City council is accepting written testimony for Portland's Residential Infill Project recommendations until Wednesday Nov 23.
What is the Residential Infill Project? From the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's website:
Portland is growing and our housing needs are changing. Nearly 123,000 new households are projected by 2035. About 20 percent of new housing units will be built in Portland’s single-dwelling residential zones. Increased cultural and racial diversity and an aging population will also affect housing needs. The average number of people per household is getting smaller and households with children are expected to decline to 25 percent over the next 20 years. Portlanders have expressed concerns about the size of new houses, demolitions and the rising cost and lack of housing choices throughout the city. In response, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is taking a fresh look at the allowances for development in single-dwelling neighborhoods.
The comment period for TriMet's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 annual bus service proposal is now open, allowing riders the chance to weigh in on changes to eight bus lines and the addition of one new route. These changes aim to better match rider demand, connect more people with jobs and schools, streamline service and ease crowding.
In response to community concerns about demolitions and the scale of new homes, as well as the supply of housing in Portland, the Residential Infill Project is exploring ways to adapt Portland’s single-dwelling zoning rules to meet the needs of current and future generations. The project addresses three topic areas: scale of houses, housing choice, and narrow lot development.For more information visit the project website at:www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING OF THE RESIDENTIAL INFILL PROJECT FILLS COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Thanks to everyone who come to the City Council hearing yesterday (November 9th) It was a great turn out and over forty people testified before the City Council on the recommended concepts.
Below are the next City Council meetings on the Residential Infill Project. All City Council meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.
Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. BREAK then reconvene at 6:00 p.m. for an evening hearing. The 6:00 hearing was added last week to provide more flexibility for people to attend outside of regular work hours.
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2:00 p.m. Work session/possible vote
How can I let City Council know what I think about the concepts? Testify at one of the hearings: You may testify in person by signing up when you arrive. The sign-in sheet will be available one hour prior to the hearing (1:00 pm for the 2:00 hearing and 5:00 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. hearing). The Council Clerk will call people to testify in the order of the sign-in sheet. Each person will have 2 minutes. There are currently 39 people who signed up but did not get to testify on Nov 9th; these people will get to testify first on Nov 16th. Their names will be called at both the 2:00 and 6:00 hearings. So for those of you on the list you can decide which hearing you want to attend.
As always we encourage you to check the Council agenda prior to the hearing to confirm the item is still scheduled.
You may also testify on the recommended concept in writing:
Via U.S. Mail: 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204
Copies of the report and handouts are also available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th floor, or can be mailed to you if you call 503-823-7700.
Will the City Council meetings be video-taped?
Yes, all the City Council meetings will be broadcast live and you may view past City Council sessions if you are unable to attend any of the meetings. Visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/28258.
Can I see what testimony has been submitted to council?
Yes, the testimony received before and during the Nov 9th hearing has been scanned and the Council Clerk will add a link on the council agenda for November 16, on line #1258 Residential Infill Project. Check the Council agenda after 5:00 on Nov 10th.
Due to efforts from concerned Cully residents of the Cully Air Action Team, Living Cully, and findings from most recent USFS study of metal contaminants in moss samplings throughout the greater Portland area, the Oregon DEQ and OHA have decided to take action:
Agencies take action in Cully
DEQ and OHA initiated a dialogue with Cully neighborhood representatives about the new moss data, and to seek their input on how best to communicate upcoming and ongoing activities with the larger community.
DEQ will conduct air monitoring in and around Cully. DEQ will first gather data on wind direction patterns and find suitable locations that are secure, have access to electricity for operating the monitoring instruments, and can be safely accessed by DEQ staff members. DEQ is reviewing information about potential sources of airborne metals, as there may be several sources of pollutants in the area.
Follow-up actions in other neighborhoods could include additional moss sampling, air monitoring or facilities inspections depending on priority level. The agencies cannot investigate all sites immediately, and the first priority in June is the Cully neighborhood.
The Cully Association of Neighbors takes pride in its neighborhood involvement and the achievements that have resulted.
2012 Cully Association Chairwoman receives the "Spirit of Portland Community Stewardship Award".
2006 Spirit of Portland Neighborhood Association Award Winner
Held largest one day association neighborhood clean up in the entire City of Portland, collecting over 50 tons of material, bulky waste and recyclables 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Attendance at CAN general meetings averages 60+ people monthly.
Negotiated with private developer and City for dedication of 3 acres on new park land as part of a rezoning approval.
Participates on committees related to Columbia Biogas Good Neighbor Agreement, Portland Airport, Transportation, Cully Blvd Green St, Parks, Whitaker Ponds Master Plan, Cully Park Master Plan, Hacienda Safety, SUN Schools, good neighbor agreements, and Cully Neighborhood Plan (1992).
Community outreach and neighborhood enhancement includes neighborhood fairs, tree plantings, litter patrol, book and harvest fairs, donations to various groups, bilingual flyers and having information available at 6 newsstand boxes.
"Cuisine in Cully" successfully brings together neighborhood businesses and restaurants with residents for a delicious evening.
Partnered with PSU and City Planning on Cully neighborhood 2006 survey.
Chair received "Chief's Forum Award" 2005 Certificate of Appreciation
1994 "Spirit of Portland Neighborhood Association Award Winner".
.The City has applied to Metro for funding for the “Cully Walking and Biking Parkway” which includes sidewalk and a bike lane on 72nd Avenue. Metro is accepting public comments on the proposal between now and November 7.
Mini Grant Application information : Go to News -> Mini Grants To see how to sign up for Mini Grant.