Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 7–8:30 p.m.
Meeting will take place remotely. See details below.
This is a public meeting. All are welcome!
Facilitator: John Carr, STNA Land Use Chair
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– Inner Eastside for All campaign. Hear from Portland Neighbors Welcome about their ideas to create more housing opportunities and more mixed-use neighborhoods in Inner Southeast — including South Tabor. As they put it: “Our vision is simple: it should be legal for any residential lot from roughly 12th to 60th, Fremont to Powell, to contribute to a thriving, mixed-income, mixed-use fabric of urban neighborhoods by allowing street-scale apartment buildings.”
What does this vision look like? How might it impact South Tabor? What zoning code changes would it require? Why those boundaries? What work is the coalition doing? Any successes? Next steps?
Read more about their Inner Eastside for All campaign here. And bring your ideas and questions to the discussion!
Featured photo by Will Hollingsworth via portlandneighborswelcome.org. (Creative Commons-Attribution)
– Land Use Decision: Mount Tabor Park Lights (LU 23-088549 HR DM). The Landmarks Commission has approved the proposal to replace the 88 park lights in Mt. Tabor Park. From the decision: “The new concrete light poles will be hexagonal to match existing, and the new light fixtures will be acrylic/metal light fixtures with decorative metal strapping. The proposed replacement poles and fixtures will be installed in approximately the same location as the current poles.”
– Powell-Division Safety Improvements Project. Below is the latest update from TriMet (from 1/23/24):
- Submittal of revised 30% plans to City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation
- Awaiting comments and potential approval of the 30% plans
- Next step is to start designing 60% if 30% plans are approved
- We should hear about the approval sometime in March
– SEUL Land Use and Transportation Committee Meeting 2/12/24. TriMet talked about the 82nd Avenue Transit Project, similar to the FX-2 on Division. Service is from Clackamas Town Center and to a northern turnaround, location TBD. Feedback on proposed station/turnaround locations is encouraged this spring and summer. Construction could begin in 2028 with FX operation in 2030, dependent upon federal funding.
TriMet also talked about the Forward Together revised service concept as they expand bus service to an additional 50,000 people, expand weekend service, and increase frequent bus service throughout the area. Change is dependent on new driver recruitment. Completed updates include Line 19 route optimization, frequent service on Line 17-Holgate, Line 70, and Line 71-60th Ave and provide a new bus line on Sellwood Bridge. They also talked about expanding the battery-electric bus fleet (now at 10 with 24 more on the way) as they aim for zero emissions by 2040. New electric buses will be deployed on eastside routes.
Finally, Tom Armstrong from BPS talked about the Housing Production Strategy, which follows up on the recently adopted Housing Needs Analysis (HNA). The HNA is a state-mandated requirement that is updated every six years in fulfillment of Goal 10 “Housing” of the Oregon State Planning Goals. All cities of a set size must provide a HNA and HPS. Once Portland’s HPS is adopted by City Council following multiple public comment opportunities, the HPS will be sent to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for review. The HNA forecasts a need for 377,268–417,039 total households by 2045, highlighting a gap in Portland of 97,471–120,560 new households. This need represents up to 21.7% of Oregon’s forecasted requirement for 555,000 new housing units to be built statewide over the next 20 years. The city currently has ample zoned capacity. The challenge is how to meet the diverse housing needs through a range of location, types, and prices required. A simple majority of the new housing must be affordable (53% at 80% Average Median Income or lower) to meet our neighbors’ needs.
A draft is anticipated this month with a set of actions and policies for the City. Comments and ideas are encouraged. Sign up for email alerts on the HPS draft and visit the Portland Map App to provide written comment. Read the As-Adopted 2045 Housing Needs Analysis. See the related 2023 Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI) project. Sign up for BPS email updates. (Thanks to Matchu Williams, SEUL neighborhood planning and liaison manager, for his notes on this meeting.)
– PBOT’s Building a Better 82nd. See upcoming meetings and events listed here.
– Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard project updates. Great news! I’ve heard from PP&R that the SE 64th Avenue bicycle/pedestrian path might open as early as March. They wrote: “Some final touches and some safety features are going to be installed, then it will ready and open to public use. We plan an official opening celebration in early summer to celebrate the new path and maintenance yard improvements.”
Also at a past LUC meeting we learned that PP&R employees do not currently have on-site parking for their personal vehicles. In the meantime, many of them are parking on the street in South Tabor. Please help keep an eye on their vehicles and report any theft or vandalism to the police.
– SE 59th Ave. and Woodward Visioning. PBOT is scheduled to attend our STNA general meeting in March (Thursday 3/21) to talk about a couple design solutions for this wide intersection. Save the date!
As a reminder, here’s our collection of land use and transportation resources.
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