NWDA Slabtown Committee Minutes

Slabtown Minutes – Nov. 1, 2010

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2010
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.


Committee Members Attending:
Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Craig Boretz (Con-way), Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Peggy Anderson, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Wayne Clark (Legacy/Good Sam), Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Dan Volkmer

Guests Attending:
John Cole, BPS

No Motions.

No Votes.

The meeting was called to order at 5:10 pm without a quorum. Late arriving members achieved a quorum.

The group reviewed a near-final draft of the Slabtown Urban Design Concept in the form of a slide presentation. Numerous suggested improvements were made, including:

1. Clearly label green streets, particularly Pettygrove, and emphasize them graphically on the green street pages.

2. On the Pedestrian Greens & Festival Streets pages, add greater graphical emphasis on the specified streets on the map.

3. On the parking and/or street car pages , add a note about the potential for buses and trolleys both to and from the neighborhood and within the neighborhood.

4. Regarding parking, clarify how shared parking works and how advanced technologies could improve parking efficiency.

5. Improve copy about Community Buildings and Services.

The group did not have time to review the design standards that provide greater detail for the Urban Design Concept. It was agreed that the NWDA Planning Committee will continue to review and refine the standards.

Both before the meeting and during the last twenty minutes of the meeting, members were invited to weigh in on whether they support asking the NWDA Board to vote on approving the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. Co-chairs Don Genasci and Ron Walters believe the plan is ready to be presented to the Board for consideration. The majority of members attending the meeting and commenting via email support the plan and the decision present it to the NWDA Board.

Steve Pinger expressed numerous strong concerns about the plan including its suitability for engaging with and influencing City-led planning initiatives, its ability to influence investment in public spaces, its lack of prioritization for public spaces and projects, lack of specificity of street car alignment, and its degree of detail (too much).

Co-chair Ron Walters expressed a desire for complete consensus but acknowledged it may not be realistic. The Committee co-chairs believe it is the will of the Committee to seek support for the Urban Design Concept from the NWDA Planning Committee and the NWDA Board. The Committee will work with Planning over the coming weeks to refine the plan and standards. It is expected that the Urban Design Concept and standards will be presented to the NWDA Board in December.

The meeting adjourned at 6:35 pm.

The Slabtown Urban Design Concept is a very large, graphically intense document that cannot be posted on this website. Please email Ron Walters at ronaldjwalters@hotmail.com if you would like to receive a copy of the document via email.

Slabtown Minutes – 8/23/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
August 23, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Craig Boretz (Con-way), Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger, Dan Volkmer, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Peggy Anderson, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Wayne Clark (Legacy/Good Sam), Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien,

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein

No Motions.

No Votes.

The meeting was called to order at 5:38 pm. The sole agenda item for the meeting was to review progress on the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. Ron opened the meeting by letting the group know that the “cement was settling” on the initial design phase of the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. The last work day for Sam Postel, the Slabtown work group’s primary designer, will be Friday, August 27. Don and Sam are focused on putting the finishing touches on the maps and drawings such that the Committee can properly present and “frame” the finished work with the proper introductions and caveats over the coming weeks.

Ron shared that the Planning Committee was generally very pleased with the Slabtown Urban Design Concept presented on August 19, the notable exception being Steve Pinger, who expressed numerous concerns about the Urban Design Concept as currently presented. Planning Chair John Bradley plans to draft a formal letter of support for the Planning Committee to review in anticipation of sending it to the NWDA Board for consideration. Ron also shared that Tad Savinar, a significant private land owner in the Upshur Warehouse area, also known as “The Squish,” had visited the design studio and offered generally positive feedback on the plan. Tad subsequently provided some of his design concepts for the “Squish” area so they could be incorporated into the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. The concepts were quite consistent and required few changes to be compatible.

After Ron’s introduction, Don walked the group through the urban design concepts and drawings, focusing on updates since the previous meeting. Don and Ron highlighted some of the macro implications if the Urban Design Concept were built out to the limits of what were drawn (roughly 4:1 rather than the 3:1 plus bonuses described in the NWDP). Using rough calculations, the Slabtown area could conceivably include 6,500 new housing units, 10,000 new residents, 6+ million square feet of commercial and retail space employing up to 20,000 workers when it is fully built out. While potentially daunting figures, the group considered that a certain level of density is required to achieve sustainability goals typical of eco-districts and 20 minute neighborhoods. Ron pointed out the potential traffic and transportation challenges suggested by such development.

Committee members were invited to comment on the Urban Design Concept. Most members weighed in. Mary offered that a larger square at 21st and Pettygrove would be a desirable alternative to the one shown. Don and others noted that the size of the proposed square is similar to some large squares in Rome and Pioneer Square in Portland. Dan suggested that the slides showing historical “landmarks” should show “historically significant properties” to avoid confusion. He suggested showing these properties with a more prominent color coding. Bill was concerned that the plan might be too detailed for consideration by the NWDA Board and might need to be consolidated. Craig was complimentary of the plan. Steve reiterated some of his strong concerns about the Urban Design Concept, including its failure to capture the “sole of Slabtown,” inappropriate degree of detail, its lack of prioritization, lack of specificity about street car routing, and its lack of a plan for engaging and influencing public and private investment.

Ron thanked Committee members for their input and reiterated the desire for broad support but acknowledged that the Committee may not achieve complete consensus. In the time available, the Committee was not able to resolve differing opinions and ideas for improvements. Ron proposed that he would follow up with Steve to see if there could be a meeting of the minds. Ron will also survey Committee members not attending to see where they stand on the Urban Design Concept.

Next steps include follow up with the Planning Committee and engagement with the Board of Directors.

The Committee expects to meet in September and October to but meeting dates have not be set.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 8/9/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
August 9, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Wayne Clark (Legacy/Good Sam), Dan Volkmer, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Mary Czarnecki, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Steve Pinger

Guests Attending:
Fran Goldstein

No Motions.

No Votes.

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 pm. The sole agenda item for the meeting was to review progress on the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. After a brief introduction by Ron, Don walked the group through the urban design concepts and drawings, drawing attention to changes since Slabtown Workshop #5 and the previous Committee meeting. Because attendance was very low, the group focused on ideas and concerns expressed by Wayne Clark of Legacy/Good Sam.

Wayne provided input on the Good Sam masterplan boundaries and allowances. In particular, the Slabtown urban design map showed proposed building heights that were less than those allowed in the Good Sam masterplan. The group agreed that the Slabtown Urban Design Concept was not trying to restrict heights allowed by the Good Sam masterplan and agreed that the concept map should be changed to reflect allowed heights.

A second inconsistency with the Good Sam masterplan noted: a large public square shown on Good Sam property between NW Overton and Pettygrove and NW 21st and 22nd. Committee co-chairs acknowledged the inconsistency as an aspirational community desire for the neighborhood. The location is flexible but the co-chairs believed that the location made a lot of sense as drawn. The group acknowledged the fact that Good Sam currently owns the property, it is in within the masterplan area, and has no plans to sell the property or commit to development as shown. Wayne said he could not support public square in the location drawn but agreed to move on, acknowledging that he had a single vote.

The group briefly discussed progress on documenting historical buildings and the treatment of the rotary at 23rd and Vaughn. The group agreed that it would make sense to present the Slabtown Urban Design Concept to the Planning Committee at an upcoming meeting ASAP.

The meeting adjourned early at 6:35 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 7/26/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
July 26, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, Wayne Clark, Dan Volkmer, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Mary Czarnecki, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Steve Pinger

Guests Attending: Sam Postel (Slabtown Work Group designer), Fran Goldstein, Lee Medoff (Bull Run Distillery), Patrick Bernards (Bull Run Distillery)

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:37 pm.

Lee Medoff and Patrick Bernards of Bull Run Distillery had heard about the Slabtown Committee and stopped by to introduce themselves. They are planning to open a distillery and tasting room on NW Quimby by the end of the year. They expressed interest in working with NWDA and neighbors to be a part of the community.

The majority of the meeting was spent reviewing ongoing progress of the Slabtown Urban Design Concept. The plans were well received.

The Committee discussed ideas on how to incorporate history and historic properties into the design concept. Dan Volkmer suggested that it would be important to obtain a better understanding of the historic inventory to provide better context for future ideas. It may generate good ideas or lead to natural locations for types or locations of private development or public spaces.

Dan and Fran Goldstein offered to lead an effort to document historic properties in the neighborhood. Given that this effort could involve significant work, which could take longer than the main design phase of the Design Concept, the historic information will be incorporated into the Design Concept as it becomes available. The group envisioned it being added to the concepts map as a some type of overlay.

Before adjourning, the Committee briefly discussed plans for Slabtown Community Workshop #5 on Wednesday, July 28.

Meeting adjourned at 7:02 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 7/12/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
July 12, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, Mary Czarnecki, Dan Volkmer, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending:
Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Wayne Clark, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Steve Pinger

Guests Attending: Sam Postel (Slabtown Work Group designer), Karl Doppelfeld (NWDA Board), Chris Nutwell (resident), Alan Classen (Northwest Examiner)

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 pm.

Prior to reviewing initial draft drawings of the Slabtown Design Concept, Ron and Don proposed that the Slabtown Committee focus on providing feedback to the Slabtown Work Group based on its drawings and visual renderings rather than trying to distill existing planning documents into a single set of design guidelines. The Committee agreed that this approach would be a more efficient and productive use of time.

Prior to beginning the presentation, Ron reminded the Committee that the Slabtown Design Concept should be thought of as an update and enhancement of the Northwest Urban Design Concept map that appears in the Northwest District Plan. Don proceeded to present initial design concepts that are based on the agreed upon Slabtown principles. Overall, feedback was very positive.

Committee members asked questions and made suggestions:

Mary Czarnecki asked the work group to consider alternatives to high rises near I-405 that might block morning light for St. Patrick’s church.

Ron asked the Committee to comment on the need for a historically meaningful, iconic focal point. The consensus was that a single iconic focal point is not crucial. Greg suggested that a network of green streets can be a neighborhood-wide unifying theme. Mary suggested there could be unifying design elements such as gates, obelisks, or fountains. It was noted the fountains not only have the potential to be visually appealing, their sound could be appealing and could help mitigate traffic sound from I-405 and the off-ramp. Others suggested that churches and bell towers could be desirable focal points that would showcase or accentuate neighborhood history.

Greg inquired about a multi-block super park. Mary asked about creative street options such as diagonals or curves, possibly oriented toward the river. In both cases, Don explained that they are certainly possibilities but that the Work Group erred on the side of pragmatism.

It was noted that the next Slabtown Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Good Sam Northrup Building 1st floor conference room. Committee members and other interested parties that would like to participate in the Slabtown Work Group should contact Don Genasci at dgenasci@spiritone.com to make arrangements.

Slabtown Community Workshop #5 will be help Wednesday, July 28, from 6 to 8 pm at the COHO Theater at 2257 NW Raleigh Street.

The meeting adjourned at 7:08 pm.

Comments after the meeting suggested that the Slabtown principles and additional planning caveats should be added to the Design Concept drawings to provide appropriate context for those who view the drawings without the benefit of commentary from the Committee. The Work Group will proceed to add such materials to the Design Concepts and will post the updated drawings to the NWDA website as soon as possible.

Slabtown Minutes – 6/28/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
June 28, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Brian Bramlett, Wayne Clark, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Dan Volkmer

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein, Bette Schei

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:37 pm.

The sole agenda item for the meeting was to refine the guiding principles for the Slabtown plan concept. The Committee was in strong agreement regarding its previously defined approach:

• Design consistent with Northwest District Plan (note departures)
• Incorporate input from Slabtown online survey and workshops
• Obtain regular feedback from the Slabtown committee and other NWDA committees
• Seek input from functional studies and experts
• Conduct additional surveys as needed
• Perform outreach to maximize awareness and participation
• Seek consensus and broad support (as much as possible)
• Provide options, alternatives, and caveats as appropriate

The Committee expressed verbal support for the Community Priorities as distilled from the Northwest District Plan, Slabtown workshops and survey, plus other resources that have standing with NWDA/neighborhood (e.g. NWDA-supported green street guidelines):

1. Neighborhood Character and History
• Create pedestrian and bike friendly streets
• Promote parks, squares and public spaces
• Moderate building height and density
• Sufficient density to support sustainability aspirations
• Create an appealing street-level environment
• Promote historic preservation and enhancement
• Historically relevant, iconic focal-point
• Preserve and highlight historic buildings
• Encourage access and linkage to the river

2. Community Needs
• Parks, squares and public spaces
• Public buildings and meeting places
• Community and activities center (all ages)
• School (K-12)
• Farmers market with local food
• Library

3. Transportation and Parking
• Create pedestrian and bike friendly streets
• Green streets (Pettygrove and others)
• Wide sidewalks
• Reduce reliance on automobile usage and the need for parking
• Car-free streets or zones
• Provide attractive public transit options

4. Sustainability
• Promote livability and social sustainability
• Environmental sustainability – improve air quality
• 20-minute neighborhood – true main street for resident needs
• Green and sustainable building practices

5. Housing
• Diversity – not just apartments and condos
• Affordable
• Live-work lofts
• Meet housing needs of seniors and aging population
• Eco-friendly

6. Other
• Job creation and economic development
• Mask I-405 and ramps
• Underground utilities
• LEED Neighborhood

These priorities will likely be refined over the course of Phase IV of the Slabtown Workplan.

The majority of the meeting was spent trying to clearly define a set of design guidelines for the Slabtown Work Group, which will develop the drawings and designs for the plan concept in July and August. The time available was not sufficient to reach consensus regarding the design guidelines. Committee members were asked to provide additional feedback by Thursday, July 1, which will be used to further refine the design guidelines. The Committee will address the guidelines again at its next meeting on Monday, July 12.

The Slabtown Committee will host Community Workshop #5 on Wednesday, July 28 at the COHO Theater at 2257 NW Raleigh. The tentative meeting time is from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 7:03 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 6/7/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
Jun 7, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Craig Boretz, Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Wayne Clark, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Dan Volkmer

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:38 pm.

The Committee decided it did not need to review the Slabtown Phase IV workplan.

The Commitee viewed a short slide show of photos from the final U of O study design concepts presentation on June 3.

The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the process for consolidating the current three master plan concepts into a single master plan concept. The Committee decided that the best approach to achieving a quality plan with broad support would be to develop a list of principles – for both process and substance – that will guide development of the plan.

The initial list of principles discussed is as follows:

i. Consistent with Northwest District Plan (note departures)
ii. Incorporate input from online survey and workshops
iii. Regular feedback from this Committee & others
iv. Seek input from functional studies and experts
v. Conduct additional surveys as needed
vi. Perform outreach to maximize awareness and participation
vii. Seek consensus and broad support (as much as possible)
viii. Provide options, alternatives, and caveats as appropriate

Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger, and Don Genasci volunteered to distill the Northwest District Plan into guiding principles to be considered by the Committee at the next Committee meeting on June 28.

The Committee decided it would like to host a minimum of two more Community Workshops to solicit ideas and feedback from the public. The first workshop in Phase IV – Slabtown Community Workshop #5 – will be held Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the COHO Theater on NW Raleigh. Time is TBD.

The Committee agreed it would be a good idea to invite developers, architects, and urban planners to weigh in on principles and plans to provide perspective on economics, attractiveness, and feasibility, with the goal of creating a plan that is grounded in reality. This is likely first to occur in July, when there are drafts of plans that can be reviewed.

The group briefly discussed other principles such as livability and sustainability, both of which were strongly supported at the Slabtown Community workshops and in the Slabtown survey. The Committee briefly discussed other standards such as LEED for Neighborhood Development, which will be discussed at the next Committee meeting. More information is available at the U.S. Green Building Council website.

The next Slabtown meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 28, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Legacy Northrup Building first floor conference room at 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 5/24/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
May 24, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Greg Aldrich, Mary Czarnecki, Dan O’Brien, Steve Pinger, Bill Welch

Committee Members Not Attending: Peggy Anderson, Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Patricia Gardner, Dan Volkmer

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:42 pm.

For the first 10 minutes of the meeting, Committee members discussed the planning context for Slabtown Plan process, including an update on the Remand, the NDP masterplan provision, and the potential Central City URA.

The final student open-house style presentation for Slabtown Phase III will be June 3 from 6-9 pm at the General Automotive Building on NW Park. The presentation will be put on by U of O so the NWDA and Slabtown Committee do not need to do any preparation. The Slabtown Committee will provide feedback forms to attendees to solicit input, ideas, and preferences regarding Phase IV planning.

The Committee proceeded to discuss the Slabtown Plan Phase IV workplan, which was passed by the NWDA Board of Directors at the April Board meeting. The Phase IV workplan is available for download here.

The majority of the meeting was dedicated to discussing the process for executing the Phase IV workplan. The Slabtown Committee created a Slabtown Workgroup that will meet daily starting July 1 to consolidate the three student planning concepts into a single vision and mastplan. The work group will be led by Don Genasci and supported by one or more of the student designers that worked on Phase III. Committee members and others will be invited to participate as available. Detailed meeting times and dates will be determined in June. Anyone interested in participating should contact Don at dgenasci@spiritone.com for more information.

The Slabtown Workgroup will develop a single masterplan concept using all available sources of public input from Phase III, including:
- Slabtown online survey
- Community workshops 1 – 4
- Feedback from final student presentations

The masterplan should strive to be consistent with the Northwest District Plan. Departures from the plan will be noted.

The Workgroup will meet with the full Slabtown Committee on the second and fourth Mondays of July and August to obtain feedback and guidance. As needed, the Workgroup will meet with other NWDA committees and conduct additional online surveys to solicit input and preferences from the community.

The Slabtown Committee noted that numerous big decisions will be incorporated into the neighbhorhood masterplan concept that will not have been vetted by NWDA, residents, the City, Con-way, and other stakeholders, including but not limited to the following:

i. Expanded streetcar service? Routes?
ii. How many parks and squares? Where?
iii. Treatment of 23rd and Vaughn? Off ramp?
iv. I-405 mitigation?
v. Iconic landmarks? Historic considerations?
vi. Density and height?
vii. Parking? How much and where?
viii. Green streets?
ix. Community center and public buildings
x. Public services such as district energy
xi. Sustainability, energy policy, eco-building

To deal with this, the Committee plans to provide a limited number of alternatives and options in its plans. The Committee will provide appropriate caveats and disclaimers to appropriately position the masterplan concept. By the end of August or early September, the Slabtown Committee expects to have documents ready for review by NWDA and others.

After the Slabtown masterplan concept is completed – in September and October – the Slabtown Committee will develop form-based design standards that will provide guidance for converting the planning concepts into implementable code.

The latter part of the meeting was dedicated to outreach. The Committee explored ideas on how to engage the public in the planning process and keep the community up to date on progress. Ideas included displaying the masterplan concepts on large design boards in storefronts on NW 21st and 23rd, displaying the boards at events such as the Slabtown farmers market, NWDA election, Slabtown festival, etc.

The Committee briefly discussed fund-raising. The Committee believes it will have adequate funds to execute Phase IV. If additional funds become available, the Workgroup would consider hiring a second student designer for the summer.

Finally, the Slabtown Committee meeting, originally scheduled for June 14, conflicts with the NWDA elections. The Slabtown meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, June 7, 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Legacy Northrup Building first floor conference room at 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

The meeting adjourned at 7:04 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 3/4/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
March 4, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Wayne Clark, Mary Czarnecki, Steve Pinger

Committee Members Not Attending: Greg Aldrich, Peggy Anderson, Craig Boretz, John Bradley, Brian Bramlett, Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Dan Volkmer

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein (neighbor, workshop moderator)

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:40 pm.

Attendees reviewed and discussed the three masterplan concepts presented at Slabtown Workshop No. 3 for approximately a half hour. The three masterplans will be further refined for final review at Workshop No. 4 on March 18. Workshop No. 4 will be held from 6 to 8 pm in the downstairs room at NNCC, where Workshops No. 1 and 2 were held.

Workshop No. 4 will be organized similar to Workshop No. 3. After a short introduction, each design group will have 30 minutes to present their masterplan in the form of a slide presentation. Students will answer questions from the audience. The Workshop will conclude with a moderated open discussion of attendees’ questions, suggestions, preferences, and comments. Community members will be invited to make suggestions about the buildings that the student designers will design in Phase III of the Slabtown workplan.

The design groups will have significant leeway to present as they see fit. However, the student designers have been asked to address several key points that will facilitate understanding of the main differences between the plans:

1) Please relate defining elements of your masterplan to the community program of requirements and preferences survey. Describe focal points, iconic landmarks, historical considerations, parks and squares, mass transit, sustainability, bike and pedestrian friendly features, community center, etc.

2) Be explicit about overall development statistics such as estimated density (FAR), maximum building height, incremental parking spaces, additional construction square footage, amount and size of parks, etc.

3) Relate the masterplan design to the Northwest District Plan. Note where there is strict adherence to the plan and where their are significant departures from the District Plan.

The Committee discussed ways to improve outreach to increase community involvement and awareness of the Slabtown plan. It was agreed that it would be desirable to print posters for display in the neighborhood. The Committee expects to display the three masterplan concepts on boards in public locations on NW 21st and 23rd after Workshop No. 4.

Workshop No. 4 is the last workshop of phase II of the Slabtown workplan. Committee members will meet with students in early April to help develop a program of requirements for phase III of the workplan. During phase III, student designers, as part of the course work, are required to design a building in one of the masterplans.

Final presentations of the masterplan concepts and building designs will occur in early June. Date and location are TBD. It is expected that the community will have an opportunity to attend an interim design review in May. Date and location are TBD.

The meeting adjourned at 7:04 pm.

Slabtown Minutes – 1/21/10

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Slabtown Plan Committee
Meeting Minutes
January 21, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Northrup Building, 2282 NW Northrup Ave.

Committee Members Attending: Ron Walters (co-chair), Don Genasci (co-chair), Peggy Anderson, John Bradley, Wayne Clark, Mary Czarnecki, Dan Volkmer

Committee Members Not Attending: Greg Aldrich, Craig Boretz, Brian Bramlett, , Patricia Gardner, Dan O’Brien, Steve Pinger

Guests Attending: Fran Goldstein (neighbor, workshop moderator), Kim Carlson (neighbor), C. Sterkel, Stephen Jones (neighbor), Janet Filips (Legacy), John Cole (Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability)

No Motions.

No Votes.

*** End of Minutes ***

Meeting Summary:

The meeting was called to order at 5:37 pm.

The majority of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing community input from Workshop No. 1, known as the program of requirements, and results of the Slabtown online survey.

Over 30 minutes were spent reviewing the program of requirements, which included attendee voting results as well as short topic area summaries written by the student designers. Multiple committee members were concerned that the summaries did not accurately represent the voting results and community input. Specifically, items relating to neighborhood history, which received some of the highest vote totals, did not appear in the summaries.

Don Genasci, co-chair and professor of the student designers, explained that the students tended to focus more on actionable design input for master plans. History is hard to reflect in a master plan. He assured the group that the students heard the message about the importance of history. Ron Walters pointed out that more than 90% of people responding to the online survey either agreed or strongly agreed that neighborhood history should be somehow incorporated into future development plans of Slabtown.

After much discussion, the Committee concluded that it would be best to eliminate the topic area summaries and focus on the actual ideas and votes from Workshop No. 1. The Committee also felt that it would be helpful to list the ideas in order of vote count within each topic area. Ron is tabulating the raw data and will post the results on the NWDA website as soon as possible.

Next, the Committee reviewed the results of the Slabtown online survey, which was presented as a series of pie and bar charts. As such, the results were more factual and subject to much less interpretation. Committee members noted that 101 survey responses was a good amount but statistically small relative to the number of people living in the neighborhood. Survey results will be posted to the NWDA website as soon as possible.

The Committee briefly discussed plans for organizing community Workshop No. 2, which is now scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, from 6 to 8 pm. at the NW Neighborhood Cultural Center. After a short introduction, attendees will be invited to visit the “stations” of each of the eight student designers. Here, attendees will be able to review and comment on early drafts of of the students’ master plans, which are based on the program of requirements and survey results. A committee member will take notes and moderate interaction as necessary. Attendees will be given notes cards, on which they can provide written feedback about the strengths & weaknesses of each design and offer suggestions for improvements.

Students designers will use the written and verbal feedback to continue to refine there planning concepts for further review at community Workshop No. 3, currently scheduled for Thursday, February 25.

The final 5 to 10 minutes of the meeting were dedicated to ideas for outreach. In addition to printing small posters, the Committee discussed the idea of displaying student drawing in either a vacant store front on NW 21st or NW 23rd, or possibly in multiple active businesses interested in displaying the work. The Committee liked the idea, which received positive feedback from Kay Wolf (former President of the Nob Hill Business Association) and Ron Gulley, the new President of NHBA. Ron Walters will follow up with Ron Gulley to discuss the idea in more detail.

The meeting adjourned at 7:09 pm.

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