City Hall Update: Challenges delay start date for Comp Plan update
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announced Wednesday that it will ask the City Council to extend the implementation date of the Comprehensive Plan 2035 update from Jan. 1 to May 23, 2018. The delay is requested because the update is being challenged before the state Department of Land Conservation and Development and could further be appealed to the Land Conservation and Development Commission that oversees it.
The most significant challenges have been filed by Southwest Portland residents who charge the public involvement process was inadequate, especially for the so-called missing-middle housing policy intended to increase density in single-family neighborhoods. Although the ordinance authorizing the extension has yet to be filed, it is expected to be considered by the council on Nov. 15.
"Several other city plans rest on the foundation of the new Comprehensive Plan, including the Central City 2035 Plan and the Residential Infill Project. These related projects cannot be adopted until the new plan is in effect," BPS said in its announcement.
Gang violence continues to drop
Gang violence is continuing to run below the level of the past two years.
Through October of this year, the Gang Enforcement Team investigated 95 incidents. At the same time last year, the number was 129. In 2016, the year of the highest number of officially designated investigations, the number was 158.
That doesn't mean the police can relax, however. Although GET officers only investigated 11 incidents this October, they were assigned 23 in November 2016, the highest number of any month last year.
Work begins on Mount Tabor reservoirs
The Portland Water Bureau closed the walkway around Reservoir 1 at Mount Tabor Park last week to begin long-promised repair and restoration work on its historic features.
The three open reservoirs in the park were decommissioned to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules to prevent the spread of potentially harmful organisms. As part of an agreement reached with the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association, the City Council promised to restore reservoirs to their original appearances.
Work is expected to be completed in late spring 2018. It will include features at reservoir 1, 5 and 6 and the Weir Building.