State upholds Portland growth plan update
The City Council's update of the Comprehensive Plan that governs future growth has been approved by the State of Oregon.
The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission voted on March 15 to reject six appeals that had been filed in December to block elements of update, which is required by state land use planning laws. It is intended to guide how the city grows over the next 20 years.
In approving the update, the commission rejected appeals from the Multnomah Neighborhood Association that cited objections to mixed use zoning in Multnomah Village and the "middle housing" policy adopted with the new plan.
The neighborhood association also objected to new community engagement policies adopted with the plan. Another appeal concerned the zoning designation of a property in the Arnold Creek area.
The association has 21 days from the date the written order is released to appeal the decision to the Oregon Court of Appeals, a lengthy and potentially costly process. James Peterson, the association's land use chair, says he is meeting with the other members and additional parties to decide what to do next.
State officials are now expected to prepare a written order implementing the Commission's decision. If it is not appealed, the update will be considered "acknowledged" by the state and go into effect on May 24.
Details of the "middle housing" policy are being developed by the Residential Infill Project being undertaken by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Among other things, it calls for rezoning around 40 percent of existing single family neighborhoods to include smaller mulit-family housing projects, such as duplexes, triplexes, and multiple accessory dwelling units
The appointed Planning and Sustainability Commission that advises the bureau is scheduled to be briefed on the project on April 24 and hold take public testimony about it on May 15 and 22.
The commission is scheduled to vote on a version to be recommended to the City Council on June 26. The council is expected to vote on it in the fall.