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Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

BDS Press Release letterhead

June 13, 2017

Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.   

“It is important to us to provide notice to everyone living near a land use proposal, regardless of whether they own their property or are renting. We’re serving the whole community, not just property owners, and it’s important that all neighbors be informed and given the opportunity to comment on land use proposals.” stated Rebecca Esau, Interim Director of BDS.

Sending land use proposal notifications to renters increases their opportunity to participate in the process, and provides advanced notice of proposed changes before construction starts.  
Some examples of land use proposals include large projects such as the design of a new downtown building, subdivisions, or the expansion of a school in a residential zone, as well as smaller projects, such as a request to build a house closer to a side property line than the zoning code would normally allow.  

Approximately 800-900 land use applications are processed each year.   

To learn more about land use regulations, or view land use proposals, visit the Bureau’s Zoning/Land Use webpage.
Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer,
at or 503-823-4268.

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