What: United Neighborhoods for Reform presents its demolition/development resolution and responds to recommendations proposed by the Development Review Advisory Committee, or DRAC
When: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17
Where: Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth, Council Chambers
Why: So we can save affordable housing, see more beneficial development, and—
|(I swiped this off the blog of Dr. Tanya Lyn March, which chronicles |
the superworthy effort to save Northwest District's Ballow & Wright building.)
By the way, the DRAC recommendations, already a mixed bag, not only call for reduction of the optional 120-day delay to 30 days (it's hard enough trying to buy a house as an individual in that amount of time, much less marshal a neighborhood effort), but they propose requiring that an extension request be signed by both the requester and the property owner or the owner's agent. That's another big change to a bit of code that's been on the books for 25 years and has actually saved houses, per its intent.
Given how few of the developers combing Portland are based in Portland or live in Portland, can you imagine how easy it would be tracking them down to sign a request for a demo delay they probably don't want to honor?
Now that's DRAConian.
We hope you'll make it to City Hall on Wednesday to show support for the neighbor voice in development decisions that affect us all.