The public will have had almost one month to comment on a draft of city of Portland’s proposed deconstruction ordinance when the comment period closes on May 18. The draft, ordered by a February city council resolution, was released for comment on April 20.
Barbara Kerr, United Neighborhoods for Reform representative on the City’s Deconstruction Advisory Group, said she is encouraging the public to make their voice known to change how contractors take down old buildings, “Making deconstruction the way we tear down buildings, if they must be torn down and cannot be relocated, may seem like common sense for our health and safety, environment and economy, but we must show public support and a sense of urgency in order to make it happen, especially in light of the approximately 300 houses that are mechanically demolished each year in Portland.”
Kerr pointed out three issues not addressed by the proposed ordinance: basing deconstruction solely on financial gain, not considering the neighborhood effects of demolition and the absence of a focus on the environment and human safety.
The remaining opportunities to voice an opinion on the draft deconstruction ordinance includes Southeast Uplift’s Land Use and Transportation Committee on May 18, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Deconstruction Advisory Group review of input from public comments will also be on May 18th. That review will be forwarded to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability which is scheduled to make code revisions and submit them to city council by June 17, and city council is scheduled to hold its hearing on the ordinance on June 29.