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New rules requiring developers to notify neighbors of large new projects under review by City Council

City Council is currently considering the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Recommended Draft. This proposal would revise the Zoning Code requirement for contact between developers and the general public for most new buildings that are more than 10,000 square feet and land divisions creating four or more lots. Developers would need to notify the neighborhood association, business association and district coalition as well as post a sign onsite with a summary of the project and contact information.

Projects building more than 25,000 square feet or creating 11 or more lots would also have to hold a public meeting. The sign and the meeting would both be required before the project submits an application for a building permit or land use review.

On April 11, commissioners heard oral testimony from five people and introduced four amendments to the Recommended Draft, including to:

  1. Limit weekend meetings to afternoon timeslots between 1 and 6 p.m. (rather than 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
  2. Require the meetings to be accessible and provide accommodations on request.
  3. Require a different process for projects in some cases: Applicants would first have to offer a meeting to the neighborhood association. If the neighborhood association declines to host the meeting, the applicant would then have to hold the meeting. This process would be required for:
    • Projects building at least 10,000 square feet on sites that are located in the design overlay zone.
    • Land divisions in environmental review.
  1. Require notification of the neighborhood association, business association and district coalition within 400 feet of site.

The written testimony record will remain open until 9:30 a.m. on April 24. Commissioners will discuss and vote on the amendments at that time.

Testify on the amendments by emailing cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov.

Watch video of the hearing and/or read the amendments.