After hearing public testimony on proposals to streamline the land use review and development permitting process, Commissioners recommended the proposals with amendments to City Council.
On May 26, the Planning and Sustainability Commission held a public hearing on the Expiration Date Extension Project and recommended that City Council adopt the proposed code changes as well as several amendments to the Proposed Draft.
This project responds to concerns the City has heard about the challenges moving development projects forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes code amendments to give some breathing room to applicants concerned that their land use processes will expire during this time, allows for virtual neighborhood contact meetings, and extends the sunset date for some Inclusionary Housing provisions.
Commissioners heard testimony that was generally favorable toward the proposal. Community members and commissioners suggested several amendments to the proposal, including:
- Changing the code so that all pre-application conferences will be valid for two years rather than one, as is currently the case under the existing code. Unlike the other proposed changes, this amendment does not have a sunset date and would mark a lasting change to the code.
- An extension for applicants subject to nonconforming upgrades that would grant additional time for them to complete the upgrades.
- An extension for the Con-Way Master Plan, the guiding document for the redevelopment of the Slabtown area of Northwest Portland.
Next up, the EDEP Recommended Draft, including the amendments, will be brought before the City Council on July 8.