The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, in what neighborhood leaders see as a response to calls from the two-year-old United Neighborhoods for Reform and other neighborhood groups, is creating a work group to examine the city’s current zoning code.
UNR, in its 2014 resolution endorsed by 44 Portland neighborhoods, called for a review of the size and character of replacement houses, lot splitting and lot confirmations, claiming that many neighborhoods were being severely impacted by the increase in house demolitions and replacements with one or more very large, expensive houses.
“It is crucial that our neighborhoods are well represented on this work group to prevent our voices being drowned out by the construction, real estate and development interests who will also be represented, said Barbara Strunk, speaking for UNR. Strunk is urging residents to work with neighborhood associations to find people who are committed to this important task and can serve on this group.
Those interested are asked to contact Morgan Tracy (vog.n1516115502ogerO1516115502dnalt1516115502roP@y1516115502carT.1516115502nagro1516115502M1516115502) or Sandra Wood (vog.n1516115502ogerO1516115502dnalt1516115502roP@d1516115502ooW.a1516115502rdnaS1516115502) with suggestions/questions about the process of choosing neighborhood representatives.