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City looks for comments on draft comprehensive land-use plan

Portlanders can now review the draft comprehensive land-use plan updated that will guide future growth after it has been approved by the City Council.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released the draft comp plan — as it is commonly called — on its website on Tuesday, July 22. A page devoted to the draft includes background information, links to various sections, and an online map app to access an interactive map of proposed changes throughout the city.

“As a major opportunity to implement the Portland Plan, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan gives us a detailed roadmap to the future,” says Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson. “We invite you to review the draft 2035 plan and give us your feedback. Your comments are critical for helping to create a healthier, more resilient and prosperous city for us and future generations.”

The page is www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/pdxcompplan.

According to BPS, while most of Portland land area will not be directly affected by the land-use or zone changes, the draft includes four major proposals:

• Complete Neighborhoods — Most new growth will be focused in designated centers and along major transportation corridors, which include clusters of shops, restaurants, offices and housing. This approach promotes convenience, walkability and access to services. Development will be scaled to the size and character of Portland’s various centers and corridors.

• Jobs — The draft 2035 plan includes areas where a variety of new jobs can be created, including campuses for colleges and hospitals, as well as policies to support more efficient uses of industrial land.

• Risks and Service Gaps — Proposed changes will help protect public health and safety, avoid exacerbating natural hazard risks, and acknowledge limited infrastructure or services. This includes changes to slow the pace and scale of development in East Portland, while maintaining a strong commitment to continued investment in essential infrastructure.

• Neighborhoods, Parks and Open Space — Changes to some residential densities and updates to open space designations will better reflect existing neighborhood character and acknowledge recent park land acquisitions.

As mandated by state land use planning laws, the draft plan will be presented to the city’s Planning and Sustainability Commission, a volunteer advisory group responsible for advising City Council on long-range planning decisions. The commission hosts public hearings during which Portlanders can testify in person, starting in late September:

• Focus on Goals and Policies, 5 p.m. Sept 23, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 2500A.

• Focus on Maps, 5 p.m. Oct. 14, location to be posted on webpage.

• Focus on Maps, 5 p.m. Oct. 28, location to be posted on webpage.

• Focus on Citywide Systems Plan and Transportation System, 4 p.m. Nov. 4, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., Room 2500A.

Portlanders may also submit feedback on the proposed craft of the 2035 plan online through the map app or in writing to the commission. After considering testimony and revising the proposed draft, the commission will submit a recommended plan to City Council in spring.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has set up a helpline to answer questions from the public. The line is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Mondays until 8 p.m. It is 503-823-0195. Check the webpage for other contact opportunities.