In attendance: Board members Daniel Amoni, Phil Cox, Chris Eykamp, Claud Gilbert, Kim Nurmi, Mark Linehan, Katie Mogensen, Jill Riebesehl. Guests: Gail Getz, Yvonne Lerch, Linda Nettekoven (board member emerita), Lee Saker
Chris Eykamp, chairman, opened the meeting at 7:05. He said Portland Police Officer Leo Yee couldn’t attend but took the time elsewhere to describe a recent train/motorists/pedestrian incident on the tracks at SE 12th Avenue that required repeated police response to stop disruptive behavior. On another subject, Chris asked if we wanted to take up NW Natural’s application for parking variance. Brief discussion.
DOZA: Linda Nettekoven distributed an overview of the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s plan to update decades-old rules and processes for development design standards on structures’ exterior shapes and sizes. She walked the Board through the proposed DOZA (design overlay zone amendments). Discussion followed. The question put before the group was whether we wanted comment, as have other neighborhood associations. Mark moved that HAND send written comments, Michael seconded the motion. The vote was eight in favor, on against. The motion passed.
Chris will draft and then share a letter with the Board prior to sending it. The letter will recommend the following:
- DOZA should include new guidelines on different contact guidelines.
- Size threshold rules for neighborhoods should not generally mirror those for the central city; instead the thresholds should be tied to degree of neighborhood impact.
- The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as well as the Office of Community and Civic Life should engage with those neighborhood associations without guidelines to help them develop local neighborhood plans. Other NAs would likely be willing to provide their assistance/experience in the effort.
Comments are due April 12, but early May would be accepted. The City Council is expected to hear DOZA recommendations in September. Linda said there will be a small meeting of other neighborhoods regarding DOZA; Michael said he would participate.
Paint the Town Green Graffiti & Litter Clean Up: Chris said the Richmond NA is going to participate and asked the Board’s view on HAND participation. Katie moved to support, Jill seconded. The motion passed with eight in favor, one abstention. The community event will be June 1, probably in the morning. Linda said the HAND group last year focused on the 26th/Division intersection and last year spent most of the effort on graffiti removal.
Air BnBs: Chris said he is receiving copies of requests/notifications by those registering their homes. He asked the Board what he should do with the material in the future; currently he is keeping the notifications in a 3-ring binder. The Board supported maintaining the notices binder, for use (or not) later.
May General Meeting: The Board will focus on neighborhood history, including that of Ladd’s Addition. Possible presenters will be contacted to explore their interest in sharing their stories and knowledge.
Esplanade policy: Chris explained that the city allows three events a month and asks the neighborhoods affected (HAND, Buckman and Kerns) to weigh in on requests beyond that. Board discussion included whether the uses are disruptive to other users and what the responses of other neighborhoods are. The Board indicated that Chris should carry on.
HAND Politics policy: The question: should there be a policy. Agreement was for Chris to take requests received to the agenda committee (executive committee?), but not reach out to politicians/issue supporters. The Board generally agreed that it can be useful to hear about issues and from elected officials but not during the campaign seasons and only from the perspective of neighborhood impact.
Standing committees: Brief reports from Michael and Daniel on SEUL, Michelle on TPAC.
Consent agenda: Jill moved, Michelle seconded a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report and February Board meeting and Executive Committee minutes. The motion passed. Chris said he needs more time to clear up an issue in the January minutes
The meeting adjourned at 9:10.
Meeting note-taker Phil Cox; submitted by Jill Riebesehl, secretary