The Portland City Council will consider the Recommended Draft Central City 2035 Plan at four public hearings this week and next. Community members are invited to testify at these hearings, which will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. in Downtown Portland.
Different aspects of the multi-volume plan will be considered by Council at different dates and times:
PUBLIC HEARING #1: September 7, 2017 @ 2:00PM, time certain (“Time certain” means the meeting will not start before this time.)
Volume 1: Goals and Policies
Volume 2A, Part 1: Central City Plan District
Volume 2A, Part 2: Willamette River and Trails
Volume 2B: Transportation System Plan
Volume 3A: Scenic Resources Protection Plan
Volume 3B: Willamette River Central Reach Natural Resources Protection Plan
Volume 5A: Implementation – Performance Targets and Action Plans
Volume 5B: Implementation – Green Loop
Draft Council Amendments
Council will hear public testimony on the bulk of the plan, including goals and policies, as well as proposed changes to the zoning code, zoning maps and other planning documents that implement the CC2035 policies. Council will also take testimony on the CC2035 Plan action charts and the Green Loop, a proposed Central City linear park.
Council will also take testimony on a package of amendments to the Recommended Draft CC2035 Plan offered by the Mayor and other Commissioners. The amendments document will be updated prior to the hearing.
PUBLIC HEARING #2
September 7, 2017 @ 4:30PM, time certain
Commissioners will consider early implementation of proposed increases to the maximum height and floor area limits on the US. Postal Service (USPS) site, located in the Pearl District. Early implementation is needed because of City funding contingencies and Prosper Portland’s need to begin marketing the site ahead of the anticipated March 2018 effective date of the CC2035 Plan.
Note: It is possible that Council may not be able to hear every person who signed up to testify on September 7. In that case, those individuals will have first chance to testify at the September 14 hearing, before those who sign up on September 14.
PUBLIC HEARING #3
September 14, 2017 @ 2:00PM, time certain
Council will hear testimony on the Recommended Draft New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District Design Guidelines. The new guidelines will serve as approval criteria for addition, alteration and new construction projects within the historic district.
Note: Any carryover testimony from the September 7 hearing will be heard prior to testimony on the guidelines.
PUBLIC HEARING #4
September 14, 2017 @ 2:45PM, time certain
Volume 2A, Part 3: Environmental and Scenic
Council will hear testimony on CC2035 plan-related amendments to environmental and scenic resource regulations that apply outside the Central City. A new standard is proposed for view corridors located in the scenic (s) overlay. It would allow tree and vegetation trimming and removal through a standard instead of environmental review to maintain important public views.
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