Land Use Committee

 The Land Use Committee is a standing committee of the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. board. It's comprised of neighborhood association representatives and other land use advocates who come together monthly to track and respond to the many land use and planning issues in southwest Portland.  From infill and demolitions to new development and design reviews, tree preservation to affordable housing, comprehensive planning to zoning changes, committee topics cover a wide range of issues that impact the character and livability of the area. 

Next Meeting

Tuesday, April 24th
7:00 - 8:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 4
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

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

Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Land Use Committee meetings Meeting materials
on Google Drive
2018 LUC Meetings Meeting materials
Pre-2018 LUC Meetings Meeting archives



John Tappero,
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Land Use and Transportation
phone: (503) 823-4592

Gary Runde,
SWNI Land Use Committee Chair


Residential Infill Project Draft Code and Map Amendments

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.


Previous Presentations

-Better Housing by Design, An update to Portland Multi Dwelling Zoning Code presentation by  Bill Cunningham, March 2018

-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,