Minutes from February 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

7:03 p.m. Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. He thanked Baker and Spice for providing refreshments for tonight’s meeting. There is only one item on the agenda: Representatives from Metro, TriMet, and the City of Portland are here to talk about the SW Corridor plan. SW Portland neighborhoods want transportation solutions that improve safety, provide connectivity, and reduce congestion.

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, Co-chair of the SW Corridor Plan Steering Committee, presented. He thanked SWNI for holding government accountable to provide citizens with information about this project. Three big decision points are in the works. 1. In the next six months Metro will decide which areas will receive direct service. 2. All municipalities and governments (Tigard, King City, etc.) will further narrow options and determine the end point of the Southwest Corridor, and decide whether it will be bus or rail. 3. The final decision on the draft environmental impact statement will be made in Spring 2016. All these decisions will be made in a public format.

Noelle Dobson, Metro Senior Public Affairs Specialist, presented. Southwest Corridor planners welcome public opinion. By May 2016 they will decide which high capacity transit alternatives are preferred – bus, light rail, end points, alignments, bike, pedestrian, road impacts, corridor connections, land use and development strategies, and more. Via a follow-up email, Noelle provided contact information: 503-813-7535, http://www.swcorridorplan.org, swcorridorplan@oregonmetro.gov, Noelle.Dobson@oregonmetro.gov, swcorridorplan.blog.com, Twitter@SWCorridor.

Brian Harper, Metro Associate Regional Planner, presented. The SW Corridor Plan started out as a land use vision with Hillsdale as a key place for projected growth. He presented maps showing different possibilities for land use allowed by current zoning if high capacity transit goes through Hillsdale.

Matt Bihn, Metro Planner, presented. He works with modeling transit analyses. The corridor goes from downtown Portland to Tualatin, via Tigard, with the main portion on or near Barbur Boulevard. It will serve Sylvania and Marquam hill as well. The two transportation modes being considered are light rail transit (LRT) and bus rapid transit (BRT). BRT uses large capacity buses, off-board payment methods, boarding in both doors, ideally has its own right of way separate from cars, and additional amenities to make it run faster. One advantage BRT has over light rail is that it can run in mixed traffic if needed. Options being looked at include the Barbur alignment, a cut-and-cover tunnel starting just south of downtown and going under Hillsdale and emerging near the Burlingame Fred Meyer on Bertha, and BRT or LRT that follows Capitol Highway through Hillsdale to Bertha. All these options include bike lanes and sidewalks. Metro is looking at transit performance, including line ridership, system ridership, travel times, and transfer transit. A neighbor suggested that planners consider how Lewis & Clark College might be served in this project. The model shows that 60% of transit users will be new riders in 2035. LRT is more expensive to build, but less expensive to operate. The tunnel option would save three minutes travel time compared to the surface route option. Hillsdale LRT takes three minutes longer than LRT that follows Barbur because of sharp curves and steep grades. Currently there are about 2000 transfers daily in Hillsdale, so Hillsdale may need a transit center to accommodate this. Marquam Hill mode of access is being considered, including direct bus, tram, bus to pedestrian/bike connections, and light rail. The estimated cost of the project using BRT is $1.8 billion, and the tunnel would add another $1.3 billion.

Dave Aulwes, TriMet Senior Transit Corridor Designer, presented. Because Hillsdale is situated at the top of a hill, the tunnel can be just 30-35 feet deep, making it easier to deal with in terms of construction. One LRT tunnel option would run between the school and avoid some of the disruption to the commercial center. Under the residential neighborhood south of the schools, the tunnel would be about 160 feet deep. In the Fred Meyer area, the train would be elevated until it meets with Barbur.

Theresa Boyle, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, presented. During the construction phase of the project, noise and vibration will be more noticeable to neighbors than after the project is completed. Utilities will be given the opportunity to choose whether to upgrade their services, keep them as is, underground lines, etc. These are business decisions made by the utility.

Tom Mills, TriMet Planner, presented. He provided a handout about the Southwest Service Enhancement Plan, a long-range plan based on community input and data gathered over the last year and a half. It responds to the demand for transit to Beaverton, Kruse Way, and industrial areas, and the need for better midday and weekend service. A revised version will be completed this spring. It does not take high capacity transit into consideration because it is not known yet what that will look like. Recommendations include:

  • Line 1 – There is insufficient demand to sustain all-day service. Routing the line down Vermont to Olson Road and Washington Square.
  • Line 92 – Re-routing to connect people at each end of Line 1, allowing line 1 to run mid-day and weekends.
  • Line 54 – Adding service.
  • Line 39 – Re-routing to connect to line 51 to serve Lewis & Clark.
  • Line 55 – Schedule changes.
  • Line 44 – Extend route to Bridgeport Village.
  • Line 65 – Service from Hillsdale to OHSU.
  • Line 65 – All-day service up Terwilliger to OHSU.

Don Baack commented on the advantages for Hillsdale residents, with seven lines going through Hillsdale, two of which run every 15 minutes.

Bob Stacey and Erika Nebel, Policy and Outreach Advisor from Portland Commissioner Steve Novick’s office, welcome people’s ideas on this project.

Mikal asked Hillsdale residents to think about which alignment they prefer so that HNA can come to a consensus at the March 4 meeting. At the project’s March 9 Steering Committee meeting, more ideas from citizens will be gathered. HNA hopes to get more people informed about this project. Attending HNA meetings and reading Hillsdale News online are good resources for information. Chris Reed spoke on behalf of Paloma Clothing owner Mike Roach in support of enhanced bus service that will keep Hillsdale on a corridor, not a bypass.

8:47 p.m. Adjourn. The next HNA meeting will be March 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church.

 


Minutes from January 7, 2015

February 2, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

MOTION 2014-1-6-15-1: Sheila Greenlaw-Fink moved that Glenn as Transportation Chairman be authorized to submit comments to PBOT as reflected by HNA’s previous priority list. Seconded. All in favor.

6:30 p.m. Board Meeting. The February HNA meeting will be devoted to a presentation from Metro about the High Capacity Transit Corridor plan, and what Hillsdale might look like in various transit scenarios. The meeting will be held at the Watershed on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00p.m. Don Baack and Robert Hamilton will seek donations of food for meeting attendees. Sheila Greenlaw-Fink suggested that each board member invite five neighbors to this meeting, as it is important to have as many people there as possible to learn about changes which will undoubtedly affect many residents and businesses. Various board members volunteered to contact area newspapers and organizations, and use social media to publicize this meeting. Board members volunteered ideas for what they would like to see in the transportation plan, including service to OHSU and PCC, one or two stops in Hillsdale, placement between and parallel to Barbur and I-5 with pedestrian connectivity, and an electrified system.

7:05 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting by wishing all a happy new year. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the December meeting. Seconded. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda. Seconded. All in favor.

7:10 p.m. Committee Reports.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. The Portland Public Schools district is looking to make changes to the student transfer policy, and welcomes public input on this issue. Michael is on the committee looking at PPS school boundaries to create a policy that includes public input, rather than short-term fixes. PPS plans to do a survey in the next few months to look at where it can make improvements. There is concern that many Oregon students will not pass the Smarter Balanced Assessments that are part of the Common Core curriculum. The SWNI School Committee is working on a local forum to talk about technology in schools, an area in which Portland schools are deficient. Technology was recently added at Wilson, but was paid for through donations from the community, not by PPS.

 

7:30 p.m. Portland Police Officer Scott Foster. (Committee Reports deferred to allow Officer Foster to report.) The Portland Police received 199 calls from the Hillsdale neighborhood in December. 86 of these were traffic stops. In addition, there were two burglaries and numerous car prowls. Wes Risher said that on Terwilliger, a commuter route to OHSU hospital, cars speed, drive in the bike lane, do not stop at cross walks, and drift in and out of lanes. Officer Foster said this is an enforcement issue, and that anyone seeing dangerous drivers should contact the Portland Police Traffic Division. Officer Foster reminded neighbors to lock their cars, and leave nothing in them, not even coins or phone chargers.

7:45 p.m. Committee Reports, continued.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association No report.

Transportation Glenn Bridger reported. There are three high-level planning activities happening. 1. The City just closed its special comprehensive plan map application on the web where people could comment on proposed infrastructure developments. The sidewalk on Terwilliger between Capitol Highway and Sunset was not included there. 2. Portland Bureau of Transportation is updating its transportation systems plan, and HNA should get its priorities on their radar. HNA may want to write a letter. MOTION: Sheila Greenlaw-Fink moved that Glenn as Transportation Chairman be authorized to submit comments to PBOT as reflected by HNA’s previous priority list. Seconded. All in favor. 3. The primary focus of HNA’s February meeting will be the Southwest Corridor Plan, high capacity transit, and what it might entail. Metro will present ideas, and we should have ideas to share with them at that time. This is an important meeting and everyone should spread the word to ensure a good attendance. The street fee will draw its projects from the Transportation System Plan. Any projects, to get funding must be on the TSP. Robert Hamilton encouraged those present to call a few people who do not normally attend HNA meetings and invite them to the February meeting. Don Baack suggested the creation of a simple map of the HCT route through Hillsdale, to help people understand the differences between busses or light rail going through Hillsdale, and not having this, and the economic and property value consequences, as well as the importance of connecting Hillsdale to OHSU and PCC. If Hillsdale is bypassed, there will be economic consequences. Rick Seifert would like to feature this map in the Hillsdale News. Glenn will create an elevator speech about this issue. Robert will contact the HBPA. 4. The City is putting together a trails process for PBOT. SW Trails and the SWNI Transportation Committee are submitting comments and changes. The City’s draft gives property owners adjacent to a right of way a strong voice and does not require the removal of encroachments such as fences or other barriers, and this needs addressing. There is a sense that the City has neglected its investment in the public right of way.

SWNI Glenn Bridger reported. 1. SWNI has created a template for new bylaws for neighborhood associations. HNA will need to conform its bylaws within about one year. A training session will be hele on January 31, 9:00am – 12 noon at the Multnomah Arts Center. The changes are required for insurance reasons, and they shift the model from member votes to board votes that take members’ opinions into account. 2. ONI is hosting a city-wide meeting on Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Ambridge Events Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. 3. Small grants applications are due on January 16, 2015.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. On January 21, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Watershed, the Hillsdale Alliance will hold its quarterly meeting and the topic will be urban wildfire in Hillsdale. The entire eastern border of Hillsdale is forested, and winds often come from the east, so the danger of wildfire is real, and we need to have a community discussion about it. Glenn hopes to work on this issue with the Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Fire and Rescue, and Urban Forestry.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented, and submitted a written report via email. 1. There will be a hearing on Wednesday January 28, 9:00 a.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 3000, regarding the vacant property at SW 25th Avenue and SW Nevada Street, and 6810 SW 26th Avenue. The Bureau of Development Services’s recommendations for the applicants are coming out on January 18th regarding environmental issues, storm water, roads, pedestrian connectivity, and more. The hearings officers will hear these recommendations, and public input will be accepted. 2. There have been two administrative approvals. One is in favor of the proposed adjustment at 7710 SW Barbur Boulevard, Norm’s Garden. The other approves stepped retaining walls to protect a vault for underground power lines at 3125 SW Fairmount Boulevard. 3. HNA has received no new information regarding the triangle property or the Golden Touch Restaurant property. 4. The Mixed Use Zone Project is moving forward with its goal to reduce the current seven to nine commercial zones to three or four mixed-use zones. It hopes to make the zoning code easier for developers and property owners to understand, and to align the multiple goals for mixed-use development including pedestrian, work, and residential interests.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Committee is drafting a re-write of the City’s draft trails policy. In the near future Don will ask for letters of support from SW Portland citizens. The group has secured $10,000 for the Red Electric crossing, and the City is now saying that permits will be required.

Parks Don Baack and Wes Risher presented. There is a meeting tonight to talk about priorities for Portland Parks. There is funding in place for Rieke field itself, but not for lights, bathroom, etc. Wes is working on enforcing the stewardship agreement HNA has with Parks at SW 27th Avenue, and ivy removal is taking place with the help of an ACS crew. Janelle St. Pierre is working to hold the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services to its agreement to re-plant where they have done work. The swale at SW 7th Avenue and Caldew was planted today. Don will call a committee meeting in the next few days to put together a concert in the Rieke bowl as a benefit for the three neighborhood schools.

8:40 p.m. Announcements and Discussion.

Arnie Panitch reported on TriMet news. He is working on the Committee for Accessible Transportation. The TriMet Board passed a resolution that will make transfers good for an additional half-hour, to 2.5 hours, effective March 1, 2015. The Bridge Pedal in August 9 will include the Tillikum Bridge, including a time especially for disabled participants from noon until 1:30 p.m. that day. On September 12, the Tillikum Bridge will open, and the MAX orange line will run to Milwaukie.Robert Hamilton contacted the City regarding the lights at the Wilson running track, and they are on 5:00 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. now. The lights by the pool are working part of the time.

8:47 p.m. Adjourn. Next meeting will be on February 4, 2015, 7:00p.m. at the Watershed. Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 


Minutes from December 6, 2014 HNA Meeting

January 7, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

MOTION 2014-12-3-1: Don Baack moved that HNA support the general thrust of United Neighbors for Reform’s effort and ask the City Council to form a task force of developers, citizens, and staff to address all their concerns for R5 and larger lots.

MOTION 2014-12-3-2: Don Baack moved that the annual Thanksgiving Walk be sponsored by HNA for the next five years. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014-12-3-3: Glenn Bridger moved that HNA support the development proposal by Norm’s Garden as listed in the notification dated November 14, 2014. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014-12-3-4: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the school district saying thank you for fixing the security lights and now they need to be on all night. Seconded. All in favor.

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the November meeting. Seconded. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda with two additions: trivia contest and Food Front. Seconded. All in favor.

7:05 p.m. Don Baack Awards. Robert Hamilton reported that Don Baack was recently honored with a 2014 Spirit of Portland Award, and the 2014 Weston Legacy Award. Don was given a round of applause for these achievements and for his ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of southwest Portland.

7:10 p.m. United Neighbors for Reform. Steve Elder presented. UNR is a group of neighbors and neighborhoods that began in July when the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee became concerned about the many older homes being razed and quickly replaced with extremely large new homes. 24 Neighborhood Associations have joined to support a resolution that will be presented to City Council on December 17. Copies of this document were handed out to those present. Questions from those present included:

  • Would this resolution apply to a situation in which a house has sustained serious damage, such as in a fire?
  • How would the changes proposed by this resolution affect a homeowner who wishes to build an addition that would double the size of the home?
  • How would these changes relate to City infill policies and zoning laws?
  • What types of properties would these changes apply to?

Discussion followed. The document is vague and does not adequately lay out the principles that the neighborhoods agree on. Steve Elder responded that this document is merely a starting point, and that the resolution is directed at developers, not disasters. He said his role is to be an advocate for proper, safe, appropriate demolition and building laws that should be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support the general thrust of this effort and ask City Council to form a task force of developers, citizens, and staff to address all these concerns for R5 and larger lots. Seconded. Discussion. While the draft resolution needs more work, there is agreement with its intent that is to ensure that neighbors receive adequate notification of demolitions and that new homes are built to a scale that fits the neighborhood. All in favor.

7:35 p.m. Trivia Contest. Arnie Panitch presented a cone to the group and asked what type of tree it was from. Even though no one could answer the question Arnie shared a box of candy with the group.

7:40 p.m. Food Front Update. Robert Hamilton presented. The NW Examiner and the Hillsdale News both published articles about internal problems at Food Front Cooperative Grocery. Food Front has one and a half years left on its lease. As an anchor tenant of the Hillsdale Town Center its presence is important to both the business community and area residents. The co-op’s concerns involve financial problems, governance, structure, the roles and responsibilities of the board, and employee relations. Robert suggested that Food Front seek an outside opinion about its mission, operations, and business model by retaining a consultant who competent in this specific industry. Co-op members are invited to Food Front’s board meeting on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. (or 5:30 p.m. for those who have RSVP’d for dinner).

7:56 p.m. Committee Reports.

Schools No report.

Transportation Glenn Bridger reported. ODOT’s construction projects on Barbur are finished and the I-5 bridges seem to be complete. Work is continuing on the SW Corridor Plan, with the Steering Committee meeting on December 8 in Tigard; details can be found on the website. The Tryon Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Project group will meet to discuss How BES and PBOT can work together to enhance street and pedestrian connectivity on January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. The street fee continues to be discussed by City officials. The lights along Capitol Highway near Terwilliger are being repaired. MOTION: Don Baack moved that the annual Thanksgiving Walk be sponsored by HNA for the next five years. Seconded. All in favor.

SWNI Glenn Bridger reported. SWNI is grateful to the extra volunteers who came forward to help with the recent neighborhood cleanup. The City has denied SWNI’s request to extend deadlines for work on the comp plan. A Neighborhood Summit will be held on January 31, 2015, time and place to be determined.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The next meeting will be January 21, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Watershed. Topic: wildfires in Hillsdale. Don Baack said Fire Station 5 is offering free checks for home hazards.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. 1. HNA received notification of a Land Use/Adjustment Review for Norm’s Garden Restaurant at 7710 SW Barbur Boulevard, which the owners want to convert to a Taco Bell restaurant. HNA has until December 5 to respond. The proposal includes pedestrian improvements and landscaping. MOTION: Glenn Bridger moved that HNA support the development proposal by Norm’s Garden as listed in the notification dated November 14, 2014. Seconded. All in favor. 2. Duane continues to work on the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Mixed Use Zones Project that is consolidating the current nine commercial ones into four mixed-use zones. A preliminary zoning concept has been drafted. Duane is looking at how these changes would affect Hillsdale and southwest Portland due to the area’s topography. 3. Two upcoming meetings may be of interest to Hillsdale residents. On December 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will work on two urban renewal areas and the West Quadrant Plan. On December December 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, second floor, is a City Council hearing for the North Macadam and Central Eastside urban renewal areas.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The trail under the Barbur and I-5 bridges is now open. The group hopes to get additional funding for the Red Electric Trail.

Parks Don Baack presented. The committee met to discuss changes to DeWitt Park and hopes to generate community support for a master plan. The committee has secured a $10,000 commitment from the City to pay for a safe route to schools from Bertha Boulevard to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway that will be built by SW Trails. The City has proposed a draft trails policy, but it needs major re-writes. Don will bring a motion to HNA in January.

8:40 p.m. Announcements and Discussion.

  • Arnie Panitch reported that the parking lot across from Verde Cocina has been resurfaced at a cost of $1500, paid for by the merchants who rent the lot from the city for $600 per month. The lot is for customers only, no more park and ride.
  • The 76 station on Barbur Boulevard will go out of business in a week or two, and a new Fred Meyers gas station will open on the northeast corner of the intersection.
  • The lights near the Wilson pool and the small security lights on the sports field are not lit after dark. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the school district saying thank you for fixing the security lights and now they need to be on all night. Seconded. All in favor.
  • Rick Meigs expressed concern that R2.5 zoning put in place to increase density is not doing what it set out to do due to landslide zones.

8:55 p.m. Adjourn. Next meeting will be January 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas, with a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include the process of finding new board members and re-writing HNA bylaws. Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor. 

 

 


Minutes from November 5, 2014

December 1, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

MOTION 2014-11-5-1: MOTION: Don Baack moved to support the plan for the development at SW 25th and SW Nevada as presented. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014-11-5-2: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the City requesting that they finish a variety of little projects around the neighborhood. Duane Hunting seconded. All in favor.

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the October meeting. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda. All in favor.

7:06 p.m. Committee Reports.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented.

  1. The proposed 21-lot subdivision in the Hillsdale triangle has been modified to 19 housing units and to provide a public street and pedestrian connectivity. The developer is in the process of creating plans for storm water and other mitigation issues. Nearby homeowners are concerned about the narrow street and potential parking issues. The developer hopes to meet with all members of the Hillsdale Heights Homeowners Association in the next three weeks. The HOA’s Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions may conflict with the current zoning, and HOA members may object to the density of this development. The City is requiring a public street through the development that would eventually connect SW 18th Dr to SW Sunset Blvd in the future. In general, this development fits in with the City’s density goals per the Hillsdale Town Center Plan, and it is hoped that it will also be compatible with the existing neighborhood. HNA will invite the developer and the Hillsdale Heights Homeowners Association to a future meeting. NOTE: John DeJong from Technical Engineering, Inc., arrived after a meeting with Hillsdale Heights HOA to discuss CC&R requirements. He said every house in this development will be designed for its lot, so each one will be a part of the application and subject to comment. He is working with architects to conform to Hillsdale design standards, and is looking at two possibilities for pedestrian connectivity to the Town Center.
  2. HNA received notification of a land use review for a residential development at SW 25th Avenue and SW Nevada. The proposal is for eight lots in the 5000-6000 sf range, taking it below the R7 zoning. Pedestrian/bike connectivity is part of the plan. The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services owns land at the north end of the property, and plans to purchase additional land as an extension of the Texas Street Wetlands. The developer seeks comments from HNA by December 17. Neighbors may contact Duane who can write a letter if needed. MOTION: Don moved to support the plan for the development at SW 25th and SW Nevada as presented. Seconded. All in favor.
  3. The Mixed Use Zones Policy Advisory Committee is working to change the current nine mixed-use zones, to four or five mixed use zones. The Committee is looking at projects around the country for what works with floor area ratios, heights, setbacks, tying developments to existing communities, etc. The City is working to coordinate this with the Comp Plan and will present its preliminary findings at a public hearing probably in June or July.
  4. Cars are continuing to park in the bike lane along SW Vermont Street, especially during sports events and Farmer’s Market.

Transportation Glenn Bridger and Arnie Panitch reported. Glenn was happy to report that many area street projects are winding down. He is working on getting the finishing touches completed on many of them, such as tree trimming on the NW corner of Terwilliger and Chestnut, the little chains and posts in the Wilson and Rieke parking lots, two crosswalks at 25th and Capitol Highway, a portion of the sidewalk on Vermont west of Bertha, and a pond of water left behind after construction at Capitol and Terwilliger. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the City requesting that they finish a variety of little projects around the neighborhood. Duane seconded. All in favor. Arnie reported that TriMet is planning Bus Rapid Transit for our area. Buses would generally have their own right of way or lane. Riders would pre-pay at the station, similar to the MAX, so they can board quickly. BRT would have limited stops, also similar to MAX. Arnie reported that TriMet Planner Tom Mills recently attended a SW Trails meeting to talk about improving SW Portland’s current bus lines. TriMet is looking at ideas that move away from a system that runs everything through downtown, and creating routes that allow passengers to go farther on a single seat ride.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. At the last meeting, SWNI fine-tuned and passed 15 motions regarding the Comprehensive Plan, and submitted them to the City. The recent Community Policing reception and Fall Neighborhood Clean-up were both successful events. SWNI is considering adding an Environmental Committee, and seeks feedback from the neighborhoods about this idea. It would deal with storm water, tree cover, air quality issues, etc. Concerns raised during discussion included that SWNI’s Land Use Committee already works on these issues, and that adding a committee may stretch volunteer and other resources. HNA members requested more information about the mission of the proposed committee before supporting it. On November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center there will be a Tree Policy Forum to learn about new rules about trees in the City.

Hillsdale Alliance The next meeting will be January 14, 2015.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. The local option was approved by voters yesterday. The District plans to hire 40-50 more teachers next year. Educational technology is being used more, and the schools have new chrome books for students. Some teachers are employing flipped classrooms, in which students watch a video lecture, then use class time for discussion of the lecture. PPS starting a process to look at school boundaries.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The group’s recent meeting with Portland Bureau of Transportation went well. At the November 20 meeting the group will discuss procedures for building trails. Arnie noted that tomorrow night Don will be honored with a Spirit of Portland award. Congratulations given to Don by those present. Arnie reported that the street lights on Capitol between Terwilliger and Barbur are out. He has called PBOT and ODOT and PGE requesting that this be remedied, but no results yet. Arnie encourages others to call in about this. The SW Trails group is working to develop escape routes for those who live on cul-de-sacs in the event of urban wildfire.

Parks Don Baack presented. Those interested in getting a master plan for Dewitt Park should get in touch with Don. The trail between Hillsdale and the Willamette River re-opened yesterday. A work day is tentatively scheduled for November 15 to remove stumps and blackberries from the north side of Wilson High School. The group met with PBOT Manager of Planning Art Pearce to discuss the transportation system plan and the need for overlay with the trails system. It is being proposed that the urban trail system and other trails fall under the jurisdiction of Portland Parks. Don thinks this is a bad idea, as Parks is often at odds with SW Trails.

8:30 p.m. Announcements. Mikal reminded those present that his term as President ends in June 2015, so the group should consider his replacement. He is term-limited according to bylaws. Mikal said he needs people to work on re-writing HNA bylaws in accordance with the new ONI guidelines. On Saturday 11/8 at 5:00 p.m., St. Barnabas Church will serve a turkey dinner that is open to the entire community. Duane asked the group if there is interest in having a presentation by Clean Energy Works at the next HNA meeting, and several people expressed interest. Duane received a notice from PF&R Public Education Officer Alice Johnson offering home safety check for their homes – contact Alice at 503-823-3487. Glenn announced that ONI has a process for archiving neighborhood association records. Anyone with materials to archive may contact Glenn or Duane.

8:34 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor. 

 

 


Minutes from October 1, 2014

October 31, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

6:30 p.m. HNA Board Meeting

For insurance purposes, SWNI is requiring all Portland Neighborhood Associations update their bylaws so that Neighborhood business and actions be conducted by Board votes only. Mikal will get details from SWNI.

ACTION 2014-10-1-1: Sheila Greenlaw Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.

ACTION 2014-10-1-2: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the July and September meetings. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda. All in favor.

7:08 p.m. Wilson High School, Principal Brian Chatard presented. The new football field was recently completed. Another construction project will start soon, funded by leftover funds and PPS funds, to replace the concession stand, build a small storage building for supplies and field equipment, and place a brick plaza where the concession stand currently stands. The School Board recently allocated additional funding for schools, so elective programs, teachers, and counselors are being added. A nursery has donated plants for a landscaping project. The school is considering operating a food cart as part of a business and entrepreneurship project. There is a new course on mindfulness and yoga that students may take for full credit. This program is getting attention from other school districts. School enrollment is up to 1275 students. The career center, college center, recording studio, and video production program are in full gear. To volunteer as a tutor or mentor, contact Erica Meyers or Kate Morgan at the school.

7:22 p.m. SW Falcon Street Right-of-Way Vacation, Gary Garyfallou and Becky Garyfallou presented. Garyfallou said he and other family members own the Golden Touch Restaurant and other nearby properties. He is seeking support for a partial vacation of SW Falcon Street that is adjacent to the restaurant, as a first step toward planning a development there that will include 140 apartments with underground parking and at least two businesses. MOTION: Sheila Fink moved that HNA approve the partial vacation of SW Falcon Street for this project. There was discussion about whether this development fits into the Barbur Boulevard Concept Plan, and into the possible future transportation corridor along Barbur. The question was called. Two opposed, all others in favor. Motion carried.

7:55 p.m. Emergency Preparedness, John Morris presented. In September there was a wildfire near the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger, just a few blocks from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 5. Firefighters responded quickly and extinguished the blaze. Portland’s west side has many wooded areas, a thick tree canopy, and steep slopes, presenting challenges to fire suppression efforts, and possibly trapping residents in their homes in an urban wildfire. John met with Fire Station 5 personnel yesterday and requested that they consider and plan for this threat. Neighbors are encouraged to think about fire prevention and have an evacuation plan. They may request an evaluation of their property from PF&R. John distributed fire prevention information.

8:08 p.m. Portland Parks Replacement Bond, Amy Ruiz, Campaign Manager for Fix Our Parks presented. This bond replaces a bond passed by voters in 1994. If it passes the property tax rate will be the same as it is currently. The bond will raise $68 million for park maintenance and repairs to aging playfields (including replacement of the Rieke soccer field), playgrounds, pools and pool mechanical systems, trails and bridges along the trails, maintenance facilities, the leaking water membrane under Pioneer Courthouse Square, restrooms, tennis court surfaces, and roofs on park facilities. Also included are some new restrooms, and the removal of barriers to access throughout the system. If the bond does not pass, the average property owner will save $13 per year, but park facilities that continue to degrade and become less safe will need to start closing down. Amy asked residents to support this measure and provided yard signs. Those present thanked Amy for her time this evening.

8:32 p.m. Portland Public School Levy Renewal, Measure 26-161. This measure on the November ballot would renew the local option levy to continue funding of teaching positions, reduce class size, and support efforts for comprehensive education. The published information about this levy has been unclear. Mikal will tell SWNI that HNA does not take a position on this measure.

8:40 p.m. SWNI Small Grants Program. The City has made $10K available to SWNI to distribute through the Small Grants Program. Applications are due in January. SWNI is holding a grant-writing seminar on Thursday, October 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. More information can be found on the website: http://swni.org/node/5767. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA apply for an $800 grant for a combination concert and picnic in July or August of next year. Seconded. All in favor.

8:45 p.m. Committee Reports.

SWNI Portland neighborhood associations soon will be required to update their bylaws so that only board members will be allowed to make decisions and vote on motions. Mikal will get more details about this and contact John Gould to draft revisions.

Transportation TriMet volunteer Arnie Panitch is working on a recommendation to make changes to bus lines 39, 51, and 43, which would improve service and connectivity for Portland’s southwest hills.

Hillsdale Business and Professional Association Don reported that at the last meeting the group discussed senior accessible businesses.

SW Trails A project to improve the trail near Campus Drive will happen on October 10. On October 11 at 9:00 a.m. the group will lead a walk to celebrate the opening of the Iowa Trail. Everyone interested in a master plan for Dewitt Park should contact Don to get involved with making it happen.

Treasury Don said that HNA has $545.00 in its account.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting emailed his report to the board, and provided copies at the meeting. 1. Land use notifications. Four land use applications went through reviews and passed. A pre-application conference for the Hillsdale Commons property was held and comments from City bureaus are outlined in the report. The City does not support a private road through the development, and wants a public street to ensure good access for fire and police vehicles. The City wants the developer to follow its storm water management plans. Complying with the SW Community Design Overlay Standards may be more workable than individual elevations. 2. People are continuing to park cars in the new uphill bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street. Some ticketing has happened.

8:40 p.m. Announcements. Barbara Bowers announced a planting project on SW Bertha Court will be held on October 4, 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome. Mikal spoke to the owner of the retail shopping center at the corner of Barbur Boulevard and Terwilliger about the missing tree in front of the Verizon store, and learned that the tree was removed due to damage from a wind storm, and that it will be replaced.

8:42 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 

 

 

                                                                                

 

 


Minutes from July 2, 2014

September 29, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

7:04 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. Vice President Duane Hunting opened the meeting. Introductions were made.

 

7:08 p.m. Oregon Department of Transportation Projects. Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator for Region 1, presented.

  • The I-5 Iowa Street Viaduct Replacement Project will be completed at the end of the summer. ODOT is finishing the drainage systems and berms, and landscaping will be installed. Final paving will be next year.
  • ODOT is working with SW Trails to restore the trail through this area, with work to be completed by the end of summer.
  • The project to rehabilitate the Newbury and Vermont Street structures on Barbur Boulevard is underway. The first of two closures happened in June, and the disruption for automobile traffic was less than anticipated. The next closure is July 11-14. An upcoming traffic change will involve bikes sharing car lanes. ODOT is collecting data on traffic diversions. The speed limit in the construction zone is 35 mph, and there is enforcement. Project information can be found at www.barburbridges.org.
  • A safety improvement project is planned for Barbur Boulevard near Miles Street. It will include a speed advisory sign, a reminder of the speed limit, and candlesticks and reflectors to make the island more visible.
  • A pedestrian improvement project is planned for the intersection of Barbur Boulevard and SW 13th Avenue that will include a rapid flash beacon.
  • Next summer ODOT will repave a seven-mile stretch of I-5 between the Marquam Bridge and Capitol Highway. The work will take place between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., with some closures between these hours.
  • Email Susan for more information: susan.c.hanson@odot.state.or.us.

Those in attendance noted two concerns. New signage is needed for Oregon 10, 99W, and OHSU/Veterans Hospital, along Barbur, Capitol Highway, and Terwilliger. The V-shaped area that separates traffic at Barbur Boulevard and the exit lane for Multnomah Boulevard needs more visibility.

 

7:29 p.m. Bertha Court Landscaping near the Watershed. Barbara Bowers presented. She has been working on cleaning up the landscaping in this area. Fire Cadets helped remove the weeds. Many community donors and volunteers pooled resources to have bark chips blown in, and this involved a City permit, a lane closure, and flaggers. Barbara requests donations from the community to cover the additional $185 for this project.

 

7:38 p.m. Portland Public Schools Technology Upgrades. Marita Ingalsbe, Director of IT Application Services for Portland Public Schools, presented. The District is purchasing a new Chromebook at a cost of $300 each for all teachers starting in August. The District will pay $300 for each one. PPS is also providing students with new technology to improve the quality of education services and to level the playing field for its students. The District is moving forward with technology in an integrated fashion, using Google Docs, Google Talks, etc., and including the upgrade of wireless systems and internet capabilities in schools. New curriculum packages will include electronic components, instead of just textbooks. The District believes that this technology will increase student engagement, reduce discipline problems, and assist special education students who may have communication challenges.

 

8:02 p.m. Minutes and Agenda. Motion to approve June minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

 

8:04 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The SW Corridor Plan between Portland and Tualatin was supposed to have projects ready to go to EIP a month ago, but Metro asked for more time to study these projects. Hillsdale Neighborhood Association supports a tunnel alternative for high capacity Transit, with stations at Hillsdale and at SW 13th Avenue and Barbur Boulevard. One idea is for bus rapid transit to underground near Hopewell House Hospice and surface on Bertha Boulevard. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement goes out to the public for comment. The final EIS will be published, and a locally preferred option will be chosen. Don Baack recently learned that the medium tunnel option will not go forward due to the cost. Glenn stated that cost should not be the final decision maker, and that it is equally important to consider the built, human, and natural environments. Glenn recommended taking a holistic, long-term approach, which will save money in the long run, and not sacrifice ongoing costs for build cost. Four HNA members testified at a recent hearing endorsing HCT through Hillsdale. Hillsdale must make its voice heard on this, as it has 7500 residents and no representative at the table on this project, whereas smaller communities such as Durham and King City enjoy strong representation. To not have a HCT station in Hillsdale would be a disservice to OHSU, the Veterans Hospital, Stephens Creek Crossing, and many area residents who cannot drive or have no cars. While early light rail projects in Portland received 90% federal funding, today’s projects are only about 50% from federal funds. It was suggested that OHSU funds or VA federal funds might be available. A proposed elevator arrangement connecting Barbur Boulevard to OHSU and the VA is inadequate for the many medical patients they serve. It was suggested that HNA involve veterans’ groups in advocating for good connectivity to the VA Hospital.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI is looking for volunteers to help with the November 1, 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. neighborhood clean-up event. The SWNI Board is discussing the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Comprehensive Plan, and on July 30 and August 19 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, Joan Fredricksen will be available to provide information about the plan.

Hillsdale Alliance Next meeting to be scheduled.

Hillsdale Professional & Business Alliance Robert Hamilton and Rick Seifert presented. OHSU will have a table at the Watershed book sale Sunday, July 27 with information about the Knight Cancer Challenge. The event will be co-sponsored by Food Front and OnPoint Credit Union, who each gave $250 to cover event costs and will provide volunteers for the event.

Parks Robert Hamilton presented. Portland Parks & Recreation hopes to have a replacement bond measure that will fund many projects. In Hillsdale, the Rieke lacrosse field is a priority. Robert welcomes information from the community about unscheduled use of this field.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented.

  • A corner lot at Nevada Court and SW 28th Avenue recently completed a historical review and a land use notification is out. Comments are due by July 17.
  • The property owner who built a terrace and installed landscaping in a conservation zone on Parkhill Way is being required to do remediation.
  • The City’s Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee has completed its series of seven walkabouts (see March 2014 minutes). The focus has been on corners, corridors, and mixed use elements related to zoning code criteria that define “street,” “sidewalks,” “buildings,” “landscape and nature “human elements,” and “construction materials and style.” The Committee is studying Best Tools & Practices and historical practices that the City has and can use to encourage the best development within our mixed-use zones.
  • The City has completed speed control bumps, traffic lane stripes and curb painting along SW Vermont Street. Duane is corresponding with City Traffic Engineer Mark Lear regarding cars parking in the new bike lane on the south side of SW Vermont Street, where the major concern is blind spots created by parking near corners and pedestrian safety.

 

8:50 p.m. Announcements. This group will not meet in August, so the next HNA meeting will be September 3 at 7:00 p.m. The September agenda will include identifying and prioritizing transportation projects for the City. Glenn will bring the current list, graphics, and a way to prioritize these projects. A new organization called Friends of Gabriel Park will meet on July 23. Arnie Panitch commended the three HNA volunteers who were recognized at the SWNI Volunteer of the Year banquet.

 

8:57 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 

 

 

                                                                                

 

 


Minutes from September 3, 2014

September 25, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2014-9-3-1

A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Action Item 2014-9-3-2

A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

 

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of the July meeting were not posted and action on them will be deferred to the October meeting. He indicated that there will be a Board Meeting at 6:30 pm prior to the October 1, 2014 general meeting. The agenda was approved.

Robert Hamilton reported on the proposed “Hillsdale Micro-Transit Project” initiated by Rick Seifert and which is at the conceptual stage. Five people have now volunteered to help develop the plan to provide transportation assistance by car to Hillsdale residents to the commercial district, including shops as well as Tri-Met bus stops at Capitol Highway and Sunset. A meeting for other prospective volunteers and to address the multiple issues regarding the project will be held at the Hillsdale branch of the Multnomah County Library on Wednesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

John De Jong described the proposal to develop two acres of property (R2.5 zone) within the Hillsdale Triangle at SW 18th Avenue and DeWitt Street. This new real estate development would include 21 detached single homes of three-stories, of approximately 24 x 48 feet foot print each (2,500 to 3,000 square feet, including first floor garage with two-car tandem parking); each Craftsman-style unit would feature 3-4 bedrooms, be on lots of 30 X 80 feet, and sell for $450-650,000.

All utilities will be underground, including a gravity feed sewer system. John will investigate why CC&Rs prevented three earlier proposed projects from being developed. He was advised to be prepared for objections being raised by some residents to the proposed development. The site would include properties owned by the Porter family and Lance Johnson. It has been tentatively named “Heritage Commons.” The developer is Tim Roth of JT Roth Construction. The utilities will be underground and there will be pedestrian access throughout the two acres.

The streets and paths will be privately built to city standards and will be maintained by the Home Owners Association; no gates will be installed and public use will be encouraged. There are no platted streets in this triangle and Lance Johnson indicated that the City did not want any “through-street” in this area to allow drivers to skip the existing traffic lights. HNA members suggested that there be a review of the previous Hillsdale Triangle Master Plans to evaluate if there were any previous study issues that should be considered. There is a “Pre-Application Conference” with the City being scheduled for Tuesday September 30, 2014 (time not certain, but most likely in the morning).

Committee Reports:

Transportation and SWNI: Glenn Bridger reporting

SWNI will offer $10,000 of small grants in 2015 to the 17 coalition members. This is only 50% of what was previously available as grant funding by the City. The application deadline is January 2015. SWNI will again sponsor a Fall Clean Up on November 1, 2014. A Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be held on Sept. 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC). A new tree policy will be implemented in Jan. 2015: cutting trees with a diameter of 18 inches or more will require a permit; the policy will be explained at the MAC at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2014. SWNI will host a celebration of the Portland police at the MAC on Oct. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Regarding transportation, Glenn said that the Barbur bridges trail will re-open October 11, 2014. In addition to 18 items on the transportation priority lists of the City of Portland others should be added. A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Schools: Michael Reunert reporting

Portland Public Schools will add teachers for the 2014-15 school year. Wilson High School enrollment has increased to 1,300; and Robert Gray Middle School has 520 students. WHS’s faculty will include 30% new hires or transfer teachers. The new turf is in place at the football stadium. The annual July book sale had $4,000 in profit, 50% of which will be given to WHS to purchase new high-tech equipment. The other 50% will be set aside for street improvements within Hillsdale.

SW Trails PDX and Portland Parks: Don Baack reporting

A new trail will open on October 11, 2014 to the Willamette River; starting at 10:30 a.m. On September 27, 2014 there will be a walk to Eagle Point on Hamilton Terrace. SW Trails will build, with City funding, a new bridge crossing Fanno Creek. Also, the Master Plan for DeWitt Park is being updated.

Land Use: Duane Hunting reporting

Four land-use notices were received. A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

There have also been four Comprehensive Plan open houses scheduled by the City of Portland, two on the west side of town on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm and the other for Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Both are at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR, second floor in room 2500A. Leonard Gard’s write-up on the Comprehensive Plan in the SW News was a very good overview of the current July 2014 Proposed Draft document.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Submitted by Duane Hunting and Robert Hamilton

 

 


Minutes from June 4, 2014

June 30, 2014

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, June 4, 20147:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas

 

MOTION 2014- 6-4-1: Don Baack moved to nominate the current HNA Board members, Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs, for re-election as board members in their current capacities. Seconded. All in favor.

MOTION 2014 6-4-2: Don Baack moved that HNA send Wes Risher’s letter about illegal tree removal to ODOT and the City of Portland. Seconded. All in favor.

7:05 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Motion to approve minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda with the addition of Paul Jennings from Portland Fire & Rescue, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Operation Lower the Boom, Paul Jennings of Portland Fire & Rescue presented. PF&R is coordinating a community education campaign to promote fireworks safety and to encourage people to attend licensed professional fireworks displays rather than use fireworks in neighborhoods. While fireworks are enjoyed by many, they can be troubling for seniors, veterans, refugees, and pets. Citations will be issued for use of illegal fireworks. Paul reminded attendees that even legal fireworks can cause serious injuries, property damage, and fires. PF&R is partnering with the Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team, Dove Lewis, schools, and churches to canvass neighborhoods with educational flyers. A kickoff event for volunteers is on June 16 at Fire Station 2. The campaign launch is on June 23 at Station 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. More information is at www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/fireworks. To volunteer, contact Paul at paul.jennings@portlandoregon.gov.

7:25 p.m. Bureau of Environmental Services: Storm Water Retention Project along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Jennifer Devlin and Lisa Huntington presented. The Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway Water Quality Improvement Project is part of the Fanno Creek Watershed Plan, and seeks to reduce pollutants running into storm drains. BES will work with Portland Bureau of Transportation to ensure that the improvements work with pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile traffic. BES has studied the variable rights of way, existing drainage patterns, existing utility lines, topography, existing driveways, sidewalks, and trees, and unused automobile lanes. As a result, BES is proposing 87 storm filters in the form of underground vaults with cartridges that require replacement once or twice per year, and 17 vegetative facilities. Attendees pointed out that similar filters in Seattle require replacement much more often than anticipated, and requested that BES provide its analysis of costs. BES was urged to include maintenance of the drains in its budget. BES will work with TriMet to make sure buses at stops do not interfere with traffic. The need for sidewalks along B-H Highway was discussed. While sidewalks are not part of this project, planners will avoid doing anything that precludes sidewalks in the future. HNA members pointed out that drainage problems along Barbur Boulevard pose serious safety hazards and should be a priority. Jennifer promised to look into this. BES will return to HNA as the project progresses.

7:59 p.m. Southwest Corridor Plan, Metro, Matt Bihn presented. Metro is looking at bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail transit (LRT) options between Portland and Tualatin via Tigard. On June 9 the Steering Committee will meet and decide what will go into the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Public comments will be taken. With the EIS, more resources will be available to study travel times, etc. The City of Portland is interested in a project that follows Naito Parkway and the pedestrian projects it would involve there. One BRT option involves elevators between Barbur and OHSU. It was questioned whether elevators would adequately serve the elderly and disabled population needing public transit for medical appointments at OHSU. Other BRT options involve auto lane reconfiguration and removal, more pedestrian crossings, fewer turns into businesses, and a cut and cover tunnel to Hillsdale. LRT options run adjacent to I-5 and would not include bicycle or pedestrian improvements. LRT has three tunnel options connecting OHSU, Hillsdale, Multnomah, and/or the BarburTransitCenter. The long tunnel option is expensive and does not align with the Barbur Concept Plan or significantly reduce travel time, so Metro will recommend moving forward with the shorter tunnel options. Development of the Southwest transit corridor is likely to lead to growth of the OHSU South Waterfront campus. Metro’s website, http://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan, always takes public comments.

8:38 p.m. HNA Board Elections. Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs are up for re-election. MOTION: Don moved to cast a unanimous ballot for the current slate of HNA Board members: Duane Hunting, Don Baack, Sheila Fink, Caroline Raz, and Rick Meigs. Seconded. All in favor.

8:41 p.m. Steve Duin’s Opinion Column in Today’s Oregonian. A general discussion was had regarding Steve Duin’s opinion column.

8:40 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation: Glenn Bridger asked people to drive extra safely due to the many construction projects underway in the area.

SWNI: Glenn Bridger introduced Sam Pearson, the new Chair of SWNI. Sam was welcomed with a round of applause. Arnie Panitch noted that three SWNI Volunteers of the Year are from Hillsdale: John Morris, Michael Reunert, Lynn Rossing.

Schools: Michael Reunert presented. The PPS student population is growing after many years of decline. Rieke Elementary is in the process of finding a new Principal. A work party was held at Wilson, and plantings will be done in the fall.

SW Trails: Don Baack presented. On Tuesday the group built a new and safer trail at Burlingame Park, in an area where many people have fallen over the years.

Parks: Don Baack presented. HNA should decide which projects to include in the new Parks Replacement Bond. The Rieke soccer field and a master plan for Dewitt Park are possibilities. Don has not received the details of financing the new field at Wilson High School promised by Randy Miller at the May meeting.

Land Use Notices and Issues: Duane Hunting emailed his report. The Mixed Use Zones Project’s Policy Advisory Committee continues its series of neighborhood walkabouts. The speed bumps on Vermont Street will be reinstalled soon. Cars are continuing to park in the new uphill bike lane along Vermont Street, and signage will be installed soon.

8:40 p.m. Illegal Tree Removal. In October Wes Risher noticed that a street tree installed as part of the ODOT planting plan on Barbur Boulevard just south of Terwilliger and in front of the Verizon store, had been removed. He took photos at the time and has drafted a letter requesting enforcement action. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA send Wes Risher’s letter about the illegal tree removal to ODOT and the City of Portland. Seconded. All in favor.

9:02 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.


Minutes from April 2, 2014

May 6, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, April 2, 20147:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Church

 

MOTION 2014 – 3-5-1: Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to Commissioner Steve Novick and copy other City Commissioners and PBOT Director Leah Treat requesting funding this fiscal year for a Safe Route to School trail connection between Stephens Creek Crossing, the new $52 million housing project, and Robert Gray Middle School. The requested funds will be to build a bridge across Fanno Creek and associated stairs extending along SW 25th Avenue from SW Bertha Boulevard to SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and build a new sidewalk along SW 25th Avenue from SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to SW Kanan Street. All in favor. Wes Risher will draft the letter.

 

7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. One addition to the agenda: Portland Police Officer Scott Foster. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve the March minutes, seconded, all in favor.

 

7:06 p.m. Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, Metro Council District 6. Councilor Stacey distributed several handouts, including Metro’s quarterly newsletter with information on recreational opportunities, parks, natural areas, transportation, land use issues, and how citizens can participate in the planning process. Current projects include securing a hotel near the Oregon Convention Center, raising funds for restoration of natural areas, the Climate Smart Communities project to reduce greenhouse gas emission reductions, studying Southwest Corridor high-capacity transit options, ensuring ongoing success of the Portland Expo Center, and planning and implementing improvements at the Oregon Zoo. The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), due to be reviewed this year, addresses transit, and bike/pedestrian access to ensure they connect to one another. One of Metro’s goals is to assist implementation of plans for transit-oriented development. Metro is working on plans to provide streetscape grants, and to link businesses with private sector lending. Metro seeks public input about priorities between March 21 and May 5, at community forums or on the Metro website. Metro is funded by activity fees, zoo admission, waste disposal fees, excise taxes, as well as bond measures for capital expenditures.

 

7:35 p.m. Portland Police Bureau Report, Officer Scott Foster. The recent officer-involved shooting in Hillsdale is under investigation. PPB has increased patrols near schools. Recently Police have received calls about high-pressure door-to-door salespeople linked to residential burglaries.

 

7:45 p.m. Terry Black, Jamie Wilde, and Dan Ward of the Portland Water Bureau presented information on two projects scheduled for our area.

SW Carolina Pump Mains This installation of 3400 feet of new pipe will take eight or nine months, breaking ground about July 1. Neighbors should plan on detours, flaggers, and lane restrictions affecting Chestnut Street, Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame Terrace, Terwilliger Boulevard, Capitol Highway, and a section of the pedestrian path in George Himes Park, as well as equipment noise, dust, and loss of street parking during construction. Discussion points:

  • April through July, Barbur Boulevard will be reduced to one lane each way for bridge construction, so PBW should work with ODOT to reduce the impact on neighborhood streets as car traffic seeks alternative routes.
  • In the past, neighbors were told that PWB is responsible for installing and maintaining landscaping on the island at the intersection of Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway. Those in attendance expressed disappointment to hear that this is not part of the plan now.
  • Don Baack encouraged PWB to maintain safe pedestrian access through the construction zone that does not involve significant detours.
  • Previously the City assured HNA that the intersection at Chestnut and Burlingame Avenue would be brought up to standards with this project. Terry said this is not in the current plan, and will speak to her boss about it.

Bertha Service Area Improvements Project This installation of 2600 feet of pipe will take four to six months beginning in May or June. It will increase the capacity and reliability of water service and repair leaking pipes to reduce the risk of landslide in the area of SW 14th Avenue and SW Westwood Drive, down to SW Martha Street, across Martha Street, and up SW 18th Drive until just past the intersection with SW 18th Place. Discussion points:

  • Asphalt restoration is a concern. Existing berms that divert water away from home and driveways, access to stairs, and grade alignment to walkways, will need careful consideration.
  • A major pedestrian trail through this area will be affected. Presenters said the contractors will make this work for pedestrians.
  • Neighbors expressed concern about storm water runoff on 18th Drive. PWB will work with PBOT and PBES to possibly fix this during construction. Jamie said he hopes to visit the site during the next rain event.
  • BES trucks have been seen on 18th Drive recently, so there may be a sewer project here, too. Jamie will contact BES to possibly coordinate projects.

For both projects, water service may be affected for several hours at a time, and neighbors will be notified of this in advance. PWB said they will work with individual neighbors to avoid service disruption at particular times. Information is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/swcarolina, www.portlandoregon.gov/water/berthaarea, and portlandmaps.com (click on ‘projects’). PWB contact is Terry Black, 503-823-1168 or terry.black@portlandoregon.gov.

 

8:20 p.m. Pedestrian Safety, Mike Ashland presented. Mike’s op-ed piece on pedestrian safety was published in the Oregonian on February 26, 2014. Problems include lack of sidewalks, cars parked along narrow streets, lack of shoulders, mud, and potholes. To improve pedestrian safety he suggests:

  • The City work with neighbors who wish to make pedestrian improvements at the same time City projects are done.
  • HNA support law enforcement ticketing distracted drivers and pedestrians.
  • Neighbors organize themselves block-by-block to improve their streets.
  • HNA spearhead a campaign for pedestrian safety.

 

8:30 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. Glenn urged neighbors to use extra caution during the multiple construction projects happening in our area and to expect flaggers, construction workers, increased traffic, detours, and lane restrictions. On April 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center, SWNI will host a meeting on SW High Capacity Transit.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. SWNI is re-writing its bylaws. Nominations for new SWNI Board members are being sought. A City budget forum will be held April 9, 6:30 p.m. at PCC Sylvania.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. Next meeting is to be announced.

Hillsdale Main Street Rick Garfinkle presented. The PDC did not recommend further funding for HMS. Current and recently completed projects include new and refurbished signage, recycling bins, and Spring Fest Health Fair. HMS hopes to form a non-profit foundation to move forward with more improvement projects.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Richard Garfinkle presented. HBPA meets every third Wednesday at Korkage. Projects in the works include the Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale in July, flower baskets, and trash collection.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The new trail at Stephens Creek Natural area officially opened on March 12. The next walk is Saturday, April 12. The next Committee meeting is April 22. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA send a letter to Commissioner Novick and copy other City Commissioners and PBOT Director Leah Treat requesting funding this fiscal year for a Safe Route to School trail connection between Stephens Creek Crossing, the new $52 million housing project and Robert Gray Middle School. The requested funds will be to build a bridge across Fanno Creek and associated stairs extending along SW 25th Avenue from SW Bertha Boulevard to SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and build a new sidewalk along SW 25th Avenue from SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway to SW Kanan Street. Glenn Bridger seconded. Discussion: HNA has voted to support a trail here in the past. The question was called. All in favor. Wes Risher will draft the letter.

Parks Don Baack presented. According to City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, $1.5 million will go to improvements for Spring Garden Park, some funding may be available for the Red Electric Trail, and Custer Park may be re-named. A Master Plan will be done next year for one park, possibly DeWitt Park here in Hillsdale.

Land Use Notices and Issues Duane Hunting presented. HNA received one notification, an environmental violation on Parkhill Way. The owner built a terrace and planted in a conservation zone. HNA can make comments through April 7. On Tuesday April 8 at 2:45 p.m. the SW Corridor Plan will be presented to the Portland Planning Commission. A SW Watershed Open House will be held on Wednesday April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. On April 24 is Our Streets Town Hall. A meeting on the SW Corridor Plan will be held on April 29th.

 

9:02 p.m. Announcements. Dedication of the Oregon World War II Memorial in Salem is June 6 at 1:30 p.m. Next meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Watershed.

 

9:07p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

 


Minutes from March 5, 2014

March 31, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

MOTION 2014 – 3-5-1 Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.

MOTION 2014-3-5-2: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. All in favor.

7:06 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. The February minutes will be reviewed at the April meeting. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Southwest Corridor Plan. Metro Transportation Planner Matt Bihn presented. Significant population increases are forecast for Southwest Portland. This growth will focus on mixed-use development, and high capacity transit (HCT) will help define where it goes. Metro is working with the multiple jurisdictions along the corridor, and using their individual plans to determine where high capacity connections are most needed. HCT is cost effective as it requires fewer operators and attracts more riders. In Phase I of the study, the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee recommended that Metro study both light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) options. The Committee also recommended that 50-100% of any BRT operate in dedicated lanes, to (1) make it faster and more efficient, (2) qualify it for New Start (federal) funding, and (3) be supportive of the land use vision for the area. Phase II is the Refinement Phase of the study in which the many transit design options put forward will be assessed. Surface light rail through Hillsdale is not an option due to space constraints. Metro is working toward an Environmental Impact Statement in July 2014.

Arnie Panitch said that preserving Hillsdale residents’ current access to a wide variety of destinations via public transit should be an important consideration going forward.

A SW Corridor Plan Design Option Workshop will be held in the Cafeteria at Wilson High School, 1155 SW Vermont, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to view detailed maps of design options including bridges, tunnels, approximate station locations, elevators, paths, stairs, ramps, etc. Public comments will be collected and passed on to project Team Leaders and the Steering Committee. Workshops also will be held in Tigard on March 19 and in Tualatin on March 20. For more information contact juan.carlos.ocana-chiu@oregonmetro.gov or matt.bihn@oregonmetro.gov, or see the project website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/southwestcorridor.

8:10 p.m. Portland Police Report. Portland Police Officer Scott Foster presented. In the last 30 days a number of car prowls and one car theft were reported, but no burglaries or violent crimes. Neighbors who put trash and recycling out at the curb for pickup should watch out for people going through their bins before the garbage trucks arrive. Trash and recyclables are the property of the homeowner until they are picked up by the garbage trucks. Residents are encouraged to always report incidents to the police.

8:25 p.m. Selection of Hillsdale Priorities for Transportation Needs. Glenn Bridger presented. Metro has put forward a list of projects it believes would complement the SW High Capacity Transit Corridor. The SWNI Transportation Committee is requesting that each of its 17 member Neighborhood Associations put forward their three highest priority projects from this list. Glenn distributed packets including a map with descriptions of potential projects selected by citizens at a recent workshop. The two lists share some of the same ideas. Glenn suggested that the three priorities for HNA might be (1) Barbur Boulevard North pedestrian and bicycle improvements, (2) Barbur Boulevard South pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and (3) the Red Electric Trail. These projects would benefit Hillsdale as well as other area neighborhoods.

MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.

MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. Discussion. All in favor.

9:17 p.m. Committee Reports. Due to the late hour, Committee reports are tabled until the April meeting. Duane Hunting distributed copies of the March Land Use Report.

9:18 p.m. Announcements. On March 10th, the City will host a West Quadrant Plan Open House, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1221 SW 4th in the Atrium. On March 15th at 10 a.m. Stephens Creek Crossing will hold its Grand Opening. On March 19th 5:00 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, ODOT will hold an Open House regarding the Newbury and Vermont Street bridges. Next HNA meeting Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm at St. Barnabas Church located at 2201 SW Vermont Ave.

9:18 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.


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