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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Portland city commissioners are moving forward with the River Plan for the North Reach, an effort to revitalize the Willamette River.

But some companies are raising concerns over the plan's review process, which they believe will regulate building too heavily.

Opponents say the plan's proposed rules are too burdensome and would put the city at a competitive disadvantage with the region's other ports. Advocates, including environmentalists, say businesses should quit stalling.

"I don't expect any side to be completely happy, but at the same time this is Portland," said Mayor Sam Adams, who has pushed the plan with city Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "This is a place where we actually figure out how to do both: successful job creation, and in this case, protecting more of the environment."

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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