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Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 8 (RICAP 8) Recommended Draft ready for public review and testimony

Portland’s Zoning Code is updated regularly through the Regulatory Improvement Process. The latest package of amendments (or improvements) to the code are included in the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP 8) Recommended Draft, which contains 43 items being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement.

Amendments are recommended for Title 33, Planning and Zoning, and Title 11, Trees.  The report contains 20 minor policy items that will address a variety of issues, including land divisions, property line adjustments, heritage trees, enforcement and root protection zones. 

City Council will hold a public hearing on February 15, 2017. Portlanders are invited to attend and testify on any of the items contained in Recommended Draft.

City Council Hearing on RICAP 8
February 15, 2017 at 3 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue

City Council also invites testimony on the Recommended Draft through February 15, 2017, in writing:

  • By Email: Email testimony with “RICAP 8” in the subject line to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By U.S. Mail:
    City Council, re: RICAP 8
    1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
    Portland, OR  97204

Contact Kathryn Hartinger at or by phone at (503) 823-9714.

About the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages (RICAPs)

The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages continually update and improve City building and land use regulations to encourage desirable development. Changing community needs, new laws and court rulings, technological advances, and shifting perceptions require an ongoing process to ensure that the City’s regulations meet the needs of current and future residents.

Portlanders contribute to this process by making suggestions through the Regulatory Improvement Requests Database. Staff review this input, along with feedback from other City staff and stakeholders, to create a list of possible code amendments. These “packages” are released about once a year for public review and the workplan is adopted by the Planning and Sustainability Commission at a public hearing. An initial “proposed draft” is presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their consideration. After holding hearings and considering testimony, they forward a “recommended draft” to City Council for hearings and adoption.