All are invited to a community meeting at The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave., October 26th, 7:00 – 8:30pm. In an effort to satisfy a City requirement, T-Mobile is having a meeting prior to renewing a permit to install a Cell Tower facility at NE 31st and Prescott St. The Alameda Neighborhood Association urges our neighbors to attend the meeting and express their opinion on cell towers in residential neighborhoods.
Effective July 19, 2010. In an effort to provide the highest level of service, while maximizing limited resources, the Bureau of Development Services has created a pilot project for the summer that allows citizens to submit online complaints accompanied with a digital photograph of tall grass and weed violations at properties within the City of Portland.
Title 29 of Portland City Code requires the owner of any property to cut and remove, and keep cut and removed all weeds, and grass that are located in lawn areas and have a prevailing height of more than 10 inches. In October 2009, BDS was forced to prioritize various enforcement/complaint types in order to effectively process the most critical cases with reduced resources. Unfortunately, limited resources have not allowed BDS to respond to tall grass and weed complaints.
Even though tall grass and weed conditions have been deemed a lower priority, I do understand the importance of the outdoor maintenance regulations as they relate to increased vandalism, graffiti, and other conditions that can lead to neighborhood deterioration said Paul Scarlett, Bureau of Development Services Director. While BDS enforcement resources remain limited at this time, we are very excited to create this opportunity to allow citizens to partner with us to address tall grass and weed violations to improve the livability and safety of our community.
To participate in the pilot project and report a property with grass and weeds in excess of 10 inches high, citizens are encouraged to submit a complaint accompanied by a digital photograph online at:
Due to limited resources, complaints may only be submitted online and must be accompanied by a digital photograph of the reported violation.
You can also get more information regarding this pilot program by visiting:
Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
Monday, February 8th, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm
1829 NE Alberta
The Mayor and Commissioner will take public testimony from stakeholders of Last Thursday on Alberta, including residents, business people, neighborhood activists, vendors, performers, and attendees.
The Mayor & Commissioner areconsidering options for Last Thursday, including:
• Continue the event as is
• Continue the event with significant changes
• End Last Thursday on Alberta
They would like to hear your opinion on these or other options.
Please attend and bring your neighbors and co-workers with you. Your opinion is important and needs to be heard!
To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities.
TTY 503-823-6868 with such requests.
If you are unable to attend this community meeting, consider writing about your experience with Last Thursday and sending it to the Mayor and Commissioner Fritz.
Mayor Sam Adams
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4120
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 220
Portland, Oregon 97204
Phone: (503) 823-3008
Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00pm at the McMenamins Kennedy School Community Room
Deborah Stein from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be presenting the Portland Plan at the CNA general meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00pm at the McMenamins Kennedy School Community Room.
Building on the visionPDX process the Portland Plan will identify how to ensure Portland is a thriving and sustainable city for the future, with opportunity for all.
The Portland Plan is taking a variety of issues such as education, human health, civic engagement, housing, transportation and the environment. The City is also partnering with a wide range of public agencies to ensure alignment of actions and investments.
The Portland Plan will be developed over the next 12 months. The current phase of the process is looking at baseline conditions – where are we now? To view the work plan for the Portland Plan and the other phases of the project, please visit www.pdxplan.com. You can also review the draft Portland Plan Handbook and background reports as well as take a survey online.
The City will be accepting public testimony on the background reports at three upcoming Planning Commission hearings on January 26, February 9 and March 9. However, comments on the background reports will be accepted until late 2010. The public is welcome to submit comments by mail, FAX, e-mail or online. Please visit www.pdxplan.com for more information.
For more information download the latest Portland Plan brochure.
Last year more than 700 local residents learned how to transform their yards into “urban farms,” preserve their harvest and keep chickens and bees. The overwhelming response has led to a tripling of course offerings for the 2010. The expanded roster includes classes such as cheesemaking, cooking, advanced chicken and beekeeping, innovative gardening and healthful food on a budget classes. On-line registration is available at http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/ugb.
“Portland residents know that growing and preserving their own food is great for our personal, environmental and community health,” says Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “The Urban Growth Bounty classes are a great value. There’s always more to learn about how to grow, preserve and eat sustainably on a budget.”
Presented by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, new partners and well-known experts are on board for the 2010 series, including Oregon Tilth, Naomi Montacre, Monique Dupre, Ivy Manning and the creative hands at Salt Fire and Time and Abby’s Kitchen. Classes for all skill levels are offered from February through November and held at locations all over the city.
About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) promotes integrated land use planning and development based on sustainability principles and practices. BPS also develops and implements policies and programs that provide environmental, economic and social benefits to residents, businesses and government, which strengthen Portland’s position as an international model of sustainable practices and commerce. www.portlandonline.com/bps
December 14, 2009
Dear Community Partner,
As you may already be aware, over the last year the Bureau of Development Services has experienced its most drastic workload and revenue decline in recent history due to a steep and sustained decline in construction activity. In response to the revenue and workload decline, the Bureau has laid off 150 employees over the last 5 months. Bureau management and staff have been implementing service level and organizational changes focused on maximizing our ability to provide customers an acceptable level of service despite reduced resources.
In order to keep our customers up to date with these changes, we have developed a communication plan to regularly communicate any significant bureau organizational and service level changes to our customers, industry stakeholders, community organizations and citizens. This communication plan includes summarizing changes into Service Level Update documents that are provided to affected customer groups. All of the Service Level Update documents are posted on the BDS web site at http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=51292. The Service Level Update PDF summarizes our communication plan.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this or our Service Level Update communication plan. I am also very interested in ideas you may have on getting this information out to our customers.
Do you want to have a say in what happens to the Memorial Coliseum site? Does the community need a rollercoaster? A casino? Another sports arena?
The City is moving fast to solicit plans to redevelop Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding area, yet so far the public has not had much input into any of these plans.
Vision into Action believes that the community should have the chance to submit a concept for this site that reflects community values and priorities, honors the history of the site, and benefits as many people as possible. We are therefore developing a concept for this site which will be submitted to the City and the Portland Development Commission by January 8, 2010 as part of the formal design competition.
We need your input to create a design that reflects your values! Please join Vision into Action and the Center for Intercultural Organizing for a presentation on an initial concept and a chance to provide feedback and shape this proposal as it moves forward.
Thursday, December 17th 2009
6:30 to 8:30pm
Center for Intercultural Organizing
700 North Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
(Bus Lines 4, 44, or 72)
Light refreshments will be provided.
For directions, call CIO at: (503) 287-4117 For other questions or information, call Vision into Action at: (503) 725-9620
To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Memorial Coliseum Input Meeting” in the subject line. We hope you will join us!
For more information on the redevelopment process, go to: http://www.rosequarterdevelopment.org/
Portland Parks & Recreation started the Ainsworth Linear Arboretum four years ago with the idea of showcasing unique varieties of trees in an urban setting. This is a great way to learn about our neighborhood and decide on what tree you may want to order from Friends of Trees. To register for this free walk or to get a map, call (503)823-1650.
Sunday, October 11th, 12:30 – 2 P.M.
United Church of Christ,
2927 NE Ainsworth
Time is running out to register for this year’s Ready. Safe. Go., the annual FREE crime prevention, safety and emergency preparedness event happening on April 25, 2009. You can choose from 21 classes designed to meet your needs and interests during three, hour-long morning sessions. And then stay for the afternoon to see what others are doing in different areas around the City during the volunteer recognition event honoring community members who help make Portland a safe and livable place to live, work and play.
Preregistration is required by April 9.
For more information, a list of classes, or to register, click on the following link or call 503-823-4064.
The City Council finalized its decision on the proposed rezoning of the Colwood Golf Course at its October 22 meeting. The Council voted unanimously to deny the request to rezone Colwood Golf Course from open space to industrial.
In its exhaustive findings on the matter, the Council underscored the conclusion that any potential economic benefits of converting Colwood to industrial would not outweigh the negative impacts on the City’s environmental and open space policies.
Despite the Council’s final decision on this matter, it ain’t over ’til its over. The landowners are exercising their right to appeal the City’s decision to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).
LUBA is a state-level body that hears and rules on appeals of land use decisions made by local governments. LUBA’s rules are very formal and the body operates like a court. LUBA is the only forum that can hear appeals of local land use decisions. LUBA consists of three Board members who are appointed by the Governor. All the Board members are attorneys with an expertise in land use planning law.
The LUBA review and hearing process could take up to three months. Their decision could take a variety of forms including affirming the City’s decision, rejecting it, or send the decision back to the City for further consideration.
CNA maintains its position opposing the rezoning of Colwood and this opposition and the evidence supporting it is part of the record that will be reviewed by LUBA.
We will continue to provide updates on the Colwood decision process in the Concordia News and at concordiapdx.org.