In September and October, Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission listened to resident, land owner and business owner feedback on the document that will guide development of the city’s neighborhoods, business districts, open spaces and farmland for the next 20 years, the Comprehensive Plan for 2035.
October’s session at Parkrose High School’s Student Center contained criticism of the commission for not including in the Draft Comprehensive Plan previous citizen input on the planning process regarding development of Hayden Island. One island resident told the commissioners, “…planned additional development needs additional adjustments to zoning before additional development is built.” Improving transportation access to and circulation around the island was given as an example of what the DCP does not provide.
Characterizing the Columbia Slough as a “carcinogenic cocktail,” neighborhood activist Bruce Campbell pointed to what he called an apparent contradiction in the Plan: mitigating climate change and promoting industrial development. “You cannot do both things!”
Parkrose resident Joe Rossi, whose family has been farming in Oregon since 1880, objected to the designation of undeveloped farmland his family owns between Parkrose Junior High and High Schools as a future light-industrial zone.
“If it does get developed, it should be something nice,” Rossi told the Commission. Southeast Portland resident Maryann Schwab contended that there were “disconnects between Metro and Multnomah County in the SE Quadrant,” using as an example plans to relocate 242 families into the Central Eastside Industrial District. “That is not a good place for low-income housing,” the Commission was told.
A final feedback-gathering session will take place Tuesday, November 4, 4 p.m. at 1900 S.W. 4th Ave., Room 2500A. That hearing will focus on the citywide systems and transportation system plan.