NWDA Transportation Committee/Planning Committee Joint Meeting
November 6, 2013; 6:30 – 8: 00 P.M.
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center; 1015 NW 22nd Avenue
Wiskar Morris Room, 1st floor
Guest: , Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
6:45 Presentation by on the Comprehensive Plan update
7:30 Questions and Discussion
NOTE: This is a new time and location for this meeting only!
A joint committee meeting of the NWDA Transportation and Planning Committees on:
November 6th at 6:30 pm
at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Wistar Morris Room, 1st floor
will focus on the new phase of the Comprehensive Plan (“Phase II”) which will launch an online mapping and comment application. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will be on hand to explain Phase II and connect with the community about items specifically relevant to the area. The agenda is:
The public is invited! Learn how to comment to the city via an online comment and mapping tool.
Guest: Joan Frederiksen, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Neighbors interested in forming a Slabtown business / community association are invited to a public meeting to hear general goals and possible directions for the organization:
Tuesday, March 19, 8 a.m.
Holiday Inn Express, West Hills Room
2333 NW Vaughn St.
As previously reported, the two western-most elm trees in front of the development on NW Johnson and 19th could not be saved. Pruning of the two trees will begin on Monday, December 10. On Tuesday, December 11, the two trees will be removed. The two trees will be reclaimed and reused. Efforts to save the two eastern-most trees will proceed per the agreement between the developer and NWDA.
Despite the agreed upon efforts to save the elm trees at NW Johnson and 19th, the developer and City Forester have informed NWDA that the two western-most elm trees must be removed. According the City Forester, “a permit is being issued for removal of the two western-most elm trees at this location. This is due to the extensive root and crown reduction these trees will incur during the project, making their survival untenable. Retention of these trees would create a significant public safety hazard.”
The developer’s arborist prepared a report detailing the findings and conclusions. We will post the report as soon as possible.
Mill Creek will proceed according the agreed upon plan with NWDA. They will continue to try to save the two easternmost elms. The two elms that are to be removed will be reclaimed and used locally. Specific plans are not yet available.
Portland Parks & Recreation
Download the results of our on-line survey about the proposed Con-way area public square design. The survey also included a question on the importance of specific items to be included in a possible construction Good Neighbor Agreement with Con-way (see page 6 of the pdf).
The developer is about to start phase II of the preservation plan for the American Elm trees at NW 19th and Johnson. This will consist of digging a trench along the property line, about 2’ to 3’ wide and 4’ to 5’ deep. This will be done with a special water spade so as to uncover the root structure with minimal damage. The water will loosen the soil which will be sucked up with a vacuum truck. Once exposed and under the direction of our arborist and with input from the City Forester’s office, the developer will proceed to prune the roots at the property line. Once this has been accomplished the contractor will fill the trench, which will allow the roots to heal before construction begins in December. All of this will take place between October 16th and October 20th.
Please take a moment to complete a short online survey about the square that will be built in the Con-way Masterplan area.
As a bit of background, in 2009 and 2010, NWDA led a community-driven planning process that resulted in an urban design concept for the Slabtown neighborhood in Northwest Portland. Based on the results of an online survey and five workshops, the neighborhood’s top priorities were defined as parks, squares, and open spaces; pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets; and creating a historically significant iconic focal point. In 2011 and 2012, to advance the goals and priorities of the neighborhood, NWDA participated in the development of a masterplan for a 17-acre parcel of land owned by Con-way.
The masterplan was approved in August 2012. Roughly 25% of the masterplan area is dedicated to a park, square, and pedestrian walkways. Portland Parks & Recreation will lead a pubic process to design and develop the public park. The square will be part of a private development site, which will be located on the western half of the block between NW 20th and NW 21st and NW Pettygrove and NW Quimby. As part of the masterplan agreement, the public will have an enhanced role in the design of the square once a developer is identified.
In anticipation of this design process, Don Genasci, an NWDA Board member and architecture professor at the University of Oregon, has arranged to have roughly twenty students design visions of the Slabtown square as a part of their course work. NWDA is excited to review a wide variety of creative student ideas and designs to help inform the future design of the square.
We would like to supplement the formal masterplan guidelines and design standards with your opinions and ideas about what would make a great neighborhood square.
Thank you in advance for your participation.