The City Council approved Portland’s new comprehensive plan at its June 5 meeting. It is now being reviewed by the state for final approval.
The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development released a final draft of the plan in February 2017. Work on the plan began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement process, including attendance at farmers’ markets, fairs, middle and high school classes, neighborhood group meetings, and many other events to learn what people in Portland hope to see in their city over the next 10 years. In all, City officials have attended more than 40 events this year, hearing from hundreds of people, as well as countless others who stopped by at large events. Additionally, last winter the Department conducted a public survey to which more than 2,000 people responded.
“Creation of the Comp Plan has truly been a community-wide effort. It distills what City staff heard, as best as possible, into concise and comprehensive visions for the future of the city we love,” said Christine Grimando, Senior Planner, and Comp Plan project manager. “As a Comprehensive Plan, it will serve as a policy vision for the entire city for the next 10 years.”
The Comp Plan is a long range policy document to assist the community in defining aspirations and addressing change. It provides guidance for Portland’s future growth and development, addressing topics such as historic resources, housing, transportation, natural resources, open space, and the economy. The creation of a new plan represents an exciting opportunity for the community to reflect on its vision of the future.
To view the Comprehensive Plan document and learn about the full community engagement process, click here.