Minutes March 7, 2012


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
St. Barnabas Episcopal School
 
Action Item 2012-3-7-1:
John Gould made a motion to commend the City of Portland for its Sunday Parkways program. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
Action Item 2012-3-7-2:
Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association join with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and Hillsdale Main Street to form a partnership with Tri-Met and others to improve our transit and other facilities. Also, that HNA nominate the Hillsdale Town Center as a candidate for testing a new METRO transportation model looking at the intersection of vehicle traffic, pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and business development. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. and asked each person to introduce himself or herself and answer the question: Should HNA meetings be limited to 90 minutes each month?
 
The agenda of today and minutes of the February 1, 2012, meeting were approved.
 
Julia Gisler reported on the City’s efforts to update regulations regarding “urban food zoning.” The goal is to increase public access to healthy food through markets and community gardens, including private community gardens which might be located on business or institutional grounds (e.g. hospitals). Policy prevents “Environmental Zones” (EZ) from being transformed into gardens. The City will identify and regulate by topic.
 
Janis McDonald (Project Manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation) reported on plans for the fifth year of Sunday Parkways, the mission of which is to encourage walking. On July 22 the program will feature Terwilliger Parkway and celebrate its 100th birthday with a 7.5-mile walk. Janis showed a map of the planned route and described many ways for the public to be involved in the event.
 
John Gould made a motion to commend the City of Portland for its Sunday Parkways program. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
John Gould reviewed features of the SERA Plan of February 2009 for development of the Hillsdale Triangle and Town Center. John advocated that the HNA board review the plan and the need to have proper zoning in place to implement it. The City should adopt the plan as well as a complementary transportation plan for the Triangle. Rick Seifert reported on Chase Bank’s decision not to develop the lot in the Town Center. Architect Richard Brown is updating his design for the area. A credit union candidate—not yet publicly announced—has no intention to develop the lot but might rent space in a new structure. If the Baskin Robbins site were wedded to the adjacent empty lot, the Brown design might include space for three or four businesses, Rick said.
 
President Mikal invited John Gould to meet with the HNA at the April board meeting to discuss his proposal in greater detail.
 
Committee Reports:
 
SWNI
Robert Hamilton reported on the SWNI board meeting, including the forthcoming board and member retreat on March 29.
 
Transportation
Glenn Bridger reported that he has no update on the Sunset sidewalk project; and, no second meeting date has been determined. Reduced speed (below 35) is being proposed for Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. Barbur Corridor studies will begin with land use. Don Baack reported that METRO is considering 10 communities as research candidates for MTIP money employed to improve pedestrian traffic. Mike Hoagland at Tri-Met is interested in developing a new model for pedestrian traffic. Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association join with the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association and Hillsdale Main Street to form a partnership with Tri-Met and others to improve our transit and other facilities. Also, that HNA nominate the Hillsdale Town Center as a candidate for testing a new METRO transportation model looking at the intersection of vehicle traffic, pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and business development. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
 
 
Hillsdale Alliance
Glenn Bridger announced that the Hillsdale Alliance will meet on April 11.
 
Parks
Don Baack invited members to join him and SW Trails PDX for a long walk on Saturday, March 10. He also reported on efforts to save Fulton Park Community Center from City closure. He noted that Fulton Park recovers about 45% of its costs through fees, a percentage in line with other community centers. Sixteen percent (16%) of the people present at the budget hearing live outside of Portland and come for special events. Don and Arnie Panitch recently attended a budget hearing wearing “Red Shirts to support the Fulton Park Community Center” to lobby City officials to restore funds to keep the community center open; and to offer ways to increase Fulton Park revenues.
 
Main Street
President Mikal noted that the Hillsdale Mainstreet Design committee would be presenting mural options for the east side of the Bank of America building at its next meeting. Residents could also ask about proposed re-configuration and re-striping of the parking lot on the north side of Capitol Hwy.
 
Stephens Creek Crossing (formerly Hillsdale Terrace)
Sheila Greenlaw-Fink reported that a conditional use request will be made in May or June regarding a new Headstart Program for the future facility.
 
Announcements
President Mikal announced an HNA board meeting will be scheduled prior to the April 4 general meeting. He requested that all agenda items be sent to him by no later than Monday, April 2. And, he reminded members that St. Barnabas will offer free dinner to anyone on Saturday evening, March 10.
 
The motion to adjourn was passed at 8:58 p.m.
 
 
Submitted by Robert Hamilton
*photo courtesy of Peter J. DeCrescenzo

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