India Street Neighborhood Plan

India Street

Michele Reeves Videos

Neighborhood Identity and Economic Development consultant Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants in Portland, Oregon provides her expert recommendations in the video links below. Ms. Reeves was in Portland, Maine for three days presenting at the Portland Society for Architecture annual meeting about how "Good Design is Good for Business," holding a workshop with India Street stakeholders, and presenting her recommendations to be part of the India Street Neighborhood Plan. For more information about Civilis Consultants, visit: http://civilisconsultants.com/

In 2012, the Mayor, Planning Office, and City Manager committed to working with the India Street Neighborhood Association to create an India Street Neighborhood Plan. The planning process was to engage with the community to address issues such as the form and scale of development, infrastructure, identity, historic resources, and other issues as determined during the planning process.

From March through September, 2013, Sustain Southern Maine brought a team of planners to India Street from the initial open house to the presentation of the vision and plans that begin to describe the future shape and form of this neighborhood.

In July, 2013, the India Street Neighborhood Plan was selected to receive technical assistance from a new program launched by Portland State University (the other Portland) called Urban Sustainability Accelerator. City staff participated in training and planning workshops in Portland, Oregon, this past summer. As part of the USA grant the planning process has received visits from various consultants continuing to program resources to the planning effort, which will inform and assist with the work plan going forward. Michele Reeves and a planning team from UC Davis are among the visiting resources contributing to the plan.

In November, 2013 a stakeholder advisory committee was established known as the India Street Neighborhood Advisory Committee (ISNAC), appointed by the City Council, and includes interested citizens to assist the Planning Office to complete the plan. The India Street Neighborhood Advisory Committee (ISNAC) and five working groups within the committee will complete the plan for consideration by the City Council and Planning Board in September, 2014.

The Plan was recommended to City Council by the Planning Board at a public hearing on January 20, 2015. The Historic Preservation Board will begin to consider the proposed Historic District and the Form-based Code will be brought to the Planning Board in 2015. After a series of workshops, the Planning Board recommended the India Street Form-based Code and India Street Historic District to City Council on September 15, 2015. Check the calendar for upcoming City Council meetings.

Contact Us - For more information contact Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer. Call 207-874-8901 or email ccameron@portlandmaine.gov

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