What Eastmoreland Neighborhood board member Kimberly Koehler characterized as developer Vic Remmers’ acceptance of a “buy-out offer rather than demolish the mid-century modern home at 3058 S.E. Woodstock…” has resulted in a larger effort that Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association president Al Ellis framed as “an all-city meeting of neighborhood association representatives for the purpose of uniting behind a proposal or proposals on code reform to present to the Mayor and the Council.”
Ellis told the Star that Eastmoreland’s success was encouraging but that negotiated agreements between neighbors and developers won’t settle the issue, that “the rapid spread of virtually unregulated infill demolition remains a front-burner concern for residents throughout the city—especially on the eastside.” Ellis is working with Central Northeast Neighbors to call a meeting by the end of April or sometime in May to discuss and draft changes to City zoning regulations that will prevent lot splitting.
Ellis said the first draft of the letter to all neighborhoods frames the problem in terms of maintaining each neighborhood’s character: “This is not an issue of development or no development; it’s is a matter of ‘responsible’ development. The reshaping of our neighborhoods should not be left totally at the mercy of developers’ profit motive.” The draft letter goes on to suggest three next steps: convince Portland Mayor Charlie Hales of widespread dissatisfaction with current policies and the urgency of the problem; express solidarity by all neighborhood associations for reforming the zoning code; and research options and draft proposals for the Mayor and Council to consider.