Airport plan limits business


The city has proposed restricting new development near the Portland airport to protect wildlife.

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The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has proposed restricting new development along waterways near the Portland International Airport, which small businesses say would hurt their ability to survive.

Environmentalists insist the protections are necessary to protect wildlife.

But [Luke, of Hanset Stainless] Hanset says that if the restrictions had been in place in the past, his family’s company might not have been able to expand several times since 1992. Projects have included the construction of two sheds and a loading dock, and the installation of a power pump for a table router that was necessary to manufacture medical equipment.

“The only way we’ve been able to survive is by expanding, and if we can’t do that, we might not survive in the future,” Hanset says.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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