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, February 18th, 2020
6:30 - 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.

View meeting archives.


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

Gary Runde,
SWNI Land Use Committee Chair

SWNI Land Use Committee members group: 

SWNI Land Use Committee 2019-2020 Action Plan



Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Update, February 2020

Historical Planning of Racist Planning, A history of how planning segregated Portland- BPS

BPS project web site

Planning and Sustainability Commission- presentation

West Portland Town Center Community Advisory Group

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is starting work on a West Portland Town Center planning effort. Importantly, BPS will be forming a West Portland Town Center Plan Community Advisory Group to advise staff on project activities, engagement, analysis, and draft products.

Project Website

For questions and information on the West Portland Town Center Community Advisory Group please contact
Joan Frederiksen | West District Liaison
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue | Suite 7100 | Portland, OR 97201


Residential Infill Project

Residential Infill Project is updating Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to better meet the changing housing needs of current and future residents. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing options and narrow lots. For more information visit the project website at:

Planning and Sustainability Commission Materials

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

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,