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Portland's Comprehensive Plan Update E-News
December 2014

Work sessions to complete a Proposed Draft begin
The Planning and  Sustainability Commission (PSC) held the first of several work sessions on Tuesday, November 18. Each work session is intended to give the commissioners time to consider testimony received up to this point and discuss requested amendments to policies, maps and projects in order to make recommendations to the City Council. Each work session is organized by topic (e.g., Centers and Corridors, Non-conforming Uses, employment, etc.). 

Comprehensive Plan Work Sessions With Planning and Sustainability Commission Begin
How do you say “Comp Plan” in Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian or Vietnamese?
A short summary of the Comprehensive Plan Update has been distilled into a one-page handout and then translated into five languages: Spanish, Chinese, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese. People speaking these languages can now get to know the Comp Plan in just a couple of minutes. So whether you’re from Portland or across the globe, you can learn more about how the City’s new Comprehensive Plan will guide future growth and development and create a more prosperous, equitable, healthy city for all. 

Get to Know the Comprehensive Plan in Six Languages
West Quadrant Plan off to City Council, eventually becomes an amendment to the new Comprehensive Plan
On Tuesday, December 9, the Planning and Sustainability Commission held its second work session on the Proposed Draft West Quadrant Plan. After discussions around affordable housing, bridgehead heights and riverfront habitat policies, the Commission recommended the West Quadrant Plan to City Council, which will consider the plan early next year. The West Quadrant Plan is part of the Central City 2035 planning effort, a parallel project to the Comprehnsive Plan Update. The two will eventually come together later in 2015.   

Planning and Sustainability Commission Recommends West Quadrant Plan to City Council
Dear Al
Dear Al,
Why are there so many meetings, hearings, work sessions, etc. for the Comprehensive Plan Update? I’m wondering when the end will be in sight?
Signed, Fatigued
Dear Fatigued,
You are right that the Comprehensive Plan has been the subject of many meetings, etc. But there is a “method to the madness,” per state land use planning law, which aims to give the plan and the public due process. 
Who: The City Council has sole authority to update the Comprehensive Plan, but first they must get a “recommendation” from the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC bases its recommendation on proposals from City planners and public testimony. The Commission can recommend something different from what planners propose, and Council can change what the Commission recommends. But both the PSC and City Council hold public hearings before they change anything.  
Why: Planners develop their proposed plan from lots of research and analysis contained in official background documents. These “official reasons” are adopted by Council ordinance as supporting evidence for the proposed changes in the plan. Example “whys” include the number of people expected to be born in or move to Portland over the next 20 years and best estimates on the amount of new housing and jobs these folks will need.
What: Comprehensive Plan policy describes what the City will do, and not do, to meet the expected demands and opportunities of the future.
Where: The Comprehensive Plan Map (or land use map) shows where new jobs and housing growth can go, depicts other developed areas where little change is expected and shows areas that are protected as natural areas or open space.
How:  The “whats” and “wheres” in the Comprehensive Plan are carried out by official “hows.” For example, the Zoning Code explains how the policies in the plan will be carried out while the Zoning Map explains how the land use map will be implemented.
When: Council has already adopted all the official “whys” (background reports) except for one — the amount and types of land needed for expected employment growth, known as the Economic Opportunities Analysis. The PSC will conclude its hearings on this remaining analysis and will make their recommendation about the goals and policies as well as the Comp Plan Map this spring. City Council will pick them up this summer. The PSC will begin its hearings on the implementation projects (how) this summer, but Council will likely not consider this body of work until 2016.
Hope this helps.



PSC Comprehensive Plan Work Session 1

Topics: Using the plan in decision-making; Centers and Corridors; non-conforming uses and split-zoning
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 3 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Suite 2500A

PSC Comprehensive Plan Work Session 2

Topics: Economic elements and Goal 9, West Hayden Island
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Suite 2500A

Transportation System Plan Hearing and PSC Comprehensive Plan Work Session 3

Topics: David Douglas School District; Community Involvement policies
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Suite 2500A
Please confirm all times by checking the PSC calendar prior to each meeting. 

1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th Floor | Portland, OR 97201 US
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