November 17 – An update on this ongoing process is available on our Blog here!
The public process in Portland has been experiencing bumps and lumps in the past few years. Why? Portland is finally growing again and rapid change challenges people’s perceptions of home.
At this forum we’ll hear from folks in other cities who are experiencing similar issues. Then, we’ll turn to our own local developers, neighborhood associations, business people and advocacy groups to hear their perspectives. The goal: Find common ground on how public process can be improved for everyone.
This is not a gripe session! We intend to identify real solutions to fostering balanced growth and lasting prosperity in Portland.
Thursday, June 9th, 8:00 AM – Noon
Rines Auditorium / Portland Public Library
Registration: $20 – scholarships available on request
Welcome from Mayor Strimling
1. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM LOWELL and PORTSMOUTH – AND WHAT CAN THEY LEARN FROM PORTLAND? ?
• What are you learning related to public process and outcome as demand for development heats up?
• How can communities make changes moving forward?
• What are the regional impacts of major projects in all our states?
2. PORTLAND’S CURRENT PROCESS: A brief summary of the current process and vision as communicated during Portland’s Comprehensive Plan process from Jeff Levine, Portland Director of Planning
3. DEVELOPERS’ PERSPECTIVE: What are the risks and opportunities for you? How does process impact outcomes? Speakers: Jonathan Culley, Vin Veroneau, Peter Bass, Ethan Boxer-Macomber, Kevin Bunker
• Tell us about one of your projects: how you match the location to the project? How did you take the neighborhood context into account? How did you hear from the neighborhood? What was the greatest challenge?
• The challenges of matching available assets to demand, how to craft something marketable and line up financing.
4. NEIGHBORHOOD/RESIDENT PERSPECTIVES: Three active neighborhood associations, representation from Maine’s immigrant population.
• How would you describe the ideal community outreach process as a project is proposed in your neighborhood? How do you want to hear about it? How do you want to engage?
• How would you manage conflict and disagreement among your neighbors?
5. ADVOCACY GROUPS: Greater Portland Landmarks, Friends of Casco Bay, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
• Advocacy groups by definition are dedicated to pushing for a singular outcome. How does the existing process work for you? How could it be improved? To what degree is compromise an acceptable outcome for your organization?
6. BREAKOUT SESSIONS:
• Participants break out into small groups to talk about what they have heard, identify common issues and generate solutions and ideas
7. WRAP-UP: WHERE”S THE COMMON GROUND?? GrowSmart Maine reports back from breakout groups.
• What are the common points? What are the sticking points? What constructive solutions have arisen to improve the process and outcomes and who would make them? How will we define success? What will we do with what we’ve learned today?
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