Portland Old Port is an independent media entity. We have no affiliation with the City of Portland, the Portland Foreside Development, or any developers. Our commitment is to informed reporting, fostering community dialogue, and amplifying voices like yours. As Portland continues to grow and change, we want to ensure that you understand the most effective way for your opinions to reach key stakeholders and decision-makers who dictate the development in Portland.
Understanding Our Past to Shape Our Future
The ebb and flow of Portland’s evolution is painted with decisions – some celebrated, others contentious. To understand where we’re headed, it’s essential to reflect on the steps taken. A brief glance at the Portland Foreside project helps:
2014: Developers’ eyes focus on the 10-acre former Portland Co. site.
2016: The safeguarding of historic buildings is realized through crucial designation.
2016: The project’s vision was unveiled to the public.
2017: A green light for the transformation of 58 Fore Street’s waterfront.
2020: Ambitions for a $250 million rejuvenation of Portland’s eastern waterfront crystallize.
Your Role in Portland’s Growth
At the heart of Portland’s transformative growth lies an opportunity — an opportunity not just to observe, but to actively shape our city’s future. However, oftentimes residents feel sidelined, surprised by new projects seemingly emerging overnight. The recent sentiments surrounding the latest development project underline the significance of community involvement.
By actively participating in the planning processes, attending Portland public hearings, and voicing concerns or support, you can play a role in ensuring that Portland’s development mirrors the ideals of its residents. It’s about creating a Portland that echoes the collective aspirations of its community.
How to Get Involved
- Stay Informed: Knowledge is power. Keep abreast of proposals, plans, and public hearings.
- Attend City of Portland Planning Board Meetings: Share your thoughts, concerns, and vision.
- Know who sits on the Portland Planning Board.
– October 10 & 24, 2023
– November 14 & 28, 2023
– December 12, 2023
Join in-person at City Hall or via Zoom. Workshops start at 4:30 p.m., transitioning into Public Hearings at 7:00 p.m. Always check for updates here.
- Connect Directly: Reach out to the Planning & Urban Development Department of Portland. Pen letters, send emails, make calls – be persistent. Email email@example.com
- Network: Join community groups, forums, or organizations that focus on urban development and civic engagement.