Minutes from January 8, 2014


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, January 8,   2014 7:00 p.m.

The Watershed

 

MOTION 2014-1-1: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association hereby request that this vacation action include the following:

1.      The vacation exhibit includes portions of the existing dedicated SW 25th right-of-way that is included in the new subdivision action. We request that the action be amended to identify only those lands north of SW Texas Street Extended, as shown on the subdivision plat of December 2013, and not needed for the new subdivision.

2.      The new 20-foot utility and access right-of-way shown between SW 25th and the westerly property line of subject parcel, and located on the south side of SW   Texas Street Extended will provide pedestrian connectivity important to the neighborhood.

3.      The proposed beneficial recipient of the vacated lands located north of SW Texas Street Extended has been identified as the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. As this public right-of-way will no longer extend through their future holdings along SW 25th Street, we request that a non-revocable right-of-way be created between the newly created access route identified in Item 2 above and SW 26th Street, so as to provide pedestrian access in the general vicinity of SW Texas Street Extended between SW 25th Street and SW 26th Street, such dedication to take place prior to the vacation of SW 25th described above.

 

MOTION 2014-1-2: Don Baack moved to encourage Habitat for Humanity and the Capitol Hill Condominium Association to take steps to ensure there is a Good Neighbor Agreement in place to work something out between themselves, the church, and possibly the future homeowners. Seconded. All in favor.

7:03 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. Motion to approve December minutes, seconded, all in favor. Motion to add two items to agenda including the BES vacation of SW 25th   Avenue and Habitat for Humanity’s Trillium   Court project, seconded, all in favor. Motion to approve revised agenda, seconded, all in favor.

7:08 p.m. Trillium Court, a proposed seven-unit affordable housing condominium project, 6875 SW Capitol Hill Road. David Bonn, Vice President of Housing Development, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro East and Steve Messinetti, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Oregon, presented. The 21,000 sq ft site was acquired by Habitat for Humanity (HH) as part of the Stephens Creek Crossing project. Part of the site is within the City’s Environmental Conservation and Environmental Protection overlay zones, which triggers a land use review and limits the development to seven units. The condominiums will look like row houses, each with one on-site parking space. Accessible parking spaces also will be provided. HH works with buyers who need stable housing, who are willing to invest hundreds of hours of labor, and who can repay an affordable loan. Groundbreaking is planned for this summer. Residents of the adjacent Capitol Hill Condominiums (CHC) and others raised the following issues:

  • Seven units may not be able to pool together sufficient resources to adequately maintain the property.
  • Nearby on-street parking is limited, so overflow may spill into the CHC parking lot.
  • Pollutants from the property may drain into the nearby creek.

Discussion followed. HH’s 15-year experience with condominiums has shown a tendency for homeowners to hold one another accountable for maintenance. As lender and financial partner, HH is interested in upkeep. The project will include a sidewalk, curb, and swale. Home owners’ parking needs should be minimal as most own only one car, and bus lines are nearby. Concerns about density and parking are zoning issues that should be addressed to City Council rather than HH. A City-prescribed storm water management plan will protect the creek from pollutants. Storm water runoff should be collected for homeowner use or gardening. Going forward it may be helpful to participate in a Good Neighbor Agreement process to address neighbors’ concerns.

It was noted that there is a separate issue involving a land dispute involving a 6-7 foot strip of property between the HH and CHC properties that over the years has been fenced, landscaped, and maintained by CHC.

7:45 p.m. Stephens Creek Crossing Children’s Center Capital Campaign. Mari Yerger, Neighborhood House Development Director, presented. Neighborhood House will be providing Head Start preschool education to low-income children in the Stephens Creek Crossing (SCC) housing development. The Children’s Center will include three classrooms, as well as space for family strengthening programs and Head Start staff. Some programs will be available to families outside of SCC in order to increase residents’ interaction with the larger community. It is possible that space will be available for community meetings. Volunteers, possibly including WilsonHigh School students, will be invited to teach EFL classes, provide homework assistance, take children on field trips for after school enrichment, and more. Neighborhood House is charged with raising funds for the Center’s Center furnishings and playgrounds. Individual playground tiles are available for sponsorship at $250 each. Contact Mari at myerger@nhweb.org.

8:04 p.m. Bureau of Environmental Services vacation of SW 25th Avenue north of Nevada Court. Don Baack presented. This is a follow-up to the December meeting when HNA requested further information. The BES still does not have a plan for this vacation. The neighborhood’s concern is pedestrian connectivity that will ensure access to housing, churches, and commercial areas. Don Baack provided those in attendance with written copies of a motion:

MOTION: Don Baack moved that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association hereby request that this vacation action include the following:

1. The vacation exhibit includes portions of the existing dedicated SW 25th right-of-way that is included in the new subdivision action. We request that the action be amended to identify only those lands north of SW Texas Street Extended, as shown on the subdivision plat of December 2013, and not needed for the new subdivision.

2. The new 20-foot utility and access right-of-way shown between SW 25th and the westerly property line of subject parcel, and located on the south side of SW Texas Street Extended will provide pedestrian connectivity important to the neighborhood.

3. The proposed beneficial recipient of the vacated lands located north of SW Texas Street Extended has been identified as the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. As this public right-of-way will no longer extend through their future holdings along SW 25th Street, we request that a non-revocable right-of-way be created between the newly created access route identified in Item 2 above and SW 26th Street, so as to provide pedestrian access in the general vicinity of SW Texas Street Extended between SW 25th Street and SW 26th Street, such dedication to take place prior to the vacation of SW 25th described above.

Seconded. Discussion. This motion gives HNA’s support for the 180-foot portion of the vacation in exchange for a 25-foot pedestrian access and an easement through BES property. If BES vacates the entire street, the developer would not be required to make any improvements, leaving it as basically just a driveway. The question was called. Mikal read the motion aloud. All in favor. Don will draft the letter for Mikal to sign.

8:18 p.m. Committee Reports.

Transportation Wes Risher presented. A series of public meetings for citizen input on the SW Corridor Plan Portland is held the first Monday of every month through June 2014, 6-8 p.m. at the MultnomahArtsCenter. At last night’s meeting an overview of several options was presented. These include a light rail tunnel with underground stations at OHSU, Hillsdale, and Multnomah before surfacing at the Crossroads near Barbur Foods, and Bus Rapid Transit along Barbur Boulevard. Citizen input is also being sought for smaller projects to make it easier for people to get to the transit corridor. See the Metro or Portland Bureau of Transportation website for more information. Ultimately, Metro will make the final decision on corridor alignment. Don Baack suggested that while the two Barbur   Boulevard bridges are being re-surfaced there will be a good opportunity to measure traffic impacts on cut-through streets such as Westwood and Cheltenham and collect data useful for determining the feasibility of a road diet for Barbur. For our February meeting we may want to discuss the Barbur Concept Plan, examine implications for Hillsdale, or invite Joan Fredrickson from the Bureau of Planning.

SWNI No report.

Hillsdale Alliance No report.

Main Street No report.

Schools Michael Reunert presented. PPS contract negotiations are continuing. The SW Schools Committee is looking at ways to improve technology with limited resources – projectors and other equipment is needed. Various fundraising efforts are underway at our three area schools.

Hillsdale Business & Professional Association No Report.

SW Trails Don Baack presented. The Committee continues to work on funding for the Red Electric. It is looking at a Safe Route to School between Stephens Creek Crossing and RobertGrayMiddle   School. Also, it is working with the City to get one permit for many small projects instead of acquiring multiple permits. The trail in StephensCreek park does not meet ADA standards as it is too steep. The purpose for a 30 foot connection within the park was to make is easier for people walking north.

Parks Don Baack presented. Working on getting ADA improvements for the trail through StephensCreekPark, and a connection to Raz-Baack Crossing. The Committee will be trained on how to build water humps on January 16, and is working to improve a dangerously steep switchback in HinesPark.

Land Use Duane Hunting presented. HNA has received one Land Use Notification involving Trillium   Court, discussed earlier this evening. The proposal includes invasive species removal, native plantings, planters to manage storm water quality and quantity, removal of three trees, and more. Duane is collecting comments and will submit them by the January 13 due date. MOTION: Don Baack moved to encourage Habitat for Humanity and the Capitol Hill Condominium Association to take steps to ensure there is a Good Neighbor Agreement in place to work something out between themselves, the church, and possibly the future homeowners. Seconded. All in favor.

9:05 p.m. Adjourn.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, all in favor.

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