In response to community desires for greater transparency around land use issues, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has created a new tool that allows the public to see all testimony on land use plans, and then search and sort by topic, location, testifier and other criteria.
In 2013, BPS released the first Map App for the Comprehensive Plan Update, which allowed people to see multiple layers of maps on top of one another. Later versions of the Map App, allowed community members to enter formal testimony directly into the Map App by clicking on a property, area or project. Along with testimony received by email, U.S. Mail and in front of the Planning and Sustainability Commission, it was “geocoded,” tagged by topic and put into a database.
Tech Services Team does it again
But the database wasn’t easy for the public to use, and community members wanted to see what others were saying about specific policies or map and code changes. So our Tech Service Team set to work on the next version of the Map App: a way to show testimony in real time (if entered via the Map App) that is searchable and sortable.
Called the Testimony Reader, it’s now available for viewing testimony on the CC2035 Recommended Draft from you and others. Testimony that is submitted via the Map App will immediately show up in the Reader, but email, regular mail and in-person (video) testimony will be entered manually and could take up to 10 days to show up.
Public testimony is presented in the reader “as is.” Testimony can be searched, filtered, starred or organized into personal lists. Sign in with your portlandoregon.gov account for additional features.
You can explore the following categories within the Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan (the public record is open):
Submit your testimony on CC2035
If you haven’t submitted your testimony yet and you want to see it in the Reader, here’s how you can do it:
- Map App: Submit public testimony to City Council via the interactive Map App. Select a specific property or geography and use the online feedback form to submit your testimony.
- Email: You may email your testimony to CC2035@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to state “CC2035 Testimony” in the subject line.
- U.S. Mail: Or mail the Central City team at:
Central City 2035
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201