Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.
MOTION 2014 – 3-5-1 Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.
MOTION 2014-3-5-2: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. All in favor.
7:06 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. The meeting was called to order by President Mikal Apenes. Self-introductions were made. The February minutes will be reviewed at the April meeting. Motion to approve agenda, seconded, all in favor.
7:08 p.m. Southwest Corridor Plan. Metro Transportation Planner Matt Bihn presented. Significant population increases are forecast for Southwest Portland. This growth will focus on mixed-use development, and high capacity transit (HCT) will help define where it goes. Metro is working with the multiple jurisdictions along the corridor, and using their individual plans to determine where high capacity connections are most needed. HCT is cost effective as it requires fewer operators and attracts more riders. In Phase I of the study, the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee recommended that Metro study both light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) options. The Committee also recommended that 50-100% of any BRT operate in dedicated lanes, to (1) make it faster and more efficient, (2) qualify it for New Start (federal) funding, and (3) be supportive of the land use vision for the area. Phase II is the Refinement Phase of the study in which the many transit design options put forward will be assessed. Surface light rail through Hillsdale is not an option due to space constraints. Metro is working toward an Environmental Impact Statement in July 2014.
Arnie Panitch said that preserving Hillsdale residents’ current access to a wide variety of destinations via public transit should be an important consideration going forward.
A SW Corridor Plan Design Option Workshop will be held in the Cafeteria at Wilson High School, 1155 SW Vermont, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to view detailed maps of design options including bridges, tunnels, approximate station locations, elevators, paths, stairs, ramps, etc. Public comments will be collected and passed on to project Team Leaders and the Steering Committee. Workshops also will be held in Tigard on March 19 and in Tualatin on March 20. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or see the project website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/southwestcorridor.
8:10 p.m. Portland Police Report. Portland Police Officer Scott Foster presented. In the last 30 days a number of car prowls and one car theft were reported, but no burglaries or violent crimes. Neighbors who put trash and recycling out at the curb for pickup should watch out for people going through their bins before the garbage trucks arrive. Trash and recyclables are the property of the homeowner until they are picked up by the garbage trucks. Residents are encouraged to always report incidents to the police.
8:25 p.m. Selection of Hillsdale Priorities for Transportation Needs. Glenn Bridger presented. Metro has put forward a list of projects it believes would complement the SW High Capacity Transit Corridor. The SWNI Transportation Committee is requesting that each of its 17 member Neighborhood Associations put forward their three highest priority projects from this list. Glenn distributed packets including a map with descriptions of potential projects selected by citizens at a recent workshop. The two lists share some of the same ideas. Glenn suggested that the three priorities for HNA might be (1) Barbur Boulevard North pedestrian and bicycle improvements, (2) Barbur Boulevard South pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and (3) the Red Electric Trail. These projects would benefit Hillsdale as well as other area neighborhoods.
MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support the Red Electric Trail project. Seconded. Discussion. Question called. All opposed.
MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA approve the Red Electric Trail with the Slavin Road route, and that we support further study on Barbur with clear alternatives so that in the future we can decide on a reasonable proposal for Barbur. Seconded. Discussion. All in favor.
9:17 p.m. Committee Reports. Due to the late hour, Committee reports are tabled until the April meeting. Duane Hunting distributed copies of the March Land Use Report.
9:18 p.m. Announcements. On March 10th, the City will host a West Quadrant Plan Open House, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1221 SW 4th in the Atrium. On March 15th at 10 a.m. Stephens Creek Crossing will hold its Grand Opening. On March 19th 5:00 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, ODOT will hold an Open House regarding the Newbury and Vermont Street bridges. Next HNA meeting Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm at St. Barnabas Church located at 2201 SW Vermont Ave.
9:18 p.m. Adjourn.
Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.