City Hall Update: Public hearings on infill project slated
The Planning and Sustainability Commission was briefed on the background of the Residential Infill Project last Tuesday. The PSC is now scheduled to hold public hearings on the proposal to limit home sizes and increase residential densities on May 8 and 15 before sending it to the City Council for approval.
The PSC will receive three more briefings before its first hearing. They are scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m. March 13 and 5 p.m. April 24. All will take place in the 1900 Building at 1900 S.W. Fourth Ave., where the hearings also will occur.
Public comments received by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability show the public is split on all of the proposed recommendations. Some people think the recommended size limits are too small, while others think they are too big. Some oppose the proposed density increases while others think they should apply to more parts of town.
You can learn more about the project at: portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill.
Council votes against subdivision
The City Council unanimously voted to stop a controversial 12-home subdivision in Southwest Portland on Wednesday, Feb. 14. It blocked the most recent version of the proposed Macadam Ridge development on a wooded 14-acre parcel.
The land is owned by the Riverview Abbey Mausoleum Company, which proposed building the homes on four acres and donating the remaining 10 acres to the city.
The project is opposed by the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association, which raised concerns ranging from the potential loss of more than 470 mature trees to the property's location in a known landslide zone.
Biketown announces design challenge
Biketown launched a design challenge last Tuesday for the next bike wraps to be added to the city fleet of Nike-sponsored rental bikes.
Submissions are due by 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. A panel of judges will choose up to 10 entries for each quadrant of the city. The finalists will be presented to the public, and one winning design will be chosen for each Portland quadrant — North, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast. Anyone with a Biketown account is eligible to vote. The winners will be announced in May.
To enter a design, go to: biketownpdx.com.