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Project Advisory Group Wraps Up Discussions on the Five Topic Areas

The Project Advisory Group (PAG) has completed their topic area discussions. PAG meetings were open to the public and over 60 people participate in some, or all, of the meetings held.

Meeting 1: Project Overview (Jan 18)

Meeting 2: Urban Food Production (Feb 1)

Meeting 3: Community Gardens and Animals/Bees (Feb 15)

Meeting 4: Farmers Markets and Community Food Distribution Sites (March 1)

Thanks to all who joined us on those dark, wintry nights. See PAG resources and documents for agendas, handouts, and meeting notes.

Next Steps (please note there have been revisions to the schedule)

1) Topic Area Matrixes. Project staff is creating matrixes that summarize the key points of the topic area discussions. They include information on types of activities in each topic area that are happening in Portland; benefits associated with the topic area; possible negative impacts to surrounding areas; and zoning issues that have been identified as barriers. In addition to these summaries, staff will also describe the direction the topic area discussions has provided for possible regulatory approaches. The PAG will be reviewing a draft of the topic area matrixes to ensure they capture the key points and accurately reflect the discussions. 

2) Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report. The topic area matrixes will be incorporated into the Concept Report which is scheduled to be published mid-June. The report will identify issues and possible solutions at the conceptual level (no draft zoning code language) and will include a questionnaire on the concepts presented.

3)  The Public Review Comment Period for the Urban Food Zoning Code Update Concept Report will run from mid-June through the month of July. During this time staff will be available to discuss the project concepts with interested groups and individuals. There will also be open house event(s) for larger discussions. More information on events and opportunites to provide your input will be available later this spring.  

4)  Develop Code Language. Comments on the Concept Report will be compiled and work will begin on developing draft zoning code language that implements the concepts most supported by the community. A second round of PAG meetings will be held this Fall to discussion the draft zoning code language.

The best way to say informed is to be on the project mailing list. Staff sends the mailing list periodic e-mail updates. Sign up now—check the Urban Food Zoning Code Update box.