About Area Planning in Portland


The Comprehensive Plan is a land use and public infrastructure plan for the entire city; area‐specific planning efforts take place in smaller parts of the city. Planning for smaller geographies — like a district of the city or the neighborhoods along a transit line — provides an opportunity to explore issues at a finer scale and with the local community.

This level of planning is often called “community” or “neighborhood" planning. Area‐specific plans have many components, including information about the area’s history and community, vision statements, policies, code amendments, land use or zoning map changes, as well as action plans.

All these components must comply with the Comprehensive Plan in effect at the time the area plan is developed. The components of area‐specific plans can either be adopted by ordinance or resolution. They can also result in an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan or its implementation tools. 

View our current or recently completed area planning projecs.