On Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m., the Portland City Council will be hearing the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association’s appeal of the proposed lot division and house demolition at 3058 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Several Eastmoreland residents and other land use experts presented testimony before an independent hearings officer on Jan. 15. Although the hearing officer was impressed with the information presented by ENA representatives and neighbors, he recommended the city council approve the zoning application. The hearings officer’s report will be considered by the City Council at its April 10 meeting, which could act then to approve or deny the zoning change. This is our next chance to prevent the proposed home demolition and splitting of the lot.
At stake is the rezoning of the Moreland lane block from R7 to R5, which would enable the demolition of existing homes and the likely development of smaller homes on smaller lots. The developer has already approached at least one neighbor to the lot scheduled for division and demolition. Expert testimony from community architects indicates that the eventual result might be to add twenty more homes on this one block.
Research by community members indicates that the rationale behind the rezoning is in error. The 1980 Comprehensive Plan map showed that this one block of Eastmoreland should be replaced with more homes. The plan itself did notinclude this change, nor did Eastmoreland’s archives, nor the archives at Southeast Uplift, nor the archives at the City of Portland. Seven board members from 1980 submitted affidavits that no such plan had been discussed, in spite of numerous meetings with then mayor, city planning officials, and extensive participation in the planning process. The logical implication is that this was an error in the map since no such change could have been adopted without a single mention in the press, any of the archives, or in the memory of the participants.
The neighbors of the proposed demolition have also filed a state Land Use Board of Appeals action criticizing special dispensations given to the developer to the city. That process is now ongoing.
More than 75 neighbors attended the land use hearing in January. A large presence by many Eastmoreland residents at the City Council meeting on April 10 will send a strong message to the City Council about our neighborhood’s concerns on this issue.
The City Council meeting will take place in the council chamber at City Hall, located at 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. The time of this hearing has been set for 2 p.m.
Please contact Robert McCullough, ENA President, at 503-771-5090 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also email or call city commissioners in advance of the April 10 hearing:
Mayor Charlie Hales, email@example.com, 503-823-4120
Commissioner Nick Fish, Nick@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-3589
Commissioner Amanda Fritz, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-823-3008
Commissioner Steve Novick, Steve.Novick@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-4682
Commissioner Dan Saltzman, email@example.com, 503-823-4151
Further information about this issue:
A copy of the hearings officer’s report, which will be discussed at the City Council on April 10, can be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/481533
An Oregonian article, published on Feb. 27, that describes our neighborhood’s issues and concerns, can be found here:http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/02/se_portland_neighborhood_fears.html