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Comprehensive Plan Update Events

(Chaise Johnson, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability)

Chat with city planners about proposed zoning changes in your neighborhood at drop-in hours or testify at a City Council hearing on the draft 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Coming soon! New zoning proposals for mixed use areas, campuses and institutions, employment land and residential neighborhoods …

Ready to comment on the Comprehensive Plan Goals, Policies and Land Use Map?
Check the project calendar at

Per Joan Frederiksen, BPS:
If the comments on the TSP relate to the policies, project list or the financial plan (Stage 1 of TSP process), since it’s under City Council review, they should be sent directly to It will later get routed to staff.

If the comments are related to street design classifications, performance measures or other proposed changes to city code (Stage 2 of the TSP update) you can speak with and direct comments to Francesca Patricolo, 503-823-5282,

More about the different parts of the TSP update work can be found on the TSP website:

What’s in Stage 2 is also covered here:

New Local Publication:

The December issue of Eleni Kehagiaras' new social magazine, Portland Heights Living, has arrived, and it looks great! This issue features the Lorenz Al-Saeed family, who homesteaded in Portland Heights in 1909. The magazine will be written entirely by Portland Heights residents about their kids, pets, homes, businesses, events, recipes, and more. For more info or to get involved email Eleni, Portland Heights Living Publisher, at

Washington Park Reservoirs Redevelopment – LU 15-169691 HR

The Portland Water Bureau’s proposal for historic preservation, rehabilitation, and construction of a covered reservoir, reflecting pools, lowland habitat area/bioswale, and walkways has cleared another hurdle. On December 4, 2015, the City of Portland Land Use Hearings Officer approved the Portland Water Bureau’s Type III Conditional Use, Environmental, and Tree Reviews application for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.
For details see:

Updating SWHRL Bylaws

We are in the process of updating the 2008 SWHRL Bylaws to bring them into synch with the city's 2015 template for neighborhood Bylaws. The new SWHRL amended Bylaws will need to be approved by a majority of SWHRL members at two subsequent membership meetings - if the draft is ready in time, at the January and May 2016 general meetings. Since it's not practical to read the complete Bylaws at the meetings, we ask that members review the draft (once it's ready and posted here) prior to the meetings where it will be considered. The existing 2008 SWHRL Bylaws and the new Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) template are available on Portland's website:

Volunteers Welcome: SWHRL "Invasives to Natives" Restoration Project to Beautify Corner at SW Vista Ave. at SW Spring Street

We’ve been made great progress during the winter and spring, removing invasive, non-native species from the City’s right of way at the corner of SW Vista and Spring Street. The City did have to take down one dying, hazardous big leaf maple tree, so unfortunately we lost some shade canopy, but we’ll cope. This wet season we’ll start replanting with native and hardy plants. To join future work parties, contact SWHRL: or Nancy Seton at 503-224-3840 to get on the email notification list. All ages - students, parents, Boy/Girl Scouts, and any others welcome. This will be a beautiful spot we can be proud of!

Join Southwest Hills for neighborhood news:

Look for the Southwest Hills Moms Group and women's biking group on social networking site NextDoor NextDoor is a great way to find out what is happening in our area and connect with neighbors. The more of us who use it, the better tool it becomes.


SW Hills Residential League Board meets the third Wednesday of the month. (Except the Board will have a retreat in lieu of the regular December 16, 2015 Board meeting.) The annual General Membership meeting with Board elections is held the third Wednesday in May, and other full membership meetings are the third Wednesdays in January and October. In lieu of an August meeting, we have a neighborhood picnic.

Contact: President Nancy Seton,

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President: Nancy Seton,
Vice President: Sean Baioni
Treasurer: Kelly Reece,
Secretary: Margaret Gossage




PDF icon SWHRL Year in Review 2014-15211.83 KB
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