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City Council adopts amendments to tighten restrictions on expansion of storage tanks
On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, City Council held a second public hearing on the Recommended Draft Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments. The proposal intends to implement new policy direction to prohibit the development of new bulk fossil fuel terminals and restrict the expansion of existing fossil fuel terminals through changes to the Zoning Code.
As amended at the November 16 City Council meeting, the Zoning Code changes will:
City Council will hold a second reading and vote to adopt the new regulations on December 8th, 2016. Changes to the Zoning Code will become effective on January 8, 2017 – 30 days after City Council adoption.
In November 2015, Portland City Council adopted Resolution 37168 establishing its opposition to expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. In June 2016, City Council adopted the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, which included Policy 6.48 to limit fossil fuel distribution and storage facilities to those needed to serve the regional market. The Fossil Fuel Terminal Project was driven by a City Council desire to protect neighborhood safety and quality of life and to reduce carbon emissions to carry out the Climate Action Plan. The Recommended Draft Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Amendments will implement the policy direction in the resolution by restricting new development of bulk fossil fuel terminals.
For more information, visit the Fossil Fuel Terminal Project website.
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Public invited to read and testify on the Proposed Draft of RICAP 8; Urban Forestry and Planning and Sustainability Commissions to hold public hearings in December
The RICAP 8 Proposed Draft contains 51 items being evaluated for possible regulatory improvement. Changes are proposed for Title 33, Planning and Zoning, and Title 11, Trees. The report contains 23 minor policy items that will address a variety of issues, including land divisions, lot confirmations, property line adjustments, Heritage Trees, enforcement and root protection zones.
The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) will hold a public hearing December 7, 2016 on items related to Title 11, Trees (Items 34-51). The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing December 13, 2016 on the entire package. The public is welcome to attend and testify on the Proposed Draft, at one or both of these hearings. Details are below.
Urban Forestry Commission Hearing
December 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
The UFC also invites testimony on this proposal through December 7, 2016 in writing:
Planning and Sustainability Commission Hearing
December 13, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A
The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through December 13, 2016 in writing:
Contact Kathryn Hartinger at Kathryn.email@example.com or by phone at (503) 823-9714.
The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages continually update and improve City building and land use regulations to encourage desirable development. Changing community needs, new laws and court rulings, technological advances, and shifting perceptions require an ongoing process to ensure that the City’s regulations meet the needs of current and future residents.
Changes to the Zoning Code become effective on December 9.
On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, City Council held a second reading on the Mass Shelters and Zoning Code Update (link to amended recommended draft below) and voted unanimously to adopt the recommended code changes. The code update includes some amendments that were suggested and accepted by Council at their hearing on November 2.
The Amended Recommended Draft that was adopted at the second hearing will increase the allowed number of shelter beds in many zones, while allowing these shelters to be closer together. The amendments also provided greater review options for shelters subject to a Conditional Use Review.
The new regulations become effective on December 9 ― 30 days after City Council adoption.
Read the adopted code amendment here.
Amendments Hearing on November 17