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State halts move of Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp to SE Portland

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Proposed location in SE Portland for Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp. (KPTV file image) Proposed location in SE Portland for Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp. (KPTV file image)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A planned move of the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp from downtown Portland to southeast Portland has been blocked by the State of Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

The Portland City Council voted in February to relocate the camp across the river from Northwest 4th and Burnside Street to city-owned and primarily industrial property at Southeast 3rd and Harrison Street.

The Land Use Board of Appeals has now reversed the city's decision.

In its 69-page decision, the board stated, "In our view, it cannot possibly be consistent with the purpose and policy of protecting industrial sanctuaries from residential and similar uses incompatible with those sanctuaries, to categorize as an outright permitted use a use that is functionally similar, if not functionally identical, to a use that is prohibited outright in the city’s industrial zones because of its quasi-residential character."

Additionally, the ruling states, "The city’s position, that the proposed tent camp is an unlisted Community Service use that nonetheless allows individuals to live at the site for an unlimited duration, renders meaningless a key distinction between the Community Service use category and the Residential use category. The interpretations embodied in that position are inconsistent with the express language and purpose of the relevant code provisions, and cannot be affirmed."

A spokesperson for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said city attorneys are reviewing the decision and will advise the city council on the next steps.

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