Land Use


The proposed Tangent Village townhouse development

Preliminary and pre-development activity on the Strohecker's site


Residential Infill Project (RIP)

2/13/2020 Commissioner Fritz recently wrote her opinions about RIP in an insightful memo:

"Let’s turn to the global climate crisis and the crisis of traffic crash deaths on Portland’s streets.  Reducing vehicle-miles traveled and thus pollution and traffic crashes depends on locating housing density close to arterials where transit is or will be available. Allowing increased density far from arterials will require people to drive to get to transit, worsening the climate crisis.  Putting more people where they will have to walk on streets with no sidewalks or other safety features will hamper our work to achieve Vision Zero.  The City has recently adopted plans for which streets citywide will receive city-funded improvements in the next 20 years.  Instead of putting more density on these streets, RIP completely ignores whether safety features like basic sidewalks exist or will be provided in the next 20 years.  What is the point of planning street improvements if we then ignore those plans when planning density increases? Where will people recharge electric vehicles, if there are no off-road parking spaces? . . ."


Some neighborhoods are concerned about how the City’s new Residential Infill Project (RIP) may affect our single family neighborhoods, by allowing certain multi-family dwellings. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s website states:

“The Commission’s revised proposals would allow a wide range of housing types, including triplexes and fourplexes in single-dwelling zones. They also pushed to broaden the area where these housing choices would be allowed. To address the demolition of single-family homes, they created more incentives to retain existing houses, such as allowing them to be split into multiple units. They pushed for more flexibility for accessory dwelling units to incentivize their construction.”

If you are interested in learning how this might affect Portland Heights, please contact: and we can research together.


SWHRL receives notices of proposed demolitions. Though there haven't been many in the past several years, it's good for  SWHRL and neighbors to keep an eye on them. Email if you are aware of a proposed demolition near you, and have concerns. Since the city does not monitor contractors specifically for abatement of hazardous materials such as asbestos, we need to watch what’s going on.

July 2017: 3115 SW 36th Ave, Permit 17-212123-RS

May 2017: 5409 SW Paton Rd, Permit 17-139917-RS

April 2017: 4410 SW Hewett Blvd, Permit 17-160284-RS

Questions or concerns? Contact Kareen Perkins, Bureau of Development Services (BDS)  (503) 823-3622 or