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.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
6:30 - 8:30pm
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.
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS)
Full May Update
Continued from April SWNI News Land Use Committee article...
Housing Rulemaking Advisory Committee Members:
To date, the Infrastructure-Based Time Extension Request Technical Advisory Committee (IBTER TAC) has met three
times and made significant progress. Included in this packet is also the most recent memo regarding transportation
IBTER applications, with an associated set of discussion questions. This memorandum is to provide an update thus
far on draft key parameters and concepts that have been developed with the assistance of the IBTERTAC. The first
set of parameters are based on language within HB 2001, the second are additional parameters and concepts discussed by the TAC.
Parameters established by HB 2001:
1. The purpose of the IBTER application is for a local government to gain approval for a delay in the
enactment of middle housing provisions that would otherwise be required by Section 3 of HB 2001, based
on an identified infrastructure constraint within a defined area where additional dwelling units would
exacerbate an existing or anticipated service deficiency that is occurring or may occur by December 31,
2023. Otherwise, required middle housing provisions must be applied in unconstrained areas within the
local government’s jurisdiction.
2. Types of infrastructure that may pose a constraint in relation to the provision of middle housing are
limited to water, sewer, storm drainage, or transportation services (see next paragraph for update on transportation).
3. IBTER applications must relate only to “specific areas where the local government has identified water,
sewer, storm drainage, or transportation services that are either significantly deficient or are expected to
be significantly deficient before December 31, 2023...”
4. IBTER applications must include a plan of actions that will remedy the deficiency in those services.
5. Time extensions for the application of middle housing allowances in these areas may not extend beyond
the date that the local government intends to correct the deficiency.
6. IBTER applications from large cities (cities greater than 25,000 population or cities within Portland Metro
with population greater than 1,000 and urbanized portions of Portland Metro counties) are due June 30, 2022
Upcoming Opportunities to engage
River Plan / South Reach PSC work sessions are open to the public, but public testimony is not taken. A public hearing with testimony on design recommendations for South Portland / Macadam plan district area will be set for the Design Commission in April or May. City Council will hold a public hearing on the River Plan / South Reach Recommended Draft in Summer 2020.
Environmental Overlay Zone Map Correction Project The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold public hearings in May 2020. Notice of hearings will be sent to all affected properties.
Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing The Recommended Draft will be released in early April, and public testimony will open again at that time. The project will be heard before City Council on May 14, 2020 (time to be determined).
Design Overlay Zone Amendments Project (DOZA) The two commissions continue to hold work sessions on the staff proposal through May 2020 before making their recommendations. The Recommended Draft is anticipated to be released in late Summer 2020, with a City Council hearing to follow.
West Portland Town Center Plan Portlanders are invited to review the three growth concepts for the West Portland Town Center and take an online survey. The April CAG meeting date is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 closures. See project event page for updates. CAG meetings are open to the public and past materials are available online.
CORONAVIRUS IMPACTS: Please be aware that public meetings are being cancelled or rescheduled for public health and safety, so be sure to check project calendars for meeting updates and other information.
- Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)
o View tentative PSC agendas and upcoming meeting schedules.
o PSC meetings are usually held at the 1900 SW 4th Building, 2nd floor. Meetings are streamed live on youtube.com/c/portlandbps and tape delayed on Channel 30.
- City Council
o View upcoming City Council agenda items
o City Council meetings are usually held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue and are broadcast live.
- Map App: You can look at interactive maps, submit testimony during testimony periods, and read submitted testimony through the BPS Map App
Portland Maps – Explorer: You can look at existing zoning, building permit, transportation and natural resource information and more on the interactive Portlandmaps.com Explorer map. o Portland Maps Guide
- 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
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.
John Tappero, email@example.com
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. Land Use and Transportation
phone: (503) 823-4592