Hello All,

Please see agenda below for next Monday’s City Wide Land Use Meeting. We will be discussing land use issues/ new idea/ procedures/ as they relate to neighborhood groups and decisions that will be in the making during upcoming year (s), which may, could, or will have a direct impact on neighborhoods. Further, you will notice one of these items is the re-working of the City’s Tree Code ~ this is the start of the City’s recognition that trees, (in addition- hopefully- to a wide array of other urban ecology issues), are most certainly intertwined with land use, so much so that a code section is being studied very closely and re-written.

However, most exciting!…… Linda will be giving a presentation on her trip to Scandinavia, so please attend if you can.

Kina (HAND Land Use & Transportation Chair)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room 2500 B; 1900 Building; 1900 SW Fourth


7:00 Introductions

7:15 Observations in How to Combine Bottom-Up and Top-Down Planning
Scandinavian Practices in Building Living Communities, Linda Nettekoven, Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Association
Linda participated in a June, 2008 trip to Scandinavia as part of the Portland delegation participating through the PDC Ambassadors Program which involves business leaders from throughout the Portland Metropolitan area.

In a group which included Mayor Elect Sam Adams and METRO President David Bragdon, business and educational leaders, metropolitan elected officials, and members of the development and building industries, Linda brought a neighborhood perspective to what she saw and how some of those experiences might be used in Portland.

Linda will tell us what she saw and how the approaches might work as we continue efforts under the Portland Plan – Comprehensive Plan process.

8:00 RICAP 4 and RICAP 5 Issues for Neighborhood Associations

The RICAP packages are how the Bureau of Planning suggests code changes during each fiscal year. The packages are put together from code change requests and suggestions gathered from staff as well as public input into the Bureau’s website. The packages are selected and reviewed by RISAT, the Regulatory Improvement System Advisory Team, which combines staff from various bureaus who participate in land use reviews as well as 3 Neighborhood Association representatives.

The discussion draft of RICAP 4 – a package that is likely to be heard by the Planning Commission late this year, is open for public comment currently. The Work Plan (selected items for the package) for RICAP 5 is scheduled to be heard by the Planning Commission on August 26.

Both of these packages should be reviewed and evaluated by Neighborhood Associations. We will discuss what is in them and things to watch.


There are many current Bureau planning efforts which will impact Neighborhood Associations throughout the city. Neighborhood Association Land Use or other active members are involved with one or more of these issues. Citywide Land Use Group would like to bridge the information gap by sharing that information at our meetings.

The UPDATE section of the agenda will be provided each month to do that.

TREE POLICY COMMITTEE – Green infrastructure; canopy discussions; development review processes without tree protection requirements; infill committee subjects; etc.

PORTLAND PLAN TIMELINE CHANGES – New timeline and modified approach for development of Portland Plan.

NORTH REACH RIVER PLAN – New approaches for industrial land and watershed health and timeline for public review and decision making.

DRAC SDC REVIEW WORK – The Bureau of Development Services Advisory Committee is reviewing the System Development Charges collected and how they are used by the bureau that receives them. Information to date.


Regular Meeting
Monday, September 22, 2008
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Growth Projections and What We Can Do About It

Special Meeting
A New Role for Citywide Land Use Group
Monday, September 29, 2008
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Agenda and Room to be Announced

9:00 Adjourn

CWLU INFO: Contact Bonny McKnight at bonnymck@comcast.net or 503-253-6848