Portland waterfront zoning decision delayed

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PORTLAND — A decision by the City Council on whether to relax zoning rules along the waterfront has been delayed to give councilors more time to review the proposal.

The council was scheduled to vote on changes to the Waterfront Central Zone at its July 19 meeting, but will now wait until Aug. 16.

The delay will allow councilors to hold an Aug. 9 workshop on the proposal.

The proposed zoning changes, advocated by a group of pier owners and recommended by the Planning Board, would allow more non-marine uses on piers and relax parking and other requirements. Pier owners say the zoning change will allow them more opportunity to generate revenue, which can be used to maintain their piers.

The Aug. 9 workshop will be held at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.