Recap of Planning Board Workshop #2
Thanks to all who attended the Portland Planning Board’s second workshop on August 9 via Zoom. Following a presentation by the applicant (link) and questions from Planning Board members, comments were received from the public, after which the Planning Board continued its deliberations.
Planning Board members expressed appreciation for recent clarifications specifying that IDEALS is working on behalf of the Roux Institute and that sufficient right, title or interest to the entire campus will be conveyed to the Roux Institute before the first site plan application is submitted. They asked a number of questions about zoning options, tax status, qualifying institutions and contingencies, plans for open space, consistency with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives, sustainability metrics, coordination with the bike and pedestrian community, height requirements and placement, and plans for long-term neighborhood engagement. During the public comment period, eight people spoke, often asking questions or offering suggestions while expressing support for the project. Representatives of Greater Portland Landmarks and Portland Trails endorsed the project and thanked IDEALS for the early outreach and responsiveness to ideas. The next Planning Board workshop, tentatively scheduled for October 11th, will focus on traffic and transportation.