City Hall Update: Map App released for infill project
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released a Map App so Portlanders can see how the Residential Infill Project recommendations would affect their properties.
The recommendations would limit new home sizes and rezone around 60 percent of single-family neighborhoods to allow relatively small multi-family developments. The app allows Portlanders to see the potential effects on their addresses, to comment on the recommendations, and to see other comments submitted to the bureau, which is staffing the project.
The appointed Planning and Sustainability Commission that will review the recommendations and propose its versions to the City Council will hold public hearings on them on May 8 and 15. The app can be found at tinyurl.com/y9enjf3g.
Planning director leaving
Susan Anderson, director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, has announced she will resign in six months. That should give her enough time to see the City Council decide whether to adopt the Residential Infill Project recommendations that are moving through the planning process.
In her resignation letter, first reported by Willamette Week, Anderson says she plans to stay in Portland and consult on planning issues. Eight other bureau leaders have already left their jobs since Mayor Ted Wheeler took office in January 2017. Although most were forced out, Anderson's departure is voluntary and does not include a severance payment.
Speed limits reduced on Stark
The City Council voted Wednesday to reduce the speed limit on Southeast Stark Street by 5 miles per hour between 109th and 162nd avenues.
The new 30-mph speed limit is effective for 120 days and will be enforced with tickets after 30 days. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will request the Oregon Department of Transportation to make the reduction permanent before it expires.
The reduction is part of the Vision Zero Action Plan adopted by the council to eliminate all fatal and serious ijury crashes in Portland by 2025. Two of the 10 fatalities this year before the vote took place on that stretch of Stark. Six people had been killed in crashes by the same time in 2017.