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Historic District Update

At its February 14, 2017 Board meeting, the LNA Board adopted a resolution, SUBJECT TO TWO IMPORTANT CAVEATS, to pursue nominating Laurelhurst for the National Register Historic District Listing. 

 

The Board’s resolution states:

"The LNA Board, by a majority vote, believes that a National Register Historic District listing is in the best interest of the neighborhood;

 

The LNA Board unanimously believes a National Register Historic District listing should not be filed unless a majority of the neighborhood supports it;”

 

The resolution further states that unless the Board “feels confident that a majority of the neighborhood supports historic district status,” the Board (1) will NOT file the nomination and (2) will NOT expend any LNA funds to further the nomination process.   

 

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Residential Infill Proposal

There are some proposed changes to land-use that LNA supports, however LNA is very concerned with any change of use that would result in encouraging demolition and in changes that are broadly applied across the city with disregard to the varying and unique character of each neighborhood.

 

You can read LNA's letter and feedback regarding Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's residential infill proposal (RIPSAC) addressed to Morgan Tracy, the Project Manager here

 
Residential Infill Proposal

There are some proposed changes to land-use that LNA supports, however LNA is very concerned with any change of use that would result in encouraging demolition and in changes that are broadly applied across the city with disregard to the varying and unique character of each neighborhood.

 

You can read LNA's letter and feedback regarding Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability's residential infill proposal (RIPSAC) addressed to Morgan Tracy, the Project Manager here

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LNA Meetings

Every resident, tenant or homeowner, in the Laurelhurst neighborhood, and every business or non-profit located in the neighborhood, is a member of the LNA.  LNA General Meetings and Board Meetings are open to the public and ADA accessible.  

LNA board elections are held at the May General Meeting.  Information about elections and candidates will be published in the March and May newsletters issues.  Every LNA member is asked to attend and vote.

If you are a member of the LNA and want to bring a topic up at a General Meeting, simply attend and speak up.  You can also ask the LNA President to place the topic on the agenda for a General Meeting, or to reserve time for you to discuss it with the board at a Board Meeting.  

Meeting dates and locations are at Events.  

For official minutes of Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association meetings, see Meeting Notes.

May LNA Election Results 

 

While other neighborhood associations postponed their elections, the LNA went forward on the scheduled May 12 date, with a new online voting process plus a ballot drop off option.  The LNA Board for 2020-2021 is:

President - Jeff Martin

Vice-President - Peter (Mike) Dubinsky

Treasurer  - Fred Cooper

Secretary - Jim Edelson

SEUL Rep - Quincy Brown 

NW Quad Rep - Barry Kast

NE Quad Rep - John Deodato

SW Quad Rep - Kelly Hutchinson

SE Quad Rep - Janet McManus

At-Large Rep - Tom Johnson 

The May General Membership and Board meeting was held by Zoom on May 12.  Future board and membership meetings may be via Zoom if required for public health - details will be on the Events page. 

Over 150 Neighbors Volunteer to Help with Laurelhurst Neighbor 2 Neighbor 

 

Shortly after Oregon's shelter-in-place started, several Laurelhurst neighbors, including health care professionals and members of the LNA board and the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Emergency Team, met at Migration Brewing to explore how the neighborhood could organize for mutual support.  Laurelhurst Neighbor 2 Neighbor (LN2N) was organized and by now over 150 neighbors have volunteered to help their neighbors by dropping off groceries, picking up prescriptions, and other tasks.  LN2N has four quad coordinators, a webform to gather information, and volunteers assigned to those neighbors who need help now.  Learn more at the Covid page.

Mann Old Peoples House Making Progress Toward Rebirth As Affordable Family Housing 

The stately, historic Anna Mann Old People's House by the northwest corner of Laurelhurst, at NE 32nd and NE Sandy, is making progress on its journey of restoration and adaptive re-use as affordable family housing.  Read more in the May issue of the LNA Newsletter and at Historic Laurelhurst.  The project will be undertaken by Innovative Housing, Oregon's leading non-profit focused on restoring historic buildings for attractive, livable affordable housing.  The LNA Board has been in contact with Innovative Housing about this project for almost two years.  In 2019 LNA supported the project's successful bid for Portland Affordable Housing Bond funding and this year LNA has supported the project in its pending design review.  To learn more, you can see the design review package submitted to the Historic Landmark Commission. 

OCCL Seeking To Dismantle

Neighborhood Association System

In July, the Oregonian reported that the city bureau in charge of neighborhood associations, the Office of Civic and Community Life (OCCL), was trying to eliminate neighborhood associations such as the LNA.  

 

In August, the Oregonian obtained internal emails and texts from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, her staff, and the OCCL director and staff.  These showed that Commissioner Eudaly's staff failed to consult neighborhood associations; that her policy director called them "high income" "white" "middle aged" people who needed to be put "in their place"; and the article stated that that the "backroom" plan has "backfired spectacularly".  

 

Read more in the September LNA newsletter (page 1 and 5), at Keep Portland Neighborly, and at the SE Examiner and the NW Examiner.  

 

The LNA has formally opposed the proposed code changes.

If you'd like to email the mayor and city commissioners to express your views:

Mayor Ted Wheeler mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly chloe@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Nick Fish nick@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner Amanda Fritz amanda@portlandoregon.gov

Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty JoAnn@portlandoregon.gov

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