Hillsdale Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, December 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.
St. Barnabas Church
MOTION 2014-12-3-1: Don Baack moved that HNA support the general thrust of United Neighbors for Reform’s effort and ask the City Council to form a task force of developers, citizens, and staff to address all their concerns for R5 and larger lots.
MOTION 2014-12-3-2: Don Baack moved that the annual Thanksgiving Walk be sponsored by HNA for the next five years. Seconded. All in favor.
MOTION 2014-12-3-3: Glenn Bridger moved that HNA support the development proposal by Norm’s Garden as listed in the notification dated November 14, 2014. Seconded. All in favor.
MOTION 2014-12-3-4: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the school district saying thank you for fixing the security lights and now they need to be on all night. Seconded. All in favor.
7:01 p.m. Agenda and Minutes. President Mikal Apenes opened the meeting. Introductions were made. Motion to approve minutes for the November meeting. Seconded. All in favor. Motion to approve agenda with two additions: trivia contest and Food Front. Seconded. All in favor.
7:05 p.m. Don Baack Awards. Robert Hamilton reported that Don Baack was recently honored with a 2014 Spirit of Portland Award, and the 2014 Weston Legacy Award. Don was given a round of applause for these achievements and for his ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of southwest Portland.
7:10 p.m. United Neighbors for Reform. Steve Elder presented. UNR is a group of neighbors and neighborhoods that began in July when the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee became concerned about the many older homes being razed and quickly replaced with extremely large new homes. 24 Neighborhood Associations have joined to support a resolution that will be presented to City Council on December 17. Copies of this document were handed out to those present. Questions from those present included:
- Would this resolution apply to a situation in which a house has sustained serious damage, such as in a fire?
- How would the changes proposed by this resolution affect a homeowner who wishes to build an addition that would double the size of the home?
- How would these changes relate to City infill policies and zoning laws?
- What types of properties would these changes apply to?
Discussion followed. The document is vague and does not adequately lay out the principles that the neighborhoods agree on. Steve Elder responded that this document is merely a starting point, and that the resolution is directed at developers, not disasters. He said his role is to be an advocate for proper, safe, appropriate demolition and building laws that should be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA support the general thrust of this effort and ask City Council to form a task force of developers, citizens, and staff to address all these concerns for R5 and larger lots. Seconded. Discussion. While the draft resolution needs more work, there is agreement with its intent that is to ensure that neighbors receive adequate notification of demolitions and that new homes are built to a scale that fits the neighborhood. All in favor.
7:35 p.m. Trivia Contest. Arnie Panitch presented a cone to the group and asked what type of tree it was from. Even though no one could answer the question Arnie shared a box of candy with the group.
7:40 p.m. Food Front Update. Robert Hamilton presented. The NW Examiner and the Hillsdale News both published articles about internal problems at Food Front Cooperative Grocery. Food Front has one and a half years left on its lease. As an anchor tenant of the Hillsdale Town Center its presence is important to both the business community and area residents. The co-op’s concerns involve financial problems, governance, structure, the roles and responsibilities of the board, and employee relations. Robert suggested that Food Front seek an outside opinion about its mission, operations, and business model by retaining a consultant who competent in this specific industry. Co-op members are invited to Food Front’s board meeting on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. (or 5:30 p.m. for those who have RSVP’d for dinner).
7:56 p.m. Committee Reports.
Schools No report.
Transportation Glenn Bridger reported. ODOT’s construction projects on Barbur are finished and the I-5 bridges seem to be complete. Work is continuing on the SW Corridor Plan, with the Steering Committee meeting on December 8 in Tigard; details can be found on the website. The Tryon Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Project group will meet to discuss How BES and PBOT can work together to enhance street and pedestrian connectivity on January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center. The street fee continues to be discussed by City officials. The lights along Capitol Highway near Terwilliger are being repaired. MOTION: Don Baack moved that the annual Thanksgiving Walk be sponsored by HNA for the next five years. Seconded. All in favor.
SWNI Glenn Bridger reported. SWNI is grateful to the extra volunteers who came forward to help with the recent neighborhood cleanup. The City has denied SWNI’s request to extend deadlines for work on the comp plan. A Neighborhood Summit will be held on January 31, 2015, time and place to be determined.
Hillsdale Alliance Glenn Bridger presented. The next meeting will be January 21, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Watershed. Topic: wildfires in Hillsdale. Don Baack said Fire Station 5 is offering free checks for home hazards.
Land Use Duane Hunting presented. 1. HNA received notification of a Land Use/Adjustment Review for Norm’s Garden Restaurant at 7710 SW Barbur Boulevard, which the owners want to convert to a Taco Bell restaurant. HNA has until December 5 to respond. The proposal includes pedestrian improvements and landscaping. MOTION: Glenn Bridger moved that HNA support the development proposal by Norm’s Garden as listed in the notification dated November 14, 2014. Seconded. All in favor. 2. Duane continues to work on the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Mixed Use Zones Project that is consolidating the current nine commercial ones into four mixed-use zones. A preliminary zoning concept has been drafted. Duane is looking at how these changes would affect Hillsdale and southwest Portland due to the area’s topography. 3. Two upcoming meetings may be of interest to Hillsdale residents. On December 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 2500A, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will work on two urban renewal areas and the West Quadrant Plan. On December December 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at 1221 SW 4th Avenue, second floor, is a City Council hearing for the North Macadam and Central Eastside urban renewal areas.
SW Trails Don Baack presented. The trail under the Barbur and I-5 bridges is now open. The group hopes to get additional funding for the Red Electric Trail.
Parks Don Baack presented. The committee met to discuss changes to DeWitt Park and hopes to generate community support for a master plan. The committee has secured a $10,000 commitment from the City to pay for a safe route to schools from Bertha Boulevard to Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway that will be built by SW Trails. The City has proposed a draft trails policy, but it needs major re-writes. Don will bring a motion to HNA in January.
8:40 p.m. Announcements and Discussion.
- Arnie Panitch reported that the parking lot across from Verde Cocina has been resurfaced at a cost of $1500, paid for by the merchants who rent the lot from the city for $600 per month. The lot is for customers only, no more park and ride.
- The 76 station on Barbur Boulevard will go out of business in a week or two, and a new Fred Meyers gas station will open on the northeast corner of the intersection.
- The lights near the Wilson pool and the small security lights on the sports field are not lit after dark. MOTION: Don Baack moved that HNA write a letter to the school district saying thank you for fixing the security lights and now they need to be on all night. Seconded. All in favor.
- Rick Meigs expressed concern that R2.5 zoning put in place to increase density is not doing what it set out to do due to landslide zones.
8:55 p.m. Adjourn. Next meeting will be January 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas, with a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include the process of finding new board members and re-writing HNA bylaws. Motion to adjourn. Seconded. All in favor.