SHiNA Neighborhood October/November 2018 General Meetings

Informative & Fun SHiNA Gatherings plus Elections

Upcoming Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Membership Meetings:

* Sunday, October 7th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard Street
– Picnic Feedback
– Election’s Slate
– Frank Lawson, EWEB General Manager will speak about the state of the utility, and discuss topics and projects EWEB is working on: Emergency Water Sites, Smart Meter Deployment, Cyber Security, Affordability & Climate Change.
– Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator, Western Lane District, OR Dept of Forestry will speak: Let’s be Firewise, to increase the chance of surviving a wildfire event for our homes & community.

* The SHiNA Board Seeks New Members:
The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) is seeking new members to join our volunteer board this fall to keep our neighborhood well-represented within the City. At-large board positions and SHiNA officers are up for election or re-election. Candidates will be put forward for ratification at the October General Membership Meeting. Elections will take place at the Annual November General Membership Meeting.
The SHiNA board advocates on behalf of 3,689 neighborhood addresses and households. We work on housing, land use, traffic and wildlife issues, sustainability, park improvements, etc. We notify neighbors about proposed neighborhood development, city initiatives, policies and projects. We also convey our neighborhood needs to the City.
Please consider joining the SHiNA Board. We would like your input and assistance in forming the neighborhood area teams for our Emergency Preparedness efforts. A neighborhood association is an excellent way to partner with other neighbors, the City, and other organizations to develop solutions to shared problems. SHiNA is one of 23 neighborhood associations and is formally recognized by the City of Eugene.
The SHiNA Board has up to 10 members and meets every other month. There are also four informative General Meetings and an Annual Picnic with live entertainment, a fundraiser, the potluck picnic, a kid’s art table and community information tables. The term of service is one year with no term limits. Email the SHiNA Board if you would like more information about serving on the board: shina_board@googlegroups.com

* Sunday, November 4th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive
– SHiNA Board Elections
– Pacific Northwest Mushroom & Toadstool slideshow presentation
from former LCC mycology instructor Ralph McDonald. Oregon is home to hundreds of species of edible mushrooms, several psychoactive species and to four dangerously poisonous species. Bring your mushroom questions and samples that you’d like identified.

Community Safety In Eugene – Feedback Requested

Over the past 5 years, Eugene’s population has grown and so have our public safety needs. While many creative programs have been applied to this problem to maximize resources and meet community needs, the growing demand continues to outpace capacity causing critical gaps in community safety and services.

In the past 5 years:

  • Eugene 911 calls have increased 21%
  • Police and 911 staffing has remained flat
  • Average wait time has increased by 20 minutes
  • Police are unable to respond to 1 out of 3 calls due to lack of patrol resources

(Note: These are calls about non-life threatening situations)

Tell the City of Eugene what you think

The City is collecting input from community members through phone surveys, outreach at community events, and an online survey. Please take a few minutes to participate in the online survey. This information will be summarized and shared with the City Council as they consider and discuss community safety this fall. The information will also be shared on the City’s website where you can learn more about Community Safety in Eugene.

Emergency Response

Please Water Your Trees and Shrubbery to Keep Them Green

Extensive wild fires can destroy a great deal of land and property, as seen throughout the west. Fires are burning as close as Medford, OR and Redding, CA. The slopes of our SW Hills neighborhoods are also in danger. This is (and should be) an immediate concern for residents. Please water your trees and shrubbery, including rhododendrons, to keep them alive and green. In years past, summer watering was not as important as it is now, as we experience hotter and drier summers. Dead foliage and dry tall grass are a much greater fire danger than live green plant material. Dry woody matter and dead plants should be cleared away, for at least 8 feet, from the perimeter of any structures. Wildfires also affect our air quality and wildlife survival.

Defensive Space Diagram 2018

Park District Feasibility Study Committee

Community supporters would like to invite you to attend an organizational meeting to explore the feasibility of creating a Metropolitan Park District to serve the recreational needs of the Eugene area. When speaking to neighborhood groups throughout the greater Eugene area for the past 5 months, we have noted great interest in this type of district and received very favorable results.

Now it’s time to take the next steps! We would like to put together a committee of Metropolitan Park District supporters that can organize a process to achieve the goal of completing a feasibility study. This is needed to determine if a Metropolitan Park District would be in the best interest of Eugene residents. This organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm at the River Road Park and Recreational District, located at 1400 Lake Drive.

Middle Housing Questions

Middle Housing Questions from the Southeast Neighbors Forum with Eben Fodor
held on March 1, 2018 at Good Samaritan.

Middle Housing (MH) is being proposed to essentially rezone existing single-family neighborhoods to allow duplexes, triplexes, multiplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters. Proponents advocate that this can be done in a manner that is compatible with single-family homes. Typically existing homes would be torn down or redeveloped into multiple one- and two-bedroom units. To help make these MH conversion “pencil out”, advocates typically recommend that current off-street parking requirements be waived.

Here are some questions to consider on the topic:

1. What about impacts to neighbors (loss of privacy, noise, solar shading, etc.)?

2. What about parking impacts and increased traffic?

3. What about loss of onsite open space, yards, gardens, play areas?

4. With loss of yards, won’t we need more parks and community gardens?

5. What sorts of additional infrastructure (like schools, roads, and parks) is needed to accommodate increased population density? (And how will this be planned/funded/provided?)

6. What about families with children who don’t fit into one and two-bedroom floor plans?

7. Do most of these units turn into rentals?

8. Is there evidence that these MH units will be more affordable to rent or own than existing housing?

9. Aren’t traditional apartment buildings more economical and affordable than MH.

10. How does MH address low-income housing needs?

11. How do you prevent loss of modestly-priced single-family homes to MH conversions?

12. What about peoples’ expectations to live in a single-family neighborhood?

13. Demand for single-family homes is strong. What hard evidence is there for MH demand?

14. If existing urban single-family neighborhoods are converted into MH, won’t this force those who want a single-family home to the urban fringes (sprawl)?

15. Isn’t the “secondary dwelling unit” (already allowed in cities statewide) a better way to meet demand in established neighborhoods?

16. We see lots of nice pictures, but what prevents MH from being hideously ugly and overcrowded?

17. In Eugene, we just completed our Comprehensive Plan last year and determined that there is enough land and housing capacity to meet projected needs through 2035. So why do we need to rezone single-family neighborhoods?

 

Lane County Hate Crimes Forum – March 10th, 11:00 – 3:00pm at the UO Law School

Lane County Hate Crimes Forum will be held this Saturday, March 10th, from 11:00-3:00 pm at the UO Law School.

Please join us, register here: http://bit.ly/2CAM3zT

Agenda: “The state of bias and hate” – understanding hate crimes laws, investigations, and prosecution; “The community speaks” – voices of community leaders on the challenges facing their diverse groups; “You are not alone” – resources for the community in the aftermath of hate.

Conversation on Rezoning, Infill and Middle Housing on Single Family Lots

The City Council is considering zoning changes to encourage infill and make possible more dense development on single family (R-1) lots throughout the city. The theory behind this approach is that by allowing the development of more accessory dwellings, duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, courtyard apartments, cottage clusters, bungalow courts, townhouses, multiplexes and live/work buildings (all called “Middle Housing”) on single family lots, we can provide a growing population with better access to more “affordable” housing.

Southeast Neighbors have invited Eben Fodor, a local planning consultant and researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development, to discuss the theory.

He asks us to consider:

  • What evidence exists to demonstrate that these new housing types are more affordable?
  • How would we prevent the loss of older more affordable homes if increasing land values spur speculation?
  • Will new infrastructure (schools, parks and roads) be needed and how will it be paid for?
  • What about impacts to neighbors (solar shading, loss of privacy, yards, gardens, play areas, open space and trees, increased traffic, parking needs and noise, etc.?

     
    All Community Members of Eugene Neighborhoods Welcomed!

    Join the South Eugene Neighbors for a Lively Conversation on

    Thursday, March 1st, 7:00 pm at Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard Street