With great excitement, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the Proposed Draft Portland Plan in October 2011. Two years in the making, and reflecting more than 20,000 comments, stacks of research and input from our partner agencies, the draft plan represents the great ideas and hard work of City staff, residents, community groups and businesses.
With the draft plan available to the public, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held three public hearings in November, two of which were hosted in the community at David Douglas and Parkrose High Schools. Attendance was high at all three hearings, with people organizing their testimony around issue areas, such as basic public services, resiliency and emergency preparedness, youth, a multigenerational city, active transportation/bicycling, East Portland, housing, historic preservation and more. Subsequently, the PSC held two work sessions to discuss comments from the community and other bureaus and agencies, as well as share their own responses to the plan.
On Jan. 24, 2012, the PSC voted to recommend approval of the Portland Plan (with requested changes) and send it to City Council for adoption. A revised version of the Proposed Draft Portland Plan will be presented to the PSC on Feb. 28, 2012, with a goal of presenting a Recommended Draft Portland Plan to City Council by mid-April.