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Land Use Review Process

The City of Portland's Land Use Review process, administered by the Bureau of Development Service, is designed to provide the public with appropriate notification, information, and opportunities to comment before final land use decisions are rendered.

While work at Mt. Tabor is not proposed to begin until 2015, the Water Bureau has started the land use review process to acquire necessary authorization for the eventual construction work.

The project will follow a Type 3 land use review process. This project has two Land Use Reviews – Historic Resource and Environmental – which will be consolidated into one application package and will be heard together by the Historic Landmarks Commission.

Once the Water Bureau submits the application, there is a three-week period for the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) to determine whether more information is needed in order to make a decision. The Water Bureau will provide further information as requested. When BDS determines that it has enough information, and declares the application complete, BDS will then arrange for a public hearing before the Historic Landmarks Commission about seven weeks later.

Public Feedback

When BDS issues notice of the hearing, the public comment period opens. In order to submit a comment that will be part of the official record, interested community members and other stakeholders are welcome to offer testimony at the hearing or submit comments by mail or email. If comments are submitted, please reference the Land Use Review number which will be posted here after application submittal. 

  • Written comments: Mail to BDS at 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Portland, OR 97204
  • Email comments: The email address will be posted here after application submittal.

Once the Portland Water Bureau’s Land Use Review Application is complete, it will be accessible on this webpage and the links below will be live: 

  • Full application, all sections
  • Section 1 – Introduction (project background, overview and outcomes, description of work areas, zoning)
  • Section 2 – Historic Resource Review (project elements subject and not-subject to historic review)
  • Section 3 – Environmental Review (project elements subject to environmental Review, worksite descriptions, environmental resources, construction management, mitigation plan)

Mt. Tabor Park is an important part of the history of Portland. The Portland Water Bureau recognizes that there are some public concerns about construction inside the park. The bureau has been planning the project carefully, working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation, to take measures that will protect and preserve the park and the historic reservoirs.

The Bureau of Development Services administers the land use review process. For more information about this process, please visit them online or call 503-823-7300.