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

Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) newsletter for fall 2013 This issue was delivered over the last weekend or two. It has more pictures than usual. Thanks to Patricia for yet another gorgeous 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, Tish, Molly, Erica, Heather, Katana, Jay, Emily, Cindy, Ronda, Jacob and Jody (the newsletter delivery ringleader)!

Items in this issue include:

  • The annual children’s Halloween party (PDF) at Helensview School on Friday, Oct 25. This part didn’t make the newsletter: Our neighbor Miles, champion pumpkin carver, will donate one of his works for the event.
  • Photos from the annual National Night Out barbecue on Tuesday, Aug 6
  • An update on the onramp widening proposal from Killingsworth southbound onto I-205
  • Photo: Johnson Lake stewardship picks up a sponsor for Sept 28
  • Calendar of events through December, including our Holiday Gala on Dec 3
  • Notes from summer SAN meetings
  • And much more!

See the Halloween flyer to find out how to donate candy or volunteer for the Halloween party this Friday!

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We have two fun outdoor events coming up in the next few weeks in Sumner neighborhood here in NE Portland. Greet fall by meeting some new neighbors and getting your hands dirty!

Event #1: Stewardship at Johnson Lake on Saturday, Sept 28

Johnson Lake, 2011 (DEQ photo)

What it is: The Johnson Lake natural area has a long and interesting history and it needs your help to stay healthy, safe and beautiful. Join Portland Parks & Recretion and the Sumner Association of Neighbors to help remove invasive weeds, pick up trash and improve trails in this small, but pleasant park.  Snacks, light refreshments, gloves, tools and training will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Maintenance & Monitoring. If you’re lucky, you might even see a crane or beaver. Cosponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation and SOLV(E).

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM (free lunch from Cascade Station Subway included)

Where: Meet at trailhead at the east end of NE Colfax Street (it’s a cul-de-sac), off NE 92nd behind the glass factory (map)

Signup and more info: Go to the SOLV(E) signup page or contact Marissa at PP&R. If you already signed up at the annual barbecue or at a recent neighborhood meeting, you don’t have to sign up again. And if you just show up, no one will be turned away! The more the merrier. More background on Johnson Lake.

Event #2: Parke Diem at Helensview Community Garden on Saturday, Oct 12

Parke Diem LogoWhat it is: Get “Down & Dirty” with the gardeners of Helensview Community Garden! Help to prepare/cover crop plots for the winter, build up pathways with bark chips and when the work is done, join in for a volunteer potluck picnic to celebrate all our hard work! If you have not been down to the garden yet, this is a great chance to see what the fuss is about! Cosponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and the Portland Parks Foundation

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

Where: Helensview Community Garden, 8678 NE Sumner (access via NE 87th), in the NW corner of the Helensview schoolyard (map)

Signup and more info: Go to the Parklandia signup page or contact helensviewcomgard@gmail.com or call (503) 348-9813. And if you just show up, no one will be turned away! The more the merrier.

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The city of Portland hearings officer issued his recommendation for the Colwood Golf Course rezoning proposal (6.5 MB PDF) on August 22, including the traffic mitigation plan that would require the addition of a third lane to southbound onramp from Killingsworth Blvd to I-205.

Final approval of the proposal (3.5 MB PDF) — which would preserve about 90 acres of the Colwood Golf Course as open space by turning about 48 acres into industrial zoning — goes to a public hearing at the Portland City Council on Wednesday, September 25 at 2 PM.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to testify at the hearing to express their views about the onramp widening. Testimony can also be submit in writing in advance. See these helpful tips for testifying (PDF) on land use cases.

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

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 and approved in full by the hearings officer. 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, as Sumner Association of Neighbors (SAN) was not notified about this part of the otherwise worthy Colwood proposal.

On June 26, I (Scott, SAN chair) filed comments about the onramp portion of the land use proposal (350K PDF). On July 23, the rezone applicant, the nonprofit group Trust for Public Lands, filed a response (2 MB).

Thanks to the applicant in correcting one point I made in my comments. The onramp is in the list of regional transportation plan projects (XLS), although it is not in the RTP itself (40 MB PDF).

For more background, see the previous item published in June when we first learned about this traffic mitigation plan.

08. September 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: san
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We had another good turnout this year for the annual National Night Out barbecue in Sumner neighborhood in NE Portland, Oregon. Thanks to our co-hosts, sponsors, and hardworking volunteers:

  • Co-hosts: Central Northeast Neighbors and Fire Station #12
  • Sponsors: Broadway Cab, who provided all the drinks and some of the treats, and DAV Bingo, who loaned us a bunch of tables and chairs, Escape Bar and Grill, who provided 100+ pounds of ice.
  • Hardworking volunteers: Our grillmaster (Eugene), grillmaster junior (Cyril), and backup grillmasters (Travis and Karen), and many members of our setup and teardown crew (John, Henry, Ron, Betty and Jim, Vern, Tanner, and Ronda and her girls).

Eugene and Cyril serve up burgers

Eugene and Cyril serve burgers to a hungry crowd

Eugene and Cyril serve up burgers

Portland Police Cadets let a youngster sit inside their fancy car

Eugene and Cyril serve up burgers

About 100 neighbors attended this year

Eugene and Cyril serve up burgers

Some youngsters enjoying treats and each other

Mike and his 1936 Ford Roadster

Mike showed off his sweet 1936 Ford roadster

Eugene and Cyril serve up burgers

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