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The Land Use Committee is a standing committee of the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) formed to review land use notices, liquor license applications, and in certain cases, file official comments on behalf of SMILE. The committee also organizes SMILE member participation in long term planning efforts which affect the SMILE neighborhood.  More details can be found in the Land Use Committee Guidelines.

What does the committee do?

  • Reviews and responds to land use notices, such as property owner requests for lot divisions, zoning code adjustments, design reviews, and greenway reviews.
  • Hosts contact meetings with developers and neighbors.
  • Reviews and responds to liquor license applications
  • Receives notification of applications for marijuana medical dispensaries and marijuana business retailers.
  • Receives notification of demolition permit applications.Participates in City of Portland’s long term planning process, including the Comprehensive Plan, Mixed Use Zones Project, and Residential Infill Project.
  • Informs SMILE members about land use issues and the City zoning code.
  • Represents SMILE on the Southeast Uplift Land Use and Transportation committee


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March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017



Overview of land use and zoning

Information on developments in SMILE neighborhood

All Commercial Developments
Updated 3-19-17
Included are all developments that the land use committee is aware of.  They are in various stages of development from Early Assistance to near completion.  It will be updated as we have new information.

1103 SE Spokane
SMILE correspondence with BDS

1635/1637 SE Nehalem (former Sky Heating & Cooling)
Sky Heating Drawings
Land Use Email to Developer
Neighbors letter to Rep. Karin Power
Proposal to add affordable housing and eliminate on-site parking

1707 SE Tenino (former Mike’s Drive-In)
Mike’s Drawings
Land Use Email to Developer
Proposal to add affordable housing and eliminate on-site parking

527 SE Spokane
527 SE Spokane Drawings

6003 SE Milwaukie
6003 SE Milwaukie Drawings
Proposal to add affordable housing and eliminate on-site parking

8145 SE Sixth (Bridgehead)
Bridgehead Concept Drawings

City planning process

  • BDS Project Status as of March 13 2017:  Update on current projects the Bureau of Development Services is working
  • Portland Comprehensive Plan Update: a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for physical development of the cityplanning future development
  • Mixed Use Zones Project: developing new mixed use planning nd zoning designations to help implement the Centers and Corridors concepts
  • Residential Infill Project: addresses the scale and design of new houses and home additions, determines where new houses on narrow lots would be allowed, and explores alternative housing options in single dwelling neighborhoods

Neighborhood participation