ReCode Portland is the first rewriting of the City’s Land Use Code in over 40 years

ReCode Portland will create a new, unified development code to serve Portland for the 21st century. The new code will be more user-friendly, will advance the goals of the city’s new Comprehensive Plan, Portland’s Plan 2030, and be better equipped to meet the myriad needs of the city in such areas as housing, design, preservation, conservation, the working waterfront, energy, and transportation. What is ReCode Portland?

ReCode will be a multi-phased process. First steps include: creation of an Impact Fee system, new regulations for signs, and an organizational restructuring of the Code. Check back for updates on each of these projects as they unfold.


The ReCode Process


Community Conversations (Phase I)

The City held a series of community conversations to hear what works in the current code, what needs to be improved, and how the code could better meet the vision of Portland’s Plan in Fall 2017 and early 2018. 



Based on public input, an analysis of the existing code, and best practices, the City will reorganize the existing code to streamline and simplify it.


Conversations (Phase II)

Following the initial restructuring, the City will hold a second round of community conversations to gather public input on substantive changes to the code. 



Ultimately, the City will rewrite elements of the code to better align with Portland’s Plan and address substantive issues raised by public input and technical analysis.


Resources and important links


ReCode Files

Portland's Plan 2030

Online Maps

Current Land Use Code