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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge Project

What’s the problem?

In Portland, a little less than 3% of the 2,066 miles of streets are unimproved – dirt and gravel. Another 15% of streets are under-improved – some pavement and/or sidewalks, but no street curb. Over the years, the pace of infill development on these problem streets has increased, but the policies for building complete and connected improvements has not kept up.

What’s next for the Neighborhood Street Program?

Fixing Portland’s under-improved streets is a sizeable problem that will take wide-ranging approaches to solve. Neither current funding nor any solution by itself, including the LTIC, will be adequate. Recognizing the need to actively address the complexity of issues, the City is initiating the next phase of the project to develop a Comprehensive Neighborhood Street Program.

For information on the work or how to be involved in the process of fixing Portland’s under-improved local streets, visit the project webpage,, or contact Kyle Chisek at 503.823.7041 or

When and where the LTIC will be applied.

Located within a Single-Dwelling Zone as identified in Title 33 of the City Code. As of March 2016, Single-Dwelling Zones include RF, R20, R10, R7, R5, R2.5. (Note: zoning districts and definitions can change. Confirm Single-Dwelling Zones in Title 33.); and

Frontage on a local service traffic street without a curb (i.e. unimproved or under-improved street), other than a local street that has been formally accepted by the Bureau of Transportation as fully built under an alternative street standard not requiring a curb.

Calculating the Charge

The LTIC is based on the total linear frontage of the property adjacent to an under-improved local service traffic street without a curb. The Bureau of Transportation staff will assess the LTIC using information included in the permit application.

Total Length of qualifying property frontage X LTIC rate* = $600/linear foot

*as of March 2016

The initial rate is based on historical data for the cost of building standard local service traffic streets in Portland and is subject to change. Consult the City’s Fee Schedule for the most current rate.

Primary Goals of LTIC

The LTIC is intended to solve the following immediate issues:

1. Fairness: The current system is unfair, because some developers are required to build half-streets on their frontage while others receive a waiver of remonstrance that excuses them from making any improvements, passing the cost onto future homeowners.

2. Funding: Continuing to issue waivers of remonstrance without requiring anything in return wastes an opportunity to start accumulating money to make future improvements citywide.

3. Simplicity: The LTIC provides a more predictable and simple option for developers to meet their obligations.

LTIC: An Overview

A new approach for residential development on curbless, local service traffic streets.