Title

Mary Lou Wendall writes a detailed story about how Portland officials "screwed u

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

11-23-2000

Pages

10-11, 13

Abstract

Mary Lou Wendall writes a detailed story about how Portland officials "screwed up" a plan to build a major affordable housing project on the corner of North and Walnut streets on Munjoy Hill and touched off a citizen revolt by allegedly shutting out citizen input into the planning process until all major decisions had been made. Those angered by the way in which the city handled the project have formed a group, Concerned Citizens for a Balanced Approach to Portland's Future, and have been petitioning for a referendum that would force the city to update its comprehensive land-use plan, create the growth management plan required by state law, and appoint a citizen's advisory committee to assist in the process. In the meanwhile, until the comprehensive plan is completed, new residential housing projects of 20 units or more and commercial developments of 10,000 square feet or more within close proximity to residential neighborhoods would be prohibited.

Subjects

Real estate development

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