City Hall Update: Critics continue Comp Plan challenges
The Multnomah Neighborhood Association last Tuesday appealed the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development's rejection of their challenges to the update of Portland's Comprehensive Plan.
The update was approved by the City Council last year and must be acknowledged by the state. The neighborhood association had challenged the public involvement process and justification for increasing density in 40 percent of Portland's single-family neighborhoods and increasing the density in Multnomah Village.
The appeals will be considered by the appointed Land Conservation and Development Commission that oversees the department, which might take place at its March 15-16 meeting in Salem. Anticipating the challenges and appeal, the City Council has postponed the effective date of the Comprehensive Plan update to May 24.
Central City plan hearing set
Although the Comprehensive Plan update won't take effect for nearly six months at the earliest, the City Council is continuing to work on its first amendment.
Central City Plan 2035 is intended to guide development in the urban core, including downtown and the inner east side, over the next 20 years.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is preparing Central CIty Plan 2035, announced last week that the council will begin finalizing it at a Jan. 18 public hearing. Amendments to be considered are posted online. Staff will publish a final report on them by Jan. 5.
To learn more and read the amendments, go to https://tinyurl.com/y7c4p9om.
New spending not needed for first snowstorm
The Christmas Day snowstorm was not serious enough for the Portland Bureau of Transportation to tap its additional snow and ice removal resources.
After the series of winter storms that repeatedly shut down the city at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, the City Council bought more snow plows, authorized the use of salt on especially hazardous roads, contracted with private businesses for additional services, and entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Seattle for its help if needed.
Although conditions were slippery enough that some roads were closed on Dec. 25 and 26, PBOT mostly spread traditional deicer with its existing trucks.