REQUEST FOR RESPONSE by April 3, 2012

Here it is, the Request for Response from the City of Portland regarding the Conditional Use Master Plan. It’s brief, but pages 4 and 5 describe the variances in the building size and lot coverage Providence is requesting.

I urge you to look this over carefully, there are issues of how close to the sidewalk the buildings will be along Glisan and Hoyt, as well as whether the current code is appropriate along 47th.

If you would like to give your two cents (and I strongly encourage you to do just that) but you aren’t sure what to say or how to say it, then contact your Neighborhood Representative to the Standing Committee. That person is your link to the Good Neighbor Agreement and they are representing you. If you let them know your opinion, they can include that in their negotiations.

Laurelhurst: Gary Naylor

North Tabor: Zach Michaud

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2 Responses to REQUEST FOR RESPONSE by April 3, 2012

  1. Jim Parker says:

    Where would we find the relevant codes or criteria that apply to the Providence application for variances?

    I presume that Gary Naylor and Zach Michaud can reached from their respective neighborhood association websites. Right?

    • kimcottrell says:

      Well, that’s the tricky part, Jim, The codes and criteria that apply to the Providence application are in a 3-ring binder that the neighborhood representatives examine and study and make recommendations. I would assume that a person could ask to look at the binder or hear more about it by calling or emailing the representative. And, yes, those numbers are on the respective association websites in the Contacts & Links section.

      There is one other way to gain access to the binder. A person can call Douglas Hardy’s office and ask to look over the Providence Conditional Land Use Master Plan application.

      Also, the neighborhood representatives present their concerns to the residents who live nearby in their General Meetings. The North Tabor Neighborhood Association has a Board meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm. Perhaps they will welcome their general membership given the topic and the short timeline. The Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 7pm.

      While this is a completely inefficient system in terms of speed and getting the word out to many people about topics that are very time sensitive, I can understand why the system is this way. I’ve done enough investigation to find out that if this process were to change it would have to be at the state level and someone would have to mandate that applications were received electronically and posted online for all to see. Obviously, Providence has this as an electronic document somewhere in their system, but that is not how they turn in the application because the City asks for a written copy.

      Hope this is helpful.

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