Code of the West

Ethics complaint charges stakeholders who approved West Quadrant Plan had conflict of interest

Allan Classen

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...

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ESCO 'end run' nixed

Bid to piggyback on update of citywide plan thwarted

Allan Classen

ESCO wants flexibility to consider options other than heavy industry for its main plant and headquarters north of Northwest Vaughn Street.

ESCO wants flexibility to consider options other than heavy industry for its main plant and headquarters north of Northwest Vaughn Street.

ESCO Corp., the 102-year-old foundry and heavy manufacturing company on Northwest Vaughn Street, wants out of the industrial sanctuary.

ESCO approached Mayor Charlie Hales in May with a proposal to rezone the company’s main plant from industrial to mixed-use or general employment, categories that would allow offices, retail and perhaps housing.

ESCO President and CEO Calvin Collins wrote to Hales asking for the rezoning as part of the city’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan update. By seeking to slip the changes into the later stages of the citywide plan rewrite, the company could have avoided a costly zone change application involving an independent transportation study.

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Code of the west / Parking meters coming in stages / ESCO 'end run' nixed / Toxic beaches? / Inclusive Scouting / Berry good time
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The areas with turquoise cross hatching will receive parking meters beginning this month. Twenty-first and 23rd avenues will be metered after Labor Day.

The areas with turquoise cross hatching will receive parking meters beginning this month. Twenty-first and 23rd avenues will be metered after Labor Day.

Parking meters coming in stages

Allan Classen

Parking meters are at last coming to the Northwest District this month, but the city gave retailers a reprieve by delaying meter installation on Northwest 21st and 23rd avenues until September.

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