The following is a letter drafted by the Roseway Neighborhood Association in response to the proposed “Civic Life” code changes originating from the office of Commisioner Eudaly. Here is a link to a PDF copy of the letter. The letter was approved by the board of RNA at the meeting of September 10, 2019.
September 11, 2019
Dear Mayor Wheeler and Members of Portland City Council,
We are writing to express concerns about the Code Change 3.96 proposed by the Office of Community & Civic Life.
We acknowledge the systems of oppression that have shaped Portland’s development and shut many out of decision making, and strongly support expanding civic engagement to address this disparity and elevate the voices of marginalized groups.
We acknowledge the neighborhood system as an essential route to participatory democracy and as the sole form of jurisdictional representation available to Portlanders under our commission form of government. Neighborhood associations must retain their full recognition, privileges and support.
As a Neighborhood Association, we were alarmed as we learned of Civic Life’s process mismanagement during development of revisions to Code 3.96. Civic Life provided no direct notification to neighborhood associations regarding 8 meetings and 3 draft rewrites and allowed only limited neighborhood representation on the code change committee. The bureau has struggled to follow the city’s own Public Involvement Principles. Reporting on public records revealed a troubling internal bias. Taken together, these things discredit the code change process to date and call into question Civic Life’s stated objectives.
Civic Life has advanced through this process a notion that dismantling of the neighborhood system in code is a meaningful step toward inclusion of other groups. Inviting groups to the table does not and should not require this tradeoff. Such a suggestion is unfounded. To date, Civic Life’s substantive plan for explicit inclusion of more community groups remains elusive.
Civic Life must re-orient this effort to acceptable standards and complete its process in no less than 18 months with a higher level of oversight and accountability from city leadership. Until this is accomplished, we ask that you vote NO on 3.96 as written.
Roseway Neighborhood Association Board
Portland voters passed a bond measure to upgrade and replace some of our parks. Glenhaven Park is in line for a face-lift this spring and summer. Click here for a look at what’s ahead.
Below are notes about the project taken from the recent RNA meeting:
1. What will be dates and level of impact on which streets for parking, walking? Construction is to run from May/June 2019 to November 2019. NE Siskiyou will be the main contractor access with a single construction entrance. The public way and sidewalk will remain open during construction, material/equipment storage in the street is generally not allowed unless arrangements are made with Portland Bureau of Transportation. Parking is available in designated on street parking areas and within the construction site as needed. The contractor will be asked to limit their parking to the park side only, trying not to park in front of residences as best as possible.
2. What will hours and days be of noise impact? City code governs work hours which are from 7AM to 6PM. Typically contractors will work from 7AM to 3:30-4PM (M-F). Any weekend hours must be informed in advance.
3. What will impacts be on facilities (i.e. impacts to the park amenities like fields, tennis courts, bathrooms)? All play area facilities will be unavailable during construction. Softball, baseball, lawn field, and skatespot remain open through construction. Access from the west entry near NE 78th will likely be closed for the duration of the project- it is suggested to enter the park from NE 77th + Alameda for tennis court and softball field access. The contractor will arrange for temporary access from the east entry near NE 80th up to the baseball field for the beginning of the project. Restrooms will remain open unless water connections need to be made. The restrooms will be closed for short periods. A temporary wood chip path will be installed from at minimum the baseball diamond to the restroom, and potentially to connect to the path to the tennis courts, as materials allow. The pathway will serve as a durable surface to walk on, but may not be fully ADA accessible. Tennis courts, at this time are planned to be open and available, however the parks bureau is looking at tennis court repairs in several locations, Glenhaven is one of those locations. If chosen, construction would also be this summer, but that project is based on funding.
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Portland Bureau of Transportation is considering livability projects around the city. One proposal would create a 14 foot wide paved path through the center of the NE 72nd Ave park blocks. This is in the exploratory phase and no solid plans are being considered. In other words, this is a perfect time to weigh in and make thoughtful suggestions.
A number of our neighbors were at the last RNA meeting to express their concerns. If you want to add thoughts, positive or negative, you can click on the map to leave comments.
There are several other ways to comment before Nov. 7 on the PBOT proposals. Comment online, in writing or in person.
- Send an email toÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a letter to Metro Planning, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland OR 97232
- Share comments by phone at 503-797-1750 or TDD 503-797-1804.
- Attend a public hearing at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave. in Portland
Below are some helpful links for crime prevention and reporting. It is important to report suspicious and illegal activities in our neighborhood. A detailed history of such activity helps the police to directÂ limited resources to areas withÂ Â immediate and/or long-standing needs.
National Night Out
Public Safety Resources
Reporting Suspicious Activity
Online Reporting to Police
Package Theft Prevention
Car Prowl Prevention