Preserving Portland

The City of Portland is working in partnership with public agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and neighborhoods to develop a comprehensive plan to help the community grow in a way that increases prosperity while preserving its unique character and high quality of life.

The effort is called Preserving Portland and you can follow progress at

The success of the plan depends on your participation. You are part of the team so please share your ideas and spread the word!  Take a brief survey now by clicking here.

What is Preserving Portland?

Preserving Portland is a public planning initiative to engage residents and businesses in defining a vision for the community that will serve as a framework for the city’s future.  The city has experienced significant growth over the past decade.  The population has increased 15% since 2010 and a lot has changed over the past decade – not to mention the last year – and more change is headed our way. Experts not only predict that the city’s population will increase by 32% between now and 2045, but that some of our recent growing pains will become more prevalent should we fail to prepare for what is to come. The time is right for us to sharpen our vision for the future and to develop a plan that will ensure our community prospers from the opportunity that awaits.

This process will:

  • Establish a shared vision for the community.
  • Evaluate growth and development trends to understand impacts on housing options, land consumption, roads and utility infrastructure, and other city programs and services.
  • Recommend policies and strategies to guide land development and prioritize city investments into public infrastructure and municipal services.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a guiding document that public agencies, residents, employers, developers, and other stakeholders can use to ensure that their city grows according to a shared vision.