Minutes from September 3, 2014


Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Minutes

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

 

Action Item 2014-9-3-1

A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Action Item 2014-9-3-2

A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

 

President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. The minutes of the July meeting were not posted and action on them will be deferred to the October meeting. He indicated that there will be a Board Meeting at 6:30 pm prior to the October 1, 2014 general meeting. The agenda was approved.

Robert Hamilton reported on the proposed “Hillsdale Micro-Transit Project” initiated by Rick Seifert and which is at the conceptual stage. Five people have now volunteered to help develop the plan to provide transportation assistance by car to Hillsdale residents to the commercial district, including shops as well as Tri-Met bus stops at Capitol Highway and Sunset. A meeting for other prospective volunteers and to address the multiple issues regarding the project will be held at the Hillsdale branch of the Multnomah County Library on Wednesday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m.

John De Jong described the proposal to develop two acres of property (R2.5 zone) within the Hillsdale Triangle at SW 18th Avenue and DeWitt Street. This new real estate development would include 21 detached single homes of three-stories, of approximately 24 x 48 feet foot print each (2,500 to 3,000 square feet, including first floor garage with two-car tandem parking); each Craftsman-style unit would feature 3-4 bedrooms, be on lots of 30 X 80 feet, and sell for $450-650,000.

All utilities will be underground, including a gravity feed sewer system. John will investigate why CC&Rs prevented three earlier proposed projects from being developed. He was advised to be prepared for objections being raised by some residents to the proposed development. The site would include properties owned by the Porter family and Lance Johnson. It has been tentatively named “Heritage Commons.” The developer is Tim Roth of JT Roth Construction. The utilities will be underground and there will be pedestrian access throughout the two acres.

The streets and paths will be privately built to city standards and will be maintained by the Home Owners Association; no gates will be installed and public use will be encouraged. There are no platted streets in this triangle and Lance Johnson indicated that the City did not want any “through-street” in this area to allow drivers to skip the existing traffic lights. HNA members suggested that there be a review of the previous Hillsdale Triangle Master Plans to evaluate if there were any previous study issues that should be considered. There is a “Pre-Application Conference” with the City being scheduled for Tuesday September 30, 2014 (time not certain, but most likely in the morning).

Committee Reports:

Transportation and SWNI: Glenn Bridger reporting

SWNI will offer $10,000 of small grants in 2015 to the 17 coalition members. This is only 50% of what was previously available as grant funding by the City. The application deadline is January 2015. SWNI will again sponsor a Fall Clean Up on November 1, 2014. A Comprehensive Plan Workshop will be held on Sept. 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC). A new tree policy will be implemented in Jan. 2015: cutting trees with a diameter of 18 inches or more will require a permit; the policy will be explained at the MAC at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2014. SWNI will host a celebration of the Portland police at the MAC on Oct. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Regarding transportation, Glenn said that the Barbur bridges trail will re-open October 11, 2014. In addition to 18 items on the transportation priority lists of the City of Portland others should be added. A motion was made by Don Baack that the HNA members support adding the following projects to the planned project listings of the City of Portland as new funding is added to the resources of the Bureau of Transportation: Tier 1 Projects: the Capitol Highway section known as Hoot Owl Corner, providing pedestrian connectivity along Vermont and Capitol Highway; the Capitol Highway section from Cheltenham Street to Terwilliger Boulevard, providing pedestrian connectivity along the south side of Capitol Highway; Creative/Innovative Projects: extended shoulder along Dosch Road between Patton Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway; Small Projects: sidewalks along Portland Parks’ lands on major streets such as those adjacent to Hillsdale Park along Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and adjacent to Fulton Park Community Center at Miles Street, a sidewalk from Cheltenham Street to Westwood Drive along Cheltenham Court, Safe Routes to School that would complete those planned to serve Mary Rieke Elementary School, and Safe Routes to school serving Robert Gray Middle School along SW 25th Avenue right-of-way between Bertha and Kanan. The motion passed unanimously.

Schools: Michael Reunert reporting

Portland Public Schools will add teachers for the 2014-15 school year. Wilson High School enrollment has increased to 1,300; and Robert Gray Middle School has 520 students. WHS’s faculty will include 30% new hires or transfer teachers. The new turf is in place at the football stadium. The annual July book sale had $4,000 in profit, 50% of which will be given to WHS to purchase new high-tech equipment. The other 50% will be set aside for street improvements within Hillsdale.

SW Trails PDX and Portland Parks: Don Baack reporting

A new trail will open on October 11, 2014 to the Willamette River; starting at 10:30 a.m. On September 27, 2014 there will be a walk to Eagle Point on Hamilton Terrace. SW Trails will build, with City funding, a new bridge crossing Fanno Creek. Also, the Master Plan for DeWitt Park is being updated.

Land Use: Duane Hunting reporting

Four land-use notices were received. A motion was made and passed unanimously to support Wes Risher’s application for an adjustment allowing him to construct a new garage with zero lot line setback from property line on SW 7th Avenue.

There have also been four Comprehensive Plan open houses scheduled by the City of Portland, two on the west side of town on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm and the other for Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Both are at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR, second floor in room 2500A. Leonard Gard’s write-up on the Comprehensive Plan in the SW News was a very good overview of the current July 2014 Proposed Draft document.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

Submitted by Duane Hunting and Robert Hamilton

 

 

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