The City’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to release the initial draft elements for the City’s new comprehensive plan document entitled Portland's Plan. These elements were drafted over the past year, with input from more than 40 stakeholder meetings, to provide an overview of the direction of the City over the next 10 years. As a starting point, the City conducted a public survey of residents, to which more than 2,000 responses were received. Since then the conversation has included meetings with neighborhood groups, New Mainers, Middle and High School classes, and use the City’s visioning table at farmers’ markets and fairs, involving the input of approximately 300 more individuals and organizations. Most recently, there was a well-attended Community Forum on November 12th at the Portland Public Library to discuss the draft plan and next steps. The draft elements are available for review on the on the City’s website via the link below. Public comments, questions, suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Please send comments on the drafts to email@example.com. Planning staff are happy to meet with groups interested in discussing the Comprehensive Plan in more depth as well. Requests for such meetings can be sent to this email as well. Review of the draft elements will continue for the next few weeks, after which the draft documents will be revised for a final draft. The Planning Board, and ultimately the City Council, will hold hearings on the Comprehensive Plan. If adopted, it will also be forwarded to the State to be reviewed for consistency with the State’s Growth Management Act.