Land Use Committee

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 The Land Use Committee, a standing committee of the SWNI board, is comprised of the chairs of SW neighborhood association land use committees and other land use advocates who come together monthly to help each other track and respond to the many land use and planning issues in our area.  From infill and demolitions to new development and design reviews, tree preservation to affordable housing, comprehensive planning to zoning changes, we cover a wide range of issues that impact the character and livability of the southwest neighborhoods.  All are welcome to join us on the third Tuesday of each month, 7pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, room 4.

Contact: John Tappero,, (503) 823-4592


Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Land Use Committee usually meets the third Tuesday of the month. Confirm scheduled meetings on the Southwest Neighborhoods Calendar.

Next SWNI Land Use Meeting

January 16th, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 7
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

Residential Infill Project Draft Code and Map Amendments-Now Available

Portlanders are invited to learn more about the Discussion Draft and give their feedback in the coming weeks. This outreach period is focused on familiarizing community members with the detailed amendments in preparation for the Planning and Sustainability Commission and subsequently City Council hearings later next year (see timeline below). Comments on the Discussion Draft are due by Nov. 20, 2017.


Materials for public review include a project summary and the Discussion Draft in three volumes:

  • Volume 1: Staff Report and Map Amendments — includes project overview and introduction, analysis of proposals, as well as the methodology for creating the Housing Opportunity Overlay – the new ‘a’ overlay.
  • Volume 2: Zoning Code Amendments — the actual regulations.
  • Volume 3: Appendices — includes Guidance from the Comprehensive Plan, FAR Background, R2.5 Catalog, Visitability Best Practices, Map Refinements, and Historically Narrow Lot Background.

Parcel-specific information that shows which amendments will affect individual properties is available through the Map App — an interactive online map.

Review all documents in the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft.


The kick-off meeting will be followed by a series of drop-in office hours. In addition to these public events, staff will be available to help groups and organizations participate in the Discussion Draft review. This can be done through staff presentations at meetings or brainstorming other ways to share information about the project.

Southwest Drop-in Office Hours
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
5 – 7:30 p.m.
TriMet: Bus #44


Join us for a kick-off meeting to learn more about the project and the contents of the Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft. This will include a staff presentation about the code and map amendments.   

Residential Infill Project Discussion Draft Public Review
Kick-off Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Room 2500
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Reports available, staff on hand to answer questions
6:30 – 7:30 – Staff presentation
TriMet: Bus #12, 43, 44 and MAX Green and Orange Lines

Previous Presentations

-Better Housing by Design, An update to Portland Multi Dwelling Zoning Code presentation by  Bill Cunningham, BPS Denver Igarta, PBOT
BPS Concept report July 2017

-Residential Infill Project Concept report to City Council by staff Joan Frederiksen, BPS

SW Corridor Land Use Meeting

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) provided two City-hosted informational meetings regarding the long term land use visions around the SW Naito/Kelly and West Portland Town Center/Crossroads areas. BPS staff collected community input on land use to help inform ongoing  SW Corridor Light Rail planning. Below are links to the presentations for both events. 

June 22, 2017 - SW Corridor Visualizing Land Use at Key stations: SW Naito/Kelly Area

June 29, 2017 - SW Corridor Visualizing Land Use at Key Stations: Crossroads Area

ABC's of Land Use

A special thank you to Bureau of Planning and Sustainability representatives Joan Frederiksen and Sarah Wright for presenting the ABC's of Land Use Training, Tuesday January 31st

Session 1 provided an Overview of  Zoning, Permits and Work of City Agencies                                                                                                                • What is land use? Why does it matter?      • Bureaus that manage land use in Portland. Who handles aspects of land use (code compliance, building permits, land use reviews, etc.) and how do they overlap?      • What is zoning? How does zoning affect my neighborhood?                 • How to read a zoning map. How to read the zoning code.      • What is a land use review? What is a building permit?      • When can the community influence the development process?      • Quasi-judicial vs. legislative processes.

Training Material: Glossary of Land Use Terms     Land Use Zones Summary     Land Use Summary of Procedure Types                                 Table of Land Use Review Process Requirements     Land Use Resources and Contacts       ONI Neighborhood Association Map

Session 2 Land Use Reviews and Land Division. Will build upon Session 1 training, built to provide community member with the tools necessary to effectively address land use issues within your community. 


Since City Council’s adoption of the Concept Report in December 2016, project staff have been developing code and map changes to implement the adopted concepts. Staff are also responding to mayoral direction to draft a Housing Opportunity overlay zone boundary for the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) to consider.
This fall the public will have an opportunity to review proposed code changes and Zoning Map amendments prior to the PSC hearings in winter 2018. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ways to participate in the project.

Council-approved concepts:
Contact: Julia Gisler, 503-823-7624,


2016-2017 Action Plan

2015-2016 Action Plan

2014-15 Action Plan

Tree Protection & Preservation Report (pdf)

September 2016 Land Use AgendaMinutes

October 2016 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

November 2016 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

December 2016 Land Use- meeting Canceled due to weather

January 2017 Land Use- meeting Canceled due to weather

February 2017 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

March 2017 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

April 2017 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

May 2017 Land Use Agenda & Minutes

June 2017 Land Use Agenda & Minutes- available after the July LU meeting