This was originally posted on the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce website by Chris O’Neil, City Liaison. The original post can be read here.
Almost two years ago, the Chamber’s Looking Out for Portland white paper called for a radical restructuring of the Planning and Development Department, as well as the permitting process. City Manager Joe Gray, Director Penny Littell, her Staff, and the City Council all saw the wisdom of updating and streamlining a process and ordinance that were acting as a deterrent to development in Portland. After hundreds of hours of meetings, drafts, re-drafts, hearings, and discussion, the City is nearing a finished product. The scope and scale of this project, and the effort that has gone into it, are monumental. I have endeavored to keep you abreast of the progress, but I ask you now to please tune in. The revisions are posted and updated here. Recently the City issued a meeting announcement that included this:
Thus far, we have received limited feedback from the development and design community and the public concerning these proposed revisions.
Folks, this is some of the biggest Portland business news since Koplow and his Board of Directors were dissolved. The Chamber has participated along the way, and even hired land use attorney Bill Plouffe to craft and vet the changes. If you have experience in the development review or site plan processes, please take a look and give me feedback.