“Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.”
— Edward T. McMahon

A Land Use Hearings Officer has approved the largest undeveloped single family residential parcel within Portland city limits, the “White Whale” if you will, within an Environmental Overlay Zone (EOZ). The EOZ’s Preservation and Conservation zones were established by BSP in 1981 with improved designation in 1994 and refined in 1998 to protect and conserve our city’s significant natural, scenic resources for future generations. The designation includes protections for contiguous habitat, urban forest, wetlands, water quality for creeks and so much more. If City Council approves this 5 acre development in the EOZ, this may set a citywide precedent of eroding the purpose of the EOZ’s safeguarding our environment and natural resources. The entire city will be at higher risk of losing valuable habitat greenspaces to greedy developers McMansions This sub-division would have 21 homes and resides within the South Burlingame neighborhood at Taylors Ferry Road between Macadam and Terwilliger.