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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Vesting in Zoning Code Regulations

Zoning Code

The City’s Comprehensive Plan and two of its implementation tools – the zoning maps and zoning code (Title 33) – are undergoing a major update.  Portland’s City Council adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan on June 15, 2016.  

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is re-writing large sections of the zoning code to implement the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan. For example, all of the Commercial Zones are being changed, and the regulations associated with those zones are also being changed as part of the Mixed Use Zones Project. The proposed regulatory changes are currently under consideration with public hearings with the Planning & Sustainability Commission, and City Council. For many of these changes, there will be a gap between when the City Council adopts the code changes, and when the code changes go into effect. It’s anticipated that many of these changes won’t go into effect until 2018.  

In addition, a number of other planning efforts, such as the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project, are underway. These planning efforts involve proposed changes to the zoning code.  

To provide greater clarity and certainty to our customers, Land Use Services has compiled a list of upcoming regulatory changes in addition to a document about vesting, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These two documents will be regularly updated to reflect project timelines, hearings and answers to additional questions about vesting. 

If you have questions, please contact Matt Wickstrom at (503) 823-6825.