Council reopens written testimony for River Plan / South Reach

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This afternoon, the Portland City Council met to discuss testimony from the November 4 public hearing on the River Plan / South Reach Plan and the Willamette River Greenway Inventory and consider potential amendments.

Watch the Council hearing:

Amendments to the Macadam Character Statement

Commissioner Hardesty proposed a set of amendments to modify the Macadam Character Statement, which was seconded by Commissioner Fritz. Those amendments are outlined in a Memo to City Council with Attachment A: Draft Macadam Character Statement dated Nov. 30, 2020.

Amendment related to the Oregon State Marine Board

Mayor Wheeler moved — and Commissioner Hardesty seconded — an amendment to remove Action Item R11D: "The City of Portland, to address river recreational safety and ecological health of the river, will petition the Oregon State Marine Board to establish a Slow/No Wake Zone between the Hawthorne and the Sellwood Bridges and at Powers Marine Park and Elk Rock Island."   

He said that since the City of Portland does not have regulatory authority over slow/no wake zones, and has not convened a committee or administered a process that balances all the factors to designate such zones, the action item is inappropriate.  

The Oregon State Marine Board is in the final stages of developing rules for this area and is holding a public hearing on Dec. 22, 2020. Learn more.

Written record open for testimony

City Council decided to reopen the record for written testimony on these amendments until Monday, December 7 at 8 a.m. Community members can testify via the Map App.

Next Council session

The next City Council session will be held on December 10 at 2 p.m. There will be no public testimony at the meeting.


Jeff Caudill

City Planner II, Planning and Sustainability