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Improvements to neighborhood notification about new development on their way to City Council

The Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project proposes changes to the City’s Zoning Code (Title 33) that will make it easier for more people to learn about new construction of larger buildings. These requirements offer a way for people who live and work in or visit a neighborhood to learn about upcoming development projects early on.

The proposals have been reviewed and revised by the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and a new draft (the Recommended Draft) has been released for review by City Council.

Review the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Recommended Draft

You can testify to City Council in person at an upcoming public hearing.

City Council Public Hearing
Neighborhood Contact Code Update
March 6 at 2 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue

What’s in the Recommended Draft?

The recommended proposals would:

  • For projects adding more than 10,000 square feet of new building space, require large signs on the development site with summary information about the project, posted 35 days before the building permit or Land Use Review application is submitted. This applies in most zones.
  • For projects adding more than 25,000 square feet of new building, require a public meeting to share information. This also applies in most zones.
  • Shift responsibility for noticing the affected parties (via sign and at a meeting) from the neighborhood association to the project applicant.

Review draft signage and other notices

The appendix of the Recommended Draft contains draft examples of materials that the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will develop to support implementation of code changes. BDS staff will continue to revise these materials, but they are not part of the zoning code changes being proposed.

Tell City Council what you think of the proposed new requirements

You can testify directly to City Council in person (see public hearing information above) or in writing via:

It’s as easy as sending an email. Just click or tap the big "Testify" button and complete the online form. Once you press “submit,” you can read your testimony in the Testimony Reader in real time. You can also read other people’s testimony.

  • U.S. Mail

Send your letter to:

Portland City Council
c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Neighborhood Contact Testimony
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201

Written testimony will be received until Tuesday, March 6 at the end of the hearing.


Visit the project website, call 503-823-7728 or email