Its OK. I think you can take your time. If you need help, maybe you can get my ONLY resident to see if he can help. BUT, he is busy building up his cliff dugout. I must say he is doing a great job at it though, so I can't wait to see his final vision manifesting there. He is a brand new player, only a few days old.
As far as the portal is concerned, I think Tjentzu is in a very comfortable spot right now with all the recent portal links. Although, some maybe not be in the immediate vicinity but it only a bit of run away. Otherwise, I think its very well connected through Vena V.
I am at the point where I think I can start upgrading some stuff in town. Also planning a city sign, assuming I have enough plots. I have used up 80+ plots so far already.