Land Use

City of Portland Land Use Updates

Email Arnold Creek land use representative, if you have questions or would like to receive email updates about any of these land use projects in the neighborhood.


West Portland Town Center (WPTC)

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SW Clara Ln & SW Boones Ferry Rd

A 51 bed residential care facility  has been proposed for a vacant lot at the junction of Clara Lane and Boones Ferry.
Even though the site is zoned R10 Single Family Residential, residential care facilities are an allowed conditional use.  The size of the building in units/beds has been reduced and the plan has been modified from the initial proposal to meet the zone standards so to avoid adjustments.




60-90 Bed Residential Care Facility

July 2, 2019
Pre-Application Conference was held for a 60-90 bed residential care facility on the large vacant lot west of 12395 SW Clara Lane at Boones Ferry Rd with ingress/egress from the 27 space parking lot on Clara Lane. Read the BDS – Conference Facilitator Summary Memo.

The next step would  be the Early Involvement Neighborhood Meeting. There are difficulties inherent with this site, problems with the Clara Lane right of way issues and the gnarly intersection with Boones Ferry Road.


SW Corridor

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View upcoming meeting details here.


Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project

Visit the City of Portland's Environmental Overlay Zone Correction Project website.

December 14, 2020 Update
The Ezone Map Correction Project public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission is postponed to February 23, 2021.  The hearing will cover the most current draft of the proposed environmental overlay zones, which reflects recent site visits to individual properties and new wetland mapping.

The new data provided by the Wetlands Inventory Project has caused some changes to the boundaries and locations of ezones throughout the project area. These changes are now reflected in the Ezone Map App, and property owners are invited to look up their address to view where the proposed conservation or protection overlay zones are mapped on their property.

About the Ezone Map Correction Project
As part of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, City Council adopted a new Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) for the City of Portland. The existing environmental overlay zones, which have been applied over the past 30 years, do not match the newly mapped resources in the NRI. The City needs to “true up” the environmental overlay zones with the actual features needing protection – streams, wetlands, flood areas, steep slopes, forests and wildlife habitat. This is part of bringing the zoning code into compliance with the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan.


A Three Lot Partition has been approved for 12436 SW Boones Ferry Rd.


A Seventeen Lot Subdivision Approved for 10701 SW 25th

The Hearings Officer has approved this Type lll proposal for a 17-lot subdivision and two new public streets (one of which will connect to 26th in the Arnold Woods subdivision) plus an open space tract for the one third of the property which has an Environmental Overlay.

The concurrent request for an amendment to reduce the side set backs on all 17 lots from 10 feet to 5 feet was also approved.

Decision, January 4, 2019 - Click this link to download the pdf document from City of Portland website (47 MB) or navigate to City of Portland Land Use Decisions for Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. to download the document.


Seventeen Lot subdivision proposed at 12384 & 12396 SW Clara Lane

There was a PreApp conference for this proposal and there was a neighborhood meeting but no application was filed within the window of a year. If the owner still wants to develop, she has to start over with a new PreApp.

The planning consultant for this proposed development, Danelle Isenhart, attended the  November 2018 ACNA neighborhood meeting.

The proposal is for a land division into 17 lots, standard street improvements for Clara Lane including a re-alignment where it meets Boones Ferry Rd., and a street extension to connect Clara Lane to Boones Ferry Lane (please note, that is BF Lane not BF Road).  19th street will no longer connect to Boones Ferry Rd.  The proposal also includes two open space tracts, wetland protections and pedestrian connections.


Boones Ferry Road Culvert Project

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) intends to replace an under-sized existing culvert that carries Tryon Creek under SW Boones Ferry Road, building a new street bridge, and restoring a channel bed in Tryon Creek in place of the culvert. More information can be found on the BES Boones Ferry Road Culvert Project website.