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Photo Credit: COURTESY PORTLAND BUREAU OF PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY - Artists rendition of how Southeast 8nd Avenue and Division Street could developed under the Comprehensive Plan update.Portland planners admit that some residents are concerned the City Council will update the Comprehensive Plan before the zoning details are known.


Representatives of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association and other Portland citizens have argued they cannot evaluate the proposed updates without knowing how they will be enacted. They are especially concerned about changes in Mixed Use Zones, which is where much of Portland's increased density is suppose to occur. Concerns have also been exposed about Campus Institution areas, such as schools and hospitals.

"Many participants in the Comprehensive Plan Update process have expressed concern about the City making decisions about land use changes without a clear idea of what new zoning code could look like for mixed use areas and campus institutions," the Bureau of Plannng and Sustainability writes in an October Special Edition email newsletter on the plan update.

However, the newsletter says, the council has no choice but to consider the update first because of state Periodic Review policies that governing the Comp Plan update.

"Land use designations and zoning are under different parts of the State of Oregon’s Periodic Review requirement," says the newsletter, which explains the Goals, Policies and Land Use Map must be adopted before the Zoning Code and Zoning Map Adustments.

BPS, which is staffing the Comp Plan update process, has extended the deadline for public comments on it until March 31, 2015.

And BPS has scheduled two public meetings for the public to learn more about the Mixed Use Zone planning process:

• November 5, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500 (2nd Floor).

• November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave (cafeteria).

Agendas for both meetings include staff presentations and work sessions.

These forums will take place after the final two public hearings on the Comp Plan update before the Planning and Sustainability Commission:

• Tuesday, October 28, 5 – 9 p.m., Portland Community College SE Campus, Community Hall, 2305 SE 82nd Ave.

• Tuesday, November 4, 5 – 9 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 2500.

The Portland Tribune previously reported on the Mixed Use Zone process at portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/236993-98606-citys-growth-plan-hits-the-busy-streets.

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