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.
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:
- Tools for historic preservation, setting appropriate building height limits and ensuring the compatibility of new buildings with existing character in historic districts.
- Public view corridors and the impacts to development of maintaining current views.
- Tools for improving the supply of affordable, family-friendly housing in the Central City, in addition to ongoing work by City bureaus (BPS’s Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Program and the Housing Bureau’s Inclusionary Housing Program).
- Different approaches to increasing the stock of low-carbon buildings.
- Changes to parking requirements for new development.
- Balancing new bike infrastructure with other modes, such as freight.
- Requests from property owners and residents for specific changes to zoning, allowed building floor area and height.
- Costs and benefits related to ecoroofs on new buildings.
- Ideas about improving recreational access to the river in the Central City.
- New parks and schools to support increasing populations.
View the videos of both hearings and review the written testimony
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 16 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.