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How Neighborhood Association Boundaries are Adjusted

How Neighborhood Association Boundaries are Adjusted

Neighborhood Association boundaries are adjusted by each association in their by-laws. Boundaries may overlap if adjoining associations agree. If you are considering boundary adjustments refer to the ONI Standards and contact your District Neighborhood Coalition or Office.

This outline is intended to help educate neighborhood leaders, coalition staff and city staff on the process for how neighborhood association boundaries are adjusted. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement helps coordinates this process.
STEP ONE: Neighborhood Associations have the authority to define and alter their own boundaries in their by-laws as defined in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's Guidelines. You need to consult with and mediate conflicts with adjoining associations before altering bylaws. The City uses these by-laws for establishing and updating boundaries for land use notification, planning, and GIS mapping.
STEP TWO:Neighborhood Associations need to provide their District Offices with all updated changes to their by-laws including boundary changes. Any changes need to be made in consultation with and agreed to by adjoining neighborhood associations as defined in the ONI Guidelines. Neighborhood Associations should not send changes directly to the City's Bureau of Planning or Metro.
STEP THREE: District Offices provide the Office of Neighborhood Involvement all updated changes to neighborhood association by-laws, including boundary changes. Send changes to Joleen Jensen-Classen or Brian Hoop.
STEP FOUR:The Office of Neighborhood Involvement, working with the District Offices, will provide updated boundary information to the City of Portland Bureau of Planning.
STEP FIVE: The Bureau of Planning (BOP) GIS office develops maps of neighborhood association boundaries. They produce officially recognized maps City of Portland bureaus use. (The Police bureau develops their own boundaries and maps.) BOP sends quarterly updates to Metro and City of Portland Corporate GIS . Gary Odenthal is the BOP GIS manager.
STEP SIX: On a quarterly basis, Metro receives and merges electronic file updates from government agencies that track Portland area infrastructure, including the City of Portland. This includes City of Portland tax lots, local zoning, city boundaries, etc. Metro's Regional Land Information System (RLIS) is a major GIS database used by Portland area government agencies and can be viewed on their web site at
FOR INFO: Contact Brian Hoop at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. 503-823-4519.