Happy Pride, Juneteenth, and Father's Day Portland! It's been an interesting two weeks for Livable Portland and it is shaping up to be another interesting two weeks! The last newsletter went to spam for a lot of people because of some misconfiguration with the sending address but I got to the bottom of it and it seems to be working now. We also had a lot of new members join so I put together a doodle poll for good dates for people to meet. The poll has specific dates but hopefully we can make it a regular thing at that time.
The City Council ended up not discussing re-zoning for the new Portland Housing Authority development and repealing the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District
The Planning Board conducted a workshop with public comment on re-zoning the Roux Institute Campus to IOZ.
Our official position is in support of the Roux Proposal as is. The support for the project at the meeting was overwhelming. The Press Herald piece seems to represent the outcome of the meeting as less positive than it was. The majority of public comment was in favor, including residents in the nearby neighborhood. The Planning Board also seemed supportive of using the IOZ zone and the primary issues raised seemed to be about legal technicalities surrounding ownership of the property.