City wants to see plans for Fourth and Burnside

Portland’s Bureau of Development Services is calling on the owners of the property at NW Fourth and Burnside to produce plans for the lot, now that a community of homeless people have set up a tent city there.

The bureau’s Enforcement Program Section Manager Mike Liefeld sent a letter to property owners Michael Wright and Dan Cossette noting that the press has already reported on an a lease agreement and preliminary plans for the property, but nothing has been turned into the city. Liefeld has given the owners 10 days within receipt of the letter, dated Oct. 12, to produce a detailed plan for property use, occupancy and development of the property, along with the lease agreement.

Approximately 70 people have set up tents on the site, and have constructed a fence made of doors for privacy along Burnside Street. At issue is compliance with state and local laws on occupancy, including permits and land use regulations.

Meanwhile, the Old Town/Chinatown Livability and Safety Committee has invited the leadership of the Right 2 Dream Too group which has occupied the site to attend their upcoming meeting Oct. 26.

Posted by Joanne Zuhl

6 responses to “City wants to see plans for Fourth and Burnside

  1. Occupy Portland protestors can camp as they please, yet those with no homes to return turn to cannot? Perhaps the true homeless should start bitching as much as trustfund kids and they’ll legally be able to camp as they please

  2. Trustfund kids? Lol, go down there ask some questions and see what’s going on before you start throwing judgments around. Matter of fact, why are the homeless not camping out with them? Free food, place to camp safely…To clarify: I support this camp, but I also support occupy Portland.

  3. If BDS would scrutinize corporations like Siltronic and Carollo that are pouring toxins into our rivers they would have little time to harass people who are just trying to sleep. Here is some background on how Carollo released mercury into the Columbia Slough.

  4. R2D2 should build yurts there. Due to the quirkiness of Oregon laws, yurts are not considered buildings but are also exempt from campsite regulations. The city can also legally authorize yurts for “transitional housing” without the requirements of a conventional building. cf. ORS 446.265; 446.325(2)(c).

  5. @Mcneal. I support the Occupy protests so I was down there, it really isn’t about that. However, after a few days the message seem to got lost and people insisted on fighting over a road. I spent time homeless and I have issues with the city giving an “OK” to people with houses to destroy thousands of dollars worth of vegetation in two downtown parks for LEGAL camping and block a city street…while the ones without HOUSES get their feet kicked at 6-7am sleeping and tend to leave no foot prints.

  6. I visited the encampment on Wednesday, and it made me nostalgic for the days when the dog and I lived in our tent which, during the summer, is the most glorious way to live if one’s most beloved is a dog. Winter is coming, though, and I’m concerned.

    These folks currently aren’t able to access wireless internet service. Other than that, given that the landlord owning the property is exceptionally supportive, they seemed well-equipped and prepared for their experience.

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