What we do
At its heart, BPS is a convener and coordinator of complex projects and plans, which balance multiple objectives and set the direction for Portland’s future.
In collaboration with partners and the community, BPS aligns resources and actions for the next generation of urban strategies that will achieve community goals through:
- Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
- Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
- Policy and actions to address climate change.
Together we create and champion big picture plans to set the city on a smart course for the future, including:
- Portland Plan
- 2035 Comprehensive Plan
- Climate Action Plan
- Central City 2035 Plan
- River Plan
- Area and Neighborhood Plans
Read more about our plans to create a better future and a better now for Portland in our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan:
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working to embed equity into all of our work. We use the definition of equity found in the Portland Plan:
Equity is when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. We have a shared fate as individuals within a community and communities within society. All communities need the ability to shape their own present and future.
Explore the tools we use to embed equity in everything we do: