April 6, 2019 E-News
The Homestead Neighborhood Association normally meets the First Tuesday of every month, 7 p m at the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; 707 SW Gaines, Third Floor. 
Upcoming Events

April 10, 3-7 pm Tri-Met SW Connector Open House 310 SW Lincoln Street
April 15, 6 pm Homestead Event Planning Meeting F&B 3460 SW Veterans Hospital Road
May 7 at 7 pm Homestead May Meeting 707 SW Gaines
June 4 at 7 pm Homestead June Meeting 707 SW Gaines

There will be no April meeting for Homestead. The May and June meetings will include:

  • Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NET) Update from Bob Bonner, NET Team Leader
  • Discussion with Developer regarding 72 living units planned for 3140, 3204 SW 12th and 3205 SW 11th. They will also talk about a proposal for 36 living units proposed for 3125 SW Gibbs.
  • Nominations for Homestead Board Representatives (elections in June); if you are interested in serving on the board, attend the May meeting to place your name on the nominee list. (Or email
  •  OHSU Project Team will discuss the Traffic Impact Study and the architectural drawings for the new OHSU hospital expansion.
  •  Mindy Brooks (BPS) will attend to discuss the Environmental Overlay Map Correction Project, answer questions and explain the timeline and what this means to you.  (More info follows)
  • Homestead Board Elections

Membership is open to all who reside within the Homestead boundaries. The membership form can be found on the Homestead website at
Homestead Neighborhood Emergency Team in Formation
Do you know that the Homestead neighborhood is one of the only areas of Portland WITHOUT an active Neighborhood Emergency Team? 
We can do better than this!        And we must! 

In any disaster, those areas that prove the most resilient are those where people know their neighbors and come together to work productively after an emergency, whether it's a water main break (as happened in March in Northeast Portland), a power outage, heavy snow and ice (Winter 2017) or the much-dreaded Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.
At the May meeting of the Homestead Neighborhood Association, Bob Bonner, who completed Neighborhood Emergency Team training in December 2018 and has volunteered to be the Homestead Neighborhood Emergency Team Leader, will speak about how to organize Homestead and how we all bring our various skill sets to the task of mapping and organizing our neighborhood, by block and skill sets.
You do NOT need to be a Marvel comic type super-hero, a medical professional, or a wilderness adventurer.
Did you enjoy ham radio as a kid (remember those pre-cell phone days?) 
Do you enjoy going door-to-door and meeting your neighbors?
Do you have great Excel sheet skills?
Come to the May 7 Meeting of the Homestead Neighborhood Association and find out how to get involved.


Special Event Team Meeting and Picnic Survey 

The Homestead Event Team will meet at the F&B Cafe, 3460 SW Veterans Hospital Road at 6 pm., Monday April 15 to begin planning for the 2019 Homestead Picnic. 

If you are interested in joining this fun team meet us at the F&B on Monday. Or you can sign up using the 2019 Picnic Survey found on our website or email us at 


Marquam Hill Connector Open House and Green Ribbon Committee Meeting
The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project will include a connection from the Gibbs Street MAX Station on Barbur Boulevard to Marquam Hill. This short distance up the steep hill requires some combination of pathways and mechanical facilities, such as an elevator, to make the connection.
Homestead has a representative, Ed Fischer on the working group and a representative on the Green Ribbon Committee, Anton Veterllein, Friends of Terwilliger.

There are two opportunities to learn about potential connector options and provide your feedback, both on Wednesday, April 10 at University Place Conference Center:

Marquam Hill Connector Open House
3-7:30 p.m.
Coos Bay Room
University Place Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland

Marquam Hill Connector Green Ribbon Committee Meeting
4-6 p.m.
Willamette Falls Room
University Place Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland

Additional Information at


The environmental overlay zones protect natural resources that are essential for watershed health. The environmental overlay zones were applied to properties through officially adopted conservation plans around Portland starting in 1989 and completed in 2003.

Since then, the technology used to map natural resources has greatly improved. With the new Natural Resources Inventory in 2012 it became obvious that some resources that are supposed to be protected (like stream segments) are not, while other lands have regulations but no natural resources. This project will correct that.

In July 2018, staff began attending community meetings and performing site visits in the Johnson Creek Watershed and Boring Lava Domes. Spring 2019, staff will attend meetings and do site visits in the Northwest Hills and Southwest Hills. Finally, the work will finish up in the Columbia Slough Watershed and Columbia RIver in summer 2019. Public hearings and adoption are anticipated 2020. 

Staff will not be introducing any new policies or regulations as part of this project. To see a draft of update environmental overlay zones in Johnson Creek and Outer East, view the  ezone map .

If you received a postcard from the city regarding the Environmental Overlay Zone on your property and have questions about your property or the process for map corrections, attend the June Homestead meeting.   Mindy Brooks from BPS will attend to answer questions.

Additional information and maps can be found at


Better Housing by Design (DOZA) Revised Proposed Draft now available

The Better Housing by Design  Revised Proposed Draft, which includes refinements to the initial proposals based on the PSC's direction, is available for review. This draft will be considered by the PSC before the Commission makes its final recommendations, possibly by the end of April.


Make your voice heard.........

The year ahead will be a busy one filled with discussions and important decisions that affect the Homestead area.  If you want to be part of the conversation you can become a member using the membership form found on our website. 

Homestead also contributes to the monthly "Southwest Neighborhoods SW News".  You can subscribe online at


Comments relating to the Homestead NA, the Homestead Enews or the website can be made at 

Jackie Phillips 
Vice-President, Homestead Neighborhood Association 

NOTICE: If you no longer live or own property in the Homestead neighborhood and do not want to receive these emails, please reply accordingly and we will remove your email address from our list-serve.  Thank-you. 

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Neighborhood meetings are held at 7:00pm, the first Tuesday of each month during the school year at the OHSU CDRC, 3rd Floor, SW 6th and SW Gaines Street.




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