It’s hard to imagine the changes that will occur over the next 25 years. Who would have thought, 30 years ago, that a car could drive without a driver, a super computer could fit in the palm of your hand or that an Olympic athlete would win gold by virtue of a high-tech jumpsuit.
Planning for the future requires more than just imagination, though. Portland’s new long-range plan for growth and development was created over several years, based on detailed research and analysis as well as vigorous community and business input and interagency collaboration.
The result is a new comprehensive plan that carries forward the best of the old one, infused with new ways of thinking about public health and equity, designing with nature and the environment, job growth and prosperity, infrastructure and public services, climate change and resiliency – all thoroughly grounded in preserving neighborhood character and the transit-oriented development that has made Portland a model city around the world.
Portlanders invited to testify on the draft plan
Comprising new goals, policies and a land use map, the proposed draft of the new Comprehensive Plan has been available for public review since July 21. An online Map App allows the public to view their property and/or neighborhood and comment on the proposed land use changes.
All feedback on the proposed draft is now being considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission, which will eventually make a recommendation to the Portland City Council for adoption.
Portlanders are welcome to share their comments in person at four upcoming public hearings hosted by the PSC.
Comprehensive Plan Proposed Draft
Public hearings with the Planning and Sustainability Commission
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m.
Parkrose High School, Student Center
12003 NE Shaver Street
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5 – 9 p.m.
Portland Community College – SE Campus, Community Hall
2305 82nd Avenue
November 4, 2014 at 4 – 8 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
Portlanders are also invited to comment in writing in the following ways:
Send written comments to:
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Comprehensive Plan Update
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include the words PSC Comprehensive Plan Testimony in the subject line).
Comment directly onto the Map App at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/mapapp.
What happens next?
The Planning and Sustainability Commission will listen to what the public has to say about the proposal at the public hearings mentioned above. After discussion and deliberation, they will make a recommendation to City Council early in 2015. City Council is expected to hold hearings and vote on the new Comprehensive Plan by mid-2015. They will likely hold hearings and vote on corresponding zoning changes by the end of 2015. After City Council approval, the new plan must be approved (“acknowledged”) by the State of Oregon. The new Comprehensive Plan Map will be the basis for future updates to the City’s Zoning Map and Zoning Code.