N/NE Community Oversight Committee – October 6th

N/NE Community Oversight Committee:
Next Meeting is October 6th

Tuesday, October 6th from 6pm – 7:45pm

Maranatha Church
4222 NE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

The Community Oversight Committee is a community-based group formed to oversee the Portland Housing Bureau’s work to increase housing opportunity and address issues of displacement in North and Northeast Portland. (Click here for a list of committee members). The committee meets quarterly to hear progress updates on the N/NE initiative. These meetings are open to the public.

This meeting will be an opportunity for more in-depth discussion and public comment on topics of interest from September’s meeting, and to learn about upcoming plans for Interstate funding. You can find Tuesday’s agenda here.

Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public.
Meeting schedules and agendas are posted here.

Community Gathering at King School Park, 6 pm, Sept 2nd, to address violence.

From Portland Police:


I trust everyone has heard about the 118th GVRT deployment this past Monday to a shooting that took place at King School Park on the NE Grand Ave side of the park? This was a gang related shooting where a young woman was shot in the hand. The Gang Enforcement Team was called to the scene where they recovered 18 shell casings and discovered a van with a shot out window along with two additional bullet holes in it. Many of the other rounds that were fired travelled into the neighborhood. It is a miracle that no one else was hit.


North Precinct, GET, YSD along with our community partners will be gathering at the park up at the site of the shooting (top of the park next to the park benches) at 6pm on Wednesday, Sept 2nd.


Our goal for this meeting is to pass along factual information about what happened surrounding the shooting and to message to the community that their park is safe and that we want them to continue to use the park and not allow this act of violence to drive families away.


Stephon Hartley who is an intern in the Mayor’s office and I had a follow up discussion after he sent me an email that he received from a concerned citizen regarding the recent shooting. Stephon and I decided that we would call this meeting in an effort to bring together the community and make something positive happen out of something negative. Our intention is to move forward purposeful conversations and dialogue as it pertains to building community engagement and outreach (CEO) with neighbors and park patrons.


  1. GET will present facts about the shooting and discuss where they are at in the process of the investigation and how the community can assist the police.


  1. YSD will make a statement surrounding school safety and reaffirm to the community that their children are safe to attend school.


  1. Officer Zoeller from North Precinct will have an opportunity to discuss how he can assist neighbors with crime issues as their Neighborhood Response Team Officer.


  1. The Parks Bureau will provide a statement and information about city parks.


  1. All additional partners will be given 1-3 minutes to speak about their role in keeping the park, school and community safe.


There will be opportunities to hand out flyers and other safety information if you would like to do that.


The meeting will wrap up after Q and A from the community.


If anyone would like to attend the planning meeting we will be available to meet next Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 4:30pm at North Precinct in the community room to vet through the 6pm meeting agenda. Drop by if you can otherwise we will plan to see you out at the park at 6pm.


Please forward the meeting date and time to anyone you believe could benefit from taking part in this meeting next week.


Take care,




Chris Uehara

Commander, North Precinct

Portland Police Bureau

449 NE Emerson St

Portland, Oregon 97211

  1. 503.823.5757

Summer in September Jambalaya to benefit MLK Meals on Wheels, September 12th.

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Meals on Wheels People Martin Luther King, Jr. Center will host the 10th annual Summer in September Jambalaya Festival & BBQ Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. at Dawson Park. Live musical entertainment will feature Randy Starr & The Players as well as BlowFrogz and Rasheed Jamal. Dignity Memorial has donated two children’s bikes that will be given away in a drawing between 4 and 6 p.m.

Portland’s mayor calls for BPS to study development, infill in neighborhoods.


Mayor Hales is seeking your support for his proposed budget request to fund a comprehensive review and update of the City’s single-dwelling zone development standards.

Mayor Hales has directed the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to conduct this review. Responsive to neighborhood concerns about the compatibility of new development, the 18 month project will include:


  1. Evaluation of how the scale and pattern of single family development varies across neighborhoods.


  1. Proposals for changes to zoning code provisions that affect scale and design of new single-family dwellings:
  • lot coverage,
  • height,
  • setbacks, and
  • required rear yard area.


  1. Update to rules and policies related to infill development on “skinny” lots.


  1. Update to rules to increase the types of infill units in single-dwelling zones to allow more households and a greater range of incomes to find housing in single family neighborhoods.  This includes allowing flexibility that encourages innovative housing types and development.


  1. Evaluation of these proposals in terms of impact on housing supply, housing cost and development economics.


You may voice your support for funding this project in several ways:


  1. Contact Commissioner offices to share your support.


  1. Testify at the May 20 City Council budget public hearing at 6:30PM here in Council Chambers at City Hall.


  1. Letters to the editor of local media


We look forward to your engagement throughout the length of this project.


Matthew Robinson

Policy Analyst

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland