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

Trees to Enjoy in Winter

By Gregg S. Everhart, Landscape Architect, Sunnyside Street Tree Team Member

Winter is a great time to observe and plant trees. Although we often love trees for their flowers, those don’t last long compared to the (seemingly) endless winter. The Sunnyside Street Tree Team (S2T2) has a new list of recommended street trees based on the 2012 inventory. Using the lists of recommended trees will result in a more diverse, healthy, and interesting urban forest.

Listed below is a selection of trees that have evergreen foliage, a particularly graceful overall form, interesting branching structure, colored twigs or buds, and/or unusual bark. Recommended lists of trees, with links to information on each tree, can be found under the S2T2 tab at http://sunnysideneighborhood.wordpress.com/trees/ The website also includes a list of trees at Sunnyside addresses so you can look for them on neighborhood walks. If we resolve some technical issues, there will also be a tour map. Names shown below in bold are trees that are infrequent on Sunnyside streets. Enjoy!

NO OVERHEAD POWER TRANSMISSION LINES

  • 2.5-3’ planting strip: Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Seven Son Flower Tree, Fragrant Snowbell, Snowcone Japanese Snowbell
  • 2.5-3.5’ planting strip: Crape Myrtle, Chinese Pistache, Amur maackiai, Golden Glory Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Japanese Snowbell
  • 3-5.5’ planting strip: Cascara, Vanessa Persian Ironwood, Pink Chimes Japanese Snowbell, Japanese Stewartia, Tall (or Orangebark) Stewartia
  • 4-5.5’ planting strip: American Hophornbeam
  • 4-8.5’ or larger planting strips: Heritage River Birch, Columnar European Hornbeam
  • 6’ or larger planting strip: Sourwood, Rivers Purple Beech, Bald Cypress, Frontier Elm, Turkish Filbert, Hackberry, Sunburst Honeylocust, European Hornbeam, Espresso Kentucky Coffee Tree, Burr Oak, Swamp White Oak, Dawn Redwood, Green Vase Zelkova, Village Green Zelkova

 OVERHEAD POWER TRANSMISSION LINES (look for ceramic insulators)

  • 3-5.5’ planting strip: Chinese Pistache; American Hornbeam; Persian Ironwood; City Sprite Zelkova
  • 4-5.5’ planting strip: June Snow Giant Dogwood; Forest Green (or Hungarian) Oak; Moonglow Magnolia
  • 4’ or larger planting strip: Crape Myrtle; American Hornbeam; Chinese Dogwood; Chinese Fringetree; Edith Bogue Southern Magnolia
  • 6’ or larger planting strip: American Hophornbeam
  • 8.5’ or larger planting strip: Sourwood

New Planting Guide From Sunnyside Street Tree Team

Wondering what kind of tree to plant between the curb and sidewalk in front of your home?

The Sunnyside Street Tree Team has created a series of lists to assist homeowners in deciding what to plant where, based on a recent inventory of all the trees in our neighborhood.  You can view the lists by clicking on the street tree tab on this site.

And don’t forget, the next annual Friends of Trees planting is coming up this January!

Fundraiser for Movie in Sewallcrest Park: Planet of Dinosaurs

Hawthorne Hophouse May 8, 7-9 pm

Eat dinner, drink beer, and raise $ for the August 17 free movie in Sewallcrest Park:  Planet of Dinosaurs, presented by the Richmond, Sunnyside and HAND neighborhood associations.

The Hawthorne Hophouse, 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd, has generously offered to donate 15% of its sales, 7-9pm, Wednesday May 8, to help raise money for the August 17 movie in Sewallcrest Park. 

Planet of Dinosaurs is a LIVE SOUNDTRACK Filmusik Production.  All of the dialog, music and sound effects will be performed live in front of the movie audience by the highly acclaimed jazz quintent the Blue Cranes, the Willamette Radio Workshop, and sound effects artists (Foley).  This is an expensive production.  Help us to raise money just by eating dinner and/or drinking beer. 

If you can’t make this event, but still want to donate and receive a special Columbia Sportswear 30% shopping discount, donate a twww.give2parks.org/movies.html for the “Sewallcrest (Richmond) Planet of Dinosaurs by Filmusik” event and receive the coupon from the Portland Parks Foundation.