Portland, Oregon Central City 2035 Plan

As part of Portland Oregon’s Comprehensive Plan, the Central City 2035 Plan is the primary guiding policy document for Portland’s urban center. The plan offers goals, policies and tools to guide growth and development for largest “center” in Portland that, by 2035, will be home to 30% of Portland’s population growth, on 3% of its land area. One of the primary goals of the plan is to increase the resilience of the Central City to climate change, and policies are proposed for natural hazard, climate change and flooding resilience.

The plan, goals and policies are organized into six sections: Regional Center, Housing and Neighborhoods, Transportation, Willamette River, Urban Design, and Health and Environment. The Health and Environment section focuses on implementing new infrastructure that contributes to environmental health, with policies that support priorities of: climate change resilience, and integrating stormwater management and green infrastructure with urban habitat. The following policies are as stated in the plan:

Policy 6.1 Natural hazard resilience. Encourage planning, design and education in the Central City to help prevent or minimize the impacts of natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods and other hazards identified in the citywide Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Policy 6.2 Climate change resilience. Support planning, service system upgrades, and infrastructure in the Central City to anticipate, respond to, and reduce the risks and adverse impacts associated with evolving climate change conditions.

Policy 6.3 Multiple functions. Encourage green infrastructure, parks, open space, and recreation opportunities in the Central City that serve multiple functions to provide capacity during flood event, improve stormwater management, reduce heat island effects, create pockets of fish and wildlife refuge, and provide places of respite and recreation for employees, residents and visitors.

Policy 6.4 Green infrastructure. Increase the use of trees, eco-roofs, vertical gardens, sustainable site development, landscaped setbacks and courtyards, living walls and other vegetated facilities to manage stormwater, improve the pedestrian environment, reduce heat island effects, improve air and water quality and create habitat for birds and pollinators.

Policy 6.5 Flood ready development. Reduce risks of flooding on existing and new buildings, transportation system and infrastructure.

According to the report, these policies will be used when applicable to: amending Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Map, amending the Zoning Map or Code, meeting certain approval criteria in the Code, adding projects to the Transportation System Plan project list, or developing urban renewal and area plans. 


Publication Date: July 9, 2018

Related Organizations:

  • City of Portland, Oregon


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  • Plans (other)
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