The sign welcoming motorists to the Portland neighborhood. | Courtesy Portland Investment Initiative

Sign welcoming motorists to Portland | Courtesy Portland Investment Initiative

On Tuesday night, Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government will hold the first meeting in a grander rezoning effort in Portland.

“I do expect a lot of questions to come out of this about why we are doing this,” said Julia Williams, a planner with Louisville’s Planning and Design Services.“It is really driven by the neighborhood.”

In 2008, the city adopted the Portland Neighborhood Plan, a road map of improvements residents at the time wanted to see in their neighborhood. Part of the plan included re-evaluating the zoning of certain areas to encourage development that would fit into its surroundings.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at in the community room of the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3201 Portland Ave.

It will look at the current use of Portland’s warehouses and the possibility of rezoning them for mixed-use development as well as rezoning 22nd Street from the Interstate 64 on-ramp down Market Street to commercial residential.

In the neighborhood plan, residents indicated that they want to attract restaurants and locally owned business, place an emphasize on its gateway corridor, and increase homeownership.

The plan also asks the city to gauge the potential for redeveloping Portland’s historic commercial corner buildings that typically house a business on the ground floor and people on the upper levels, Williams said. “You can find theses a lot throughout Germantown, Clifton, Butchertown, some of the old urban neighborhoods.”

After the neighborhood meeting, the re-zoning requests will go before the city’s Land Development and Transportation Committee, followed by Louisville Metro Council’s Planning Committee, and then to Metro Council for final approvals.

Early next year, meetings will begin regarding the rezoning of a large swath of properties in Portland that are currently zoned for multifamily homes, among other development. The neighborhood plan calls for properties to be rezoned as single-family homes.