New demolition rules go into effect this week.

On February 12, 2015, the Portland City Council adopted Demolition Task Force recommendations in response to community requests for increased notification to abutting residences prior to commencement of residential demolitions and large remodel projects. These changes to Portland City Code Title 24, Building Regulations, that are effective April 20, 2015, will expand notification and delay requirements for residential demolition permits and create a new Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit type with notification and delay requirements. In addition, applicants will be required to submit a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form for these types of projects prior to permit issuance.

Effective Monday, April 20, 2015: All Residential Demolition Permits will require:

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Get involved: help reduce barriers to appealing City of Portland decisions.

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On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, City of Portland Ombudsman Margie Sollinger will take a proposal to City Council to reduce and eliminate current barriers community members face to appealing City government administrative decisions that affect them. (See below for some background information.) (Also attached is a two-page “primer” on the issue and proposal.)
Contact the Portland City Council members and let them know what you think about this proposal. (See below for their contact information.)
If you have questions or need more information, contact Margie Sollinger at:  Margie.sollinger@portlandoregon.gov; 503-823-0144.
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SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION
City of Portland Ombudsman Margie Sollinger has discovered that the City of Portland has close to 200 administrative appeal processes by which members of the public can question or challenge City government decisions that materially affect them (such as permit denials, property exclusions, utility bills, lien assessments, vehicle tows, etc.)
Ombudsman Sollinger also discovered that, despite the formal availability of these appeal processes, many community members in Portland effectively do not have a right to appeal because:
  • Lack of notice of appeal rights. No standard requirement exists that the City notify affected community members when they have a right to appeal a particular decision or to provide sufficient information to help community members know how to appeal a decision.
  • Appeal fees are prohibitively expensive. No standard requirement exists that appeal fees be set at a reasonable amount. The filing fee for some appeals is over $1,300.
Ombudsman Sollinger is proposing that the City establish some standard requirements and protections for community members. These include:
  • Requiring the City to notify people when they have a right to appeal and that notice must be timely and adequate.
  • Instituting a nominal filing fee for administrative appeals to the Code Hearings Office, and offering a waiver of the filing fee for community members who cannot afford the nominal filing fee.
The City Council hearing on Ombudsman Sollinger’s proposal currently is scheduled for:
  • DATEWed. April 22, 2015
  • TIME3 p.m. (“time certain”)
  • PLACE:  Portland City Hall, Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave. in downtown Portland
Consider coming to the hearing to let the City Council know what you think about this proposal and/or share your thoughts with them by email, phone, or letter.
You can contact the members of Portland’s City Council at:
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 240, 97204
(503) 823-3589
Nick@portlandoregon.gov
AMANDA FRITZ
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 220, 97204
(503)823-3008
amanda@portlandoregon.gov
STEVE NOVICK
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 210, 97204
(503)823-4682
Novick@portlandoregon.gov
DAN SALTZMAN
1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 230, 97204
(503)823-4151
dan@portlandoregon.gov

 

NE Rodney Greenway Project Open House, on April 1st.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation will be hosting an open house event to finalize the design recommendations for the NE Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project on:
Wednesday, April 1, ’15
6 – 8 PM
Immaculate Heart Church/ 2926 N Williams Ave
 
 
This will be the second of two open house events to review and comment on proposed improvements needed to make NE Rodney Ave between Broadway and Killingsworth a safe and convenient neighborhood greenway street for bicycles and pedestrians.  Key issues include crossing safety treatments at major arterial crossings, such as NE Fremont and NE Russell, and traffic calming.  The Rodney Greenway Project is funded through a grant received from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program in conjunction with the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.
 
Questions:  Please contact Rich Newlands, Project Manager
 

 

KNA letter to Majestic Realty (developer at empty Vanport lot), issued 11/10.

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November 10, 2014

 

Phillip Brown

Majestic Realty

13191 Crossroads Parkway North, Sixth Floor

City of Industry, CA 91746

 

Dear Mr. Brown,

I write today on behalf of the King Neighborhood Association regarding your proposed design for the development of the lot at the Northwest corner of NE Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Development on this lot presents an exciting opportunity to enhance the livability of our neighborhood. While we are pleased that you so quickly secured another potential grocer to serve as your anchor tenant, we have concerns regarding the design plans proposed at the Portland Development Commission’s Martin Luther King Jr Alberta Project Working Group.

The proposed design plan does not activate the corner of NE Alberta Street and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The main entry should be on NE Alberta Street. The entrance in your design is currently placed to face the parking lot, while the walls of the back end of the store present to the street corner. This orientation values car traffic in a manner that is inconsistent with the character of NE Alberta Street and fails to activate this bustling corner. If your anchor tenant’s business model is not adaptable to this setting, perhaps you could carve out space along Alberta for smaller tenants who are able to make better use of orientation to the street.

 

Proper activation of NE Alberta also involves windows. There should be windows along NE Alberta Street looking into active interior spaces of the business (es). Windows along Martin Luther King Jr Blvd should be clear and should look into the store(s); signs, advertisements, etc should not obscure them. This welcoming feature continues the existing character of NE Alberta Street, fosters safety on the sidewalk, and intimately advertises the business. Walls that have no windows or doors should appear consistent with the feel of a neighborhood where commercial development meets residential use. As one neighbor said of a blank wall, “make it interesting.”

 

We are eager to see a healthy exchange of foot traffic between all three buildings on the two lots. The design of the existing Vanport structures anticipates pedestrian traffic, and the final phase of the project should support that goal.

 

Development on the lot will subject the four existing homes on the Northwest corner to significant pollutions, including the following: light from the parking lot, headlights, and buildings; noise from customers, deliveries, trash pick up, etc.; trash from littering and inadvertent trash container leakage; rodents attracted by trash, recycling, and accidental spills. We ask that you protect these homes from the effects of this pollution, using landscaping, sensitive scheduling of noisy truck interactions (trash, deliveries), as well as thoughtful placement of these activities. For example, we ask that you not place trash bins along the property line with these houses.

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