A complete set of public testimony on the Comprehensive Plan Recommended Draft is now online for review. Between August 18, 2015, and January 8, 2016, Portlanders submitted more than 2,200 pieces of written and oral testimony about the draft 2035 Plan to City Council. Testimony was given via:
- Map App = ~700
- Email = ~1,100
- Letters = 80
- In person/verbal = 235 (at public hearings on November 19, December 3 and 10, 2015, and January 7, 2016)
Comments covered topics from specific zoning requests for private properties to general comments about the City’s stated goals and policies. Some of the most frequent topics included:
- Concerns around and/or support for potential zoning adjustments as a result of Center and Corridor designations and the Mixed Use Zones Project (particularly Multnomah Village).
- Support for the redevelopment of brownfields and the decision to keep the status quo on West Hayden Island.
- Support for the Division Design Initiative.
- Concerns related to consideration of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) low forecast.
- Recommendations and observations regarding the character of residential neighborhoods and commercial areas, including desire for denser development.
- Concerns around equitable access to housing, affordable housing and the mitigation of further gentrification of certain neighborhoods.
- Support for the preservation of historic buildings through landmark status or small-scale mixed use developments at 2717 SE 15th Ave.
- Concerns around the closing of Strohecker grocery store in SW Portland and support for restricted commercial use (1984 land use ordinance no. 155609).
- Concerns around possible five-story mixed use buildings with no parking around 5250 NE Halsey.
- Desire for farm property at NE 122nd and Shaver Street (Rossi Farm) to be reclassified as R5 instead of R3.
This testimony is being considered by City Council as they discuss key issues and themes during upcoming Comp Plan work sessions. And soon it will be accessible through an interactive database on the Comprehensive Plan Map App. Once the database is live, Portlanders will be able to view comments by specific properties and sort by topic or issue.