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Southwest Hills Residential League

Next Membership Event: General Meeting/Quarterly Forum

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm

Ainsworth Elementary School, 2425 SW Vista Avenue

Join us for a lively discussion of the November 2014 ballot measures led by Norm Turrill from League of Women Voters. In addition, a representative from Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will give a briefing and answer questions on recommended zoning changes in the West Hills proposed in the draft of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. There are several sites within Portland Heights that are proposed for down-zoning (“down-designation”) from Residential to Open Space. Also zoning around Strohecker’s could be changed from Neighborhood Commercial to Mixed Use-Dispersed. For details, see the Map App on the BPS website: To watch to 2.5 minute video explaining the rationale for the changes, click on the play triangle on the photo of a house on a steep slope. Planners are soliciting feedback from neighbors, so we need your comments. You can comment online as well. (Hearings start Sept 23 and will extend through Nov 4.)

Important New Bus Service Proposals for Southwest Hills

October 24, 2014 Survey Deadline

TriMet is proposing service improvements and some route changes that could have a dramatic effect in our area, giving people more transportation options and helping to reduce traffic jams on neighborhood streets. The full proposal and survey link are available at
The key proposals for our neighborhood include:
• Merging line 51 with line 39 to provide a direct route connecting Lewis & Clark College, Hillsdale and Goose Hollow through the heart of the SWHRL neighborhood;
• Re-routing line 55 to go from Raleigh Hills along Hamilton and then up Shattuck and Patton, continuing down Patton and Vista along the same route as the new line 39;
• Re-routing line 56 along Scholls Ferry Road through Sylvan to provide a direct connection between the Washington Park/Zoo MAX and Washington Square Mall via Raleigh Hills.
These proposals would provide important new connections, making the bus a more useful option for commuting or errands. But there are many uncertainties. First, changes will come only if TriMet hears from us. There is no timetable. There is no funding identified yet for more frequent service.
Read the proposal. Look at the maps. Make your voice heard.

Moms Group Forms in Our Neighborhood

A new neighbor recently started a mom’s group. To find out more, look for the Southwest Hills Moms Group on social networking site NextDoor NextDoor is a great way to find out what is happening in our area and connect with neighbors. The more of us who use it, the better tool it becomes.


Citywide Tree Project Summary of Key Elements - 4/8/2011 (updated 5/5/2014)


Update on Citywide Tree Project, May 2014



SW Hills Residential League meets the third Wednesday of every month. The annual General Membership meeting is held in May. In lieu of an August meeting, we have a neighborhood picnic. Contact: President Nancy Seton, View MEETING DATES AND LOCATION


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President: Nancy Seton,
Vice President/Treasurer: Kelly Reece,
Secretary: Margaret Gossage