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Congress Square Redesign Study Group Meeting  (3/26/2014)
Congress Square Redesign Study Group Meeting Tuesday, April 22, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library Open to the public More

Portland's Downtown Squares and Plazas  (3/21/2014)
Portland's Downtown Squares and Plazas Plans Available Online More

Revised Vision Statement  (2/20/2014)
Vision Statement: Congress Square is a high quality, distinctive urban space that epitomizes the Arts District while remaining accessible and inviting to all. Year-round, the Square provides a welcome break in the dense, historic district street wall where one encounters a range of activities including events and installations that celebrate local arts and culture, and fosters spontaneity, informal gathering, and fun. More

St. Lawrence Plans Available Online   (2/10/2014)
St. Lawrence Plans Available Online
Neighborhood Meeting Notice 2-27-14


Thompson's Point Plans Available Online  (1/31/2014)
Thompson's Point Plans Available Online More

Draft Vision Statement   (10/17/2013)
Congress Square is an urban open space that, as the gateway and primary destination for the Arts District, contributes a unique experience within the series of Congress Street squares. More

Summer Planning Newsletter Available  (6/26/2013)
Read about efforts to address hoarding, fair housing, and current development proposals More

National Community Development Week in Portland April 1-5  (3/26/2013)
Next week the City of Portland will be celebrating the wide range of positive contributions made by the Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs. Please join us! More

Pre-Application Office Hours  (3/19/2013)
On February 28, 2013 the City of Portlandís Planning and Urban Development Department announced a new service, Pre-Application Office Hours. More

Midtown Plans for Bayside Available Online  (3/18/2013)
Plans and Other Materials Related to Development Proposal in Bayside Available More

Latest Planning Newsletter Available  (1/10/2013)
The Winter 2013 edition of "Under the Clock Tower," the Planning & Urban Development Department newsletter, is now available on the Department's web site. More


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Recommendations for India Street Planning from UC Davis Team

Bike Share Study

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If you are a disabled patron wishing to access the Inspections Division during regular business hours please use the intercom system on the 3rd floor before the stairs and staff will assist you. You may also call ahead at 874-8703 to request a meeting in a room that is handicapped accessible.

The Planning and Development Department promotes and plans for the future vitality, livability and prosperity of this remarkable City and all its people.

The Planning and Urban Development Department’s work involves overseeing and directing all planning and urban development activities including:

The economy in the Greater Portland region is strong. Downtown Portland, long a measure of the economic health of the region, is thriving. The continuing surge in the regional economy challenges our ability to manage growth. Business, neighborhoods, educational institutions and government all must work together to maximize the benefits of economic development for our quality of life.

Portland is Maine’s largest economic center and its largest residential community. We will continue to work together to maintain that perfect balance, while positioning our city to compete globally in a world-class market.