2021-03-08 LUTC Minutes

Minutes for March 8, 2021 LUTC Meeting

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Phil
  • Mike 

Minutes

  • 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.

2021-04-12 LUTC Agenda

ENA Land Use and Transportation Committee Agenda

April 12th, 2021, 7:00-8:45 pm

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Agenda

  • 7:00 Open meeting, Welcome guests, Introductions (5 mins)
  • 7:05 Discuss agenda and accept any additions (5)
  • 7:10 Discuss draft of LUTC feedback framework (45)
  • 7:55 Discuss two recent demolition proposals and how we want to give feedback (20)
  • 8:15 Fremont Bridgehead Reclamation update (20)
  • 8:35 Approve past minutes (10)

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Rally to Stop the Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion

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). 

Facebook Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/366551091129130

FAQ about the Freeway Expansion: https://nomorefreewayspdx.com/faqs/

Lawsuit Info: https://eliotneighborhood.org/2021/04/05/hey-odot-well-see-you-in-court/

2021-03-09 LUTC Minutes from end of 2020

November 2020

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Kathryn
  • Andrew C
  • Harrison O
  • Scott B, PBOT Traffic Engineer

Minutes:

  • 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.

December 2020

Attendees:

  • Brad 
  • Allan
  • Phil
  • Debora from Red Cross
  • Ali Sadri from Legacy
  • Thomasina Gabriele from Legacy

Minutes:

  • 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.

2020-10-12 Land Use Meeting

Agenda for October 12th, 2020

7:00-8:30 pm

Zoom Link

  1. 7:00 Open meeting, Welcome guests, Introductions (5 mins)
  2. 7:05 Discuss agenda and accept any additions (5)
  3. 7:10 Proposed Draft of the Historic Resources Code Project (60) 
  4. 8:10 Discuss upcoming projects and if we want to get involved (15)
  5. 7:25 Approve Minutes (5)

Please email lutcchair@eliotneighborhood.org if you have any issues with joining Zoom.

2020-09-14 LUTC Cancelled

Be sure to keep your eyes open for the next LUTC meeting on October 12 where we’ll be discussing updates to the Historic Resources Code which affects Eliot since we’re a Conservation District.

And don’t hesitate to reach to lutcchair@eliotneighborhood.org with any Land Use questions

Letter from LUTC Chair

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.

If you have the means, some ways to support the local Black community are to eat at Black owned restaurants (https://iloveblackfood.com/pdx-directory/) or support Black owned businesses (https://mercatuspdx.com/directory/black-owned-businesses). The Black Resilience Fund is accepting donations and giving funds directly to Black Portlanders in need (https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-black-resilience-fund).

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.

Please take care of each other and stay safe.

LUTC Meeting Minutes 2020-05-11

Attendees

Jessica & Dan –
Eliot & Vlasta –
Harrison & Lauren Osbourn- near williams & stanton
Full LUTC attendance: Allan, Brad, Jonathan, Phil

Discussion

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.

Updates:
I-5 effort – monitoring
Rezone – Emanuel Lots east of Vancouver and St Philip the Deacon to CM3 proposed

Land Use and Transportation Committee

Agenda July 13th, 2020

7:00-8:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Link

Zoom Meeting ID: 93542711253

Zoom Password: 747204

  1. 7:00 Open meeting, Welcome guests, Introductions (5 mins)
  2. 7:05 Discuss agenda and accept any additions (5)
  3. 7:10 Neighborhood Greenways Discussion (30) 
  4. 7:40 I-5 Expansion Update (10)
  5. 7:50 Discuss upcoming projects and if we want to get involved (5)
  6. 7:55 Approve Minutes (5)

Land Use and Climate Change

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.