HOMESTEAD NEIGHBORHOOD 
March 1, 2020 E-News
 
The Homestead Neighborhood Association normally meets the First Tuesday of every month, 7pm at the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; 707 SW Gaines, Third Floor. 

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Upcoming Events


There will be no March Meeting of Homestead NA
Saturday, March 7
note new date

Mayor's Community Conversations -Homelessness
9 am - noon
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Sunday, March 8 Emergency Preparedness Fair
noon - 4 pm
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Thursday, March 12 Comments due regarding Residential Infill Ammendments

See article below
Tuesday, April 7 Homestead Neighborhood Association Meeting
7-9 pm
707 SW Gaines, 3rd floor
Thursday, April 23 City Candidates Forum
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy


The E-News is changing.  It will be sent using Mail Chimp in the near future.

 
Please note that the Homestead Neighborhood Association will Not meet in March.  

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday April 7 at 7 pm at 707 SW Gaines, 3rd Floor.  Parking is available.  

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey will attend the April 7 meeting.  He will share an update on Metro's work and is interested in hearing about the key issues and concerns of the Homestead Community.  All are welcome. We hope to see you there.

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February Meeting News

The Homestead Neighborhood Association met in February for a discussion with developers followed by a robust conversation regarding the Area Permit Parking Program.

There are three large developments currently planned for sites in the upper Homestead area, resulting in over 100 additional living units. City requirements do not require off-street parking for these developments, while at the same time, there is limited or no additional on-street parking available.

After numerous site visits and conversations with developers, all projects now include off-street parking for the units. This is good news for residents and the Homestead NA continues to bring developers into the conversation about neighborhood livability as it pertains to parking, street improvements and issues that result from increased development. So far, the developers are very interested in improving livability. They have even agreed to supporting a SW Gibbs sidewalk project that Homestead is very interested in completing.

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Area Permit Parking Program Changes being Considered by the Homestead APPP Committee

The Area Parking Permit Program (APPP) began in 1981 in response to citizen concerns about commuter parking in neighborhoods. Commuter parking originates from outside the permit area and has no apparent connection or business within the permit area.

The program is designed to help people who live or work in areas with a commuter parking problem by creating a visitor time limit. Those who do have businesses or live in the area may apply to purchase a permit, allowing parking beyond the visitor limit.

There are currently several zones in operation. Each zone's boundaries, visitor time limits, and hours of operation are designed around the needs of the individual neighborhood. Each zone has their own combination of residential, business, and visitor permits available for purchase. Neighborhood and/or Business Associations work with the Bureau of Transportation to create the rules for their particular zone.

Each area's parking permit committee has designed and adopted rules concerning that area. These rules are contained in Supplemental Plans. All supplemental plans, including Homestead's Supplemental plan can be found on the city's website. 

The Homestead Neighborhood Association is interested in reviewing and possibly changing the Homestead Plan in order to improve the parking difficulties, particularly in the Zone C area.

Several new developments have recently been built in the Homestead area, many of which have little or no off-street parking available. As a result, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) anticipates that on-street parking will become more constrained in the future as more vehicles compete for the fixed supply of parking.
 
The property at SW Gibbs and Veteran's Hospital Road is being considered by a developer as the site of a 100+ unit hotel and is not required to provide off-street parking for guests and employees. Without considering parking restraints on this development the parking difficulties would increase.
 
The Homestead area contains three parking zones within its boundaries: Zone C is in the upper homestead area encompassing OHSU up to Fairmont; Zone D is a small zone that encompasses 6th Avenue Drive down to Terwilliger Boulevard; Zone E is below Terwilliger down to Barbur Boulevard. Most of the parking difficulties occur in the upper Homestead area in parking Zone C where on-street parking is limited.
 
The Homestead Neighborhood Association is reviewing current Area Parking Permit Program (APPP) rules related to permit issuance for the Homestead Area to possibly ease on-street parking issues. City Code currently prevents restricting resident area parking permits, but changes can be made with the intent of reducing demand on the fixed parking supply, Some options include increasing enforcement and changes for future development that might decrease the impact of that development on current parking.
 
At this time the committee is considering changes to Zone C only.
 
Considerations are:
  1. Limit the number of all business parking permits issued.
  2. Reduce allowed Visitor Parking time on signs to one hour in Zone C.
  3. Consider replacing guest permits with daily "scratch-off" permits.
  4. Consider de-annexing the commercially zoned property at SW Gibbs and Veteran's Hospital Road.
 
Watch for the parking survey that will be available by April. We are hoping to gather as many comments in order to make final decisions in May. Parking on Marquam Hill is a complex issue that affects all area residents and w e want to hear from you!

Do you have comments or other ideas?   Contact us at parking@homesteadna.org

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Homestead NET Provides tips for Emergencies


Emergency Preparedness:    Caring for our pets in emergencies

We all are likely to experience significant family emergencies, if not a disaster on the scale of the CSZ earthquake that leads to a prolonged breakdown of all basic services.    The resilience of families and communities has been shown to be the greatest factor is positive outcomes following family and localized emergencies as well as larger scale disasters.   
 
The time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is   before   it happens.

Homestead Disaster Response planning is currently focusing on supporting households to make basic emergency response plans including individual Household plans and support from and for your immediate neighbors that address the following concerns:
  1. Will your family be together at the time of any major emergency?  If not, how will your household members communicate and reunite even if normal communication and transportation systems are disrupted? Even for a personal health emergency such established communication plans can make you more resilient.
  2. If you have children, how will you reach them if they're at school or in daycare?  Do you know what's in their school's emergency plan?
  3. If you're not home, how will your pets be fed, walked, and cared for until you can return?
  4. If you or your neighbors have mobility limitations, how will you get to and from your home?
  5. Does your workplace have an emergency plan and emergency supplies?
This month we discuss some ideas for caring for your pet when an emergency prevents you from doing so.
 
The Oregon Humane Society has a very good 2-page guide to "Including Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Plans".    If you have a pet you should read it. It emphasizes:

1)  Have a pet survival kit assembled in case you need to evacuate. Delays in evacuation in the Paradise fires cost many lives!
2)  Get to know your neighbors in case you are away when a disaster/emergency hits.If you walk or share your pet with a neighbor regularly, discuss a plan where you might care for one another's pets in such cases.
3)   Have an alternative shelter plan for your pets. Disaster Emergency shelters only allow service dogs inside. Motels that allow pets outside the disaster evacuation area may fill up rapidly.

For More information about the Homestead Neighborhood Emergency Team, or to become a NET member, contact Bob Bonner at downhillhiker@gmail.com

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City Council holds final Residential Infill Project Hearing on March 12
 

The Residential Infill Project is updating Portland's single-dwelling zoning rules and will allow multi-family development projects to be built in areas that are currently zoned for single family houses. For more information visit the project website at:  https://beta.portland.gov/bps/rip   

 
City Council held two work sessions on proposed amendments and directed staff to develop some of them for a public hearing in March.
 
These amendments include:
  1. Technical changes to align proposals with recently adopted projects for consistency.
  2. Changes to align duplex allowances with state mandates in HB2001.
  3. Changes to respond to the SB 534 requirement to recognize certain substandard platted lots.
  4. Creating a combined process for lot consolidations and property line adjustments.
  5. Tools to address unimproved and underimproved local streets.
  6. Provisions for a "Deeper Affordability Bonus."
  7. A historic resource demolition disincentive.
 
Read more about these amendment concepts
 
Public hearing on amendments only

Community members can testify on the amendments at a public hearing on March 12 at 2 p.m. Council will then vote to determine which amendments should be included in the "As-Amended" report, followed by a vote on the entire RIP package at a subsequent meeting. Staff will prepare code revisions and post those on the project website a week prior to the Council hearing.
 
Written testimony on amendments accepted can be made

The record has been reopened to accept written testimony on the amendments now through the March 12 hearing. Mayor Wheeler clarified that any correspondence that had been provided to Council or project staff between January 17 and February 12 is not part of the record and not considered testimony. Therefore, he urged that any such correspondence be resubmitted in order to be considered.
 
The Mayor also stressed the importance of submitting testimony in writing, as time may be limited for oral testimony on March 12.
 
Submit written testimony to City Council.  Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing on March 12 and must include your name and address.
 
Use the Map App:
Use U.S. Mail:
 
www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/infill/mapapp
Click on the "Testify" button.
Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email.
City Council
Residential Infill Project Testimony
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204
 
More details about the March 12 hearing and links to the proposed code amendment language will follow at the beginning of March.
 
For other information about the project

Use the  Map App to learn more about how the proposals affect particular properties.

Additional  map resources are also available through the project website  documents and resources.

Or call or email  Morgan Tracy , Project Manager, 503-823-6879

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 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.   http://www.homesteadna.org 

Homestead also contributes to the monthly "Southwest Neighborhoods SW News".  You can subscribe online at http://www.swni.org/subscribe

Homestead is  a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Neighborhood Association.  Your donation funds efforts to  fulfill Homestead Neighborhood Association's mission and purpose.

 



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Comments relating to the Homestead NA, the Homestead Enews or the website can be made at homestead@swni.org 

Jackie Phillips 
Vice-President, Homestead Neighborhood Association 
 

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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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Homestead Neighborhood Association Board