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.