Minutes from December 4, 2013

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 7:00 p.m.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church


MOTION 2013-12-1: HNA does not approve of the vacation of the SW 25th right of way as presented, and does not have sufficient information to form an educated decision due to lack of plans from BES showing what the final plans look like. Seconded. All in favor.


7:05 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve November minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.


7:08 p.m. January HNA Meeting. Due to the New Year’s Day holiday, the next HNA meeting will be Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Watershed, 6388 SW Capitol Highway. The Board will meet at 6:30 p.m., prior to the general meeting.


7:10 p.m. Hayhurst Big Dream Project. Jennifer Harrison presented. The PTA’s Dream Big Project seeks to raise $100,000 for a new playground and nature area for students. Visit http://hayhurstdreambigproject.weebly.com/ or contact Courtney Kreutz at courtneykreutz@gmail.com for more information.


7:15 p.m. Conditional use permit for an AT&T wireless facility on the rooftop of the Southwest Community Center at Gabriel Park. Mike Unger presented.

AT&T has applied for a Type II conditional use permit for a wireless facility on the roof of the SWCC, and notices will go out to neighbors soon. The area is currently a wireless dead spot. The proposal includes construction of a wall to screen the antennae from public view. AT&T is to pay rent to Portland Parks. There was discussion about how antennae negatively affect neighborhoods, and they should be grouped together whenever possible. A moratorium on new facilities may be appropriate until additional guidelines are in place. Appreciation for his presence at this meeting was expressed. Contact him at mike.unger@lexcomcorp.com or 206-604-5538.


7:30 p.m. Vacation of public right of way at SW 25th Avenue to the north of Nevada Court. Glenn Bridger and developer/petitioner presented. HNA received notice from the City that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has requested the vacation of a public right of way to allow the Bureau of Environmental Services to install a storm water facility in preparation for an eight-lot subdivision. BES has been slow to determine exactly how they would use the property, which was to have been a wetlands nature preserve. The developer’s plan is to include some form of pedestrian and/or bicycle connection through this area. Discussion:

  • While HNA is not against developing this as a residential area, BES’s current plan for the street and storm water facility is too vague to support at this time. In general, this is a problem with BES projects that are not included in its capital improvement program.
  • BES chose not to attend tonight’s HNA meeting, and instead will make a presentation on this issue at the SW Trails meeting on December 19.
  • The City will not allow the housing development to go forward unless the right of way is vacated.
  • It is possible that this right of way will be useful to residents of Stevens Creek Crossing; more information is needed.
  • A task force that includes all stakeholders would be beneficial to all.

MOTION: HNA does not approve of the vacation of the SW 25th right of way as presented. HNA does not have sufficient information to form an educated decision due to lack of plans from BES showing what the final plans look like. Seconded. All in favor.


8:10 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Glenn Bridger presented. The SW Corridor Working Group meets the first Monday of every month 6-8pm at the Multnomah Arts Center. At its first meeting, Metro presented various transportation alignments between Portland and Tigard. One of these is a subway or tunnel between downtown Portland and either Hillsdale or Multnomah Village. Surface routes being evaluated follow Barbur Boulevard. It is a goal that people can walk to access high capacity transit.

SWNI Glenn Bridger presented. Citizen activist groups are working on water towers, new development, and more, and better projects are the result.

Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger announced that the next meeting is February 12 at the Watershed.

Main Street The Paella Dinner was successful. Storefront improvements continue. The north façade (the liquor store and post office area) is getting a new valance, lighting, paint, and signage soon. The Design Committee meets next week, and the Board meets December 9. New recycling containers will arrive soon.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. PPS contract negotiations continue, and a strike is possible in January. Next year’s funding looks better than previous years, and the School Board seeks public input on spending priorities. Our three area schools are conducting a variety of events and fundraisers.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association Richard Garfinkle said the Golden Ticket program is being held again this year and includes both Hillsdale and Multnomah merchants.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed online. Committee priorities include the Red Electric, April Hill Park, and others. The group is evaluating where loos are needed, and continuing its work building trails. Parks Don Baack presented. Ivy pulling projects continue. The next meeting at SWNI is tomorrow night, and Don invited everyone to attend this meeting and vote to prioritize Hillsdale Parks improvements.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. Two land use decisions: the property at SW Moss Street and 17th Drive will be divided into two 2500 sq.ft. lots each for single family houses, and St. Barnabas Church at 2201 SW Vermont Street was granted a boundary reduction, with conditions. As yet, HNA has received no response to its letters dated December 8, 2012 and January 3, 2013, and follow-up may be appropriate. Work on the Portland Ballet building continues, and as yet HNA has not been notified of this expansion project.


8:43 p.m. Announcements.

  • Lynn Rossing announced that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Emergency Team met on December 2, and information was presented about household emergency food and water storage.
  • Don Baack announced that at the recent SWNI meeting there was discussion of splitting the South Burlingame Neighborhood Association. HNA may want to talk to them about redrawing boundaries to include the Fulton Park Community Center and other areas to be in HNA, as they may have a more natural connection to HNA than to other neighborhoods. This decision should be up to the people who live there..


8:49 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.


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