County kicks off rural Comprehensive Plan update with open houses

October 23, 2014

Multnomah County has scheduled two open houses for property owners, residents and business owners within rural Multnomah County, and other interested parties, to kick off the county’s Comprehensive Plan update. 

The open houses are on November 5 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Grange Hall (37493 Grange Hall Road, Corbett) and November 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School Gymnasium (11536 NW Skyline Blvd.). 

The current County Comprehensive Plan was originally adopted in 1977. Although it has been updated for specific topics since then, a complete assessment of its policies, strategies and structure has not occurred since 1977. 

The document needs to be revisited and revised to reflect the times and to better guide land use and transportation decisions in the county’s rural, unincorporated areas.

The plan affects how people in the rural areas can build and develop their land, where businesses and services can be located, and what improvements may occur on roads serving rural areas. The plan is the blueprint that will shape physical development in rural areas over the next twenty years.

The open houses will allow the public to share opinions about what issues are important and what ought to be addressed in the updated Comprehensive Plan. Attendees will learn more about what the Comprehensive Plan is and how it is used. Attendees can share their opinions by completing a short comment form or posting comments on display boards.

An online open house is also available at for the public to learn about the project and share their opinions.  The online information is identical to that at the public open houses. Online comments can be submitted from November 5 – 19.

For more information, contact Rich Faith, Multnomah County Senior Planner, at or 503-988-3931.