Snow removal rules back before Portland City Council

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PORTLAND — At its meeting Wednesday night, the City Council will tackle snow removal requirements and changes in an agreement to sell a Bayside property to a private developer.

Among the agenda items is a proposed amendment to the city code, defining exceptions to the requirement that residential property owners remove snow from adjacent sidewalks. The amendment would also provide an appeal process for property owners who are cited for violating the rules.

The proposal was previously discussed at the council’s Aug. 6 meeting. But councilors deadlocked in a vote on the amendment, requiring it to be scheduled for another balloting.

That vote was then postponed at the council’s Sept. 5 meeting.

The council also will consider an amendment to the agreement selling a city-owned  lot on Somerset Street to development firm Federated Cos.

The developer plans to build a housing and retail complex on the 3.25-acre parcel, which was formerly a railroad lot and scrapyard.

Plans unveiled publicly last week call for building seven towers there, each between 120 feet and 160 feet in height. The complex would have as much as 90,000 square feet of retail space, 600 or more residential units and more than 1,000 parking spaces.

The city entered into a purchase-and-sale agreement with Federated more than a year ago, and has been negotiating final terms of the deal since then.

The proposed amendment would require the city to obtain environmental liability insurance for the rail yard before the sale. The amendment also updates language authorizing the city to repurchase portions of the site that are not developed within a certain amount of time.

Last week, the council’s Housing and Community Development Committee approved the amendment with a recommendation for passage.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall.

William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.