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More than 750 Portlanders gave testimony on the new long-range plan for Portland’s urban core; PSC will delve into the details at upcoming series of work sessions
Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held two 3-hour hearings on July 26 and August 9. A total of 130 Portlanders testified about the Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035) Proposed Draft, and the record is now closed.
|Type of testimony||Amount (approximate)||Links|
|Oral testimony||130||July 26, August 9|
|Letters||280||July 26, August 9|
|Map App comments||350||Document with all comments|
What did people talk about at the hearing?
While it’s difficult to summarize hundreds of comments in one set of bullets, there were some common themes, such as:
Don’t worry if you don’t see your topic listed above. Staff and the PSC Commissioners are currently reviewing all comments in preparation for a series of work sessions on September 27, November 8 and January 24, 2017. At the final PSC meeting in January, the Commission is expected to recommend a new draft of the plan to City Council for review in early 2017.
These dates are subject to change. Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled meeting to confirm the date, time and location. Staff will publish materials approximately one week prior to each work session.
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Task 5: Composite Zoning Map — work session / recommendation; Task 5: Zoning Code — work session / recommendation
An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at http://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/classification/3687.
Community development plan focuses on creating affordable housing and supporting local businesses and residents
On July 27, 2016, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to approve the Portland Local Action Plan for the Powell-Division corridor.
This plan is the City’s community development component of the Powell-Division Transit and Development project. It focuses on getting more and better affordable housing along the corridor, especially in and around East Portland, and making sure the project benefits current businesses and residents. The intent is to address housing and economic development issues in the corridor, while synchronizing investments with construction of the transit project.
Over the next five years, the plan aims to generate 300 affordable housing units, improve multi-dwelling standards and strengthen tenant protections. On the economic development side, the goal is to provide business assistance and retention services (i.e., prevent displacement of local businesses) and improve access to jobs for residents along the corridor from outer Southeast Portland to the Gresham border.
Before voting to approve the Local Action Plan, City Council had a lengthy discussion. Some commissioners were concerned about the funding gap noted in the plan — $27M for housing and more than $4M for economic development activities. Kurt Creager, housing director for the City, indicated that the funding gap for housing could be filled over the next five years with new resources that weren’t available at the time the plan was prepared.
Funding for the economic development activities for the first year of the plan will come from a variety of grants and other funding sources. In subsequent years, the economic development activities may require some general fund appropriations. But Commissioners agreed the plan was a good first step in getting ahead of rising costs before the transit project is built.
Council expressed appreciation for staff ingenuity to fund economic development activities in the first year and will re-evaluate the need each year.
Fall 2016 – Locally Preferred Alternative decided.
Winter 2016 – City Council public hearing about the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).
2017-19 – Design and engineering.
2018-21 – Construction.
The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022.
Portlanders can submit written testimony on the new plan via the online Map App and email
On Tuesday evening, August 9, 2016, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) closed its public hearing on the Central City 2035 Plan Proposed Draft. More than 140 Portlanders testified during two three-hour sessions (the first hearing was on July 26).
Responding to requests from multiple stakeholders and groups, the PSC will accept written testimony until 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. Written testimony on the CC2035 proposal can be submitted:
Planning and Sustainability Commission
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201
Attn: CC2035 Testimony
Note: All testimony to the PSC is considered public record, and testifiers' name, address and any other information included in the testimony will be posted on the website.