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

Updates regarding: Residential Infill Project, Code Reconciliation Project, Design Overlay Assessment Project DOZA, Better Housing by Design BHD, Portland Off-Road Cycling Master Plan, Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP) 8, Central City 2035 Plan, Planning and Sustainability Commission Agenda, City Council Agenda
Updates on BDS Projects

Next SWNI Land Use Meeting

April 18th, 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.

Previous Meetings
February 21st, 2016

Previous Presentations

-RICAP 8 presentation by staff Jeff Caudill BPS and Kathryn Hartinger, BPS
-Residential Infill Project Concept report to City Council by staff Joan Frederiksen, BPS
-Community Involvement Program and Community Involvement Committee (Comp Plan early implementation)- Sara Wright,      Community Outreach, BPS

RICAP 8 & Comp Plan map and code implementation, timelines, and review/comment opportunities- Joan Frederiksen, West District Liaison, BPS

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. 

Monday, February 27th, 2017.  6:30 - 8:30 pm, Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy Room 30

    Comprehensive Plan

    The City of Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. Portland originally developed its Comprehensive Plan in 1980; periodic updates of the plan are mandated by the State of Oregon. The Comprehensive Plan Update will help to implement the Portland Plan, the City’s strategic plan for a prosperous, educated, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland. 


    RICAP 8

    Discussion Draft

    BPS-The workplan for RICAP 8 was considered by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing on April 28, 2015. The workplan includes 37 items that will be evaluated for potential code amendments.

    The 37 items fall into two groups:

    1. Minor Policy Items that may affect existing policy, for example by expanding or restricting allowed uses, changing the review type or procedure for land use applications, or revising development standards. RICAP 8 has 13 minor policy items that will addresses land divisions, lot conformations, radio frequency regulations, property line adjustments, and small signs in Historic Districts.
    2. Technical Corrections, Clarifications, and Consistency Items where the particular requirement is unclear, or the regulations are in conflict with other sections of the code. There are 24 miscellaneous technical corrections in RICAP 8, including 10 technical issues related to the new tree code.

    In addition to commenting on the discussion draft, continued opportunities for feedback will be available as the document is revised through hearings before the PSC and City Council in late 2016 and early 2017.

    Staff Contact
    Kathryn Hartinger, City Planner, 503-823-9714,



    BPS-Portland is growing and our housing needs are changing. Nearly 123,000 new households are projected by 2035. About 20 percent of new housing units will be built in Portland’s single-dwelling residential zones. Increased cultural and racial diversity and an aging population will also affect housing needs. The average number of people per household is getting smaller and households with children are expected to decline to 25 percent over the next 20 years. Portlanders have expressed concerns about the size of new houses, demolitions and the rising cost and lack of housing choices throughout the city. In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is taking a fresh look at the allowances for development in single-dwelling neighborhoods. See the project summary and timeline for more information.

    Alternative Housing Options for Single-Dwelling Residential Zones

    Staff Contact

    Morgan Tracy, Project Manager 503-823-6879,

    Julia Gisler, Public Involvement, 503-823-7624,



    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