Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), as part of Comprehensive Plan implementation, has engaged citizens in a mixed-use zoning project. The project’s primary focus is on re-working commercial development codes, according to Senior Planner Barry Manning, “to optimize them to accommodate mixed use development and anticipated household growth in the ‘centers’ and ‘corridors’ proposed in the new Comprehensive Plan.” The discussion also aims to respond to issues about fit, character and other context/design issues we have been hearing about from the community, Manning added.
As committee recruitment closed in December, Manning said there was strong citizen interest, with more than 100 applying. Manning and other BPS staffers will pore through applications to build a well-rounded group of about 20-25 members. “While we have not done a thorough screen yet, the applicant list is impressive with folks representing neighborhood, business and professional interests from different parts of town and diverse communities,” Manning said.
The project will include determining public meetings/events timing. Anyone interested in adding his name to a project list for updates can contact Manning at (503) 823-7965 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Manning said BPS is developing online project materials and referenced two links for those interested: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/471342 and/or http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/63621.