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Learn about new development early on with proposed neighborhood contact requirements

During the development of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan, Portlanders expressed a need to know earlier when new development was coming to their neighborhoods. Too often, they said, the first time they became aware that a new building was going up was when demolition began or the backhoes arrived.

As a follow-on project of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability convened the Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project.

A Proposed Draft has been released for public review and testimony, which you can review and weigh in on.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing on August 14, when community members can share their testimony in person. The PSC is also accepting written testimony via the Map App until 5 p.m. on Friday, August 17.

What’s in the Proposed Draft?

The Neighborhood Contact Code Update Project is reviewing requirements about how project developers engage with the public. These requirements offer a way for people who live and work in or visit a neighborhood to learn about new development projects early on.

Some of the highlights of the proposal include:

  • Require onsite signs with summary information about the project, posted 35 days before the building permit or Land Use Review application is submitted. This applies for projects adding more than 10,000 square feet of new building.
  • Allow notice to be sent using email or mail rather than requiring certified mail.
  • Require a public informational meeting about projects adding more than 25,000 square feet of new building.

The appendix of the Proposed 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. If you have questions about the proposal, contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728.

Tell the PSC what you think of the proposed new requirements

You can testify directly to the Planning and Sustainability Commission via the Map App from now until August 17 at 5 p.m. 

Testify online via the Map App

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.

Via U.S. Mail

Send your letter to:

Planning and Sustainability Commission
Neighborhood Contact Testimony
1900 SW 4th, Suite 7100
Portland, Oregon 97201

In person at the public hearing

Tuesday, August 14, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500
Portland, Oregon

Questions?

Visit the project website, call 503-823-7728 or email sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.