Portland city commissioners and staff are set to hold final public hearings on two controversial topics that have occupied the city’s planning staff over the past year. The council will review Portland’s 2035 comprehensive plan update early implementation package on October 5 and 13, and a series of public hearings in November will look at a summary report on residential infill guidelines.
Early implementation contains projects to update the City’s zoning map and code to carry out 2035 comprehensive plan goals adopted by the city council in June. Early implementation projects include mixed use zones, employment land, campus institutions, residential and open space areas, among others. Details are available at www.portlandoregon.gov.
The residential infill proposal includes scale of new houses in single-family residential zones, alternative housing types and narrow lot development. The proposal is a result of more than 1,400 comments from a questionnaire, comment sheets, chart notes at open houses, emails and letters. After the November hearings, the council will direct staff to on what specific code changes should be made. Those recommendations will be reviewed by Portland’s planning and sustainability commission before being returned to the city council for a final decision in early 2017.