It shall be the policy of the City of Portland to create a common transportation terminal, both land and water, embracing both sides of the harbor for its full extent in the City, which shall be subject to entry and use throughout its full extent by all common carriers on equal terms, as far as the property, rights and jurisdictions of the City may apply to secure same; and all such property, rights and jurisdictions of the City within one thousand (1,000) feet of meander line specified in Section 1-104 of this Charter shall be subject to use and demands for such common terminal purposes and needed connecting roadways, tracks and appurtenant facilities; provided that the public docks may be furnished with warehouses subject to lease.
All proposed franchises, grants, privileges, and public improvements and other improvements as far as the jurisdiction of the City may extend, affecting such territory must be considered in relation to said common terminal and adapted thereto in a systematic way, and shall to that end be submitted to the City Engineer and the official or officials in charge of the public docks for approval. Without the approval of these, it shall require a four-fifths vote of the Council to pass such measure. If the Council pass such measure without the approval aforesaid, the Mayor shall have the measure placed upon the ballot at the next ensuing regular election for approval or rejection by the people.
No grant or franchise affecting this territory shall confer any superior right that may operate to defeat the purpose of this act to protect the common access on equal terms in said territory and any provision in any grant or franchise contrary to said purpose shall be null and void.
The purpose of this act is to provide connections for and means of interchange of traffic upon the lines or tracks of all common carriers, public or private, with the greatest facility and economy and the least obstruction, inconvenience and cost possible. The City Engineer and the official or officials in charge of the public docks shall at once draw up such plan and elaborate and extend it from time to time to meet the purpose of this act as public needs develop.
In pursuance of the policy established by this amendment, the Mayor shall cause to be made an inventory of all public properties and rights within the one thousand (1,000) foot limit defined herein, and to have said properties defined and recorded, especially between meander and harbor lines, and utilize the same to the fullest possible extent in the development of the terminal plan herein provided for. And where, in such development, the City may lack jurisdiction for control, the Mayor and Council are required to use, under wise discretion, their best efforts to secure the jurisdiction and control necessary.
All acts and parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby repealed. [June 2, 1913, new sec. 93-1/2; rev. 1914, sec. 183; 1928 pub., sec. 183; 1942 recod., sec. 10-218.]