Hearing continued until September 20 (see updated schedule below).
On Thursday, September 7, City Council held its first public hearing on the Central City 2035 Plan. The hearing began with a brief presentation by City staff about the project schedule and the relationship to the Comprehensive Plan.
Then Mayor Ted Wheeler introduced a package of amendments that was published on August 29. He highlighted two amendments, including his suggestion that Council reconsider whether the Salmon Springs view of Mt Hood should be protected. He also described a proposed amendment to expand the view corridor from the Japanese Garden. Commissioner Amanda Fritz followed with a summary of her amendment to lower heights at the Morrison Bridgehead. Finally, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly offered two amendments: one increasing the required ecoroof coverage on buildings from 60 to 100 percent and the other to rezone an area on the northwest end of the Central City riverfront from residential to commercial to enable active use of an existing but unused dock.
Council then heard testimony from four city commissioners: Thuy Tu, Forestry Commission; Kristen Minor, Landmarks Commission; Julie Livingston, Design Commission; and, Andre Baugh, Planning and Sustainability Commission. After that, the Mayor opened testimony from the public.
About 140 people signed up to testify on the CC2035 Plan, and Commissioners heard from roughly 50 of them. Around 5 p.m., Council closed testimony on the main components of the Plan so they could hear testimony about early implementation of height and FAR on the U.S. Post Office site.
Those who signed up to testify but were not heard on September 7 will be called to testify at the next hearing on September 14 after Council hears testimony during hearings #3 and #4 (see schedule below).
September 14, 2 – 5:30 p.m.
- 2 p.m., time certain – Public Hearing #3: Recommended Draft New Chinatown / Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines
- 2:45 p.m., time certain – Public Hearing #4: Scenic / environmental resources outside of the Central City (Volume 2A, Part 3: Environmental and Scenic)
- As time allows, continuing testimony about the Post Office Early Implementation (from September 7)
- As time allows, continuing testimony about the main components of the plan, the action charts, and the Green Loop (from September 7)
- 5:30 p.m. – Adjourn
September 15 (updated)
- 5 p.m. – Written record closed for New Chinatown / Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines and scenic and environmental resources outside the Central City
September 20, 3 p.m., time certain (updated)
- Final hearing on main CC2035 package
September 22, 5 p.m. (updated)
- Written record closed on main CC2035 package
September 28 (updated)
- 3 p.m., time certain – U.S. Post Office Early Implementation hearing
- 4 p.m., time certain – New Chinatown / Japantown Historic Guidelines
- 2 p.m., time certain – Council amendments about the main components of the plan (more information to come)
- 2 p.m., time certain – Scenic / environmental outside the Central City and the main components of the plan (more information to come)
- 2 p.m., time certain – Council session (if needed)
January 18, 2018
- 2 p.m., time certain – Council hearing on amendments (amendments package to be published prior to the hearing)
March 2018 (anticipated)
- Council vote (The CC2035 vote must follow the Comprehensive Plan effective date, which is currently anticipated to be March 2018)
April 2018 (anticipated)
- Effective date for CC2035 (30 days after the Council vote)