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VIA Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods: “The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently released a proposed draft of the Comprehensive Plan, which sets the framework for Portland’s growth and development over the next 20 years. If the plan’s goals are achieved, what can we expect inner North and Northeast Portland to look like in 2035?”

Read all about it: http://necoalition.org/comp-plan-nne-portland/

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Here’s a special update from Anjala Ehelebe, our TriMet Committee Chair (and much more):

TriMet briefing of the board about our layover options: A chance to be seen, and to be heard behind the scenes. there’s going to be a briefing of the TriMet board July 9th, 9:00 a.m. at their offices on 1800 SW 1st st. Saltzman room pl 2. That is when they’ll reveal what their plans are regarding the line 8 layover. Anybody can attend, although there will be no public testimony. The Board will make its decision at the meeting later this month.

But anybody can indeed contact our NE Portland TriMet Board representative Pastor Dr. Bethel BEFORE THE MEETING at either PastorT@maranathapdx.org or Dr. T. Allen Bethel Board Vice President District 5: N and NE Portland Email Dr. Bethel at “bethelt@trimet.org” <bethelt@trimet.org> First appointed: March 1, 2010 Current term expires: February 28, 2014* Dr. T. Allen Bethel is the senior pastor of Maranatha Church of God, where he has served since July 1994. He is also involved in many civic activities, including serving on the boards of Warner Pacific College, North Portland Bible College and the Albina Ministerial Alliance.

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Anjala Ehelebe, WNA Vice Chair, Land Use Chair, Historian, and our go-to on all things TriMet, wanted to be sure that we shared the following email from Clay Thompson of TriMet. We’d been hearing some rumors and we wanted to be sure to clear the air:

From: “Thompson, Clay”
Date: Jun 10, 2014 9:15 AM
Subject: TriMet site selection
To: “Anjala Ehelebe”

Anjala,

Thanks for the message. As you know, the comment period ends on Friday. After which our project team will make a recommendation to Neil McFarlane and pending his approval, the board will then be briefed on July 9 and a resolution will be presented on July 23.

We will not be purchasing any property for the layover site until the TriMet board has reviewed the recommendation and given their approval.

Bottom line…we haven’t purchased any property yet for the layover site.

 

Clay Thompson

TriMet Outreach Services

trimet.org

“TriMet:  See Where It Takes You”

 

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This write-up was submitted by Anjala Ehelebe, Woodlawn Neighborhood Association Co-Chair, Land Use Chair, and historian – and all-around champion in our efforts to keep permanent layovers away from local retail businesses and homes. (Some corrections made on 4/1/14 – CS)

TriMet now has a new site proposed for a layover in Woodlawn, site 11.  The owner is willing to sell and there is one residence next door.  Easy bus access and room to build a layover.  TriMet says they have done outreach to the neighbors.

They have taken the proposed site 2 next to Café Eleven off the list and have added a potential site site 11, at Lombard/6th. We believe that maybe someone who knew someone in upper management at TriMet talked to that person and explained why site 2 was so unsuitable, and that’s why it was taken off the list.  We were also told that it was the site that got the greatest number of comments objecting to its choice, and that comments to the site have fallen off since January.

Look carefully on this page: http://www.trimet.org/alerts/service-change/proposed/line8.htm. They say they MIGHT build a layover with landscaping, sound walls and so forth and they MIGHT create an additional stop connecting the 6 to the 8.  In person, they say there will be a public meeting probably in late April and nothing permanent will be done before then.

I and Brian Borrello, (land use chair of Piedmont), and the NECN Land Use co-chairs, attended a meeting in February with Clay Thompson and Kerry Ayers-Palanuk,  the person on staff doing analysis of the service extension alternatives.

I asked a series of questions, the key ones being, how seriously are you considering the alternatives that extend line 8 outside Woodlawn, and why are you  making permanent a temporary solution to a budget problem?  To shortly answer, they want to make a long-term lease or purchase of land to make sure drivers have layovers.  Most especially, Kerry doesn’t like it when there is duplication of service and one line runs along the same stretch as another.

I asked further if they’d be willing to survey riders of line 8 to see if there was a desire to extend the line further.  Long answer short, no.  Neighbors in East Columbia (near the Walmart in the shopping center) are surveying themselves to prove there’s enough people out there worth running the line 6 out there.  Kerry thought there were not enough people out there to extend any line.  TMT management, who runs the shopping center, is very interested in helping get bus traffic out there.

We need to contact the people we know who have influence over higher-ups in TriMet, to inform them of the opportunity being missed to get more riders by connecting the 8 to more lines and locations.  Who do you know who is influential, and would you be willing to lobby them?  I can provide you with the proposed line extension illustrations and talking points.

Please find minutes of the meeting, taken by Claire Adamsick, staff to the LUTC, here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6HVTgifi6K0UVdYcDV5WnRVeFhoc3BMMEU4VnhnZ2NjQzdV.

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NECN is hosting several important opportunities for civic engagement and we invite you to attend!

NECN Land Use and Transportation Committee to discuss Infill Development in your neighborhood:
Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00pm, NECN, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland,OR 97211
LUTC will first have a guest presentation Trimet’s budget, and then go into discussions concerning infill development. You can’t help but notice that things are being built across NECN- houses, apartments, mixed-use, big and small. We will talk about what we have currently going in, and then move to what our neighborhoods would like to see in the future. Are current developments missing the mark? Is there a particular site or area that could use more attention or investment? The NE District Planner liaison will be in attendance to help identify opportunities in the Comprehensive Plan Update that could influence the type of development that our neighborhoods will experience in the future.

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Click the image to view the PPS School Board Candidates Forum flyer.

Portland Public Schools Candidates Forum co-hosted by NECN, City Club of Portland and Concordia University:
Wednesday, April 3rd.
Doors open at 6:30pm, forum at 7:00pm, at Concordia University.
PPS School Board Candidates: Martin Gonzalez, Pam Knowles, Steve Buel and Tom Koehler
Master of Ceremonies: Sam Adams, Executive Director, City Club of Portland
Moderator: Mark Langseth, President and CEO, “I Have a Dream” Oregon

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parkingThe Neighborhood Apartment Parking Survey sent to the ONI neighborhood list in October generated 1,188 responses within 12-days! Lead by the Apartment Parking Task Force(APTF), these survey results were then presented by representatives to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on November 14th and to the City Council on January 10th.

The City of Portland is now proposing a ‘short-term’ code fix for New Apartments and Parking scheduled for a Planning and Sustainability Commission in response to community concerns. This hearing is scheduled for March 12, 2013 @ 12:30 PM in their 1900 SW Fourth Bldg. The proposed ordinance can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/434428

Join Us Thursday! The Task Force is holding an open meeting Thursday, Feb 28th at SE Uplift 3536 SE Main St, 7:30-9:00 pm, to discuss this proposed ordinance with Chief Planner Zoe Zehnder. Please join us!

As you may recall, the APTF was initiated at the Citywide Land Use Group (CWLUG) with the goal of compiling and consolidating the issues raised by neighbors regarding apartments with little or no parking. This list of issues was then developed into a questionnaire to determine the level of concern for each throughout the ONI neighborhood community.

The results of this survey can be found at the following website: https://sites.google.com/site/apartmentparkingtaskforce/
The final report can be found under Project Documents, as follows:
1. Final Neighborhood Apartment Parking Survey Results 11102012
2. Survey Comment Questions 35-38 in Appendices 1Q35; 2Q36; 3Q37; and Zip Code- 4Q38
3. APTF memo to Planning and Sustainability Commission: APTF & TDR Memo – PSC 11132012

It has been a primary goal that results of this survey speak for itself – as a source of information for community leaders and decision-makers.

The APTF was then requested to identify the primary short term fixes by BPS Director Susan Anderson and participated in the City Council overview of the PSC November 14th forum. The following documents were presented:
1. APTF Tentative Recommendation to Dir. Susan Anderson 12212012
2. City Council Memorandum – TDR 01102013

The APTF survey results and ‘Tentative Recommendations’ are now being forwarded to you by CWLUG for consideration by your neighborhood association. It is not our role to speak on your behalf. Rather, to provide you informative material for your neighborhood to make its own decisions on these issues. Please, send your comments to District Planner Matt Wickstrom, Matt.Wickstrom@portlandoregon.gov, or Chief Planner Joe Zehnder, Joe.Zehnder@portlandoregon.gov

Next? – Participation in Comprehensive Plan Update Open House Needed: Most of the issues identified by the survey are not being addressed through the ‘short term’ fix ordinance. The only other option for timely change is through the Comprehensive Plan Update. Your participation in Comp. Plan Open House events is critical to bring forward issues that affect your neighborhood. Information on Comprehensive Plan workshops in your area can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/429865

Again, thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact Tamara DeRidder if you have any questions or would like to be included in APTF future mailings.

Tamara DeRidder, AICP
Chairman, Apartment Parking Task Force
1707 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
503-706-5804

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The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (which includes Woodlawn) holds the position that the the Columbia River Crossing project is a costly, risky highway mega-project that would be bad for our neighborhoods and for all Oregonians. After extensive civic engagement with NECN community members, we firmly oppose the CRC project and ask for your help in voicing our concerns to the Legislature.

This Monday, February 18th at 3:00pm, a Legislative Committee is holding a second public hearing on House Bill 2800, which would commit $450 million to this bloated and unnecessary highway expansion. Last Monday, NECN representatives testified in Salem and we need to keep up the pressure.

Your legislators need to hear from you now. Please write, email and call your State representative and senator today or attend Monday’s hearing. Communication from constituents such as yourself is important. Ask them to act responsibly and take a stand against the CRC and HB 2800.

For more information on the Columbia River Crossing, and why this $3.5 billion dollar proposal is not the way forward, go to NECoalition.org and read about our concerns. Contact information for N/NE Portland legislators is also there, or click here to find your legislator’s information.

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Next week at Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Land Use and Transportation meeting, we’ll hear an update on the Comprehensive Plan, which has just released a Working Draft Part 1 (online here). Additionally, we have a guest from BPS coming to talk specifically about Campus Institutions (such as PCC, Legacy Emanuel and Concordia Univ) and related code updates. The Comp Plan public comment period is open until May 1st, so we’ll be talking more later on.

We’ll also follow up with past LUTC items the Historic Resources Code Improvement project, PBOTs budget, and opposing the Columbia River Crossing.

Please feel free to join us at our next LUTC meeting Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm at NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave. Click here for the meeting agenda.

Click here to view the minutes from the last LUTC meeting.

 

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Our current proposal is for the vacant lot at 6800 NE Durham Ave, where we are planning to build a new mixed-use, innovative LEED certified building. The ground floor will host 2100 SF of commercial space, a large exterior public courtyard space, and two live-work apartments while the upper floors will be residential apartments. The building will feature 4,000 SF ecoroof, over 1,00 SF of living wall, a 4,000 gallon rainwater cistern, as well as solar photovoltaic awnings at the ground floor level.
The focus of this proposal is to enhance the Woodlawn Neighborhood economically with the addition of commercial space at the heart of the neighborhood whiles also providing affordable housing option. As well as creating a landmark in environmental design and sustainability.
If would like to learn more please attend the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association General Neighborhood Meeting on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm. Meetings take place at the Woodlawn Community Resource Center in Woodlawn Methodist Church at 1425 N.E. Dekum St. Enter the west door and head up the stairs and down the hallway.

durhamSolTerra Systems is making a proposal for the vacant lot at 6800 NE Durham Ave, where they are planning to build a new mixed-use, innovative LEED certified building. The ground floor will host 2100 SF of commercial space, a large exterior public courtyard space, and two live-work apartments while the upper floors will be residential apartments. The building will feature 4,000 SF ecoroof, over 1,00 SF of living wall, a 4,000 gallon rainwater cistern, as well as solar photovoltaic awnings at the ground floor level.

SolTerra Systems is proposing to enhance the Woodlawn Neighborhood economically with the addition of commercial space at the heart of the neighborhood whiles also providing affordable housing option. As well as creating a landmark in environmental design and sustainability.

If would like to learn more please attend the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association General Neighborhood Meeting on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00pm. Meetings take place at the Woodlawn Community Resource Center in Woodlawn Methodist Church at 1425 N.E. Dekum St. Enter the west door and head up the stairs and down the hallway.

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Below are links to the agenda for next Wednesday’s LUTC meeting. Meeting is on the 28th, at 7:00pm here at NECN. The main agenda item is to hear about the discussion draft just released on the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project which deals with Historic Design Review. Click here to preview the draft.  We will also hear an update from the N Williams New Seasons Market store.
Lastly, we’ll report out on the apartment parking forum, which many LUTC members attended and we discussed in October. I’ve attached the minutes from October’s meeting. Since then, BPS has released a study (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/59974) and held a public forum to hear public input.
Thank you,
Benjamin Adrian
Community Planning Specialist
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
503 388 9030
twitter.com/NECoalition
facebook.com/NECoalition
Receive a free home energy audit + help NECN: Energize.NECoalition.org

Hello LUTC and neighborhood leaders,

The meeting is on the 28th, at 7:00pm here at NECN. The main agenda item is to hear about the discussion draft just released on the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project which deals with Historic Design Review. Click here to preview the draft. We will also hear an update from the N Williams New Seasons Market store.

Lastly, we’ll report out on the apartment parking forum, which many LUTC members attended and we discussed in October. I’ve attached the minutes from October’s meeting. Since then, BPS has released a study (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/59974) and held a public forum to hear public input.

Below are links to the November meeting agenda and October’s meeting minutes.

November 28th Draft Meeting Agenda

October Draft Meeting Minutes

Thank you,

Benjamin Adrian
Community Planning Specialist
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
503 388 9030
twitter.com/NECoalition
facebook.com/NECoalition
Receive a free home energy audit + help NECN: Energize.NECoalition.org

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