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City Hall Watch: Want to know what city will be like in 2035? Go online
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability announced last week that it is now posting more public testimony about the city's planning projects online.
The most recent addition is testimony on the draft Central City 2035 plan that will be heard by the City Council on Sept. 7. The plan proposes multiple land-use and zoning changes to the most urban parts of the city, including downtown, the Pearl Disrict, the Central Eastside Industrial District and the Lloyd District.
The Central City is expected to increase by 37,500 people and 51,000 jobs by 2035. The council will hold a public hearing on the draft growth plan at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7.
To learn more and read the testimony, go to portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/651051.
Naito safety projects completed
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced last week that it has completed the Better Naito package of safety enhancements along Naito Parkway. They include traffic signal improvements, a new bicycle connection to the Steel Bridge, and safer access to Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
The announcement was made at a news conference by PBOT Director Leah Treat and Will Naito of Naito Development, grandson of the late Old Town businessman Bill Naito. He is active in Better Block PDX, the nonprofit group that started the multiuse-path pilot project.
"A thriving downtown depends on great biking and walking connections," Naito said.
Map shows affordable housing projects
The Portland Housing Bureau posted an interactive map on its website last week showing the location of city-supported affordable housing projects either under consruction or scheduled to be completed by 2019
According to the bureau, the projects will either create or preserve 2,200 units for low- and moderate-income Portlanders. They do not include any of the units to be financed by the affordable housing bond approved last year by city voters. The council is scheduled to approve a framework for spending those funds on Oct. 11.
The map can be found at portlandoregon.gov/phb/74246.