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Proposed growth plan amendments being posted online

Summaries of proposed amendments to the recommended Comprehensive Plan update are now being posted online.

The Comp Plan — as it is commonly called — will guide growth in Portland over the next 20 years. It is required by state land use planning laws. The City Council is holding weekly work sessions on it, and the final vote could happen in late April, at the earliest.

A recent resolution considered by the council said the city expects to add 240,000 more residents and 140,000 more jobs by 2035.

Amendments proposed by council members are being summarized and posted by the staff of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is doing the technical work on the update that was recommended to the council last year by the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

The summaries are being posted on the BPS website were other documents from the work sessions are also available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/69938.

Some of the proposed amendments are broad, such as one by Mayor Charlie Hales to encourage the construction of more so-called "middle housing," which includes duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and small apartment buildings with courtyards. Others would change the zoning on specific piece of property to allow or prohibit certain kinds of development.

A number of members of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association are already disappointed no amendments have been submitted to restrict development in the Multnomah Village retail center as they have requested. Other people are impressed that many of the amendments appear to have come from recommendations made by the public during the previous council hearings on the recommended update.

The first posting included summaries of 89 amendments. That number is expected to increase by the time before the council holds its first hearing on the amendment update, which is scheduled for April 14.