Posted on: March 24, 2017

Fort Sumner Park Height Overlay

This text amendment establishes an absolute height limit for new developments and/or additions tied to the elevation of the viewing platform at Fort Sumner Park, 160.27 feet above mean sea level. Permissible building heights for developments occurring wit...

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Order 128-16/17
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Updates to the Fire Code

The following changes are now effective in Portland City Code Chapter 10, FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION :

  • Requirements are amended for smoke alarms in existing one- and two-family dwellings;
  • Re-inspection fees are increased to make them consistent wit...
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Order 127-16/17
Posted on: March 21, 2017

The B-2 Zone welcomes Maine Craft Distilling and other distilleries

Maine Craft Distilling plans to relocate to Washington Avenue -- and with changes to the B-2 Zone, its tasting room and distillery are now welcome there.  The Planning Board has been given greater flexibility in its review process for allowed use...

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Order 159-16/17
Posted on: March 8, 2017

Zoning determination decision ordinance repealed

The amendment struck Section 14-465 of the City Code of Ordinances in order to be consistent with the Maine Municipal Association’s opinion on code enforcement advisory letters.  This will create additional zoning staff time to meet the...

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Order 158-16/17
Posted on: January 4, 2017

Portland Finance Director authorized to grant encroachment easements

In part of an effort to streamline the development process, staff proposed a change to Chapter 2 of the Portland City Code to permit the City Manager and Finance Director to execute certain licenses and easements.

It is common in an urban environment for d...

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Order 94-16/17
Posted on: December 22, 2016

Tenants' Housing Rights now part of City Code

On September 28, 2016, the Portland City Council's Housing Committee voted unanimously (5-0)  to recommend a package of five (5) housing insecurity policy items to the Council for its consideration. The City Council unanimously approved ...

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Order 76-16/17
Posted on: December 7, 2016

Solar Power Zoning and Street Tree Alternatives

The solar power ordinance introduces a streamlined permitting framework to allow:  a) installation of smaller solar energy systems with just a building permit and minimal limitations; and b) installation of larger systems (including community sol...

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Chapter 14
Posted on: December 7, 2016

Energy Benchmarking

An amendment to Chapter 6 of the Portland City Code requires that the owners of non-residential buildings with more than 20,000 square feet and residential buildings with 50 or more units measure the amount of energy and water the buildings consume on an ...

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Order 67-16/17