It's 2035 and Portland is prosperous, healthy and equitable. That's the goal for the Portland Plan - Proposed Draft, now available for community review.
The Portland Plan is a strategic plan designed to create well-paying jobs, advance social equity, improve educational outcomes and support healthy connected communities. It’s a 25-year plan for Portland’s future -- built around three integrated strategies and an equity framework, with long-range guiding policies and a 5-year action plan to focus on community priorities. It also includes measures of success so we can track our progress and hold ourselves accountable.
During the process of developing the draft plan, Portlanders told us they want to take care of our environment, help businesses create jobs, and make sure everyone gets a good education so they can make enough money to meet their daily needs. But budgets are tight and resources are increasingly scarce, and there will be even more challenges on the horizon.
So it's easy to think we can’t pursue an ambitious plan for our future. However, we also know that we can’t afford not to work for a brighter tomorrow.
The Portland Plan suggests ways for the City and the community to work smarter, be more practical, collaborate with our partners and be ready to take on the difficult conversations necessary to address the challenges ahead and become the city we want to be.
In November, the draft plan will come before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) for hearings and recommendation to City Council. Portlanders are encouraged to read the plan and consider commenting formally to the Planning and Sustainability Commission. For more information about the PSC public hearings and to learn how to comment in person or in writing, please visit www.pdxplan.com. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-1303.