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  Why is a pair of pants called a pair? It is not a pair, it is a one. Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Want … Read More

What is Planning?

Here at W.B. Wells though, when we talk about planning we are usually talking about land use planning. How does a new residential or commercial development influence the existing state of a place? Read More

Jedi Planner

Our land use planner trained at Dagobah University under the tutelage of a little green guy. After returning to Earth he easily passed the AICP … Read More

The six P's

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance Before you even start your project, you need to plan ahead. To avoid costly delays, follow the six P’s. … Read More

Lot and Lot of Record

  The definitions of lot and lot of record from City of Portland’s Zoning Code: Lot – A legally defined piece of land other than … Read More

Portland Maps, a Wealth of Information

Many of the cities and counties within our region have user-friendly websites that allow someone to look up a piece of property to see the … Read More


  Why Us? This was a question posed on some of our printed promotional material from the 70’s. Back when the boss was thinner, had … Read More

Types of Land Use Planning Procedures

Most jurisdictions break up their land use applications into categories or types. For example, within the City of Portland, land use procedures can either be … Read More

Know Your Approvals

Know your approvals! With an election year coming up and campaign seasons that seem to never end we thought we would give you a primer … Read More

5 1/2 reasons to hire WB Wells

1.  Serving Portland area since 1924. 2.  Over 300,00 completed surveys in the Portland metro area. 3.  We have black belts in surveying. 4.  Our … Read More

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Who Is W.B. Wells?

In 1924, after graduating from Stanford University, Willard B. Wells founded W.B. Wells & Assoc. Inc in Portland, Oregon. Willard’s philosophy was to provide a quality product for a reasonable fee. We still follow Willard’s philosophy today.
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