Allan shared his proposal for the Fremont Bridge Reclamation. The committee was supportive of the idea and Mike is going to help shop the idea around.
Brad to post meeting link on website and post to social meeting to try to attract new members.
Brad to draft high level document about LUTC’s views on infill and variances and discuss next meeting.
Discussed reaching out to our federal legislators about financing infill like RIP. Current shortcoming with bank regulations is that when someone goes to buy a property with an ADUs (or 2-4-plex), they either have to prove the ADU is income generating or just put up a lot more money which most probably don’t have. If banks allowed ADUs to be sold separately or to sell apartments, we might see more ADUs, duplexes, triplexes, and quads being built.
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The Eliot Neighborhood Association has opposed Oregon Department of Transportation’s plan to expand the I-5 through our neighborhood for over ten years. There are many issues with the project including it will worsen our already poor air quality, it will lead to more carbon emissions, it won’t meaningfully address traffic congestion, and there are poor returns on this almost a billion dollar investment.
The Eliot Neighborhood Association is a plaintiff, along with No More Freeways and Neighbors for Clean Air, in a lawsuit against the project. The aim of the lawsuit is to force ODOT to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement to study alternatives to adding more lanes to I-5.
Please come to a rally at Harriet Tubman Middle School Friday, April 9th at 5pm to learn more or support the cause. There will be speakers from Harriet Tubman Middle School, the Eliot Neighborhood Association, and Sunrise PDX (a local environmental group).
Discussed ways to mitigate speeding on NE Stanton including speed bumps and diverters
Folks on call were interested in diverter. We discussed doing outreach with the churches to ensure they were in favor.
Debora from Red Cross
Ali Sadri from Legacy
Thomasina Gabriele from Legacy
Discussed rezoning of 2800 N Vancouver. Ali seemed to be okay with rezoning the lot which was different from what Allan had heard in a meeting with Legacy’s PR person. Ali is going to connect with Legacy’s PR person.
Discussed mitigation plan from Legacy. It is going to expire in 2025 and won’t be needed with the new Institutional zoning.
No new developments planned at Legacy for now, just finishing their existing projects.
Discussed ways Red Cross and Emanual could potentially work together
Discussed wanting to bring someone from the city to an LUTC meeting to talk about all the underutilized land they’re holding onto in the neighborhood.
We’ve seen a lot of divisiveness in 2020 nationally, but even locally it has been hard for many people to see eye-to-eye with their neighbors. I’m hoping in 2021 we find some common ground to work towards addressing some of the problems facing Portland.
This is a hard time to write a Land Use and Transportation update. Between the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the police murder of George Floyd, and the Portland police’s escalating tactics against protesters, it is hard to see anything but police reform and supporting our most vulnerable neighbors as the top priorities.
Local non-profits that help our most vulnerable neighbors, like the Blanchet House (https://blanchethouse.org), are still accepting volunteers amid the COVID-19 crisis to help with meal service and preparation if you have available time and are not part of a high risk group in regard to COVID-19.
Jessica & Dan –
Eliot & Vlasta –
Harrison & Lauren Osbourn- near williams & stanton
Full LUTC attendance: Allan, Brad, Jonathan, Phil
Stanton street speeding-
more & more traffic, aggressive driving. noticing it more now that home all day.
complaints about drug activity around the park potentially fueling the speeding issues.
every day all day – 10-15 minutes between loud cars.
-will write a letter.
– board: greater safety issues in Dawson Park.
– drug dealing out of cars, other illegal behavior is becoming a major problem
2nd letter – Jonathan to write
we need to beef up our greenways – the existing things aren’t going to cut it.
lots of examples & ideas are out there.
Minutes approved from April
Motion to write both letters- approved 4-0.
I-5 effort – monitoring
Rezone – Emanuel Lots east of Vancouver and St Philip the Deacon to CM3 proposed
Climate change has been top of mind a lot for me recently. I used to think that individual consumption choices could help make a change, but recently I’ve adapted more of the mindset that we need to advocate for systemic changes that enable people to lead more sustainable lives and help make sustainable choices the default. Luckily, the city has been pushing for some land use and transportation policies recently that will help achieve more sustainable outcomes.
I’m personally excited about the Residential Infill Project. I will admit that it has flaws, but I think the positives far outweigh the negatives. At a high level, it ends the ban of building 2, 3, and 4 plexes in single family zoned lots. By allowing for the construction of higher density living arrangements, heating will be more efficient (less energy usage!), and transit, walking, and bicycling for daily errands become more viable (less fossil fuel consumption!). Another benefit is that the requirement for off-street parking is removed which will hopefully lead to more tree coverage as there will be fewer driveways and more space for trees. The city’s own analysis also showed that this proposal would decrease displacement in Eliot which is a huge win for the neighborhood.
Another policy proposal the city has recently put forth is the Rose Lane Project. The aim with this proposal is to get busses out of car traffic on the most utilized routes. By helping the bus move more quickly, we’ll be helping move people more quickly and we’ll make taking the bus a more viable alternative to driving for more people. The more people who choose taking the bus over driving leads to less emissions. This project will also benefit Eliot as some of the busses to be prioritized are the 6 on MLK and the 4/44 on Vancouver/Williams.
It’s an exciting time to be involved right now as a lot is changing and there are some projects that make me feel optimistic which can be hard to come by right now. If this kind of thing sounds interesting to you, we’d love for you to come to our Eliot Neighborhood Land Use and Transportation Committee meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7pm at St Philip the Deacon.