The Board of the NWDA will hold its December meeting on Monday the 16th at 6 pm, Legacy Good Samaritan Wilcox ACR 102, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland OR 97210. In addition to committee updates, the Board will consider next steps in tracking the recently adopted “CE John and NWDA Air Quality and Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement”. The Board will also consider the distribution of a proposed neighborhood mailing. The agenda is: NWDA_Agenda_December 16 2013 .
All are invited to attend this final meeting of the year. The NWDA wishes all of our neighbors and community partners happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!
• Update on Conway Agreement, CMAX funds, NWDA Board meeting.
• Discussion of meeting with Alex Yale, architect for Anderson Construction, a developer
working in the Con-way area.
• Odor complaints
• Cascade Rubber Products, 1828 Quimby. What will be the next step?
• Responses to meeting with Josh Alpert, the Mayor’s Sustainability Policy Director.
• What’s in Our Air? Should we do business cards to educate about odor complaints and
promote our work?
Hope to see you there.
Kathy Sharp, Acting Chair, NWDA AQC
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At the November 18th NWDA Board meeting, the “CE John and NWDA Clean Diesel and Conduct of Construction Good Neighbor Agreement: Conway Master Plan” was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. The agreement is: final draft GNA 5761688_8; with two attached exhibits:
This agreement addresses the following aspects of construction of the Con-way Master Planned properties:
- Diesel Emissions Reduction Management
- Access Management
- Traffic Management
- Safety, Security and Construction Site Management
The agreement was originally to be with Con-way, through this arrangement places the term of the agreement in the hands of Con-way’s master developer who will own and manage the projects as they unfold. Thomas DiChiara, Senior Vice President of Development for CE John attended the meeting and expressed the firm’s commitment to clean and well-managed projects in the Northwest district. CE John has already constructed major projects in the neighborhood including the Benevento, the Ida Fuller and Sawyer’s Row. All have received positive feedback from the NWDA’s Planning Committee.
While Exhibit D, above, is in final form, Exhibit C is subject to adjustment as it is employed for the first project, as that technical scoring framework is new and untested.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that supported this effort is awaiting final word on a Federal Highway grant that would assist with the retrofit of construction equipment to meet current EPA clean diesel standards.
NWDA has been led in this effort by Board member, Kathy Sharp, and Air Quality Committee Chair, Sharon Genasci, with further support from Board President Phil Selinger and environmental attorney, David Paul. DEQ also provided valued support.
The NWDA is appreciative of the voluntary engagement of both Con-way and CE John in the preparation of this draft agreement. Much work remains to apply the agreement to the first Con-way Master Plan property, Block 296, which will include a New Seasons grocery store. That project is scheduled to break ground in early 2014.
November, 8, 2013
The meeting was held at Friendly house, and began with introductions, though no public was there, except for Allan Classen from NW Examiner.
Quarterly meeting dates were set for the next year.
Mary Peveto and John Krallman (NCA, Neighbors for Clean Air)
gave a status report on the air quality monitor planned for Chapman Elementary School. Esco has donated $25,000.00 to monitor at the school. Early December or early January draft plans will be sent out, and training will begin, showing people how to set up the monitor and how to break it down. Among others, they are working with Linda George from PSU. They are planning on students from PSU helping with the monitoring, which will be for particulate, pm10 and pm 2.5.
The draft monitoring plan will be brought to the NAC for approval.
The Subcommittee for the Emergency Response Plan, Bob Holmstrom, NWDA, Tom Giese from NCA, Shannon Huggins and Travis Quarles from Esco, is working on an effective plan, should there be an emergency (fire, baghouse failure etc) at Esco. It will utilize information gathered by NCA in a survey sent out to neighbors asking for their suggestions in such a situation. Ninety neighbors responded. Sharon suggested that NWDA hold a meeting to release to the neighbors the Emergency Response Plan once it is completed.
Regarding the controls that Esco undertook to complete over the five years of their permit, numbers 3 & 10 have been completed now. Currently they are working on dust collection for projects 1,5,6 and 7 (attachment A, GNA). See Portland Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) .com on line.
New binders with 35-40 per cent less phenol are being tested at plant 3 and new binders (still using phenol) are being also tested at plant 1.
There were a couple of violations at the plant during the last quarter, one on July 17, 2013. The baghouse did not function properly, and Esco was fined $2,200.00.
The City advisory committee opportunities listed below were received from Joan Frederiksen of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on October 28th. Her e-mail address is Joan.Frederiksen@portlandoregon.gov if you have questions.
New Advisory Committees Forming:
Transportation System Plan: The Bureaus of Transportation and Planning and Sustainability have initiated the process to establish a Transportation System Plan Expert Group as a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. You may have already indicated your interest, which has been forwarded to the Bureaus, but there is a required application process for interested community members. The link to the application and to information about the TSP Expert Group is: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/467958. Deadline is November 8, 2013. Please contact Courtney Duke 503-823-7265 or Rachael Hoy 503-823-9715 with questions.
Institutional Zoning Project: This project will develop new campus institution zoning procedures and standards, and identify infrastructure investments that could facilitate institutional employment growth. The on-line application and description of the Advisory Committee scope of work can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/468032. Deadline is November 22, 2013. Please contact John Cole 503-823-3475 with questions.
Mixed Use Zones Project: The Mixed Use Zones Project will develop new mixed use planning and zoning designations that can be applied to implement the Centers and Corridors concepts that emerged with the Portland Plan and proposed with the Comprehensive Plan. The project will focus on the City’s commercial and central employment zones, and the places outside the central City where these zones are applied. The on-line application will be available by October 28th and will be accessible on this web page: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/63619. Deadline is December 6, 2013. Please contact Barry Manning 503-823-7965 with questions.
Existing Community Involvement Committee recruitment:
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is currently recruiting for individuals to fill vacancies on an existing Community Involvement Committee for the Comprehensive Plan and three new Advisory Committees as the project moves into Task 5: Implementation. Community members and technical experts are needed for the Transportation System Plan, Mixed Use Zoning Code Project and Campus Institution Zoning Update advisory committees. More information on these applications are noted below with key contacts to call with questions.
Community Involvement Committee: This is an existing committee that is filling vacancies. As a member you will review and provide input on the public involvement efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update. The advisory committee makes recommendations to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and project staff on ways to maintain and improve public involvement activities to ensure outreach efforts for the plan are as inclusive and effective as possible. Click here to learn more about this committee and fill out an application: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/63607. Deadline is November 1, 2013. Please contact Marty Stockton (503-823-2041) for more information about this committee.
The NWDA Board approved the work plans of the Planning, Transportation and Air Quality Committees on October 7th. The Safety and Livability Committee work plan was discussed and will be further developed by that group at their October 8th meeting and then brought back to the Board for review and adoption on October 21st. The three adopted work plans are:
Please attend any of these committee meetings to address your concerns or ideas for advancing these plans and improving the neighborhood’s quality of life.
On July 31st the Portland City Council considered a set of amendments to the Northwest Parking Plan that the Council considered and adopted last December. The Council was pleased to hear that both the business interests and the NWDA believed the amendments are a much needed improvement and that indeed all parties were on board with the proposed revisions. The amendments were unanimously approved at that first reading. The amendments are outlined as follows: Exhibit A vs2
These amendments are also reflected on the map of the Northwest Parking District as follows: NWDistrictParkingManagementPlan5 .
Pending a schedule for procurement of the parking meters, the plan will be implemented in a single phase – as soon as early 2014. Note that the plan calls for monitoring and adjustment with input from a stakeholder Advisory Committee. The NWDA will be a part of that group and will do its best to represent the collective interests of the neighborhood. Note also that the NWDA called for specific parts of the plan to be reviewed and reconsidered within one year of implementation.
• The street tree population consists of 5,013 trees of 82 types. Red maple (15.5%), cherry (10.3%), and Norway maple (9.8%) are the most common. The Northwest District does not meet the species diversity guideline for individual species, genus, or family. Red maple and cherry are overrepresented at 15.5% and 10.3% respectively.
• Northwest District’s trees have an uneven age distribution. Thirty percent of all trees are less than 6” diameter, 30% are between 6” and 12”, 25% are between 12” and 18”, and 16% are larger than 18”.
• 61.5% of trees rated good, 29.0% rated fair, 8.7% poor, and 0.8% are dead.
• 87% of all street tree planting spaces are currently stocked with trees.
• 762 available planting spaces have been identified, including 71 high priority spaces in wide planting strips without overhead wires.
• The replacement cost of the street tree population is valued at $19,119,874. The tree types with the greatest replacement values were red maple ($3,181,453), cherry ($2,614,455), Norway maple
($1,757,144) and elm ($1,651,289): these four tree types account for 48% of the total replacement value.
Environmental and Aesthetic Benefits
• Northwest District’s street trees provide over $440,000 annually in environmental services and aesthetic benefits, including $286,000 in property value increases, $9,000 in air quality improvement, $5,000 in carbon dioxide reduction, $27,000 in energy savings, and $113,000 in stormwater processing.
• Each tree provides an average of $96 worth of benefits annually.
The full report can be downloaded here: NW_Tree_Inventory_2012.pdf
Also, a web based version of the tree inventory map can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/T1yWyn. (Start with an address search or zooming in to your neighborhood.)
What Next? Join the Tree Group!
What can be done to overcome the weaknesses of our current street tree population? How do we insure a healthy street tree canopy for future generations? A Neighborhood Tree Group is currently being formed to develop short term and long term strategies and to turn those strategies into actions, which may include:
- Identifying potential Heritage Tree Candidates
- Organizing a neighborhood wide tree planting
- Developing a program to inoculate our elm trees for Dutch Elm Disease
- And more
The group’s first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 10am, location to be determined. To learn more and get involved, please contact Mary Ann Pastene, firstname.lastname@example.org
Q3 2012 NWDA Crime Statistics: NWDA-crime-Q32012.pdf
Q3 2011 NWDA Crime Statistics (for comparison): NWDA-crime-Q32011.pdf
Q3 2012 saw a significant decrease in ‘theft from vehicle’ crimes, which had been the district’s predominant crime since the first of the year. A year-to-date graph of the district’s ‘theft from vehicle’ by month can be found here: NWDA-TFV-YTD.pdf
The predominant crime for Q3 is Larceny, which is the unlawful taking of property from the possession of another; includes pickpocket, pursesnatch, shoplift, and bike theft. (Note: Theft from Auto has been separated from the Larceny category to more easily track and identify where these crimes occur.)