The Portland Main Street Coalition has been active this spring. Several weeks ago we co-sponsored a workshop about the future growth and densification of inner city residential neighborhoods in order to allow neighborhood representatives the opportunity to express their concerns to local officials about the potential degradation it too much unregulated growth occurs.
Related to this is Senate Bill 907 which is intended to expand design review along Portland’s main streets and in town centers. Unfortunately this was not successful due to the powerful homebuilders lobby and a senate committee that did not have any Portland representatives. We were very pleased with the support given by our Mayor, Sam Adams, and many other progressive organizations and individuals. This discussion will continue until ways are found to insure quality development in Portland.
And finally we have been focused on the upcoming development of the Portland Plan that will direct the future growth of Portland for the next thirty years. This plan has been delayed due to the city budget reduction and will be scaled back or possible even discontinued in favor of more specific shorter range action plan that will result in specific improvements in Portland.