Multnomah Neighborhood Association

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association is a formalized group of neighborhood volunteers working to improve the the quality of life in our neighborhood.

Map of the Multnomah Neighborhood

We meet at 7 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Multnomah Arts Center, Rm 30. 

Please join us.


 

MNA Appealing to the Oregon Court of Appeals

 

In 2017, we filed objections to the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, but these were rejected.  We then appealed to Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). On August 8th, the LCDC issued an order rejecting our appeals:

https://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/periodic_review/Portland/Portland_Tasks4-5_LCDC_Approval_Order001897_20180808.pdf

This LCDC decision undermines the importance of citizen testimony and Oregon’s Land Use Goals as determining factors in the land use planning process. 

 

Our Land Use Attorney, Michael Gelardi of the law firm Hershner Hunter, has completed a legal analysis that provides a path forward to appeal the LCDC decision at the Oregon Court of Appeals. 

 

A successful appeal would likely result in an a remand to the City to conduct further proceedings on the Middle Housing Policy 5.6 (MHP).  The MHP is the basis of the  Residential Infill Project (RIP) that is rezoning 87,324 residential properties in Portland to multi-family development.   The Planning and Sustainability Commission is considering allowing up to four units on all Single Family zoned properties citywide.  The RIP promotes density over livability and disregards State requirements for land use planning.

We need to raise $15,000 by August 29th to cover the first phase of the appeal.

If  we are unable to raise the funds to take the case to the Oregon Court of Appeals, then our intention is to use our Land Use Fund for a LUBA appeal against the implementation of RIP

Please Donate


Land Use Fund

Your tax-exempt 501(c)3 Donation

Currently the Neighborhood Association's Land Use Fund is directed to preparing for an appeal against the City in the Oregon Court of Appeals. 


Make check payable to:

SWNI
On the check's "FOR" line write:

Multnomah Land Use Fund

Mail it to or drop it off at:

7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR   97219

Or use your credit card:

 


Residential Infill Project

 A Overlay Map

Infill Map

Yellow =  Transforms single-family zones into multi-family zones;  allows up to 3 units on interior lots and 4 units on corner lots

Purple = Rezoning R2.5

Click here to watch a video about how planners in Ballard WA zoned out single-family homes and eliminated citizen involvement.  The same thing is now being promoted in Portland in the Residential Infill Project.


Objections to the Comprehensive Plan


Objection to Task 4

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association filed three Appeals to Task 4of  the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.   The appeals were made at the direction of the membership.  Two of the objections—on the “middle housing” policy and the lack of process leading to its adoption and on the designation of Multnomah as a Center—were filed on our behalf by Eben Fodor & Associates, Eugene planning consultants, and reviewed by two land use attorneys.  The third objection—on Chapter 2, Citizen Involvement, was filed on our behalf by past chair Carol McCarthy.

Objection to Middle Housing Policy 5.6 in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

Objection to the Designation of the Multnomah Neighborhood as a Center in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

Objections to Chapter 2 in the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan Update

 


Objection to Task 5

On August 7th, the City of Portland submitted Task 5 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

On August 25th, MNA submitted an objection to the Plan’s Early Implementation Task 5. If found valid, the objection basically would maintain the historic character of the village by changing the CM2 zoning to CM1. The measurement of height would be done on the lowest frontage street. The document is posted below.

Task 5 Objection to CM2 Zoning MNA (PDF)


DLCD Decision

DLCD Invalidates MNA Objections (Approves Periodic Review) (PDF, without attachments)


Appeals to DLCD Decisions Filed


Appeals to Tasks 4 & 5

The Multnomah Neighborhood Association filed the following appeals to Tasks 4 and 5 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.   The  DLCD rejected all Objections.

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting MNA's Objection to Middle Housing Policy 5.6

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Multnomah designated a Center

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Omission of Citizen from Comp Plan

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Multnomah CM2 Zoning

Appeal of DLCD Decision rejecting Objection to Comp Plan Details & Process


 

MNA Exceptions to Staff Report:

DLCD Staff Report:

Cover Letter announcing Hearing Purpose, Date and Location

 

 

 


DLCD Correspondence

The City submitted the record for Task 4 to the DLCD.  The City waived the 120-day time limit for review and requested it to be done with Task 5 when submitted.  The MNA  wrote a letter to DLCD director Jim Rue and the commissioners to inquire about this waiver and request that DCLD proceed with the review. 

DLCD Delay in Response to Task 4 and 5 Objections (PDF)


PSC Membership Violations

Letter to Mayor re: PSC Membership Violations

Response from Mayor re: PSC Membership Violations

Letter to Auditor Requesting Audit of  PSC Membership Violations


Materials for saving trees


Contact Us

President: Martie Sucec, martie.sucec@gmail.com

Mailing Address:

Multnomah Neighborhood Association
c/o Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR 97219