Not satisfied with how the Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association was moving to inform and represent neighbors on the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, an ad hoc group has decided to do what they consider a better job. Self-styled Neighbors Taking Action called its own meeting in late November to explain potential zoning changes in the inner Northeast neighborhood just east of the Lloyd District.
Speaking for the group, Todd Coward told the Hollywood Star News that while NTA is not pleased with SGNA refusing to hold a neighborhood informational meeting on the Comprehensive Plan, “…our group is trying to be constructive and hitting just the major issues right now.” So far, NTA has opened a web site and held the November meeting.
Coward said upwards of 80 neighbors attended the session to learn about changes. Information came from presentations by Rick Potestio, a local architect familiar with Sullivan’s Gulch, and Barry Manning, City of Portland senior planner and comprehensive plan point man.
Potential changes the neighborhood is facing under comprehensive plan proposals include Northeast Broadway possibly becoming a mixed-use urban center from Northeast 16th to 37th avenues, Northeast Multnomah Street between Northeast16th and 21st avenues changing to a mixed use-urban center from the current high-density residential zoning, and the Fred Meyer site changing from general commercial and heavy industrial to commercial employment.
Coward said neighbors had planned to attend the December meeting of the SGNA, but that the meeting had been cancelled. NTA has attempted to get the SGNA Board to rectify what SGA called “governance problems,” but Coward said NTA has met resistance, “…so we are now asking the residents of Sullivan’s Gulch to join us in taking action.”