Posted on: October 19, 2017

Lions and tigers and bears shall no longer perform in Portland

This ordinance prohibits the display of wild and exotic animals in performances at circuses or similar entertainments in the City of Portland.  Circuses and other popular entertainments have included wild and exotic animals in their performances ...

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Order 30-17/18 City Code Amendments
Posted on: October 19, 2017

India Street Zoning Revamped

Revisions to the India Street Form-Based Code have been adopted upon applying the code to Site Plan and Building Permit applications over the last year and a half.  As a new code with a format different from the other zones in Chapter 14, there a...

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Order 49-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: October 6, 2017

Affordable Housing Incentives

Incentives for development to build affordable housing include density bonuses, building height increases, and setback reductions in the B-1, B-1b, B-2, B-2b, B-2c, B-3, B-3b, B-3c, B-5, R-7, and R-P Zones. Planned Residential Unit Developments (PRUDs) th...

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Order 31-17/18 City Code Amendments
Posted on: October 6, 2017

Waterfront Port Development Zone Revisions in the Code

Revised waterfront zoning allows the development of cold storage at the International Marine Terminal, solidifying the City's relationship with Eimskip, a shipping company that proposes to build such a facility there.

Waterfront conditional use standards p...

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Order 33-17/18 City Code Amendments
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Permitting and Inspections Revisions to the City Code

Horse drawn carriage operators will not longer be required to pick up horse droppings; and chicken owners are no longer required to have a permit.

But a license for a horse-drawn carriage operating in the City is still required.  Chicken owners st...

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Order 18-17/18 City Code Amendments
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Occupancy for more than 30 days prohibited in Recreational Vehicles

Recreational vehicles, campers and tents or other shelters on a trailer than can be towed by a motor vehicle cannot be occupied for more than 30 days per year anywhere in the City of Portland.

This Chapter 6 amendment requires that any such recreational ve...

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Order 19-17/18 City Code Amendments
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Emergency Shelter are a conditional use in more of the City

Emergency shelter sites must be within 1/4 mile of a METRO bus line, and are required to meet safety requirements.  Laundry, kitchen, and pantry areas, bicycle storage and secure storage areas are also requirements for new emergency shelters.

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Order 252-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: July 1, 2017

Some City Fees Increase in Fiscal Year 2018

Along with the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriation Resolve, at its May 15, 2017 meeting the Portland City Council approved increases in various fees.

In Planning, the billable hourly rate charged for staff review of development projects is now $52, up $2.00 fro...

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Order 245-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: June 21, 2017

Golf Cart Regulations Effective Immediately

Changes in the Portland City Code golf cart ordinance address safety risks connected to the use of golf carts on Portland islands.  

The Code now requires a driver’s license and safety equipment like headlights and rear red reflectors, a...

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Order 271-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: May 31, 2017

City Hospitals and Universities can now propose their own Institutional Overlay Zones

At least three of these four major institutions are considering major changes to their core campuses, and, for some, the existing zoning context presents challenges.  For example, Maine Medical Center’s contract zone, developed in 2005, does not ...

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Order 221-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Moratorium on licenses for Retail Marijuana Establishments and Social Clubs Extended

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved the Marijuana Legalization Act, allowing the consumption, distribution and business development of and for marijuana products.  The Marijuana Legalization Act allows municipalities to regulate retail mar...

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Order 222-16/17 City Code Amendments
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Short Term Rental Amendments Effective

The proposed amendments allow all property owners to rent out their primary residences as STRs, typically on a room or apartment share app like Airbnb. No non-owner occupied single family home or condominium will be allowed to be rented as STRs, except on...

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Order 179-16/17 City Code Amendments