About the Map App

Planning proposals for public consideration and on-record testimony

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Explore interactive maps. Learn how map-based proposals may affect specific properties across Portland.

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Read draft policy documents. Learn how new policies will shape Portland over time.

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Provide your testimony on-record. New! Testify on both policy and map proposals.

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Read public testimony online. New! Read your testimony and others' in real time.

The Map App is a tool that combines the presentation of proposals in an interactive map experience with the opportunity to testify and then read your testimony in real time.

The goal in creating the original Map App was to help Portlanders learn how proposed changes would affect where they live, work, and play.

We quickly learned that, to bring further transparency to the process, we needed to gather and present testimony more efficiently so everyone can access to the same information. To that end, the Map App now includes an easy way to testify on proposed code and map changes in one experience.

You can also read your testimony and others' through the Map App in real time. City staff, Planning and Sustainability Commissioners, Portland City Council and fellow Portlanders can also read your testimony. It’s the same experience for everyone.

Testimony will no longer disappear into a proverbial “black box.” Everyone will have “equal access” to all testimony. So you can read what your neighbors or friends are saying about a proposal that’s important to you. No one, however, will be able to manipulate your testimony – only read it.

Testifying in the Map App also helps shield your personal information from public view. If you send a letter or email, those documents are usually scanned as a PDF and include personal details like email and home address. In the Map App, we only show your name.

Keep in mind, state law requires personal information to be included with your testimony, and we cannot make promises to hide your personal information in all occasions (public record requests, for example) but we will shield your contact information as best we can.

About the legislative process

A legislative planning proposal will typically go through four or five stages:

  1. Concept report – A concept report lays out the conceptual framework for a project and the problem it is trying to solve. Staff typically share this with a smaller group of stakeholders.
  2. Discussion draft – The release of a discussion draft opens the start of a public comment period for proposals not beginning with a Concept Report. Public comment during this phase is discussion-oriented and helps refine the proposal into a staff-proposed draft. Public comment is part of the public record but not forwarded to the Planning and Sustainability Commission or City Council. Rather, comments are considered by staff while formulating subsequent drafts.
  3. Proposed draft – The staff-proposed draft is then presented to Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). Public testimony to the PSC is welcome during this time, both in person and in writing. Further refinements are made, and the PSC votes to recommend a proposal to City Council. PSC may ask for amendments before sending the PSC-recommended draft to Council.
  4. Recommended draft – The recommended draft will then go to City Council for consideration. Public testimony to City Council is welcome, both in person and in writing. City Council may ask for amendments before voting on a proposal.
  5. Adoption – Council will then vote to adopt or not.

Once a proposal is adopted, an implementation phase may begin.

About the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Official website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

BPS develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.

BPS collaborates with community partners to provide:

  • Comprehensive land use, neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design.
  • Research, policy and technical services to advance green building, energy efficiency and the use of solar and renewable energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system.
  • Policy and actions to address climate change.

Who made the Map App?

The Map App is a product of City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) with design and development provided by BPS’ Technical Services team. This version of the Map App is the product of several previous iterations, beginning in 2014. With each iteration, we have benefitted from the constructive feedback of users who have shared their feedback and experiences with us.

Questions about Map App development, feedback, bug reports, etc.? Please send an email to bpsmapapp@portlandoregon.gov, and someone from the support team will get back to you.

Accommodation Policy

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please contact at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868, or Oregon Relay Service 711. Traducción o interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменный или устный перевод | Traducere sau Interpretare | Письмовий або усний переклад | 翻訳または通訳 | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda | ການແປພາສາ ຫຼື ການອະທິບາຍ | الترجمة التحريرية أو الشفهية | www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71701

Social Media Policy

The City of Portland recognizes the value of Social Media in connecting with our constituents. The City finds social media to be a valuable tool in furthering the City’s mission and goals of outreach, public dialogue, open government and sustainability. Please refer to our Social Media Policy document for more information.

Privacy Policy

All information provided through our service is available through traditional public channels. We have, however, limited the testifier's information displayed on this website to protect the individual's privacy. For that reason we only show the testifier's name and testimony if their testimony is submitted through this website. We cannot in any way sheild the testifier's information on any testimony submitted through letter or email. Please refer to the portlandoregon.gov Privacy Policy for more information.

Captioning and Transcription Policy

The City of Portland welcomes the public to view its websites, including video and audio content. In August 2013, the City implemented a captioning policy in order to increase the accessibility of video and audio materials to individuals with hearing loss. The details of the captioning policy are outlined in BTS Admin Rule 3.04.

In compliance with the captioning policy, City of Portland bureaus will provide captioning or transcription for video and audio content developed for public use after September 1, 2013.

Please note there may be video and audio content or links on City websites that are not captioned or transcribed, e.g. content produced by community groups or another third-party for their own purpose which have been included by the City to provide additional useful information to viewers.

The City of Portland's captioning policy does not extend to other organizations' video and audio content. The City does encourage all organizations developing video and audio content for public use to consider captioning as a means of increasing access to individuals with hearing loss.

Disclaimer

THE GIS APPLICATIONS ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE PROVIDE A VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. EVERY REASONABLE EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO ASSURE THE ACCURACY OF THE MAPS AND ASSOCIATED DATA. THE CITY OF PORTLAND MAKES NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE AS TO THE CONTENT, SEQUENCE, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY OF THE DATA PROVIDED HEREIN. THE USER OF THESE APPLICATIONS SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE DATA PROVIDED HEREIN FOR ANY REASON. THE CITY OF PORTLAND EXPLICITLY DISCLAIMS ANY REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE CITY OF PORTLAND SHALL ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INACCURACIES IN THE INFORMATION PROVIDED REGARDLESS OF HOW CAUSED. THE CITY OF PORTLAND SHALL ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DECISIONS MADE OR ACTIONS TAKEN OR NOT TAKEN BY THE USER OF THE APPLICATIONS IN RELIANCE UPON ANY INFORMATION OR DATA FURNISHED HEREUNDER. FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAP DATA ON PORTLANDMAPS PLEASE REFER TO CITY'S METADATA. FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSESSMENT INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE COUNTY ASSESSORS OFFICE IN YOUR COUNTY.