DOZA – Design Overlay Zone

The Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood is changing fast and the City is currently revising zoning codes that determine the look and design of new buildings.  SMILE, your neighborhood association, has developed building design guidelines and we need your help convincing City Council to implement them.

The City of Portland zoning code includes additional building design requirements in areas where growth is expected, generally denser corridors. The City is updating the requirements for the first time since the mid-90s. These additional requirements  are called the design overlay zone or d-overlay (DOZA).  DOZA affects the design, not the size, of commercial buildings and buildings with more than four dwellings.

Map of Design Overlay Zone (DOZA) in Sellwood-Moreland

SMILE’s DOZA testimony:

  • Focuses on the design standards within DOZA because most new buildings in Sellwood-Moreland use those standards.
  • Promotes implementing the Sellwood-Moreland Main Street Design Guidelines which were developed by our community in 2019.   See example below.

TESTIFY – Support Sellwood-Moreland’s Design Guidelines

Testify in writing:

1) Go to

2) Enter the required information.

3) Type your testimony.  Be sure to say something like I want the design standards recommended by SMILE added to DOZA so there is better building design in Sellwood-Moreland.  Add to your  testimony, maybe tell them why you want this or what you like about the neighborhood.

4) Click submit.

Testify via ZOOM on May 12th:

You will be able to sign up in early May at  More instructions will be posted here then.


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