Multnomah Neighborhood Association

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is a formalized group of neighborhood volunteers working to improve the the quality of life in our neighborhood.

Map of the Multnomah Neighborhood

We meet at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Multnomah Arts Center, Rm 30. 

Please join us.


 

Notice of Emergency Meeting

of the

Multnomah Neighborhood Association

Tuesday July 24, 2018

 

An emergency meeting of the Multnomah Neighborhood Association will be held on Tuesday July 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 7 of the Multnomah Arts Center at 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, Oregon 97219.

 

The subject to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken is as follows:

 

1.      Whether to appeal the administration decision for LU 15 264663 LDS https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/690821

An emergency or urgent public necessity exists that requires immediate action of the Board or an imminent threat to public health and safety or a reasonably unforeseeable situation exists, as follows:

 

1.      A "NOTICE OF A TYPE IIx DECISION ON A PROPOSAL IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CASE FILE NUMBER: LU 15-264663 LDS (Land Division (Subdivision)) was received by the MNA on Thursday, July 12, 2018, two days after our regular meeting was held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Our next regular meeting is scheduled for August 14, 2018. In order to satisfy City of Portland requirements in appealing the decision and ORS 192.640, the Association needs to determine whether or not to proceed and file an appeal by 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

 

If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the board will conduct a closed meeting in accordance with the Oregon Public Meetings Law, Oregon Revised Statutes section 192.640. Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting.

 

Reason for the Emergency Meeting:  Any action the neighborhood association may want to take on this must be filed by July 26th.

 

This notice was posted in compliance with the Oregon Public Meetings Law on July 20, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.


MNA has engaged Attorney Michael Gelardi

In 2017, we filed objections to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, but these were rejected.  We then appealed to Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).   At the hearing on March 15, 2018, the LCDC rejected our appeals.  The LCDC decision undermines the importance of citizen testimony and Oregon’s Land Use Goals as determining factors in the land use planning process. 

The LCDC's written decision, or order, must be issued within 90 days of the March 15th hearing.  We will then have 21 days to appeal to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

The MNA has engaged an attorney, Michael Gelardi of the law firm Hershner Hunter, to analyze a potential challenge to the City of Portland’s Middle Housing Policy and other elements of the City’s new comprehensive plan. We are awaiting a final decision from the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission on the Commission’s review of the City’s plan.

Depending on the outcome of that decision and the results of our legal analysis, we will decide whether to challenge the city’s plan before the Oregon Court of Appeals.  We want to ensure that we are well prepared to bring such a challenge should it become necessary, and that is why we are raising funds to evaluate the key legal issues at this time.

If we are successful, the MNA Middle Housing objection to Policy 5.6 will block citywide the implementation of the Residential Infill Project (RIP) that is rezoning 87,324 residential properties in Portland to multi-family development. The RIP promotes density over livability and disregards State requirements for land use planning.

If our legal analysis shows that we should not proceed to the Oregon Court of Appeals, then our intention is to use our Land Use Fund for a LUBA appeal against the implementation of RIP.

Please Donate


Land Use Fund

Your tax-exempt 501(c)3 Donation

Currently the Neighborhood Association's Land Use Fund is directed to preparing for an appeal against the City in the Oregon Court of Appeals. 


Make check payable to:

SWNI
On the check's "FOR" line write:

Multnomah Land Use Fund

Mail it to or drop it off at:

7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR   97219

Or use your credit card:


Residential Infill Project

 A Overlay Map

Infill Map

Yellow =  Transforms single-family zones into multi-family zones;  allows up to 3 units on interior lots and 4 units on corner lots

Purple = Rezoning R2.5

Click here to watch a video about how planners in Ballard WA zoned out single-family homes and eliminated citizen involvement.  The same thing is now being promoted in Portland in the Residential Infill Project.


Objections to the Comprehensive Plan


Objection to Task 4

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association filed three Appeals to Task 4of  the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.   The appeals were made at the direction of the membership.  Two of the objections—on the “middle housing” policy and the lack of process leading to its adoption and on the designation of Multnomah as a Center—were filed on our behalf by Eben Fodor & Associates, Eugene planning consultants, and reviewed by two land use attorneys.  The third objection—on Chapter 2, Citizen Involvement, was filed on our behalf by past chair Carol McCarthy.

Objection to Middle Housing Policy 5.6 in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

Objection to the Designation of the Multnomah Neighborhood as a Center in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

Objections to Chapter 2 in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

 


Objection to Task 5

On August 7th, the City of Portland submitted Task 5 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

On August 25th, MNA submitted an objection to the Plan’s Early Implementation Task 5. If found valid, the objection basically would maintain the historic character of the village by changing the CM2 zoning to CM1. The measurement of height would be done on the lowest frontage street. The document is posted below.

Task 5 Objection to CM2 Zoning MNA (PDF)


DLCD Decision

DLCD Invalidates MNA Objections (Approves Periodic Review) (PDF, without attachments)


Appeals to DLCD Decisions Filed


Appeals to Tasks 4 & 5

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association filed the following appeals to Tasks 4 and 5 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.   The  DLCD rejected all Objections.

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting MNA's Objection to Middle Housing Policy 5.6

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Multnomah designated a Center

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Omission of Citizen from Comp Plan

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Multnomah CM2 Zoning

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Comp Plan Details & Process


 

MNA Exceptions to Staff Report:

DLCD Staff Report:

Cover Letter announcing Hearing Purpose, Date and Location

 


DLCD Correspondence

The City submitted the record for Task 4 to the DLCD.  The City waived the 120-day time limit for review and requested it to be done with Task 5 when submitted.  The MNA  wrote a letter to DLCD director Jim Rue and the commissioners to inquire about this waiver and request that DCLD proceed with the review. 

DLCD Delay in Response to Task 4 and 5 Objections (PDF)


PSC Membership Violations

Letter to Mayor re: PSC Membership Violations

Response from Mayor re: PSC Membership Violations

Letter to Auditor Requesting Audit of  PSC Membership Violations


Materials for saving trees


Contact Us

President: Martie Sucec, martie.sucec@gmail.com

Mailing Address:

Multnomah Neighborhood Association
c/o Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR 97219