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How to use the plan

The Comprehensive Plan is used for making land use decisions, primarily legislatively, but sometimes quasi‐judicially. This includes decisions about how land is used or developed, and public facility investment decisions related to those planned land uses or developments. The Comprehensive Plan and these tools are not static, and they are expected to change over time. City Council will consider decisions to adopt, amend, or repeal parts of the Comprehensive Plan or implementation tools in the future in respond to changing conditions, needs, trends, and other information.

The goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan are implemented through regulations, land use decisions, agreements, and community development programs including: 

  • Zoning Code

  • Zoning Map

  • Service Coordination Agreements 

  • Annexations

  • Urban Renewal Areas

  • Development Agreements

The City also refers to the Plan to inform non‐land use decisions, to scope projects and assess alternatives, to guide public facility investment choices, and to support grant applications, among other things.  Other public agencies, like the State of Oregon or Metro, may refer to the Plan when determining if a project is consistent with the City of Portland’s local Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a community tool that is often used for advocacy and to track accountability. Community members are also encouraged to use the Plan to monitor City projects and decisions. Community members may choose to use the Comprehensive Plan to:  

  • Advocate for projects and programs to be included in the annual City budget.

  • Review, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislative projects.

  • Review, evaluate, and comment on Comprehensive Plan‐related projects and programs.

  • Review, evaluate, and comment on site‐specific land use reviews that are subject to Comprehensive Plan review. 

  • Support or appeal approved land use reviews and legislative projects.

  • Apply for a change to the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map designation for a property they own, apply for a street vacation, or apply for any other land use approval for which a project must be reviewed for compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. 

  • Serve as background information when applying for grants, funding, or other programs.

How are decisions balanced?

How are the Comprehensive Plan policies weighed and balanced in decision‐making?