Video from Portland Politic, Jim Karlock
Follow-up to Summit II: UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS FOR REFORM (UNFR)
An invitation from Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA)
and Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN) to attend
Open to whom?
To the public, but with priority given to
representatives from neighborhood associations
Mon., Sept. 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m. = Scrutinizing & Prioritizing
Tues., Oct. 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. = Summit III: Reaching Consensus
Grant Park Church, 2728 NE 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97212
* Please park in lot across the street from Grant Park
Chair Al Ellis = firstname.lastname@example.org
On the evening of September 9th, residents from two dozen neighborhoods—80 attendees in all, most of them neighborhood association leaders—gathered together in the sanctuary at Grant Park Church in Northeast Portland, united in addressing one pressing issue: residents’ concerns over problems associated with residential demolition/development practices. A sequel to last spring’s “Summit I” meeting, “Summit II” was designed to get the ball rolling on suggestions for a reform proposal that could garner support from a wide range of neighborhoods, thus paving the way for approval from city officials. Initially conceived in response to residents’ dismay over the increasing number of demolitions (what the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission characterized in their annual report to City Council last July 31st as “something of an epidemic”) and the resultant loss of affordable quality homes replaced by more expensive, incompatible (relative to the other homes on the block) new ones, the “summit” approach was initiated by former Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) president Al Ellis (now Beaumont-Wilshire Newsletter Editor) in an effort to bring the issue to the attention of city leaders and jumpstart reform. While Mayor Hales has acknowledged the need for action on these concerns, he recently deferred to Commissioner Fritz (who oversees the Bureau of Development Services—BDS) to carry the ball. In turn, Commissioner Fritz has repeatedly advised neighborhood associations that it is the Mayor and City Council, not BDS, that decides building code policy and that reform in this area is appropriately pursued though the Comprehensive Plan Update process (months away from completion, maybe longer) and BDS’s Development Review Advisory Committee—DRAC (whose members are predominately developers). Meanwhile, random demolitions and indiscriminate building practices continue unabated. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THE SUMMITS. THAT IS THE REASON FOR FORMING UNFR. AND THAT IS WHY YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL.
The Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association has put together a short survey on the demolition/development practices in an effort to gauge resident sentiment. Please let us know what you think on this issue. Other neighborhood associations are invited to utilize the survey as well. To access the survey CLICK HERE.
The latest newsletter issue is up. Thanks to the BWNA newsletter staff for putting it together. Go to the Newsletter Issues dropdown menu below the Newsletter tab.
Or go directly to this link: Sept-Oct 2014
Do you know a neighbor that could use a helping hand?
The Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Volunteer Group stands ready to pitch-in.
—- cleaning chores, yard work, window washing, garage/storage organization, simple fresh up painting.
Contact John Sandie
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BWNA Demolition/Development Resolution
(Approved at Special Board Meeting on July 7, 2014)
Whereas, the preservation of a neighborhood’s historical heritage and architectural character are of prime concern to residents; and
Whereas, access to affordable housing is a citywide objective; and
Whereas, city building code regulations as currently stated do not address the preservation of architectural character or protection of existing affordable homes;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association supports the following action plan:
1.) revision of the building code to limit the size, lot coverage,setbacks, height, and floor area ratio of house construction to that of the average of existing homes within 200 feet.
2.) revision of building code to incorporate the requirement that local residents be notified of proposed demolitions 45 days in advance of applying for a building permit
3.) imposing of a moratorium on home demolitions or major remodels prior to code revision implementation
4.) encouraging the signing of a (non-binding) “Neighbor Pledge by homeowners to not allow their home to be sold to developers for demolition
5.) collaborating with other neighborhood associations in the drafting and presentation of a joint action plan to the Mayor and City Commissioners to address demolition/development concerns
6.) collaboration between neighborhood associations and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in recommending specific changes to the zoning code with respect to demolition/development concerns as part of a Comprehensive Plan update.
(Posted originally by Al Ellis on Blogspot)