As of early February, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability said it had received almost 3,000 comments to help staff draft an updated Comprehensive Plan. The last Plan was drawn and approved 25 years ago. The new Plan would guide development through 2035.
Included in those comments were almost 1,800 from the so-called Map App (an online tool to enable smart phone users to have their say), more than 430 emails, 330 “snail mail” letters, about 130 responses on testimony cards from public hearings and over 230 verbal testimony comments. Planners said the total 2,921 comments have informed Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission as well as members of the City staff.
Deadline to submit written testimony is Friday, March 13, 2015, at 5 p.m., and Portlanders are invited to comment on a recently revised Economic Opportunities Analysis before the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 14. Preliminary statistics in the analysis predict policies, infrastructure investments and map changes in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan will accommodate a projected 142,000 new jobs on 3,000 acres of employment land by 2035. More details on EOA estimates are on line at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/518854.