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Neighbors want more details about city land-use plan changes

Photo Credit: SOURTESY PORTLAND BUREAU OF PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY - Southwest Portland neighbors say more information is needed about how the proposed Comprehensive Plan update will affect this. This artists rendering released by the city shows potential growth along Southwest Barbur Boulevard.A neighborhood association in Southwest Portland is asking the city for more information and time to respond to proposed land use changes that will result in new development.

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association committee has sent a letter the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability asking for details on proposed mixed-use and institutional campus zones in the draft comprehensive land-use plan update.

According to the letter, the draft update would create new mixed-use and campus institutional zones where growth will be concentrated, but it does not define them.

"It is important that the hearings be extended because the new zones are slated to accommodate 80 to 90 percent of the projected residential growth in Portland during the next 20 years. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability wants to adopt the Comprehensive Plan and then define the zones, but we maintain that the new zones must be defined before the Planning and Sustainability Commission ends its hearings on the comprehensive plan," the association's Land Use Committee wrote in a Sept. 20 email to neighborhood residents.

According to the email, the number of households in the Multnomah Neighborhood could increase 28 percent under the proposed update, from an allowable 5,894 now to a maximum 7,557 at full build-out. But, the email says, not enough information is currently available to understand the potential effects of such a changes.

"The citizens and neighborhoods need enough time to understand implications of the proposed changes and to respond to them in a public hearing before the plan is approved," the email says.

The letter also asks that public comment on the draft plan be until 90 days after the zones are defined. That is not scheduled to happen until next year. But the final public hearing on the draft Comp Plan is scheduled for Nov. 4. After that, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will vote in early 2015 to send a recommended version of the update to the City Council for approved.

The comp plan update, as it is common called, is required by the state to guide growth in Portland for the next 20 years. The new comprehensive plan map will be the basis for future updates to the city’s zoning map and zoning code.

Public testimony on the draft update will be accepted at the following four public hearings:

• Tuesday, Sept, 23, 5 to 9 p.m., 1900 Building, room 2500A, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave.

• Tuesday, Oct. 14, 5 to 9 p.m., Parkrose High School student center,

12003 N.E. Shaver St.

• Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 to 9 p.m., Portland Community College's Southeast Campus community hall, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave.

• Thursday, November 4, 4 to 8 p.m., 1900 Building, room 2500A, 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave.

The City Council is expected to hold hearings and vote on the new comprehensive land-use plan by mid-2015. The council will likely hold hearings and vote on corresponding zoning changes by the end of 2015. The new plan must be approved by the State Land Conservation and Development Commission.

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