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Formerly the home of Beaumont-Wilshire Neighbors for Responsible Growth, the Portland Land Matters blog explores citywide land-use concerns, such as home demolitions, with the belief that development should create an improvement.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Alameda steps up

We appreciate help from all over; this letter from our neighbors to the south encourages us in our fight against the city's approval of badly planned developments such as the one proposed for Northeast Fremont.

Thank you!

Alameda Neighborhood Association
3118 NE 32nd Avenue
Portland, OR  97212

November 2, 2012

Jean Hester 
Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Ave, Ste 5000
Portland, OR 97201

Dear Ms. Hester,
 The Alameda Neighborhood Association Board of Directors supports the efforts of the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association opposing the construction of a fifty-unit residential structure at 4423 NE Fremont Street without on-site space for parking of tenant vehicles.
 Without on-site parking, thirty or forty vehicles will be added to the already overburdened on-street parking spaces nearby.  Beyond inconvenience, noise, and pollution, the added congestion will result in increased traffic hazards for pedestrians and drivers.  Negative impacts can be expected on businesses and current residents in the area.
 Although City regulations do not currently mandate off-street parking spaces for residential structures, the City has a broad responsibility to ensure the public safety and economic security of its citizens and business-owners.  Allowing new development at the expense of those already committed to the surrounding neighborhood is highly inappropriate.  A conscientious developer would work with the neighborhood to eliminate anticipated difficulties.
 BWNA's concerns are well-founded and appropriate.  The members of BWNA are rightly working to maintain the livability of our neighborhoods, and ANA supports their effort.
 We ask that you do not allow this construction to proceed without adequate on-site parking, and please keep us informed regarding progress toward resolving this issue.
 Scott Rider,  Chair - Alameda Neighborhood Association

Jim Brown,  Chair - Land Use and Transportation - Alameda Neighborhood Association
cc:  Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association

Thursday, November 8, 2012

City wraps its research

In advance of the big parking hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the city has announced the results of its studies into parking and other issues related to proposed developments such as the one undergoing permiting for Northeast Fremont.

One of the studies puts car ownership at 72 percent, and shows that the area of impact (as far as parking is concerned) is two blocks. Estimating a couple of people per each of the 50 units proposed for the Northeast Fremont location, that's about 72 additional vehicles roaming an already tight area with a history of collisions and near misses. With this statistic, we should be able to make an even stronger argument for traffic-safety measures.

Read more here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Say that again?

This from a description of the latest round of studies done by the city re the latest wave of development and, I think, addressing (sort of) the fact that the Northeast Fremont site doesn't sit within the required proximity to frequent transit:

"A change that could be made to the zoning code would be to make the areas eligible to the frequent transit service exemption for minimum parking requirements correspond to the current TriMet service levels or to redefine frequent service to correspond to TriMet’s current definition."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On Election Day, here's more voting to do

Fill this survey out by November 10 and make your voice heard on apartment buildings without parking, such as the one proposed for our neighborhood.