In place of our monthly General Membership Meeting, in June we are co-hosting a Bike Tour of Lents with our partners at Green Lents. Think of it as Lents’ very own Pedalpalooza, if you will. It’s summer, it’s sunny and warm, and we figured our community might like to take a break from our monthly meetings inside and meet outside to explore Lents and get to know each other better! For the latest updates on the Bike Tour, follow the event Facebook page. If you are able to, we hope you will join us for the bike tour on Saturday, June 29, starting at 10 AM at the Tool Library.
Our regularly scheduled monthly meetings will resume in July.
LNA events update: Pedalpalooza; “Dumpster” cleanup; community clothing closet
Lents Collective update
-Reimbursements: food May general membership meeting (pre-approved expense Sabina); childcare May general membership meeting; Lents Collective (pre-approved expense; Sabina); allotment reimbursement check dated 1/09/2019 – not deposited? (reference email from City of Portland); Lents Territory Acknowledgement;
-Update on PGE bills and LNA website domain and hosting renewal;
-LNA events sponsorship (Memory Garden “Spring Fling”, Pet Parade
What events or project might we want to do going forward, for which we would request funds from EPCO early on (considering there is no longer an allotment)?
ODOT: Tiana Tozer, Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator for ODOT, provided an overview of crash trends in the Lents Neighborhood and nearby. She also provided information on the Outer Powell and I-205 construction, as well as current traffic safety education efforts and campaigns.
Vision Zero: Clay Veka, Vision Zero program coordinator, gave a presentation on speed limit changes in our area and explained Portland’s data-driven approach to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries.
If you have questions for either Clay Veka or Tiana Tozer, you may contact them directly:
Introductions. Recognition of time keeper and note taker. Code of conduct.
7:10 PM: Announcements
Upcoming LNA events
7:20 PM Discussion: Traffic safety & Reducing fatal and serious crashes in Lents/East Portland
Vision Zero: Clay Veka, Vision Zero program coordinator, will give a presentation on reducing fatal and serious crashes by lowering speeds, explaining which street are owned and managed by PBOT vs. ODOT, and more. (5-10 mins.)
ODOT: Tiana Tozer, Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator for ODOT, will provide an overview of crash trends in the Lents Neighborhood and nearby. She will also provide information on the Outer Powell and I-205 construction, as well as current traffic safety education efforts and campaigns. (5-10 mins.)
Community members will be encouraged to ask questions, voice concerns, or make suggestions.
8:00 PM: Action items
1. Motion for the LNA to take a position in support of changing the city form of government and creating city council districts (Sabina Urdes). For the full text of the motion, read below.
2. Motion for the LNA to oppose the proposed Residential Infill Project (RIP) as recommended by the Planning & Sustainability Commission on a 5-4 vote (Edward Marihart) For the full text of the motion, read below.
3. March General Meeting minute approval
8:00 PM: Public comment
8:30 PM: Meeting Adjourned
Proposed motion for the Lents Neighborhood Association to take a position in support of changing the city form of government and creating city council districts
“We support changing the City of Portland’s form of government to a more representative and equitable system. The Commission form of government no longer serves our city and fails to adequately represent the entire city geographically and culturally. This is why we support shifting to districted elections where city councillors would be elected from every area of the city and in which we would have city managers hired by the Mayor and Council to oversee the City’s bureaus. We affirm that it is also time to expand the size of the council to better represent our past and ongoing population growth. We also support having the Mayor’s race be city-wide as they would need to represent the whole city. Lastly, we insist on a process of robust community engagement in coming up with a districting system that works best for Portland and will pass at the ballot.”
Proposed motion to oppose the proposed Residential Infill Project
The Lents Neighborhood Association opposes the proposed Residential Infill Project (RIP) as recommended by the Planning & Sustainability Commission on a 5-4 vote for the following reasons:
-Additional & the most displacement would be experienced by our neighborhood and other lower income neighborhoods in East Portland
-The number of additional housing units to be built would mostly be rentals
-No off-street parking requirements as current requirements are eliminated
-No new affordable housing included
-Home demolitions of affordable housing will increase in our neighborhood other lower income neighborhoods in East Portland
-A lot of the neighborhood is already zoned R-1 for Apartments & hundreds of additional dwelling units have already been built in the Urban Renewal area
-It’s inequitable as it’s not allowed in the R-10 SFD zone
-This is the “cart before the horse,” as displacement is not addressed
-It will increase gentrification pressures and housing costs in our neighborhood
Proposed action plan: Send letters on our neighborhood stationary to: Planning & Sustainability Commission, the Mayor, the City Commissioners, East Portland district coalition and East Portland Action Plan.
The paving of SE Foster from SE 82nd Avenue to 92nd Avenue, the final stage of the Foster Streetscape Project, begins Friday, May 10, 2019.
This means that from Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. until Saturday, May 18 at 6 a.m., SE Foster Road will be closed nightly from SE 92nd to SE 82nd Avenue in both directions Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m..
Westbound traffic on SE Foster Road will detour at SE 92nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. Eastbound traffic will detour at SE 82nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. TriMet bus line 14 heading westbound on SE Foster Road will detour to SE Ellis Street. Local access will be maintained during the detour.
Today the Portland Bureau of Transportation is updating the speed limit on SE Holgate Boulevard. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from SE 28th to 91st avenues and from SE 122nd to 136th avenues. (The segment between SE 91st and 122nd avenues will remain at 30 mph.)
The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.
This is 1 of 2 of Land Use cases that are active right now.
TriMet is now actively working on their Powell Garage improvements and have requested a Type II land-use adjustment for the required buffer area on the south end of the Powell Garage property. They would like to decrease a portion of the buffer from 25 feet in depth to 17 feet in depth to accommodate the overhang /rooflines of their reconstructed fueling and washing stations. To mitigate, they are proposing to add more intensive landscape screening that includes a berm that is between four and six feet in height.