During February and March, Portlanders attended seven community workshops to learn about and discuss the Comprehensive Plan Update goals and policies. In schools and community centers around the city, community members engaged with City staff and neighbors through interactive exercises and conversations about housing, transportation, urban design, infrastructure investments, growth scenarios, economic development, watershed health and industrial land supply.
Developing a comprehensive plan requires many conversations between community members, staff, technical experts and stakeholders. We’re fortunate to have such highly engaged and committed participants and partners in the process, ensuring that the final product will be reflective of Portlanders’ values and vision.
Policy Survey and Online Commenting
Portland’s existing Comprehensive Plan was developed in the 1970s and adopted in 1980, when the city’s primary concern was revitalizing downtown. But the 1980 plan doesn’t mention watershed health, climate change or equity … major issues facing Portland today. These and other concerns around housing and jobs are complex and many layered, requiring thoughtful consideration and broad input from Portland’s many different communities and interest groups.
To help address these issues and answer some larger questions, the project team developed a policy survey . Feedback from the survey will help staff refine the goals and policies in the Working Draft Part 1. Staff have been using the survey questions to prompt discussions at the workshops and other group settings, and solicit valuable input about the community’s many preferences and opinions.
So far, nearly 300 people have filled out the survey online and another 200 have submitted comments via an online feedback form, correspondence and talking with City staff. Thank you to the hundreds of Portlanders who have taken the time to respond so thoughtfully.
The online survey is open until May 1. You can help us hit our goal of 500 responses by taking the survey here.
Other Outreach Efforts and Next Steps
Even if you missed the community workshops on the Comprehensive Plan goals and policies, there are still several ways to get involved and share ideas about how and where the City should develop as it grows. In addition to the online survey, staff are meeting with several community groups each week, and will soon start tabling at community-wide events (e.g., Sunday Parkways, Portland Parks Summer Concert Series, street and community fairs) in the spring and summer. Feedback from the community during this time will help guide refinements to Part 1 as well as the upcoming land use maps in Part 2.
Coming next: Working Draft Part 2
Part 2 of the Comprehensive Plan Working Draft will be published in mid-summer. It will include a series of maps (including an updated Urban Design Framework, land use designations, etc.) and first drafts of the Citywide System Plan, including infrastructure project lists.
To prepare Working Draft Part 2, the City’s District Liaisons will be talking with stakeholders during the spring to gather district-specific information, comments, preferences and ideas to shape draft maps and connect the policies with geographically specific mapping possibilities. For more information, please contact your District Liaison or call 503-823-7700.
In early fall, the City will hold another series of community workshops focused on mapping questions and infrastructure choices. The goal is to refine land use maps and infrastructure plans based on fall workshop input and publish a Proposed Draft Comprehensive Plan Map in December 2013, for Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council consideration and discussion in early 2014.