ABC’s of Land Use Workshop Returns

Are you interested in learning more about Portland’s land use and development process?  Neighborhood associations and leaders often are asked to respond to land use notices or to help neighbors who are struggling with a land use issue. Many neighborhoods have a land use chair or other volunteer who is the point person for responding to these requests.  It can really help to learn more about how the land use system works and how to advocate for the community’s interests most effectively. Also, it’s often comforting and helpful to share experiences with other neighborhood activists facing the same challenges. 

The ABCs of Land Use workshops were designed to meet this need. The neighborhood coalitions, the Planning Bureau, and ONI have teamed up to host ABCs of Land Use workshop in different parts of the city a few times each year.  The next ABCs workshop is being hosted by Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition on Sat. January 28, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Uplift office.

You can register for the workshop on line at:

(Saturday, January 28, 2011

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition

Fireside Room

3534 SE Main. St.

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland’s land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Introduction by Leah Dawkins, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition. Presented by Matt Wickstrom, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Refreshments will be provided.

Workshop is free.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 40 people.

Who should attend:

  • Neighborhood and Business Association land use activists
  • Anyone thinking about getting more active with their Association’s land use committees
  • Anyone interested in general City-related land use decision-making processes 

What you will learn:

  • What does it mean to be a neighborhood land use chairperson?
  • Overview of the State, Metro, and City land use planning framework
  • The Planning Bureau’s District Liaison Program
  • The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code
  • How to access and read Zoning Maps
  • What is a Land Use Review and how it differs from a building permit
  • Comparison of the Land Review Processes: Type I, II, IIX, and III
  • How to read and respond to a Land Use Review Notice
  • Perspectives of an experienced Neighborhood Representative
  • The Appeal Process 

To register online, you need to have a PortlandOnline account. If you do not, you will be prompted to set up an account. Enter your contact information and select this workshop to register. Space is limited to the first 40 people who register.

For more information, or for help registering, please contact:

Leah Dawkins at 503-232-0010, ext. 314 or

Transportation and Directions:

  • Directions: Located at 3534 SE Main Street, 2 blocks north of Hawthorne Blvd, and 3 blocks west of SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
  • Auto:  Parking available in the lot located on SE 35th and Madison, behind SE Uplift
  • Buses: Accessible by TriMet Bus Lines 14, 15 and 75. For schedule call Tri-Met at 503-238-7433 or visit the Trip Planner on-line at


To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.

Call 503-823-5284, TTY 503-823-6868 with such requests.

Call 7 days advance to request assistance for any accessibility accommodations and/or language interpretation. Limited number of child care vouchers available.

Workshop location is wheelchair accessible.

Co-Sponsored by:

Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Register online: