ALL PLACARD ORDINANCES ARE REPEALED
Due to the tireless effort to raise money, rally, email and prevail in federal court, the three placard ordinances were tossed in the dead ordinance pile with a 4-0 vote by City Council on October 23, 2019. Mayor Wheeler was absent.
WHAT WAS REPEALED?
The 5/15 Year Look Backs
NOTE: The City Attorney has indicated in an email to our attorney that a new version of the 5/15 year look back may come from BDS in the future. This would be a mistake. As of today, it has reverted back to the 2 year look back of permitted work costs threshold in order to trigger full retrofits.
NEW COMMITTEE APPROVED
City Council approved the new committee, bylaws and a resolution directing the committee to:
Locate funding - There is zero.
Recommend voluntary retrofits for privately owned.
Recommend mandatory retrofits for schools and critical buildings.
WATCH THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Time Stamp: 11:46
On October 23, 2019, City Council also passed a resolution to form a committee to recommend VOLUNTARY retrofits for privately owned URM buildings.
WHAT’S THIS MEAN?
After many inquiries, we've confirmed that under Commissioner Hardesty's leadership, the resolution will allegedly not force the new committee to recommend mandatory retrofits for privately owned buildings.
The new committee, will instead, research funding for owners to use to voluntarily upgrade.
Caution: The new committee could recommend timelines. Timelines would return the project's focus to mandatory retrofits.
Timeline = Mandate
In a phone meeting last week with a City Manager, we were told that Commissioner Hardesty believes a voluntary program will be more successful.
We do not know whether or not the other three commissioners and Mayor Wheeler agree. This direction comes from Emergency Management (PBEM).
The strong arming has mostly been from BDS (Bureau of Development Services) and we do not have any information concerning their agenda.
Caution - It’s Not Over
FEDERAL JUDGE STOPS PLACARD ORDINANCE
“All public and private persons, businesses, entities, and organizations who or
which are subject to the Ordinance are not required to
comply with any provision of the Ordinance…”
SAVE PORTLAND BUILDINGS
We call on the City of Portland to stop, listen and work with the community and lead a comprehensive and holistic approach to city resiliency. We ask the City to continue the conversation with a wider view of all buildings, both old and new and in liquefaction zones vulnerable in a major earthquake and engage the entire community to look for opportunities in education and infrastructure improvements.
Portland is thinking small by targeting small building owners and community members without a plan and funding. With costs exceeding most building values, the likelihood of success without displacement and demolition is slim. To date, the project has been carried by fear. No good decisions are made through fear.
Portland can do better.
The City of Portland to let updates to Title 24.85 of the Code work. To listen to those who will be impacted. To understand that each building is unique and each owner has a unique financial situation. That "Mom and Pop" businesses and building owners do not have the ability to borrow or the capacity for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
To address each building individually. To abandon the proposed broad-brushed mandate void of a plan, funding or support to avoid demolition and displacement of thousand’s of our beloved buildings.
7,000 Residential Units (1,800 City Funded Low-Income)
1,500 Condo Units
1,415 Commercial Main Street Buildings (1,000's of Small Businesses)
43 Portland Public Schools