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Get involved with the Future Design of the Macadam Area

We invite you to participate in the following survey that has been put together by Portland City Planners. Jeanne Galack chairman for the Parks Committee of the South Portland Neighborhood Association  has the following ideas to keep in mind when filling out the survey. 

"The survey will ask if you agree/disagree with statement OR add comments. 
Please consider adding some of these comments.
By and large, the city has done a good job incorporating many of our concerns.

First: The new map is great as it acknowledges the different geographies that make up the Macadam Corridor. 
• What is missing is the explanation of the geographic differences and how it relates to development. 

(from the neighborhood”s statement): Development along the northern end has more of a boulevard character due with higher densities and larger setbacks as it transitions to Central City’s South Waterfront district. In contrast, development along the southern end reflects  more of a main street character with lower densities and development built up to street lot lines. It is because of  the unique topography of the south section, wedged between hills and highway (Macadam), maximum heights of development are limited to 45’ which protects neighborhood livability and a healthy airshed.

Second: Community Character
• What is missing is the fact that having nearly 2 miles of accessible river frontage & greenway is unique. No other neighborhood in the city has this stretch of river access.

Third: Architectural Character
• What is missing is reason for lower density development (see geography) in the southern portion of Macadam. Other concerns: compatible scale, and amenities such as awnings, street furniture, plazas, sculpture and other amenities should be encouraged to support a better pedestrian experience. 

Fourth: Natural Resources
• What is missing: The need for development to be sited as far back from the greenway setback as possible. Encourage development keep a low profile in the southern portion and to “step down” to the river in the entire area. Encourage developments to create communal open space by adjoining private open space to public (like Heron Pointe Wetlands).

Fifth: Not sure where this might go
• What is missing traffic mitigation/better & safe pedestrian crossings"

The Survey and Info from the City

City planners have been working with community members on updating design provisions for the South Portland area that has a design overlay zone applied along the boulevard and riverfront area. This has been done as part of a River Plan/South Reach project.

Staff recommendations were presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on May 12 and they support repealing the Macadam Design Guidelines (1985) and replacing them with the Design Overlay Zone Amendments Citywide Design Guidelines. Additionally, the Macadam area will have a new character statement to inform review of the Citywide Design Guidelines and specifically the area context guideline. The Macadam design recommendations will be going before the Design Commission at a public hearing with testimony on July 16. Input from the online survey will be presented to the commission on July 16.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, city planners were not able to hold additional community outreach on these recommendations. The latest draft of the Macadam Character Statement, for review in the online survey, reflects public testimony from the River Plan/South Reach Proposed Draft and PSC comments.

We hope you will take the time to participate in this survey. Please share this with others who might be interested.

For the Survey:

Character Statement Draft:

For more information:
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