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If you’re a Portlander who wants to be informed and engaged about what gets built in your city, this guide can help you.




City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services
October 3, 2019

Welcome to the Neighborhood Contact Process

Earlier this year, Portland City Council adopted changes to the Neighborhood Contact requirements found in the Portland Zoning Code. The purpose of the Neighborhood Contact requirement is to provide an informal sharing of information between the applicant of a development proposal and the people who live, work and pass by the site on a regular basis. This allows neighbors to give constructive feedback about the development proposal before the applicant has submitted for a building permit or land use review.
This Bureau of Development Services video helps explain the new Neighborhood Contact requirements:
Neighborhood Contact • Land Use

The primary changes to the Neighborhood Contact requirements involve:

  • Projects requiring Neighborhood Contact – Neighborhood Contact requirements are now based on the size of the building or how many lots the site is divided into, and also include proposals involving both a land division and environmental review. 
  • Delivery method – Now applicants can use email or standard mail to notify neighborhood associations, district neighborhood coalitions, business associations and, in some cases, school districts of an upcoming building permit or land use review proposal that requires Neighborhood Contact.
  • Burden of responsibility – The current version places responsibility on the neighborhood association to host a meeting. The new version primarily places responsibility on the applicant, although the neighborhood association has the option to host some of the meetings.  
  • Notification – Applicants are now required to install a sign or signs on the site notifying neighbors of an upcoming development proposal before an application is submitted to the City. The Bureau of Development Services also has a new online tool for those who want to know about larger development proposals that require Neighborhood Contact. 
The Neighborhood Contact requirements go into effect on December 2, 2019; however, because these requirements must be completed before a building permit or land use review application is submitted, the new requirements may apply to development proposals now.

In order to further assist applicants and neighbors navigate the new requirements, the Bureau of Development has developed the following materials:
  • Neighborhood Resources Webpage – this webpage provides a variety of information that neighbors may find helpful when navigating Portland’s land use and zoning processes. The website contains information concerning the Neighborhood Contract requirements including the materials below.
  • Neighborhood Contact Overview – the overview provides details on when Neighborhood Contract is required, the documentation required to be submitted, and a description of the requirements.
  • Information for Applicants – this document provides step by step instructions to help applicants complete the Neighborhood Contact process and properly document that requirements were met. 
  • Certification Statement – this document provides a summary of the Neighborhood Contact submittal requirements and provides a form that applicants can sign to demonstrate other requirements were met.
  • Instructions for Neighborhood Contact Sign – this webpage provides step by step instructions for creating the sign(s) required for the site.
  • Development Sign Templates – this webpage contains links to three software programs with fillable templates to create the sign.
  • Administrative Rule for Neighborhood Contact Sign – this Administrative Rule codifies the requirements related to the Neighborhood Contact sign.

For questions or further information about the Neighborhood Contact program, please contact Matt Wickstrom at 503-823-6825 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications,translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
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No Ivy Day

Natural Area Stewardship News

No Ivy Day 2019 is right around the corner! 
Saturday, October 26th

Join 1 of 14 events throughout the Portland metro area to remove ivy from parks and natural areas! Removing introduced species like English ivy helps increase the diversity and abundance of native plants, which creates more habitat for local wildlife. Join us in these restoration efforts at your local park or natural area from 9am-12pm, then share food and stories with other volunteers from around the city at a celebration from 12:00pm-1:30pm!

Celebration locations at:

Forest Park, Lower Macleay, 2960 NW Upshur Street, Portland, and
George Himes Park, SW Terwilliger Parkway and SW Nebraska Street, Portland

This is a fun opportunity to enjoy food together, share ivy removal stories, and connect with fellow volunteers.

Project sites include: Forest Park, Gateway Green, George Himes Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Indian Creek Natural Area, Johnson Lake, Marquam Nature Park, Marshall Park, Pier Park, Woods Memorial Park, Nadaka Nature Park, Portland Community College Sylvania Campus, Spring Park/Elk Rock Island, Tenny Creek Park

Can't make it to No Ivy Day? Check out our calendar for other stewardship events throughout the year!

See you soon!

Natural Area Stewardship
1120 SW Fifth Ave #1302 • Portland, OR

Portland Parks &

Commissioner Nick Fish • Director Adena Long



Portland Marathon on October 6

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Meeting 9/23 about cost of Clean Air


Portland, OR—The Cleaner Air Oregon Fiscal Advisory Committee for the Hazard Index rulemaking will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to obtain input from the committee on potential fiscal impacts associated with proposed rule updates to DEQ’s Cleaner Air Oregon program related to setting health standards for certain air toxics at existing facilities across Oregon.

DEQ will consider input from the committee related to potential cost impacts associated with proposed rules that would assign more protective health benchmarks, called Risk Action Levels, to certain toxic air contaminants that are expected to have developmental or other severe human health effects. DEQ will propose rules with the new Risk Action Levels to regulate existing sources that emit these chemicals, for approval by the Environmental Quality Commission. This rulemaking implements a process set out in Senate Bill 1541, passed by the Oregon Legislature in March 2018.

Public Participation

The committee meeting is open to the public through direct attendance, webinar, and a telephone conference line.

Cleaner Air Oregon Fiscal Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Portland Water Bureau Auditorium

664 N. Tillamook Street

Portland, OR 97227

Teleconference Call-in Number: 888-278-0296

Teleconference Participant ID: 8040259

Webinar:">, Meeting Number: 8882780296 Code: 8040259

The meeting is open to the public, but discussion will be between committee members only. Phone participants will be able to listen to the question-and-answer period.

Additional Information

The public will be able to submit formal comments on the proposed rules during the rulemaking public comment period later in 2019. DEQ and OHA will review public comments as part of the formal rulemaking process to propose final rules for decision by the Environmental Quality Commission.

For more information, visit:

Staff Contacts:

  • Sue MacMillan, (503) 229-6458
  • Keith Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or (503) 229-6531

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