April Land Use & Transportation Committee

Come discuss the City’s proposed land use language around short-term rentals at the next LUTC meeting on Monday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Southeast Uplift building (3534 SE Main St).

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Board will be asked to pass a resolution around short-term rentals at the next meeting on Thursday May 8.

Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut@gmail.com.

March Land Use & Transportation Committee

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a small, self-contained dwelling that shares the site of a larger single-unit home.  For demographic, affordability, and environmental reasons, specific suggestions (See Enhanced Housing Choices letter here) have been proposed that urge the City to amend land use code in favor of expanding smaller sized housing choices in residential zones.

Come discuss these specific suggestions at the next LUTC meeting on Monday March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Southeast Uplift building (3534 SE Main St).

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Board will be asked to pass a resolution in support of this language at the next meeting on Thursday March 13.

Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut@gmail.com.

February Land Use and Transportation Meeting

Hello Sunnyside,

Please join us at the upcoming Land Use and Transportation meeting on Monday February 10th at 7:30PM in the Southeast Uplift building (3534 SE Main St).

A City Water Bureau representative will discuss the impact on Mount Tabor park and adjacent streets when the reservoirs are disconnected from the water system beginning in early 2015.  The public has an opportunity to comment on the historic resource and environmental land use review underway by the City’s Bureau of Development Services.  The future use of the Mount Tabor reservoirs will be a separate public process.

The other item on the agenda is a discussion of the City’s zoning regulations being updated to expand housing choices in residential zones as part of the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Projects 7 (RICAP).  RICAP addresses technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving work plan.

Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut (at) gmail (dot) com

January Land Use and Transportation Meeting

Hello Sunnyside,

Please join us at the upcoming Land Use and Transportation meeting on Monday January 13th at 7:30PM in the Southeast Uplift building (3534 SE Main St).

A Bureau of Planning and Sustainability representative will be presenting on the land use implications for the Belmont and Hawthorne areas being designated a Town Center in the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.

Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut (at) gmail (dot) com

December Land Use and Transportation Meeting

Hello Sunnyside,

Please join us at the upcoming Land Use and Transportation meeting on December 9th at 7:30PM in the Southeast Uplift building (3534 SE Main St.)

A representative for the developer and homebuilder of a property located at 643 SE 47th Ave has requested to meet with neighbors to discuss a 2 lot partition and zone change application to be submitted to the city.  The existing house may remain and a new house would be built on the newly created lot.

The other item on the agenda is a review of the Map App created by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as part of its process of updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Map App allows the public to provide comment on how city staff forecast Portland will grow and change over the next 20 years.

Please feel free to contact Dan Rutzick – Chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee with any questions at sunnysidelut (at) gmail (dot) com

New Sunnyside Board Member – Elena Heller

By Elena Heller

A dental hygienist by trade and lover of great neighborhoods, my name is Elena Heller and I have lived in Sunnyside since July 2013. Recent imports from Fayetteville, Arkansas, my husband and I took a huge journey to move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am green to the area but believe that I understand what is necessary in creating and maintaining an uplifting and inspiring neighborhood.

On the weekends you will often find me out hiking a trail or exploring our city by bicycle. Most likely I will be seen cycling or walking to work in order to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Walking and cycling also help me to see the quirky, fun, and unique characteristics that Sunnyside has to offer, including items we might improve upon. As part of my tenure with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, I hope to support efforts that contribute to community health and wellness.

A neighborhood is cohesive when you take time to get to know your neighbors. We can unite and speak as a group to alleviate problems, help prevent crimes with our eyes on the street, and become a strong community that everyone enjoys and in which everyone feels safe. Sunnyside is a hub for many amiable gatherings with the vibrant homes, unique businesses, and beautiful intersections that we have to offer. I look forward to meeting and learning more from each of you so that we may continuously progress as a community and be one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Portland.