Depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed, a project may or may not require a land use review.
Land use reviews are required when the zoning code "triggers" a review for a specific use or development project. Regulations directing a proposal to a land use review can be found in the base zones, overlay zones, plan districts and other sections of the zoning code, as well as within conditions of approval from past land use approvals at the site.
Most review "triggers" are located in the zoning code chapter addressing a particular topic.
Land use reviews are also required when a modification or a waiver of some development standards are requested.
Land Use Review Types
There are 5 types of land use reviews: Type I, II, IIx, III and IV. The assignment of a particular procedure type (I through IV) is usually done in the City of Portland Zoning Code chapter that establishes the review.
Type I, II, and IIx reviews are made administratively by Bureau of Development Services staff. Type III and IV reviews involve a public hearing before the decision is made.
Land Use Review Process
The length of time necessary for each land use review largely depends on the procedure type and whether or not the initial application contains all the required materials. In general, a land use review will take from 2 to 6 months.
For assistance in determining whether or not your project requires a land use review, please visit Planning and Zoning staff in the Development Services Center, or call the Zoning Information Hotline at (503) 823-7526.
Once your land use review is completed you are ready to submit plans.