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 = email@example.com
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.