January 2017 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. 
January 3 Meeting Agenda

Homestead News

"It's not housemates, it's not subletting, and the definition can vary from state to state and city to city. The City of Portland recently adopted new regulations that define what is allowed as an Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) in the Portland Zoning Code Section 33.207

The word "accessory" in the title emphasizes that the primary  use of the residential dwelling is long term occupancy, and only a part of the dwelling unit is used for short-term rental purposes..." ( from the City of Portland/BDS website)

The City of Portland held a hearing on December 16 to approve new enforcement rules for ASTR's that 1. Establish a citation based enforcement process for violations and 2. Establish administrative review and appeal procedures for these violations.

After review of the testimony, the City will adopt these rules or revisions sometime in January.

  • Southwest in Motion
A PDOT Advisory Committee is being formed to help guide development and adoption of the Southwest in Motion Project .  The Committee will begin meeting in February and Homestead is interested in being represented.  This topic will be an item of discussion at our January 3 meeting.

From the implementation strategy....."The primary goal of SWIM is to develop a near term (5-10 year) implementation strategy for active transportation projects in Southwest Portland.  The strategy will significantly improve the efficiency of delivering small and large scale pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects by establishing project priorities as funding becomes available.  Encouraging active travel means creating a seamless network of major walking and bicycle routes by filling in key gaps and providing safe crossings opportunities."

View the Implementation Strategy document at

If you are interested in representing the Homestead Neighborhood Association by participating on this committee, contact Ed Fischer at .

The approval by City Council was a disappointment to the Homestead Board.  The Board spent a lot of time reviewing the proposals, met with staff on a number of occasions and gave in-person testimony and written testimony before City Council against the blanket approach this project seemed to provide.

Homestead and many other neighborhood associations were not in agreement and asked that the City consider infrastructure, topography, stormwater issues within the neighborhoods.  Our concerns went unheard.

While the City emphasizes the issues of housing scale, demolitions and "housing choice" in its messages, the real controversy on the table is re-designation of single family residential neighborhoods/zones for construction of multifamily housing through the use of a blanket overlay (otherwise known as "residential infill or increasing density).  

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.

You are invited to join us for our monthly meetings and frequent park events!




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