Environmental Review is required if your project cannot meet the environmental development standards found in Sections 33.430.140 through 33.430.190 of the Zoning Code. Most properties with environmental zoning are subject to the regulations of Chapter 33.430.
Special districts that always require Environmental Review include the Columbia South Shore Plan District (north of NE Columbia Boulevard and east of NE 82nd) and the Smith and Bybee Lakes Natural Resources Management Area. If your project is in either of these areas, talk with a planner at the Development Services Center. You must complete the Environmental Review before you can obtain a building permit.
Projects in environmental zones in the Columbia South Shore Plan District are subject to the environmental regulations in Chapter 33.515 (Sections 33.515.265 through 33.515.280).
Projects in environmental zones in the Cascade Station/Portland International Center Plan District are subject to the environmental regulations in Chapter 33.508 (Sections 33.508.300 through 33.508.500).
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCEDURE
Most environmental reviews, including most environmental violation reviews, are processed through the Type II Procedure. Property Line Adjustments and resource enhancement activities in environmental zones are processed through the Type Ix procedure. Some uses and development in resource areas of the Environmental Protection zones and corrections to some violations are processed through the Type III Procedure.
Type III Environmental Reviews will always require a Pre-Application Conference. Optional Early Assistance Appointments are available to discuss your development plans with an environmental planner prior to submitting a proposal for review.
A handbook is available about the City of Portland's Environmental Zoning Program. A copy of the Portland Environmental Handbook may be purchased at the Development Services Center.
Information found in Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.430 will identify the specific environmental regulations which may apply to your proposal. This Zoning Code Subsection can be purchased at the Development Services Center.
- Application for Land Use Reviews - Complete this application form to apply.
- Early Assistance Application - A pre-application conference is required for all Type III Land Use Reviews. An optional Early Assistance appointment may be requested to identify and discuss any major issues that may impact the Environmental Review or Environmental Plancheck process.
- Waiver within 120 days - Sign this form within 21 days of application date to allow submittal of new information if a Type III decision is appealed.
- Environmental Review Application Information - Application submittal requirements with sample site plans and recommendations on how to prepare a written response to approval criteria.
- Environmental Review Submittal Checklist - Use this checklist to prepare Environmental Review applications.
- Environmental Plan Check or Review - Find out if a review or plan check will be required.
- Environmental Plan Check - Submittal requirements for environmental plan check.
- Summary of Procedure Types - Summarizes all procedure types.
- Type Ix Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type Ix Procedures.
- Type II Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type II Procedures.
- Type III Procedure - Outline of timeline for Type III Procedures.
- Portland Plant List - Extensive list of native plants and the various Portland plant communities. All vegetation planted in e-zone resource areas must be native.
- Native Trees on the Portland Plant List - A list of native trees identified by both the scientific and common name.
- Chapter 33.430, Environmental Zones
- Environmental Study Reports and Plans - Use these detailed studies to identify resources and functional valves on your site.
- Environmental Review Application Example
- Chapter 33.515 - Columbia South Shore Plan District
- Chapter 33.508 - Cascade Station/Portland International Plan District
- Fee Schedule for Land Use Reviews - A list of all land use fees.
- Fee Schedule for Land Use Reviews in Unincorporated Multnomah County