Portland has new plan for Portland Harbor section of Willamette River

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by The Oregonian
Monday June 29, 2009, 10:45 AM

Portland has a new plan for the future of the Willamette River north of the Broadway Bridge that tries to balance environmental and economic needs along a stretch that includes heavily polluted Portland Harbor.
The draft River Plan/North Reach, which the city's planning commission endorsed last week, recommends strengthening land use regulations to preserve prime industrial areas along the riverfront, applying new regulations to protect high-value natural areas and completing a continuous trail on both sides of the river.
In a letter to the Commission, Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society of Portland wrote: "Audubon believes that the River Plan represents a significant step forward that could lead to ecological improvement in the North Reach."
The Working Waterfront Coalition -- which represents the interests of waterfront industry -- said it recognizes "the challenges of developing a code that will address the interests of multiple stakeholders and a complex regulatory environment," but remains concerned about the cost of environmental investments.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability expects to bring the plan to City Council in late 2009.

-- The Oregonian