Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft is live and on the web; revised Map App allows commenting

Dear Neighborhood land use chairs and activists,

The wait is over! The Planning and Sustainability Commission’s Recommended Draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan is now available on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website. You’re invited to review the draft plan and submit testimony to City Council through the revised Map App, via U.S. Mail or email, or in person at a public hearing.

See the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft

Interactive Map App

The Recommended Draft includes a revised Map App, which allows community members to click on or search for a specific property to view any recommended land use changes. Most of the city will keep the same land use designation (residential, employment, open space, etc.); only 14 percent of the area of the city will be subject to change if City Council adopts the Recommended Draft. Visit the Map App at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mapapp

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has set up a helpline to answer questions about the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Community members may call 503-823-0195, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, and interpretation services are available for those whose first language is not English.

Additionally, District Liaisons will be holding drop-in hours throughout the city this fall to answer questions. I have hours scheduled at the Hollywood Library on September 30, and will be scheduling others, probably including a late afternoon at the NECN office. Check the Comprehensive Plan calendar for dates, times and locations.

How to Comment

The public is invited to comment on the Recommended Draft directly to City Council via the following methods:

Email: cputestimony@portlandoregon.gov

Map App: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mapapp

U.S. Mail:

Comprehensive Plan Testimony c/o Council Clerk
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 972014

In person:

November 19, 2015, 2 p.m.
Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Council Chambers

Public involvement timeline

With the publication of the Recommended Draft and launch of the Map App, City Council’s official record opens. To give Council and the public time to review and understand the recommendations in the draft 2035 Plan, Commissioners will hold their own work sessions with staff on key topics from September through November.

The first public hearing at City Council will be on November 19, with other hearings to be scheduled soon after. Council will then hold additional work sessions to consider amendments to the Recommended Draft. A City Council vote to adopt Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan is anticipated in February 2016. Once the Plan has been adopted, it then goes to the State Land Conservation and Development Commission for acknowledgement.
• September – December 2015: City Council staff work sessions
• November 19, 2015: City Council hearing @ 2 p.m.
• November – December 2015: Additional City Council hearings
• January 2016: Additional work sessions to consider amendments
• February 2016: Anticipated City Council vote to adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Early implementation projects

Several Early Implementation projects for the new Comprehensive Plan are currently underway, including zoning code updates for employment land, campus institutions and mixed use areas. Portlanders will have additional opportunities to weigh in on drafts of these projects as they come before the Planning and Sustainability Commission. See an Early Implementation timeline here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/543016

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit the project website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan

P.S. We are providing hard copies of the Recommended Draft and Citywide Systems Plan to all District Coalition offices. If you would like your own copy, please send an email to pdxcompplan@portlandoregon.gov.

About Isa Dean

With a passion for assisting others with refining and achieving their goals, accepting the Program Coordinator position with the Multnomah County Library became the perfect bridge career - from working 10 years in web design and web development to becoming an ever more involved, contributing member of our community.

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