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Comp Plan September update

Portland's Comprehensive Plan Update E-News

September 2014

Coming soon! Public hearings on Portland’s Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan
Starting in late September, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold four public hearings around the city. Portlanders are invited to share their feedback about the proposed draft at the following events: 
Tuesday, September 23, 5 – 9 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
Tuesday, October 14, 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street
Tuesday, October 28, 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College Southeast Center, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue
Tuesday, November 4, 4 – 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
Public testimony is vital at this point in the process. All comments will be considered by the PSC as they discuss and deliberate on the goals, policies and map changes in the proposed draft. The official advisory body to City Council, the PSC will ultimately submit a recommended draft to Council for consideration. Once adopted the plan goes on to the state for acknowledgement. 
But first, the Planning and Sustainability Commission wants to hear from you. To learn more about the draft Comprehensive Plan, including proposed land use changes, goals and policies, the Tranportation Systems Plan and the Citywide Systems Plan, community members can attend an open house prior to the hearings. There you can have one-on-one conversations with staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet, and get personalized answers to questions about how the Comprehensive Plan may affect your property or neighborhood. You can also get tips on how to give effective testimony to the PSC. The first Open House is tomorrow at David Douglas High School. Learn more …
Can’t go to an open house? Try the online version! You can view presentations, maps, videos and more with the Online Open House

Videos tell the story of service gaps, natural hazards and drainage constraints
While Portland continues to grow, the Comprehensive Plan acknowledges that there are areas in East and Southwest Portland where current zoning allows for development that is too dense. 
Where infrastructure needs to catch up with population growth
Much of Portland’s growth over the past two decades has occurred in East Portland, attracting a lot of new residents to neighborhoods previously dotted with single-family homes. But the population increase has outpaced the development of sidewalks and parks, and schools are overcrowded. Proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map aim to make East Portland more liveable by reducing the potential for dense new development in neighborhoods where infrastructure and services still need to catch up.

Natural hazards and drainage constraints
Land use changes are also proposed to scale back development potential in certain areas of Southwest and East Portland. These areas are susceptible to drainage problems and higher risks of natural hazards like landslides, wildfires, flooding and earthquake damage. The density of new development allowed under the current zoning would strain limited infrastructure and increase risks to public safety and property. 
Watch these two videos and then go to the Map App’s “Risks and Service Gaps” layer to see specific locations where proposed changes to address natural hazards, stormwater constraints and infrastructure gaps will occur.

Economic development and job growth are focus of new video
Proposed changes in the Comprehensive Plan support job growth and ensure adequate land supply and infrastructure to stimulate business development. This video describes Portland’s major employment sectors and outlines some of the plan’s strategies to support economic development.
Check out the “Jobs” layer in the Map App to see areas where goals, policies and proposed land use changes will shape the growth of employment areas over the next two decades.

Portland is growing in centers and corridors
Watch Episode 2 of a five-part series illustrating the Comprehensive Plan’s “Centers and Corridors” concept. New growth in Portland will be focused in areas where existing amenities, services and transportation options make for more vibrant, healthy, safe and connected neighborhoods.

You can watch Episode 1 here, and stay tuned for more installments in the series coming soon!


David Douglas High School, South Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
September 10, 4 – 7 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Map Presentation

Hollywood Library meeting room
4040 NE Tillamook St
September 11, 6 – 7 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Map Presentation

Alberta Main Street board
September 15, 7 – 8 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Update Open House

1900 SW 4th Ave, Lobby
September 16, 4 – 7 p.m.

Mixed Use Zones Project Advisory Committee

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500
September 17, 4–6 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Update Open House

Roosevelt High School Cafeteria
6941 N Central St
September 18, 4 – 7 p.m.

PSC Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A
September 23, 5 – 9 p.m.

Community Involvement Committee

1900 SW 4th Ave, Conference Room 2500A
September 24, 8 – 10 a.m.

Campus Institutional Zoning Update Project Advisory Group

1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 7A
October 9, 3 – 5 p.m.

PSC Hearing on the Draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Parkrose High School Student Center
12003 NE Shaver St
October 14, 5 – 9 p.m.

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