Minutes from January 6, 2016

February 4, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-12-2-1

Don Baack moved that the Board approve sponsorship of Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park to raise funds for its dental assistance program in 2016. The motion was seconded and discussed. Robert Hamilton moved that a decision by the board be tabled until the board meeting of January 6, 2016. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously by the Board.

Action Item 2016-1-6-1

The Board voted 7-0 to take Action Item 2015-12-2-1 from the table and voted 7-0 to sponsor Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park in 2016.

Action Item 2016-1-6-2

Don Baack moved that the Board support the Advisory of the General Members to reset the Institutional Residential (IR) zoning of Wilson High School, which it has had for 18-20 years, to the status of R-7, the designation of all other schools within the Portland Public School system. The motion was seconded, discussed, and passed by a vote of 7-1.

 

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:02 p.m. At the Board meeting, Smile Oregon board member Jack Myers explained the mission of the nonprofit corporation and the annual Family Walk fundraiser to help cover a portion of the cost of cleft palate and cranial-facial operations for several patients each year, typically $5-7,000 for each recipient. The Board then voted to sponsor Smile Oregon’s event permit for the use of Gabriel Park in 2016.

At the General Meeting, the draft Minutes of the December 2 General Meeting were approved with the addition of the following statement: “Barbara Bowers suggested we include Wilson High School students and Portland State University students in giving us their suggestions for future development in Hillsdale as it relates to the ongoing Hillsdale Town Center Plan.” Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.

The President noted the need to update the HNA website. He also reminded members that we will need to elect a new President early in 2016 when he moves to a different neighborhood and that we currently have no elected Vice President or Secretary. Robert Hamilton is acting temporarily as Secretary. Treasurer Don Baack reported that the HNA bank account has $546 in it.

The members discussed an Advisory presented by Don Baack to reset the Institutional Residential (IR) zoning of Wilson High School, a status unique to WHS which it has had for 18-20 years, to its previous status of R-7, the designation of all other schools within the Portland Public School system. Members and WHS principal Brian Chatard discussed the matter at length. Members supported the Advisory by a vote of 13 in favor to 4 in opposition. The Board then voted 7 to 1 to support the Advisory. The Board motion was made by Don Baack, seconded, and discussed prior to the vote. President Hunting will inform the City Council of the decision and ask that it be included as a change within the Comprehensive Plan.

The members then discussed a second Advisory proposed by Don Baack, one consisting of three parts, all of which Don described as “mitigation” for the recent construction, without a prior presentation to the HNA for discussion by Board and General Members, of a fence and two gates. The gates will be closed during autumn football games as entry will require a ticket or student pass and will restrict pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will need to detour around the east end of the WHS parking lot to reach a destination south of the WHS campus. The three mitigation measures which Don proposed are: (1) removal of a line of posts on the east side of the parking lot separating WHS and Mary Rieke Elementary School; (2) the construction of a wider sidewalk on the north side of the WHS parking lot; and (3) a Good Neighbor Policy between Portland Public Schools regarding the three public schools within Hillsdale and the HNA. Members supported the Advisory by a vote of 12-5. The HNA Board will discuss the Advisory at its meeting of February 3. A Comprehensive Plan Testimony email to Portland City Council was sent and acknowledged on Thursday, January 8, 2016.

On Monday, January 25, at 7 p.m. at The Watershed in Hillsdale, HNA members and Hillsdale residents, as well as a large number of invited public policy makers and other guests who have studied “homelessness” in Portland, will meet to discuss the question: “What can we do in Hillsdale to assist the homeless to meet their residence, nutrition, community, and social needs?” The Hillsdale Alliance co-chairs, Glenn Bridger and Sheila Greenlaw-Fink, will act as facilitators of the forum.

Members discussed a “crash” of December 22 at 7:15 p.m. in which an automobile struck and injured a pedestrian crossing Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. The victim was crossing from Dosch Road, on the north, to 30th Avenue on the south side of B-H Highway. Members supported by a vote of 17-0 an Advisory by Don Baack to ask the Portland Bureau of Transportation to analyze the crash and make recommendations about improving pedestrian safety at the intersection, particularly in light of new construction on 30th Avenue now in progress. There are several potential ways PBOT could make the intersection safer for pedestrians, bus riders, bicyclists, and automobiles, including the addition of dedicated left turn lanes for drivers on Dosch and 30th Avenue. Eric Wilhelm suggested that HNA ask for more crosswalk enforcement to address “the failure to yield” problem which caused the recent pedestrian injury collision.   Eric also cited: Capitol Hwy and Sunset, Vermont and Bertha, and Terwilliger and Chestnut/6th Avenue. Don will take the list to the Portland Traffic Safety Coordination Council.

Don Baack proposed an Advisory asking the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association to encourage Town Center business and property owners to remove ice and snow when they make public sidewalks impassable, a condition which existed from January 3 to 6. Members voted to support the Advisory 16-0. Eric also discussed the growing importance of “short-cut street maintenance” to promote bicycle-pedestrian use to avoid car congestion. Better Block supporters are promoting diverse transportation modes.

Glenn Bridger reported on SWNI personnel changes and SWNI’s efforts to promote civility towards Muslim residents and organizations. Duane Hunting reported on condominium construction on 30th Avenue. Mark Dane (Dane Planning) is building 15 units which will have an average price of $300,000. One current home will also remain on the property. Don Baack also explained Southwest in Motion and 15 unbuilt rights-of-way in Hillsdale. Leslie Pohl-Kosbau reported that Portland Parks and Recreation is structurally reorganizing. She is also planning to attend the Tuesday, January 12, Parks Budget meeting and will report back to HNA at the February 3 meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 


Agenda for February 3, 2016 Board Meeting

January 22, 2016

 

BOARD MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

HNA Board of Director’s Meeting

Wednesday February 3, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

6:30 p.m.     Introductions & Review of Current Officers / Board Members.

(Note: We need to update the HNA Web Site with Current Information)

6:35 p.m.     Review List of Proposed New HNA Board Members.

6:40 p.m.     Identify Possible 2016 President (#1) and Secretary (#3) positions.

(Note: An option to this might be to set up a rotation basis for Board Members to chair specific Monthly Meetings during the coming year.)

6:45 p.m.     New Business: Discuss HNA involvement with the SW Homelessness outcomes from the January 25, 2016 meeting at The Watershed.

6:50 p.m.     Collect Ideas on Strategic Planning Topics for HNA Action Plan.

  • Land Use & Zoning Topics (sense of place & balance bldg. density).
  • Transportation Topics (transit access & connectivity resources).
  • Business Growth & Development Topics (community shops/services).
  • Urban Design Topics (visual characteristics & quality excellence).
  • Community Standards Topics (neighborhood character & identity).
  • Equity & Diversity Goal Topics (gentrification/fairness improvements).
  • Environment & Recreation Topics (natural features & characteristics).
  • Housing Topics (residential character, livability, affordability & density).
  • Schools Topics (education & life skills training facilities).
  • Parks & Trails Topics (outdoor experiences & pedestrian mobility).
  • Other Topics

6:55 p.m.     Adjourn (Regular HNA Meeting follows at 7:00 p.m.)

Announcements:

  1. The Time Lines for various portions of the Comprehensive Plan’s Mixed-Use Zones Project, Residential Infill Project, etc. have been pushed out further into the 2016 calendar year. This provides better coordination with the City Bureau’s reviews, and more times (dates) for public review and comments.

Agenda for February 3, 2016 General Meeting

January 22, 2016

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday February 3, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

7:00 p.m.     Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of January’s Meeting Minutes

Note: Remember to sign-in on the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet, as this is our method to confirm the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association membership.

7:05 p.m.     Introductions

7:10 p.m.     Teasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m.     Brett Matthews – SWNI Emergency Preparedness Fair Discussion.

7:30 p.m.     Presentation – SW Corridor Plan Status Update & Current Schedule:

Matt Bihn (Metro) and Dave Unsworth (TriMet) to deliver a brief update on the SW Corridor Plan and field question during the discussion portion.

8:00 p.m.     Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

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

8:30 p.m.     Briefly Review Strategic Planning Topic Ideas:

  • Improved Transit Access (TriMet) and Community Connectivity
  • Business Growth and Development of Shops and Services
  • Neighborhood Character and Hillsdale Identity Enhancements
  • Other topics and betterment ideas – for new HNA Action Plan item

8:45 p.m.         Announcements

9:00 p.m.         Adjournment

Note:   HNA By-Laws Document (Revised) was adopted last year on Nov. 4, 2015.

Both HNA membership and the Board of Directors ratified and approved it.

 

 

 


Agenda for January 6, 2016

January 6, 2016

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday January 6, 2016

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m.         Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of December’s Meeting Minutes. Note: Remember to sign-in on the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet

7:05 p.m.         Introductions

7:10 p.m.         Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m.         Motion: Comprehensive Plan Zoning for Wilson H.S. Property  Don Baack, presenter – followed by open discussion & HNA vote.

7:30 p.m.         Discussion: “What Can We Do about Homelessness, in helping them meet their residence, nutritional, community, and social needs?”  Sheila Fink, Robert Hamilton, and others have had email discussions.

Note: City Bureaus and State Legislators need to join in the discussion.

8:00 p.m.         Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

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

8:30 p.m.         Briefly Review Strategic Planning Topic Ideas:

  • Improved transit access (TriMet) and community connectivity.
  • Business growth and development of shops and services.
  • Neighborhood character and identity enhancements.
  • Other topics and betterment ideas – action items.

8:45 p.m.         Announcements

9:00 p.m.         Adjournment

Note:   HNA By-Laws Document (Revised) were adopted last year (11/4/15). Both HNA membership and the Board of Directors ratified and approved them.

 

 

 

 


Minutes from December 2, 2015

December 10, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 6; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

Board Meeting & General Meeting

Action Item 2015-12-2-1

Don Baack moved that the Board approve sponsorship of the Smile Oregon program of free dental care, supporting their Gabriel Park summer 2016 walk program. The motion was seconded and discussed. Robert Hamilton moved that a decision by the board be tabled until the board meeting of January 6, 2016. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously by the Board.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of the November 4 general meeting were approved. Members introduced themselves and Board members and alternates identified themselves.

The President noted the excused absences of Board members Wes Risher, Carolyn Raz, and Rick Meigs. Duane also reminded the Board of the need to recruit a Vice-President and Secretary (Position Numbers 2 and 3) as soon as possible, as well as a new President (Position 1) in the first quarter of 2016 because of his own plans to move from Hillsdale to a different neighborhood at that time.

Duane distributed three pages from the original 1997 Hillsdale Town Center Plan, which identified major planning concepts. Duane listed the goals which were subsequently achieved, such as: a new Hillsdale Library, bike lanes on SW Vermont Street, the Hillsdale Sunday Farmers Market, Turning Point, The Watershed, and a dozen other achievements. Duane asked HNA members to suggest new specific goals which should be included in the next Comprehensive Plan for Portland and the Southwest Corridor Plan. Our recommendations will be the result of the Hillsdale Strategic Planning process. Duane identified ten categories for updating the Hillsdale Town Center Plan:

  1. Land use and zoning;
  2. Transportation;
  3. Business growth and development;
  4. Urban design;
  5. Community standards;
  6. Equity and diversity;
  7. Environment and recreation;
  8. Housing;
  9. Schools; and
  10. Parks and trails

The remainder of the meeting was devoted to possible goals for an updated HNA Action Plan, including, among others: covering the Town Center plaza for bikes and diners; narrow the turn lane on Bertha Boulevard to add a buffered bike lane, and improve drainage; change the zoning on Bertha Blvd. to allow commercial activity; investigate a transportation grant from Metro to promote commercial activity on Bertha Blvd.; find ways to increase building density at the intersection of Bertha/Vermont; improve transportation along Capitol and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; and underground utilities within the commercial district, including a financing plan.

The meeting Board Meeting was adjourned, and the General Meeting began at 7 p.m.

Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank account of $546.

Eli Spevak reported on residential infill efforts within Portland and the role of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). He stressed the importance of building more “small homes” to give potential new buyers affordable medium-sized dwellings—those between single-family residences and four-story apartments. ADU help achieve greater population density within the metropolitan area, allowing, for example, 12 homes to share a courtyard, rather than six single-family residences on the same square footage of land. More than 300 ADU, with a height limit of 18 feet, are being constructed annually in Portland. Eli provided two related websites: “www.Orangesplot.net” to learn more about his professional expertise and experience; and www.AccessoryDwellings.org for more information about ADU. Barbara Bowers recommended the reading of Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia.

Schools: Robert Hamilton reported that the Tech Connect event on November 18 at Jackson Middle School included a robotics display constructed by students at Wilson High School, a presentation on the importance of providing hi-tech hardware and software and instruction in using both to enhance student research techniques, classroom instruction, and to prepare them for college or the job market. HNA schools representative to SWNI, Michael Reunert, was instrumental in organizing the Tech Connect event.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Dr. Richard Garfinkle encouraged members to take advantage of the Golden Tickets program of Hillsdale and Multnomah Village and the discounts available at local retail stores during December. Rick also reported that HBPA has added a number of new, younger, enthusiastic members recently, and he described the Smile Oregon dental program directed by his son, orthodontist Dr. Judah Garfinkle.

SWNI, SW Trails, and Parks: Don Baack reported that SWNI has added two new staff positions, while one person has resigned. Southwest Trails has announced a policy to ask the City Council and SWNI coalition members to join “The Southwest in Motion.” This includes evaluating all 1-15-year projects in order to assign a priority ranking to each of the approximately 200 projects, 15-16 of which are in Hillsdale. Don said that about 15 people participated in the Thanksgiving Day walk. Finally, PPS is in the midst of a reorganization of the city bureau.

Land Use: Duane Hunting announced a notice of a Pre-Application Conference on Dec. 10 for a property at 3024 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway (eastside corner of SW 30th Avenue).

Miscellaneous: Arnie Panitch suggested inviting Wilson teacher Mr. Nam to explain his reasons for wanting Portland Public Schools to re-name the high school. HNA members passed unanimously an “Advisory” that the Board supports Smile Oregon. Don Baack, discussing the recent SOLVE Clean-up, noted that Hillsdale’s seven parks include evidence of approximately a dozen camps established over time by homeless individuals or groups. Members will discuss at the next meeting how best to assist the homeless in Hillsdale meet their residence, nutrition, and social needs. Barbara Bowers suggested we include Wilson High School Students and Portland State University students in giving us their suggestions for future development in Hillsdale as it relates to the ongoing Hillsdale Town Center Plan. Glenn Bridger encouraged members to attend the Dec. 7 discussion at the Multnomah Art Center of the draft “Racial Equity Policy.”

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Submitted by Robert Hamilton


Agenda for December 2, 2015

November 30, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday December 2, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of November’s Meeting Minutes

Note: Remember to sign the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m. Residential Infill & Assessor Dwelling Units (ADU) Presentation:

Eli Spevak, presenter – followed by open discussion.

7:45 p.m. New Residence at SW Terwilliger Blvd. & SW Chestnut St.

Larry Cowlishaw (Method Construction), presenter

8:00 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

Schools: Michael Reunert

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle

Transportation & SWNI: Eric Wilhelm & Glenn Bridger

Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger & Rick Seifert

Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack

8:30 p.m. Announcements

8:45 p.m. Adjournment

Note: HNA By-Laws Document (Revised) was adopted last month (11/4/15).

Both the membership and the HNA Board of Directors ratified and approved it.

 


Minutes from November 4, 2015

November 17, 2015

 

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Next meeting: Wednesday, December 2; at 7 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Board meeting, open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m.

 

General Meeting

Action Item 2015-11-4-1

Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present.

President Duane Hunting opened the meeting of the board of directors at 6:30 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. The draft Minutes of the October 7 general meeting were approved. Members introduced themselves and board members and alternates identified themselves.

Both the board and membership unanimously approved HNA sponsorship of the annual Hillsdale Thanksgiving Day Walk, scheduled for November 26, starting and ending at the oak tree behind The Portland Ballet studio at Capitol Highway and Sunset. The board and members also unanimously approved Eric Wilhelm as the chair of the HNA Transportation Committee. He will, in this role, also sit on the SWNI Transportation Committee. Glenn Bridger will serve as Eric’s alternate. The board and members unanimously approved the motion that Don Baack serve as Glenn’s alternate for HNA representative on the SWNI board of directors, that Don and Leslie Pohl-Kosbau serve as joint representatives on SWNI’s Parks Committee, and that Michael Reunert continue as HNA’s representative to SWNI’s Schools Committee.

Duane also announced at the board meeting the resignation of Linda Venti as a member of the board, as well as the resignation of her alternate, Teresa Brandon. Their replacements will be nominated at the December 2, 2015 general membership meeting and voted upon then or at the January 6, 2016 meeting. Treasurer Don Baack reported a bank balance of $546.

Upper Chesapeak Street

Kathleen Cochrun presented “A Proposal to Make Upper Chesapeak One-Way Downhill.” She is distributing the 17-page proposal to the SWRL neighborhood board and members, as well, because the street is within that neighborhood boundary but the difficult driving conditions also affect Hillsdale residents: emergency vehicles, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. While her well-organized and well-researched proposal was discussed at length, Ms. Cochrun was advised to submit it to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for them to investigate and issue a formal report and recommendations which could then be presented by PBOT to a joint meeting of HNA and SWRL members for public discussion and recommendations or a joint motion by the two neighborhood associations.

Metro SW Corridor Plan

Metro representatives Noelle Dobson (Senior Public Affairs Specialist) and Michaela Skiles (Assistant Transportation Planner) presented an extensive update of the timeline for public input and Metro Steering Committee decision-making regarding the Metro Southwest Corridor Plan in 2016 and beyond. A critical official decision will be what to include in the Draft Environmental Impact Study by way of Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit and the specific geographic alignment of the routes which would accompany each, as well as matters relating to tunneling, changes to Tri-Met bus schedules, shuttles to connect riders to transit stops, and bicycle lane and sidewalk improvements.

Schools: Schools Representative Michael Reunert reported that Technology improvements are being made at Wilson High School and a Southwest Tech Connect SWNI-hosted event will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Jackson Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Transportation: Eric Wilhelm reported on a Barbur Blvd. project, encouraged members to volunteer for the SWNI sponsored semi-annual SOLVE cleanup, on Saturday, November 7, 2015. He said that today the Portland City Council approved the Tryon-Stephens Creek Headwater Plan.

HNA Bylaws Revisions: Glenn Bridger moved that the HNA approve the Draft Revised Bylaws, which have been under development by the sub-committee, and reviewed at several previous HNA monthly meetings. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by all 17 members present. This satisfied the requirement that they be passed by sixty-seven percent (67%) or more of HNA members present at the meeting. The new HNA Bylaws take effect immediately and address the SWNI revision requirements.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 2, at St. Barnabas Church at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a Board meeting, open to the public, at 6:30 p.m.

 Submitted by Robert Hamilton

 

 

 


Agenda for November 4, 2015

October 20, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday November 4, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m.     Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of October’s Meeting Minutes

Note: Remember to sign the Meeting’s Sign-In Sheet

7:05 p.m.     Introductions

7:10 p.m.     Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m.      Upper Chesapeake Street One-Way Traffic Presentation:  Kathleen Cochrun’s Proposal for Traffic (One Way) Direction Change

7:25 pm           Metro SW Corridor Plan Presentation & Discussion

8:00 p.m.         Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

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

8:30 p.m.         HNA By-Laws Revision Review & Adoption:

Note: The revised HNA By-Laws require ratification by 2/3 approval of the membership eligible to vote (two meeting rule) and final approval by the HNA Board of Directors.

8:55 p.m.         Announcements & Adjournment

 


Minutes from October 7, 2015 Board and General Meetings

October 19, 2015

HNA BOARD MEETING, October 7, 2015, 6:30-7 p.m

Linda Venti’s resignation was received by the board and acknowledged. Board has power to appoint interim replacement/vacancy. Will talk to Teresa, who had offered to “share” a board slot with Linda under the new bylaws.

Duane expressed need for long term officers, especially president and secretary, given that he may be moving in 2016. Don moved Duane as President, unanimous. John Gould noted bylaws might not allow this—needs to be vote of membership (until new bylaws are approved). Board then noted that as vice president under current bylaws, Duane was called upon to facilitate meetings until a president could be selected. He agreed to continue doing so.

Duane suggests HNA action plan needs to be developed; especially with Portland’s new zoning changes in mind, there are more opportunities for HNA to be involved. All of Hillsdale Town Center becomes CM2 (middle commercial) street activity, height, may create some conflicts. Do we want to be on forefront being creative, contemplating future? He noted benefit of getting additional business owners and operators involved to help guide future growth (3, 5, 10 years forward). The action plan could address not only land use/zoning, but also parks, schools, and other key neighborhood amenities.

Eric asked that we provide links to the most current Hillsdale Plans. He would be interested in updating to a less auto-centric focus. We are a pedestrian district, but parking and other characteristics contribute to overall character. Eric described a retirement community in Florida where everyone gets around by golf carts. Talking about alternatives like this would be interesting.

Duane asked what people want (something like Multnomah Village, or more like some of the North or Eastside town centers?) Let developers know what is desired by neighborhood.

Don we need to expand our thinking to include/focus on areas outside the Town Center, to get ahead of SW Corridor. Duane expressed desire to be positive with developers, carrot rather than stick approach. Duane can try to develop a first draft of action plan for further discussion.

Topics for next meetings were discussed: SW Corridor update; Orange Splot developer, Eli Spevak, has agreed to attend in December to discuss accessory dwelling units and infill as strategies to increase density and housing options in Portland at December HNA meeting. Oct 14 Open House at Wilson for Mixed Use zoning 6:30-8 pm. Nov 18 Tech Connect at Jackson Middle School. SW Corridor Steering Committee meets Monday at Tigard Library 9-11am.

Don asked about need for a strategy for Hillsdale Triangle in order to re-zone or see future development. Get City involved? Duane might ask Eric at City to discuss transportation connections through that area (Robert Gray, Library, other connections). HNA could attempt to reengage City and property owners.

Duane noted there would be a November board meeting at 6:30.

Not Available: Robert, Glenn, Wes not available.

Attending: Duane, Don, Leslie, Rick, Barbara, Sheila, Eric. Adjourned 7pm.

 

 

HILLSDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING – October 7, 2015

Called to Order at 7:04 Duane announced sign in sheet, provided copies of agenda, asked all present to make introductions.

Treasurers Report: Don Baack, $546 at Chase.

John Gould referenced bylaws discussion, and distributed copies for this topic later on agenda.

Presentation on Golden Touch property development plans. Family has owned since ’82, all went to school in area. Have added land around the restaurant over the years. Last year discussed initial plan with HNA. Spent past year evolving whole site, working with City planners, TriMet, ODOT, PBOT, BES. Looking forward to 2025, this builds on local plans (SW Corridor/Barbur Concept Plan).

Overall development plan was described. Provides easement for Tri MET to allow for whatever type of high capacity transit is selected. Main commercial tenant will be Natural Grocers, also a fitness/yoga studio, 20,000 square feet additional commercial space. 220 apartments above four levels of parking, meets all parking standards, all underground; bike lanes provided. 225 bike storage spaces on site, some publicly accessible. Common/open spaces provided, including for dogs. Don asked for consideration of a drinking fountain on Barbur. #6 and 4 SW Trails go through this area.

Duane complimented articulation of facades, and different materials to engage pedestrians and occupants. Family as owners have historical commitment to this area. They want it to be safe, pedestrian friendly, attractive. Eric asked about technology for battery operated bikes? Or electric cars? Rick asked when Golden Touch will close—unknown at this time. It is possible the development could kick off construction by summer of 2016. Don asked about whether utilities would be undergrounded. Trying to get all utilities to agree on how they will be coordinated.

Eric asked about how bike lanes will operate in 10+ years compared to now. Safe entry/exit for bike users to and from site is critical. Currently no plans for a light at 17th. 19th/Barbur won’t change. Residents will have access to green roofs. Studios – 2 bedrooms will consider some affordable, if City requests. Team is open to creativity—willing to listen to all input. Hope to become example for mixed use high density on Barbur.

Don moves that HNA provide letter of support, based on what we’ve seen, investigating affordable housing set aside, water fountain, underground utilities, car and bike charging. Duane will draft.

No schools or HBPA reports.

Transportation – hearing on 10/14 seeks testimony on City’s trails policy. Good news on Red Electric – City has 3 potential projects (2 with railroads, which mean prolonged discussion), so will put funding request in to build Shattuck to 30th, then other funds for other sections. Will ask for letter of support at next meeting, invite Mark Lear.

Land Use – items. 3 proposals. A land division on Idaho. SW Terwilliger & Chestnut, owner might come to future meeting. Several upcoming meetings—SW Corridor Steering Committee; Planning/Sustainability Commission meeting Tuesday, first crack at Employment zones; Comprehensive Plan deals with breadth of land uses, dealing with Employment Zones next, looking at how these overlay, get consensus among various entities (i.e. City, Metro, TriMet). Wilson meeting on 10/14 at 6:30-8 pm will be roll out the four mixed use zones, draft docs. SW Neighborhood Schools, Tech Connect, 6:30-8:30 pm at Jackson Middle School, Wednesday, November 18.

There was a brief discussion of whether the City might decide to use Sears Armory site for housing/homeless emergency, given recent news article. Given environmental conditions at site, HNA members noted need to confirm toxicity levels.

HNA ByLaws Revisions. John Gould led a discussion of the HNA bylaws revisions. Duane provided intro, history behind why City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement asked for such revisions. John provided Executive Summary. HNA has been making decisions via membership not board, insurers believe that is too broad. They want to insure Directors and Officers are engaged, and know that they will be the decision-makers.

All formal decisions of HNA should be made by board. But they will be elected by members, and will ask the membership to debate and adopt advisory motions. Loyalty of board is to membership, to listen, then make independent decisions. Don’t make decisions by surprise. Presiding officer can delay decisions to allow for additional time for information/discussion.

  1. Board selects its officers, but there are mechanisms to remove officers if necessary.
  2. To accommodate schedules and promote leadership, an Alternate can be designated and can represent/vote at given meeting if member is unavailable.
  3. Broad discretion in the executive to conduct meetings, with easily understood rules of procedures, doesn’t require extensive knowledge of Roberts Rules.
  4. Require board to listen to all opinions, engage in discussion and debate, make decisions in interest of entire HNA, even if it doesn’t coincide with majority of membership.What happens if significant controversy exists, but time does not allow additional time for deliberation? Board can consider emergency convening, but will let both neighborhood and recipient know circumstances under which feedback was solicited. Examples such as Chase Bank and Cheltenham decisions were discussed. Leslie noted that leadership has capacity to set agendas in proactive way. Advisory Motions at meetings provides feedback loops. Board should report any decisions it makes clearly for membership.Voting procedures: in general no proxy votes, but individual may call in for specific portion of meeting to be heard. Membership rosters (sign ins) will be maintained for 24 months. You can be a member in many ways—live, work, own a business, attend school here, or have consent of board, but must attend at least 2 meetings in 24 month period. Votes require majority of those present; in case of amendments 2/3 of those present. Provision for “alternates,” described on page 10. No term limits on directors. Officers have term limit of 2 consecutive years, after 3 years, can return. Duties of officers described pages 12, and removing directors is described on pages 14-15.

Duane made two announcements:

  • Bylaws amendments to be vote upon in November.
  • HNA Minutes – last meeting/September–no additions or notes; Don moved, Barbara seconded, unanimous approval as written.
  • Two other items were briefly mentioned: gas tax being considered at City level for 4 years to raise $58 million; Google hub on Healy Heights.

Leslie moved that meeting adjourn, Eric seconded, unanimous.


Agenda for October 7, 2015

September 29, 2015

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting

Wednesday October 7, 2015

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m. Opening, Agenda Review & Approval of September’s Meeting Minutes

7:05 p.m. Introductions

7:10 p.m. Treasurer’s Report (Don Baack)

7:15 p.m. Golden Touch Property Development & Street Vacation Presentation @ 1824 SW Barbur Blvd. w/ Bill Garyfallou and Matthew Lawton

7:25 p.m. Neighborhood Affairs & Informational Reports

Schools: Michael Reunert

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association: Richard Garfinkle

Transportation & SWNI: Glenn Bridger & Don Baack

Hillsdale Alliance: Glenn Bridger & Rick Seifert

Land Use Notices & Issues: Duane Hunting

SW Trails & Parks: Don Baack

7:50 p.m. HNA By-Laws Revision Review – John Gould

Note: The revised HNA By-Laws require ratification by the membership and final approval by the HNA Board of Directors.

8:55 p.m. Announcements & Adjournment


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