From the editor
The weather has cooled off a bit while the issues are heating up!
As we mentioned in the last email, neighbors concerned about the South Willamette Street special zone have been organizing themselves. On Monday, before our Board meeting on Wednesday, SHiNA chair Juan Carlos Valle sent a letter requesting a special meeting between the members of the planning commission and residents of South Eugene. We received no response.
Also on Monday at the meeting of the planning commission, the many items that needed discussion about the special zone were not all covered. So that meeting has been continued and its second session of the meeting will be next Monday. There will be an opportunity for public comment but not on the special zone since the public record on that is already closed before the planning commission.
On Wednesday a group of neighbors came to the Board meeting and strongly expressed their views about the special zone as well as about the pending hearing on another issue, the request to redesignate the land at Rest Haven.
SHiNA promised to gather up statements about the special zone and forward them with emphasis to the planning commission and to the Council. The Board also urged the neighbors to arrange to present their concerns repeatedly at every public comment.
Once the planning commission issues its recommendations to the Council, the Council will start its own process with its own opportunities for written and oral public commen (see the note below from Jennifer Knapp).
Though we received no response to our request to the planning commission, we hope to arrange a meeting between the neighbors affected and the three city counselors (Taylor, Brown, Pryor) who represent the SHiNA area.
As I mentioned in the last email, it’s unfortunate that people were not sufficiently attentive or informed about many meetings that took place at earlier stages of this planning process, but now we need to do what we can to bring their opinions prominently before the commission and Council.
Whether the weather be hot or cold, we will have our annual picnic on August 9 at the farmhouse and shelter at the Wayne Morse Family Farm. The picnic will feature a potluck, free ice cream, free music from international groups including drummers from Eugene Taiko, an experience not to be missed.
Because the discussion of the picnic scheduled for last Wednesday was preempted by zoning issues, a Board meeting dedicated solely to the picnic has been arranged for this Saturday at 2 PM, at the farmhouse. Because of time constraints, no other agenda items will be addressed at this meeting.
FIGHT BACK THE INVADERS
Battle Plant Bullies in Tugman Park!
Saturday, July 18
Will you help to care for Tugman Creek? Volunteers are needed to weed the landscape beds and newly planted park trees as well as remove invasive vegetation from the waterway in Tugman Park. Seeking people who have a desire to battle bullies (of a plant nature) and passion for native plants, but all are welcome! Please dress for Oregon’s changing weather! Tools, gloves and a snack provided. Please bring a reusable cup. Meet at Tugman Park at 9am on Saturday, July 18. Contact email@example.com or 541.510.4850 to RSVP or for more information.
SOUTH WILLAMETTE ZONE
From the Planning Department, Jennifer Knapp writes:
“South Willamette Special Area Plan Update: Additional Deliberations Meeting Scheduled. The South Willamette Concept Plan created by the community between 2011 and 2013 is now in the implementation phase – this includes a Special Area Zone and Design Code update for the South Willamette area. The goal of the plan is to support an attractive, healthy, walkable neighborhood with successful businesses and new opportunities for jobs and housing.
The Planning Commission is currently in deliberations considering a recommendation of the plan to the City Council. Deliberations were scheduled to be complete on Monday, July 6.
However, the Commission needed additional time to craft its recommendation and another meeting has been scheduled.
July 13, 2015 at 11:30 am, Sloat Room, Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave.
An agenda for the meeting is available online. Webcasts of this meeting and past meetings are available online as well.
Please note that the public record for these deliberations is currently closed; Commission may only hear public comments that are not related to the South Willamette Special Area Zone.
However, staff are continuing to gather public comments for the upcoming City Council process. The record will be open again as the City Council considers the Planning Commission’s recommendation this fall. The City Council will make the final decision on adopting code revisions. Please submit written comments to: Jennifer.L.Knapp@ci.eugene.or.us.”
Downtown Sunday Streets! July 26!
On July 26th Downtown Eugene from Park Blocks, to Kesey, and all the way down Broadway to Monroe Park will be car-free and filled with fun. Enjoy a relaxing roll though a utopia of food, music, fitness classes and bike demos. New things at Sunday Streets this year: “Art on a Box”- enjoy 20 minute open mic sets from local artists, DUNK TANK! And an upcycle t-shirt decorating competitions- Are you Sunday Street’s Top Fashionista? There is something for everyone!
We need MORE VOLUNTEERS to join the crew and have a blast in the process. This free community event is joyfully supported by an amazing crew of volunteers, like you! It’s not too late to sign up, we need you now! Volunteer time slots average two hours between 9am and 5pm. The event is open from noon-4pm. We also need a group to go out Sunday July 19th to hang door flyers. There is a role for everyone. Job roles include:
INTERSECTION SUPERHERO-Help with participation traffic flow, answer questions, redirect neighborhood traffic, and set up or take down barricades at your intersection. Some volunteers will be asked to count event participants at different intervals.
REHYDRATORS-Make Intersection Superheroes smile by rehydrating them with water on a hot summer day!
SURVEY TEAM- Approach participants and ask them to fill out a quick survey for the event. Do either in the Activity Center or walk the route.
INFORMATION SUPERSTAR-Answer people’s questions, hand out brochures and help set up or take down info booth
And PARK SETUP and CLEANUP CREW.
Go to the Eugene Sunday Streets to sign up today!
We will have two Volunteer Trainings:
Tuesday July 21st 5:30- 6:30pm or
Wednesday July 22nd Noon-1pm
Contact the Sunday Streets Coordinator Emily with questions or to signup- 541-501-0390 SundayStreets@ci.eugene.or.us
2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence August 28, 29 & 30
Plans for the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence and its embedded Green Neighborhood Summit are moving forward. The Summit is an unprecedented opportunity for eco-minded neighborhood leaders from all over the Northwest to meet and greet. The plan is to include several caucus periods for participants to hear each others’ stories and learn about “green preparedness,” Block Planning and the idea of forming a Northwest network specific to greening our neighborhoods.
There is now a draft schedule for the Green Neighborhood Summit that will include a site tour of several beautiful front yard gardens and a home site full of “green preparedness” features. The tour will check out the Filbert Grove – a restoration project thanks to a citizens and City partnership and Rasor Park where citizen activation prevented much of the 6 acre site from being built and paved over.
Visit the website http://www.northwestpermaculture.org for a schedule and more information.