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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Growth forecasts

Portland’s economy, neighborhoods, resources, natural setting and the lifestyle options they support continue to attract new residents to the city. Between 2010 and 2035, Portland is projected to add approximately 260,000 new residents (123,000 households) to the roughly 620,000 people who live here today. About 140,000 new jobs are projected over the same period, adding to the 370,000 existing jobs (2010).

The City of Portland and the surrounding region have a strong tradition of using planning to manage growth. If expected growth can be directed to the right places, it can create vibrant new neighborhoods. It can help make Portland a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city. Growth management can help us meet other goals.

  • The planned growth pattern along with planned investments in parks, transit, and the bicycle and pedestrian networks will help to create more complete neighborhoods and increase the number of Portlanders that live in a complete neighborhood.

  • Adopted land use and transportation plans can reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita, reducing the share of commuter trips in single-occupant vehicles, and help reduce our carbon emissions.

  • Adopted land use plans and planned investments in transit will help increase the number of households with convenient access to family-wage jobs.

  • Locating new growth where there is already existing infrastructure can reduce future costs and help keep the City on sound financial footing. 

Understanding where growth is likely to occur also helps the City plan for needed infrastructure (transit lines, roads, new sewers, water lines, parks, etc.). Coordinating land use and infrastructure plans helps save the City money in the long run. 

Buildable Lands Inventory

Assessment of the City's capacity to accommodate projected changes in housing and employment

Growth Scenarios Report

The report describes the environmental, social, economic and energy consequences of expected development in Portland through the year 2035.