Meeting Summary 10/27/09October 28, 2009
Here’s the quick run-down from tonight’s meeting:
1) We heard about 3 hours of testimony on the Bicycle Master Plan, most of it supportive, but most of it also with some suggestions for how to improve the plan. I’ll try to do a post later in the week with more thoughts on this item. The public hearing was held open for written comment only until our Nov 10th meeting so we could incorporate additional comment in the record (the formal public comment period for the plan goes until Nov 8th).
2) The Portland Plan Update was pushed out until the next December 8th meeting because of the extensive discussion on the Bicycle Master Plan.
3) The RICAP 5 package was completed and forwarded to City Council. The final package is based on the staff memo of 9/30 (PDF file) with the following changes:
- Bike parking ratio for multi-dwelling development is set to 1.1 spaces/unit (more on that in a separate post).
- Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) standards set somewhat more liberally (I’m afraid I don’t recall the exact number, I think it might be the lesser of 800 sq. ft. or 75% of the main dwelling).
- Restriction on front facing garages on skinny houses removed (along with the balancing parking pad alternative) with a recommendation to City Council that this be studied in a deeper process during the zoning changes that will result from the Portland plan. Fundamentally we only heard from one constituency during this debate (the infill developers, who strongly opposed the change). We need a process that can dig deeper into the policy issues than RICAP can, and need to hear from a broader set of constituents.