Minutes from March 4, 2015

April 1, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

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

St. Barnabas


MOTION 2015-3-4-1: Michael Reunert moved that HNA endorse the Solar Expo project. Seconded. Discussion. Some panels come from prison labor and/or SE Asia, so it would be good to know the source. It is preferable to use local installers. All in favor.


7:02 p.m. Opening and Approval of Minutes and Agenda. Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve February minutes, all in favor. No additions to the agenda.


7:10 p.m. President’s Report. HNA President Mikal Apenes is the outgoing chair with his term ending in June. He asked people to consider volunteering for the position. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement is requiring neighborhood associations to change their bylaws so that board members will make decisions rather than the membership. This means board members will take on a more important role. Mikal asked that people consider volunteering to be on the board. John Gould is heading up the bylaws revision with the help of Glenn Bridger, Robert Hamilton, Duane Hunting, and Don Baack. HNA will submit a name to SWNI for Volunteer of the Year by May 15. Please submit names to Mikal.


7:14 p.m. Parks and Trails Reports. (These agenda items are moved ahead due to schedule conflicts.)

Trails Don Baack presented. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Transportation System Plan (TSP) that is part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan may provide the funding for three trails projects if there is sufficient community support. The first project is the Red Electric Trail. The second is a wide climbing lane for bikes and pedestrians on SW Dosch Road. The third is a wide climbing lane for bikes and pedestrians on SW Marquam Hill Road, a hazardous part of the 4T trail. Don asked people to write letters of support to both psc@portlandoregon.gov and tsp@portlandoregon.gov. The deadline for comments is March 9, 2015. The group is working on a citywide trails policy for the 40 miles of urban trails in SW Portland, with the goals to complete gaps in trails and prevent adjacent landowners from creating barriers. The group is working on a grant for buying insurance and materials for a trail linked to Stephens Creek Crossing this summer. See www.swtrails.org for more information.

Parks Don Baack presented. Tomorrow Don will meet with the head of Natural Areas for Portland Parks and Recreation r trails about trails and policies regarding volunteers building new trails. The next event is a meeting and work party at SW 4th and Woods on March 5 at 9:00 a.m.


7:24 p.m. Portland Police Report. Officers Foster and Bernard presented. There has been one burglary in Hillsdale in the last 30 days. People are going through recycling bins early in the morning on pick up day. Some are just looking for recyclables but others are looking for ways to steal identification. If they make a mess, call it in to non-emergency. It is good practice to put bins out to the curb just before the garbage trucks arrive. Cars continue to park in the new bike lane on Vermont, across the street from the schools, and the Officers said to call it in.


7:30 p.m. Reports.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. Portland Public Schools has released a few million dollars that will be used for technology bundles and computers. PPS is discussing the main budget and meetings for public input are being held. The SWNI Schools Committee is planning a “Techquity Fair” to inform the public about what school are doing to close the technology gap for SW Portland students. There is a district boundary review to look at possible changes in attendance boundaries, with a decision expected in May.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association No report.

Transportation Mikal reported. For the Transportation System Plan that Don mentioned earlier, each Portland neighborhood coalition has been asked to come up with ten projects. SWNI has selected these ten projects. They include improvements on Capitol Highway, Barbur, Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, the Willamette Greenway, Bertha, Multnomah Boulevard, and more.

SWNI Glenn Bridger reported. Three items. 1. The SWNI Board voted and ratified the transportation projects Mikal listed previously. It also discussed the Comprehensive Plan and land use questions. The City seems more focused on larger projects rather than the small projects that are often important to our neighborhood. 2. Leonard Gard will be assisting neighborhood associations with changing their bylaws. 3. SWNI has endorsed a class to be sponsored by Metro’s Intertwine, and is sending three people to this training to address diversity issues and think about how to change our culture and become more inclusive.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The goal of the Hillsdale Alliance is to pull together the best ideas of organizations in the Hillsdale area and get people to talk and support each other. Co-chairs Sheila Greenlaw-Fink and Glenn are open to ideas for discussion at the quarterly meetings.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented, and submitted a written report via email.

  1. HNA received no land use notices in February 2015.
  2. The Southwest Corridor Steering Committee meeting is Monday March 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Tigard Public Library.
  3. The City has issued its proposed draft of the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package, or RICAP 7. While it deals with many types of issues, the main one is Air BnB. Public comment is still welcome, and the tentative date for the PSC hearing is April 28.
  4. Portland’s Climate Action Plan. The public comment draft was issued on March 3 and comments are due April 10. Open houses hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainabiity are March 19 at the Velo Cult Bike Shop, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and March 24 at June Kay Delta Community Center, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. To read the plan, visit portlandoregon.gov/bps/climate. Comments may be emailed to climate@portlandoregon.gov.
  5. The City’s short-term rental permitting process is changing to include apartments and condominiums. For more information see the Bureau of Development Services’ Accessory Short-term Rental webpage.
  6. Mixed Use Zoning Project. The nine commercial zones are being simplified to about four to better deal with anticipated growth of mixed use development. For more information see the BPS website: portlandoregon.gov/bps/mixeduse.
  7. HNA received notification that the Falcon Street vacation proposal is published, and comments are welcome. For more information, see the HNA October minutes, or get in touch with the land use people at the City. The plan is for a Natural Foods grocery store with 144 apartments above.
  8. Liquor license applications were received for the Jade Dragon, Sasquatch Brewery, and the new Oak and Olive restaurant in Hillsdale.


7:45 p.m. Hillsdale Community Garden. In Leslie Pohl-Kasbau’s absence, Mikal Apenes presented. Groundbreaking for this new community garden will be Saturday March 7 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway. Volunteers are welcome.


7:50 p.m. Hillsdale Solar Expo. Andrew Ragland presented. A Solar Expo will be held on Sunday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., between the Hillsdale Farmers Market and the Rieke Art Fair. The hope is to get people to purchase solar panels at a group discount, with savings going to the schools. The project has many partners in the community. MOTION: Michael Reunert moved that HNA endorse the Solar Expo project. Seconded. Discussion. Some panels come from prison labor and/or SE Asia, so it would be good to know the source. It is preferable to use local installers. All in favor.


8:00 p.m. High Capacity Transit Corridor. Mikal Apenes led the discussion of this controversial topic. There will be no motions or votes on what Hillsdale prefers. We will list pros and cons for the different options. The SW Corridor Plan Steering Committee meeting will be Monday March 9, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Tigard Public Library. Options include: 1. Medium length tunnel with stop in Hillsdale surfacing on Barbur near Fred Meyers. 2. Cut and cover tunnel up Barbur and Capitol surfacing near Bertha and Vermont. 3. The route follows Barbur. 4. The route parallels I-5. 5. Do nothing at all. The goal is to get HNA issues clarified and into the record before the meeting in July where Metro will decide which options will be studied and become part of the environmental impact statement. Pros and cons for each transit option were captured on wall posters by Mikal and Wes Risher.


Medium Length Tunnel:

This is a deep tunnel starting by Duniway Park, and with stations under OHSU, under Hillsdale, and surfacing near the Burlingame Fred Meyers.


  • An approximately three-minute faster trip between Hillsdale and downtown.
  • Direct service for OHSU.
  • Serves the Veterans Administration Hospital.
  • More transit opportunities for Hillsdale.
  • Greater housing values due to improved transit.
  • The tunnel has a ‘cool’ factor.
  • Long-term costs are lower.
  • Light rail transit would mean fewer buses and cars, less pollution especially with the projected population growth.


  • It is not known where parking would be located.
  • There could be an increase in ‘Hide and Ride’ parking – people who park on neighborhood streets and ride transit.
  • Expensive to construct.
  • Negative affect on Hillsdale businesses during the five-year construction period.
  • Potential for higher crime around the transit station.


Barbur Light Rail Transit or Bus Rapid Transit:

These modes would follow Barbur Boulevard.


  • Does not bifurcate the neighborhood, less disruption to the neighborhood.
  • Faster to build.
  • Less expensive.
  • Less traffic through the neighborhood.
  • Less disruptive.
  • Includes a proper bike lane on Barbur.
  • Improvements on Barbur.
  • Enhanced transit ride – fewer cattle-car riding conditions.
  • Pedestrian lift/elevator to OHSU, potentially reducing traffic in other areas because of changes on OHSU campus.
  • May reduce traffic on I-5.
  • Maintains Hillsdale village/Town Center


  • Stations farther from Hillsdale business district and neighborhoods.
  • It is not walking distance for most of Hillsdale and does not serve much of the neighborhood.
  • Bypasses Hillsdale.
  • Fewer left turn opportunities on Barbur.
  • Negative effect on pedestrians crossing Barbur.
  • Physical and visual barrier along Barbur that could affect pedestrians and businesses.

Pro and Con:

  • Losing the village feel of Hillsdale can be seen as both a positive and negative.


Cut and Cover Tunnel:

This option follow Barbur from downtown, then turns up the hill following Capitol Highway. It would most likely be for bus, not light rail.


  • A good way to keep businesses in Hillsdale.
  • Quicker to complete.
  • Maintains bus transit service in the Hillsdale Town Center.
  • Closer to the surface, so for pedestrians it is a flight of stairs similar to the subways in New York City, not a 165-foot deep tunnel like the Medium Tunnel option.


  • Business disruption.


There was much discussion and many ideas and questions that did not fit into the pro/con categories listed above. They included:


  • What are the consequences for Hillsdale with each of these plans?
  • All the options have pluses and minuses.
  • There is a lot of information we don’t have, such as exactly where a station in Hillsdale would surface.
  • The neighborhood will not have one opinion. The goal here is to avoid shutting down others’ opinions or criticizing others’ ideas.
  • The project cost includes construction and the vehicles, not the operation.
  • Short-term construction costs are high, but long-term costs are lower.
  • Hillsdale is a kind of civic center, with its farmers market, low-income housing, library, etc.
  • As we look at the transit options, let’s think about future generations.
  • Curitiba Brazil’s transit system is a great example of what we want to do.
  • The character of our neighborhood will change with or without the Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit corridors. Barbur will change, too. We are so close to downtown that this change is inevitable.
  • Barbur could use a complete overhaul.
  • For seismic safety issues with the tunnel options, we can look to San Francisco where BART trains ran under the Bay during earthquakes while the highways were wrecked.
  • It would be helpful to have more input from the business association. Don Baack responded that Hillsdale businesses want the transit corridor to go through Hillsdale, and they do not support the Barbur alignment.
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has a dedicated right of way, articulated buses, quick stops, and other features to save time.
  • Hillsdale was covered with dairy farms 50 years ago. How much change and the kinds of changes the next 50 years holds is unknown.
  • It was asked if we can have BRT and buses like we have today? Glenn Bridger responded that yes, we can have both, but there will be a shift in ridership because there will be fewer chances to go downtown from Hillsdale. Buses going through Hillsdale will connect riders to the corridor.
  • Is this putting money into old technology? Will this type of transit be needed in a future that includes driverless cars? Robert Hamilton responded that Metro’s Matt Bihn said that when federal money is used for a project, it can only use proven current technology. Models may not be based on future technology or what can’t be proven.
  • This corridor is about OHSU, PCC, Tigard, and Tualatin, not just Hillsdale. It will affect our neighborhood, and we are right to be concerned about the changes it will bring. But the project is part of a bigger picture for the region. If it is LRT there will be increased ridership from Tualatin. One of the project’s goals is to reduce the carbon imprint for auto traffic.
  • This could be a pro or con: Hillsdale is a sleepy, mostly residential community. With transit along Barbur, Hillsdale businesses may migrate toward Fred Meyers over time. This would be a natural shift.
  • This project will not relieve traffic on I-5, but it provides better transit for people in the region.
  • OHSU is the City’s largest employer and should be directly served by this investment.
  • We want to be part of a community that comes together and talks about big things. We want to reach out to those who are not currently involved in this discussion.
  • Businesses and residents may have different interests.
  • Having a tunnel under a house will decrease the value of that house.
  • It can be difficult to come together to talk about controversial issues, but it is good to have this discussion.
  • Our perception of our community is always shifting.
  • We need to focus on the quality of life for Hillsdale residents, not business interests.
  • Strong arguments were made tonight for all three options.


I5 option

This option parallels I-5 to the Barbur Transit Center.

This option was not discussed this evening. There is more time to talk about this, as it will be studied in 2016-2017.


Visit Metro’s webpage at http://www.oregonmetro.gov/event/southwest-corridor-plan-steering-committee-meeting-5/2015-03-09 to see Metro’s latest discussion draft report.


9:10 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to Adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.

Agenda for April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

April 1, 2015

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)





7:00 p.m.       Opening & approval of minutes

7:10 p.m.       President’s Report (Mikal Apenes)

7:15 p.m.       Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:20 p.m.       Reports

  • Schools: Michael Reunert
  •  Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  •  Transportation: Mikal Apenes
  •  SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  •  Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  •  Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  •  SW Trails: Don Baack
  •  Parks:  Don Baack

7:45 p.m.       Speed Readers on Terwilliger Request

7:50 p.m.       Hillsdale Community Garden (Leslie Pohl-Kosbau)

8:00 p.m.       Public Sculpture Project (Tiffany Schuster)

8:15 p.m.       By-Laws Revision Update (Robert Hamilton)

8:30 p.m.       High Capacity Transit Corridor (Continuing Discussion)

9:00 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment

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.


Agenda for March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
March 4, 2015
Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)


7:00 p.m. Opening & approval of minutes

7:10 p.m. President’s Report (Mikal Apenes)

7:15 p.m. Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:20 p.m. Reports

• Schools: Michael Reunert

• Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle

• Transportation: Mikal Apenes

• SWNI: Glenn Bridger

• Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger

• Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

• SW Trails: Don Baack

• Parks: Don Baack

7:45 p.m. Hillsdale Community Garden (Leslie Pohl-Kosbau)

7:50 p.m. Hillsdale Solar Expo (Andrew Ragland)

8:00 p.m. High Capacity Transit Corridor (continuing discussion)

9:00 p.m. Announcements & Adjournment

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.


Agenda for February 4, 2015

February 2, 2015


METRO is the process of creating a High Capacity Transit Corridor from downtown Portland to Tualatin. What will Hillsdale look like when this project is completed? How will it affect livability in our neighborhood? What impact will it have on our local businesses and property values? What do you want Hillsdale to be like?

Metro Government and TriMet are again studying the options – light rail (MAX) or bus rapid transit; where the route will run; where the stops will be located. We need to listen to what is on their mind. You need to take the opportunity to provide your input.

On February 4, 2015, at 7:00 PM the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association will host a discussion on how enhanced transit can serve our community. Our meeting will be at the Watershed Community Room, located at the intersection of Bertha Court and Capitol Highway. Entry to the meeting room is from the causeway between the two buildings.

For more information from Metro, go to http://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/southwest-corridor-plan .


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. 



Agenda for January 7, 2015

January 7, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

January 7, 2015

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)






7:00 p.m.       Opening & approval of minutes and agenda

7:10 p.m.       Committee Reports

  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle
  • Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack

8:30 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment

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. 



Agenda for December 3, 2014

December 1, 2014

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

December 3, 2014

Location: St. Barnabas (2201 SW Vermont Ave.)



7:00 p.m.       Opening & approval of minutes and agenda

7:10 p.m.       United Neighborhoods for Reform: Jim Gorter

7:10 p.m.       Committee Reports

  • Schools Committee: Michael Reunert
  • Transportation Committee: Glenn Bridger
  • SWNI:  Glenn Bridger
  • Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger
  • Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting
  • SW Trails: Don Baack
  • Parks:  Don Baack
  • Hillsdale Business & Professional Association:  Richard Garfinkle 

8:00 p.m.       Announcements & Adjournment


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