Conflicts of interest permeated the citizen body that advised the city on land-use policy in the inner Westside. This charge was levied in a 60-page complaint filed with the Portland Auditor last month.
Property owners, builders, developers, architects and others with a financial stake in development filled 24 of the 33 seats on the West Quadrant Stakeholders Advisory Committee, and they voted their interests.
All but one of the 17 members who voted to approve a plan increasing height limits and relaxing development restrictions had real or potential conflicts of interest, the complaint asserted. The authors say enactment of the West Quadrant Plan “will dramatically increase property values and create significantly more work for the related professions associated with real estate development.”
Where committee members stood on the proposed plan had a lot to do with their affiliations. Only one of the eight committee...