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Councilors and Urbanists, Backed Both by Chamber of Commerce and DSA, Pass Citywide Zoning Reform Over Staff and Mayoral Dissent

Nearly two years after Maine passed LD 2003, Portland finally voted to implement ordinances complying with the new state law – just days ahead of the Jan. 1st deadline. While planning staff originally proposed a narrow order to meet technical compliance without substantial change, Councilor Rodriguez sponsored legislative amendments from the Urbanist Coalition of Portland to align the city’s laws with both the “letter” and the “spirit” of the law. Supporters of the maverick councilor’s actions included both the entrepreneurial Chamber of Commerce and the anti-capitalist DSA, as well as many other voices. What are these changes, and how did they become law? Read on at the Portland Townsman.