As Portland City Council prepares to hold hearings and vote on a new comprehensive plan later this year, Mayor Charlie Hales reminded an assembly of Northeast Portland business owners and stakeholders that it’s not too late to put their stamp on a project that will shape the city’s destiny through 2035.
Hales, speaking at the monthly Hollywood Boosters luncheon at Columbia River Brewing Company in the heart of the Hollywood District, suggested that the organization invite the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staffer responsible for the district to a future event. Input from the group could then be rolled into the evolving plan before it is presented to council.
A proposed draft of the 2035 comprehensive plan has been available for public review since July 21 and an online map allows citizens to view their neighborhood and comment on proposed land use changes. The new comprehensive plan will be the basis for future updates to the city’s zoning map and zoning code. After city council approval, the new plan would need to be approved by the State of Oregon.
“I believe we’re in the middle of a long wave of growth,” Hales said. “How do we keep what we love about our city and shape that growth towards the good?”
Regarding the wave of home demolitions sweeping our Northeast Portland neighborhoods, Hales indicated that he believed the bar for demolition permitting needed to be raised.
“Demolition ought to be tougher than it is and more expensive than it is today,” Hales said.
Hales also addressed questions and concerns from the group about affordable housing, economic opportunity, community safety and neighborhood parking.
“Parking is a scarce resource,” Hales said. “It’s going to be in greater demand as our community grows.”