As a resident of Portland, I believe that Question 2 on Portland’s municipal ballot should not be adopted.

Residents and landowners in Portland already have significant protections against, and opportunities to oppose, proposed zoning changes.

Nonconformity provisions of the zoning ordinance and the state and federal constitutions protect each landowner’s existing use of their own property.

Hearings at the Planning Board and the City Council before a zoning change can be adopted provide ample opportunity to voice concerns about effects on the neighborhood as a whole.

All zone changes must be consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan, which itself is the culmination of an extensive public process.

With those arrangements in place, we should not subject the considered judgment of our democratically elected officials to veto by a very small group of neighbors.

Eric Stauffer