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Portland's Comprehensive Plan Update E-News
February 2015

Have your say about future transportation projects in Portland!
Thinking about your next 25 years in Portland, how would you like to get around? Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently published a list of priority projects for the Transportation System Plan based on public input so far — as well as funding constraints. Now it’s your turn: Comment on your transportation priorities at a February 24 public hearing or online via the Map App.

TSP
 
Portland, land of plenty (of land)
Good news! The recently revised Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) shows that the policies, infrastructure investments and map changes in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan will accommodate a projected 142,000 new jobs on 3,000 acres of employment land by 2035. Portlanders are invited to comment on the EOA to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14.

Revised Economic Opportunities Analysis Indicates There’s Plenty of Land for Jobs in Portland
Mixed Use Zones Project Info Sessions: February 25 & 26
Over the next 25 years, roughly half of Portland’s new housing development is expected to occur in mixed use Centers and Corridors. The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment zoning codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City to address issues that arise with newer more intensive mixed use building forms. Staff is sharing information and ideas about a Revised Zoning Concept at upcoming information sessions.

Mixed Use Zones Info Sessions
More voices, better choices: Portlanders’ comments make their mark
As of Feb. 6, 2015, Portlanders have provided almost 3,000 comments to help shape the new Comprehensive Plan. Here’s the breakdown of where your comments have come from:

  • 1,794 through the online Map App
  • 437 via email
  • 330 in letters
  • 129 on testimony cards
  • 231 in verbal testimony
  • Total: 2,921 comments
Thank you, Portland, for providing such valuable feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Update. Your comments have informed the Planning and Sustainability Commission as well as staff.
So keep those comments coming! The deadline to submit written testimony is Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5 p.m. — including via the Map App.

Dear Al …
Last summer the City published a diagram showing circles representing various centers connected by corridors. These were supposed to show the location of different types of centers, such as regional, town and neighborhood centers. Now it appears there’s a new “provisional boundaries map,” which shows a defined boundary around my neighborhood center. What does this new map mean?  
Signed,
Stumped
Dear Stumped,
Last summer we published the diagrams you refer to with regional, town and neighborhood centers depicted by different sizes of circles. Subsequently, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) received public testimony that said it was confusing for us to identify centers without showing more precisely what the centers do and don’t encompass. In response, we proposed some “provisional boundaries” for these centers on new maps for the commission to consider.
Unlike the circles, the provisional boundaries are more literal depictions of the various centers: They trace the irregular edges of the commercial, mixed residential/commercial and multifamily residential areas falling within a half mile of the center of the circles. 
Why a half mile? It’s generally considered a convenient walking distance to/from home to transit and other amenities, which is a good way to describe a center. The provisional boundaries also provide more credible analyses and greater certainty about where particular plan policies apply, which was also a concern expressed by residents.
The PSC is accepting written testimony on the proper location of center boundaries — symbolic or otherwise — until March 13, 2015. Read Tips for Testifying. And don’t forget the Map App, which allows you to comment online.     
But remember, what’s on the map or in the draft plan is just a proposal. Come up with better facts and reasons for where these lines should be, write them down, send them to the commission … and the lines could move.
Editor’s note: The Comprehensive Plan provides general guidance for how the Zoning Map and Zoning Code may be amended in the future. The policy statements that refer to the anticipated size of centers are general aspirational policy statements. Similarly, the maps and diagrams in the Comprehensive Plan are policies, not regulations. 

EVENTS

PSC Work Session and Public Hearing on TSP

Work Session: David Douglas School District, Community Involvement Policies; Hearing: Transportation System Plan 
Tuesday, February 24, 3 – 8 p.m. (TSP hearing starts at 5 p.m.; the public can start filling out comment cards at 4:30)
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

 

Community Involvement Committee (CIC) Meeting

Wednesday, February 25, 8 – 10 a.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500A

 

PSC Work Session

Topics: TSP, Housing and Residential Densities
Tuesday, March 10, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A

PSC Work Session

Topics: Discussion of other individual map or policy changes of interest to commissioners 
Tuesday, March 24, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 2500A
 

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