UPDATE 23 February 2010: (DATE CHANGE) The River Plan hearing will be continued on Thursday, April 1st at 2 pm. The purpose of the change is to avoid conflicts with spring break.
The City Council held a public hearing on the River Plan / North Reach Recommended Draft this week. This plan attempts to balance the needs of business, the environment, neighborhoods and recreational users of the Willamette River and guide the development and protection of the river for the next 20 to 30 years. The Council heard testimony from people representing all of these perspectives.
The draft is a culmination of more than three years of staff work, multiple stakeholder meetings and 11 presentations to Planning Commission, which voted to support the River Plan/North Reach Recommended Draft back in June 2009. Planning Commission asked the City to continue working on several outstanding issues prior to taking the plan to City Council. From August 2009 to January 2010, Mayor Adams convened a number of meetings among representatives of the Working Waterfront Coalition and environmental organizations to try to work out some of the remaining differences.
“The City’s goal is to clean up brownfields, reinvest in the working harbor, bring new green jobs to Portland and restore degraded habitat,” stated Mayor Adams. “These goals are not (and cannot be) mutually exclusive. The River Plan represents an important step toward integrating these objectives.” The results of those meetings and other work resulted in a substantial amendment package referred to as the Mayor's Proposed Amendments.
The next hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 2 p.m. at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, in Council Chambers.
Written testimony on the document and the Mayor’s proposed amendments must be received by the hearing date. Please submit written testimony to:
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 140
Portland, OR 97204
Fax: (503) 823-4571
Copies of the Draft Plan are available at no charge at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor. The documents can also be viewed at the River Plan Web site on the Recommended Draft Web page at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=42540.
For more assistance or additional information, please contact the River Team at 503-823-2281.