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Planners hold neighborhood meetings to discuss “Zoning Review Areas” as part of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update

Neighborhood meeting notes and presentations now online for review

In some residential areas of Portland, the Comprehensive Plan land use designation and the current zoning have been different from each other for decades — many since the 1980 Comprehensive Plan took effect. As part of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is evaluating many of these areas to determine whether to reconcile them or leave them alone.

Dubbed “Zoning Review Areas,” BPS staff have been holding community conversations about the criteria and process for evaluating these areas. Notes from these meetings are now online, along with copies of slide presentations that were given where time allowed.

Read more about the Zoning Review Areas and see the meeting notes here


The land use designation in the Comp Plan Map reflects the long-term vision for the appropriate use and density of development for a given area. The zoning determines more specifically what a property owner is currently allowed to build.

Situations where the two are different may reflect infrastructure or development conditions that were present several decades ago — but which may have changed significantly since then. In other cases, it may be that constraints on development remain, such as landslide risk or lack of sidewalks. These areas are being evaluated based on the current understanding of natural hazards and infrastructure constraints and conditions, as well as recommended policies about proximity to centers or corridors.

More links and commenting

Read more background about the Zoning Review Areas in Section 5 of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft.

Check out the Zoning Review Areas and leave comments on the Map App.

Have a comment about the process for the Zoning Review Areas or another aspect of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Map Update? Send an email to before Dec. 21, 2015. Your feedback will be considered as staff develops the Proposed Draft, which will be released later this winter for written and oral testimony.

Review the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft

Comments on the Discussion Draft of the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update will be open until December 21, 2015.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Discussion Draft for the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update. Community review and feedback on the Discussion Draft will inform the Proposed Draft, scheduled to be released in February 2016. At that point we will invite further testimony for the Planning and Sustainability Commission.

Review the Residential and Open Space Zoning Update Discussion Draft

Residential Zoning Map changes are proposed to:

  • Match newly applied Comprehensive Plan designations, addressing a variety of situations.
  • Help prevent risk to public health and safety in areas with high natural hazard risk, infrastructure constraints, and/or limited urban services.
  • Address David Douglas School District school capacity constraints by reducing zoning potential until the district can accommodate increased enrollment.
  • Rectify various situations, including nonconforming density and split-zone sites.

New Open Space zones also acknowledge publicly owned lands that are either now or in the future intended for public open space use.

View the interactive map of changes being considered and submit comments directly on the Map App. Please submit comments or questions on the Discussion Draft by Monday, December 21, 2015.

Additionally, you can send comments via email or letter:



City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: Residential and Open Space Zones
1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100
Portland, OR  97201

For more information, visit the project website at Or call the Comprehensive Plan Helpline at 503-823-0195.

Share your thoughts about residential infill development; take an online survey between now and January 12, 2016

Share your views with City planners working on the Residential Infill Project to help identify community priorities.

Portland is growing and new homes are springing up throughout the city. So the City of Portland is taking a fresh look at the regulations controlling development in single-dwelling neighborhoods to ensure that new “infill” housing meets the needs of current and future residents.

The Residential Infill Project will propose new and updated rules to address the scale and design of new houses and home additions, as well as determine where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed. The project will also explore alternative housing options that could help keep housing costs down while increasing the variety and types of housing available for Portlanders.

Tell City planners what you think

Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey.You will be able to prioritize the residential infill issues that are most important to you. Staff will use the results of the survey to help identify key community values as the project moves forward. 

Share the survey

Tell your friends and neighbors. Share the link to the survey, which will be available until Tuesday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m. Survey results will be posted online and shared with the Stakeholder Advisory Committee

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For more information about the Residential Infill Project visit our website at or contact Julia Gisler at 503-823-7624 or

Residential Infill Project advisory committee walks and talks to learn more about infill development issues

SAC meetings, informational sessions and neighborhood walks catalyze discussion of potential code updates to create more effective regulations in Portland’s single-dwelling neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the 26-member Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Residential Infill Project. This meeting, a follow up to an optional informational session on November 17, aimed to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to the project’s third focus area: narrow lot development.

The SAC has met six times since September 2015 to learn about the City’s policy direction with the new Comprehensive Plan and discuss the first two project topic areas: scale of houses and alternative housing options. Additionally, City staff have led a series of four neighborhood walks for SAC members and interested residents covering four distinct Portland areas, including Inner South (Richmond), Western (South Burlingame), Eastern (Powellhurst-Gilbert) and Inner North (Boise-Eliot).

The next SAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., Room 2500 (2nd Floor). SAC members will be briefed on the policy framework that guides Portland’s projected population growth in single-dwelling residential neighborhoods and review best practices for residential infill development in other cities. Members will also help staff develop principles for the January 2016 charrette/workshop (tentatively scheduled for all day Thursday, January 21, 2015, location TBA) as well as evaluation criteria for assessing future prototype alternatives. The general public is welcome to attend and share comments and observations at all SAC events. Check the project calendar for meeting dates and times.

To stay up to date with future meetings and events, be sure to sign up on the project mailing list.

PSC News: December 15, 2015 Meeting Recap and Documents

R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation; R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation; Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing


  • R/W #7790 — hearing/recommendation
  • R/W #8030 — hearing/recommendation
  • Task 5: Campus Insitutions Zoning Project — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at