(approved at Special Board Meeting on July 7, 2014)
Whereas, the preservation of a neighborhood’s historical heritage and architectural character are of prime concern to residents; and
Whereas, access to affordable housing is a citywide objective; and
Whereas, city building code regulations as currently stated do not address the preservation of architectural character or protection of existing affordable homes;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association supports the following action plan:
1.) revision of the building code to limit the size, lot coverage,setbacks, height, and floor area ratio of house construction to that of the average of existing homes within 200 feet.
2.) revision of building code to incorporate the requirement that local residents be notified of proposed demolitions 45 days in advance of applying for a building permit
3.) imposing of a moratorium on home demolitions or major remodels prior to code revision implementation
4.) encouraging the signing of a (non-binding) “Neighbor Pledge by homeowners to not allow their home to be sold to developers for demolition
5.) collaborating with other neighborhood associations in the drafting and presentation of a joint action plan to the Mayor and City Commissioners to address demolition/development concerns
6.) collaboration between neighborhood associations and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in recommending specific changes to the zoning code with respect to demolition/development concerns as part of a Comprehensive Plan update.
One of Portland’s greatest treasures is the distinct
character of its neighborhoods. Few cities offer such diversity of homes for
However, older affordable homes in neighborhoods well-served
by established city infrastructure such as schools and transportation
increasingly are demolished and replaced, often with houses many times the size
of the original and sold for twice the value. New construction should not tower
above existing homes, impinge on neighbors’ privacy, or limit others’ access to
light or solar power.
City planners and city government have failed to protect the
character and range of affordability of homes in the city’s neighborhoods. A
city that prides itself on its commitment to sustainable practices and the
environment has done little to stem the tide of demolitions. Homes are torn
down with little regard to quality of materials and craftsmanship. As local
preservationist Cathy Galbraith says, We try to recycle everything in Portland,
yet throw whole houses away.
The stakes are high, and neighborhoods are at risk.
Homeowners have the power to change this destructive trend. Even if homes are
in need of maintenance or a remodel, many potential buyers would embrace the
chance to buy into the neighborhood and restore a piece of Portland’s
“first-growth architecture.” Demolition, on the other hand, removes a more
affordable home, usually built of higher-quality materials, from the
With this pledge, homeowners show support for the history
and value of such character architecture by envisioning a future for their
homes, and providing criteria for potential buyers. If the number of sales to
builders can be slowed, so can the wave of demolitions, and developers will be
motivated to take advantage of vacant lots within the urban growth boundary
instead of tearing down unique housing that’s stood for generations.
Even though the homeowner may be selling his or her home, no
one else has more power in the face of that transaction to protect that
home—and the neighborhood—for generations to come.
If I sell my home, I will seek buyers committed to
preservation. In addition:
• I will notify neighbors of my
intent to sell before looking for a seller or listing my home.
• If I sign with a real estate
agent, the agent also will be asked to honor this pledge.
• I will ask prospective buyers
about plans to remodel or add to the home.
• I will not sell to a buyer
who plans to increase the height or footprint of the home if I feel it adversely
affects the character or livability of the neighborhood.
• I will sign and attach this pledge to my will if I have one, as a
statement to my heirs of my preferences for the disposition of my home.
House demolitions, replacements, and infill are increasing
trends in Portland neighborhoods. As a coalition of neighborhood associations
we seek your opinions about this trend. Please complete this short
questionnaire. We will let your coalition of neighborhood associations know the
results of this survey. THANK YOU.
1)Demolition of houses and replacement with new houses is a
good trend for our neighborhood. (Choose one answer.)
replacement of houses is GOOD for our neighborhood because: (Choose
none, some or all options).
a.Removes houses in disrepair.
b.Builds more energy efficient houses, though most replacement
houses are much larger.
c.Increases the value of houses in our neighborhood.
d.Creates jobs in our area.
e.Enlarges the property tax base for the City of Portland.
3)Demolition and replacement of houses is BAD
for our neighborhood because: (Choose none, some, or all options).
and material resources.
time buyers out of our neighborhood market.
character of established neighborhoods.
process affects the health of immediate neighbors.
4)Should there be any change in current City of Portland
policy/code regarding demolition and replacement of houses?
b.No (Skip to
5)If you agree that City of Portland policies should be
changed to limit house demolitions and replacements, what changes in City code
do you support? (Choose none, some, or all options).
120-day delay of all house demolitions.
b.Neighborhood notification of proposed demolitions and
c.Neighborhood review of proposed demolitions and
d.Establish new code regulations such as: increased set backs,
restrict height of new houses to correspond to surrounding houses, limit
footprint of new houses to correspond to the neighborhood.
e.Substantially increase landfill fees and permit costs to
economically discourage demolitions and replacements.
6)What area of the City do you live in?
7)How long have you lived in your neighborhood?
a.More than 30 years
8.) Do you have any other comments about
Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison Headline
L’Arche Portland’s 4th Annual Benefit Concert
October 18, 2014
Portland, OR, – L’Arche Portland announced today it will host its fourth annual benefit concert featuring renowned Northwest artists Julianne Johnson and Michael Allen Harrison. The concert, on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Madeleine Parish at 3123 NE 24th Avenue, will directly support L’Arche Portland’s work of creating home and building community for people with and without intellectual disabilities. The concert will celebrate L’Arche International’s 50th Anniversary, joining festivities in 146 communities around the world to honor this golden “Jubilee.”
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The event will also feature a raffle for a 7-day stay at a condo in Las Vegas, including airfare.
The concert will showcase a new song by Johnson in honor of the 50th Anniversary of L’Arche, as well as guest performances by the Portland Community College choir Voices of Soul.
About the Artists
Julianne R. Johnson has astonished Northwest audiences for more than 25 years. This past year Johnson continued to amaze with her performance in “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” reprising the role she played on the national tour. She performs a wide range of musical genres including jazz, R & B, Motown, Broadway, Gospel and Blues. What sets Johnson apart is not only her enormous talent, but also her ability to connect deeply with her audience.
Michael Allen Harrison touches his audience with his passionate renderings of jazz and classical piano. Harrison is the founder of the Snowman Foundation, which has raised more than two million dollars for music education.
The Portland L’Arche community is a part of an international federation, with 146 communities in 35 countries, L’Arche International, founded in 1964 in France, is a global leader in engaging, honoring, and celebrating people with intellectual disabilities. L’Arche differs from conventional group homes in that caregivers live as family with adults with intellectual disabilities. The community creates a culture of equality, founded on a belief in the unique value of every person and our need for one another.
There are many ways to support the work of L’Arche Portland – purchase tickets and attend the annual benefit concert; make a financial contribution; provide an in-kind donation (please see online Wish List); invite a member of the Speakers Bureau to present at your community group, church or school; volunteer. For more information, please visit www.larche-portland.org or call L’Arche Portland at 503.251.6901.
Contacts: Tamara Yates, Director of Development and Communications, L’Arche-Portland
We invite you to participate in our 5th annual 42nd
Avenue signature event - our Makers’ Faire. This event conveys the economic
diversity of our Avenue and is designed to bring vitality to our business
district while giving our greater community a place to gather and buy each
other’s wares. To be a vendor, complete the information below and include a
check made payable to the 42nd Avenue Business Association.
Send the application and check to
42nd Avenue Makers’ Faire Vendor
C/O Myo DeMayo
4650 NE Simpson St.
Portland, OR 97218.
If you have any questions, please email Myo at
Vendor Registration Form
Describe what you make and will be selling:
items must be handmade. No mass-produced or imports allowed.
Describe what activity/demonstration you
will use to engage participants in your booth:
42nd Avenue Business
Businesses off the Avenue$60
Makers who demonstrate how to make products or services$25
community beneficial organizations$40
WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
As a vendor, I understand that this waiver of liability must be signed
in order for me to participate in the 42nd Avenue Street Fair. I understand
and acknowledge that my services will be provided only at the booth site assigned
to me and may consist of all or some of the following Vending Services: arts &
crafts sales, food vending, garage sales, not for profit fundraising activities.
I understand that in order to receive a booth site(s), I must assume all responsibility
and risk associated with all conditions, hazards and potential dangers in, on or
about a site, whether they are open and obvious or concealed. I hereby RELEASE,
DISCHARGE AND WAIVE, any claims, actions or suits of any character, name and description,
that I may have against the 42nd Avenue Street Fair, the Fair coordinator,
and its planning committee, agents and employees and owners/lessees of a booth’s
site, as a result of any injuries, damages or death received or sustained by me
in connection with the Vendor Services performed on, in or while I
am participating in any 42nd Avenue Street Fair activities.
I hereby agree to INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS, 42nd Avenue Street
Fair, the Fair coordinator, its planning committee, officers, agents and employees
and owners/lessees of a booth’s site, from and against any and all liabilities,
losses, claims, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees), damages,
obligation, judgments or deficiencies of every kind and description, contingent
or otherwise, resulting from or arising out of any of my acts or failure to act
in connection with my services provided during the 42nd Avenue Street