may ask the City to identify records and testimony related to each issue. DLCD will then issue a staff report and order, probably later this year. There will be an opportunity for the objectors to appeal the initial DLCD order to a Land Conservation and Development Commission hearing. 

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

Task 3 also final

On April 25, 2017, DLCD approved Portland’s periodic review Task 3 submittal 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). The April 25 DLCD order was not appealed, so that periodic review task is now considered acknowledged. 

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

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