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Do either the future or 82nd Avenue interest you? If so, please join Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland for our will host two guest speakers on Tuesday evening, July 16. Sandra LeFrancois of Central Northeast Neighbors and Lew Scholl of Montavilla Neighborhood Association will discuss the 82nd Avenue Community Forum held at Madison High School two months ago, recap elements of the final report (500K PDF), and discuss the next steps of the project.

The final report distilled nearly 100 forum participant responses in six key areas: Arts and culture, business development, crime prevention, family wellness, streetscape design, and sustainable transportation.

82nd Avenue Forum: How it fits the bigger picture

The 82nd Avenue Community Forum was held in the context of the city Comprehensive Plan Update, which is in development through next summer (2014), and still very much open for community input. The latest Comp Plan Update report is the Growth Scenarios report projects growth in Portland along four possible patterns: Central city, civic corridors (including 82nd Ave and Sandy Blvd), neighborhood centers, and default (recent trends). Both the civic corridor and neighborhood center models for planning future growth could mean greater zoning density along civic corridors.

Portland Comp Plan Update map: Civic Corridors and Neighborhood Centers

Caption: Neighborhood centers and civic corridors shown on a Comp Plan Update corridors and centers map (large PDF). Note how Sumner neighborhood is hidebound by these important corridors. The dotted-line circles are neighborhood center areas identified for commercial & mixed use growth.

82nd Avenue Forum: How it fits with previous work

In addition, the recent 82nd Avenue Community Forum builds on a very nicely done and detailed report called “Imagine NE 82nd Avenue” completed in 2008 by Madison South and Roseway neighborhoods in cooperation with PSU graduate students. Among other things, that effort defined two core goals for NE 82nd Avenue, that it:

  • “connects surrounding neighborhoods and improves livability as a walkable, safe, green, attractive mixed-use destination that nearby residents are proud of”
  • “provides access to parks, open spaces, community gathering spots, healthful local food, and a variety of interesting local businesses”

The Imagine NE 82nd Avenue report is especially useful given the potential for greater density on NE 82nd (and Sandy) in the Comp Plan Update. In particular, it includes a visual reference of building styles for different zonings. These styles can make a big difference in terms of livability and visual appeal regardless of density.

And, of course, SAN completed our neighborhood plan this past February. With that plan in hand, a rep from SAN participated with other NE Portalnd neighborhood reps in a mapping conversation during early June. Our neighborhood plan will be recast in the context of the growth scenarios for the sake of providing neighborhood feedback to the city for the Comp Plan Update. That means stating a preference about whether and how growth should be managed along our civic corridors, and nearby neighborhood centers (possibly including around the Sumner/Parkrose MAX transit center).

The SAN meeting will take place at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, July 16, 2013. We meet at the usual location, the Central Northeast Neighbors conference room, 4415 NE 87th, just north off Sandy (map). Please join us for this important topic!

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Any chance you heard anything about this project? Per The Oregonian on Wed 6/19/13 about Oregon Transportation Commission:

A $250,000 grant to the city of Portland to help build a third metered ramp lane to the southbound freeway on-ramp at the I-205 and Northeast Killingsworth interchange.

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Southbound again, the I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth with nearby homes on the right

What does it mean?

Here is the short of it is: The Colwood Golf Course rezone proposal (3.5 MB PDF) aims to turn about 48 acres of open space into industrial zoning. The 48 acres to be rezone is located entirely north of Cornfoot Road and Alderwood Road. Widening the onramp here in Sumner — 1.5 miles from the site being rezoned — is the traffic mitigation solution recommended by Portland city staff. Here is the recommendation:

Prior to issuance of Building Permit and/or Site Development Permits for new development on Tax Lot 100 (48.36 acres), off-site transportation improvements must be addressed, through coordination and construction under separate Public Works Permits issued by PBOT and ODOT, with the following improvements:

  • Add a third queuing lane for the southbound on-ramp to result in three 12-foot wide lanes;
  • Widen to the outside of the existing lane to accommodate the additional lane;
  • Replace the existing ramp meter to accommodate the additional lane;
  • Provide new illumination;
  • Accommodate stormwater from the new impervious area in roadside swales; and
  • Provide any necessary related improvements to NE Killingsworth at the intersection with the southbound I 205 ramp.

Normally a land use issue in a nearby neighborhood is of limited interest. The problem in this case is that the land use proposal is in one neighborhood, while the entire proposed traffic mitigation solution is located in another neighborhood. In such a case, the city is not required to notify the second neighborhood.

The hearing on the land use proposal was on Tues, June 12. Yesterday (June 26) was the deadline to provide comments about the proposed rezone. On behalf of Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN), I filed comments about the onramp portion of the land use proposal (350K PDF). The comments cited six approval criteria as unsatisfied and requested other improvements for traffic mitigation closer to the proposal Colwood industrial site instead of the onramp widening.

Comments needed to be tailored to address the specific approval criteria set out in the land use code. This particular proposal is complicated in that it is also seeking to amend the comprehensive plan map and the zoning map (which are similar but not exactly the same). So there is at least a second layer of approval criteria that must be met for the rezone to be approved.

What comes next

As a Type III Procedure, the Hearings Officer makes a decision fairly quickly at this point, probably within 7-14 days, unless the applicant requests that the comment period be extended. PBOT will probably get a chance to respond to our comments, but it’s not clear yet whether that will be before or after the Hearings Officer renders a decision. After the decision, there is a 14-day appeal period. If there are no appeals, it goes to City Council for testimony & final approval. (See the BDS’s handy timeline for Type III land use proposals.

One last thing: That $250K grant approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission has letters of support from Governor Kitzhaber’s staff, the directors of ODOT and PBOT, and a state agency called ‘Business Oregon’ for the onramp expansion. Those are some pretty big guns. Stay tuned.

Some thank yous

Just to understand where we are with this surprise project, SAN had help from a number of friends & people working for the city of Portland. Here are a few thank yous to them:

  • Alison, Sandra and Ronda at Central Northeast Neighbors (CNN)
  • Chris Warner in Commissioner Steve Novick’s office
  • Kurt Kreuger at  Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
  • Sheila Frugoli at Portalnd Bureau of Development Services (BDS)

See a few more pictures of the southbound onramp below.

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Facing north from the Sandy Blvd overpass

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Facing northesterly from the Sandy Blvd overpass across the MAX station

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Facing west on Killingsworth at the entrance of the southbound ramp

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Facing south, showing the bend in the onramp after the traffic lights for the two existing metered lanes on the ramp. Kurt at PBOT said only the upper portion of the onramp would be widened, that Killingsworth itself would not be widened, and that no trees would be cut down. Unfortunately, those details are not explicit in the current recommendation in the current Colwood rezone proposal

Southbound I-205 onramp at NE Killingsworth Street in NE Portland

Caption: Facing northeasterly from the ‘SAN Lot’ at NE 92nd, property owned by ODOT that SAN hopes to rezone into a neighborhood park via the Comprehensive Plan Update process this year and next

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This Saturday — June 1, 2013 — is our fourth annual neighborhood garage sale in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland. We have 12 homes signed up. Get your printable flyer (500K PDF) here! (Link to flyer has been removed.)

Update (6 PM, 1 June 2013): Thanks for visiting…sorry, the sale is over until next year!

2013 garage sale map thumbnail

Most sales start at 9 AM. Lots of items are up for grabs, and this year the sellers describe them with their own words. Here’s a sample:

…Flavorware Oven Deluxe, LaPresse Food Slicer, Eureka Enviro Multi Steamer, Digital TV Converter (for Analog TV-New in Box), 2 Round White Storage/Laundry Baskets, Vented Low Style Chaise Lounge (No pad), Hummingbird Feeder…

Another example:

House decor in dark wood, modern design, DIY furniture, dining room tables, 4 cushion chairs, vases, 3×3 ottoman with butler trays, Blackwell dresser. Priced to sell.

One more:

furniture, file cabinets, computer towers, printers, electronics, small work bench, tools boxes, pressure washer still works.

If you are not familiar with Sumner neighborhood, we are located between NE 82nd and I-205 north of Sandy Blvd (near The Grotto).

Unlike previous years, unfortunately this year our garage sale is not on the same date as the annual garage sale in Maywood Park — just across the overpass. This year their annual garage sale is Friday to Sunday, June 28-30.

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The newsletter for spring 2013 (2 MB PDF) for Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) in NE Portland, Oregon, is now available online!

Sumner newsletter for winter 2013 This issue was delivered over the last two weekends. Thanks to Patricia for another georgeous design and layout.

Thanks also to our many neighborhood volunteers to deliver the newsletter to your very door handle: Marcy, Janet, Cyril, Henry, Karen, Katherine, Colin, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Joan (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • Annual neighborhood cleanup at Helensview School on Saturday, May 11
  • SAN board elections on May 21 (and the deadline for filing by Wed, May 8
  • Top five reasons to sign up for the annual neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1 (sign up free online)
  • An earthquake map as a preview for our guest speaker from the Red Cross Oregon Trail chapter about disaster preparedness at our May 21 meeting
  • Calendar of events through June, including litter patrols
  • Notes from February and March meetings
  • And much more!

But wait, there’s more! An insert (1 MB PDF) includes the following:

  • Flyer with details about the May 11 neighborhood cleanup
  • Application form to run for the SAN board, file by May 8
  • Application form to join our neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, June 1
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