The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting is being held tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Hilyard Community Center – 2580 Hilyard Street. The featured topic is information about the housing shortage in Eugene and elsewhere in Oregon and efforts to remedy the shortage.
We have invited speakers Kaarin Knudson who works for the U of O and Better Housing Together and Dan Hill from Arbor South Architecture. They will be speaking on issues relating to increasing density within the Urban Growth Boundary by eliminating Single-Family Residential Zoning and replacing it with multi-family housing. The least-expensive existing housing (and thus most-affordable) will be most-vulnerable to being demolished and replaced with multi-family housing such as four-plexes, triplexes, duplexes, and cottage clusters — the exact details still to be determined. Their talks will be followed by questions and answers.
We are requesting that volunteers sign up to help with the annual picnic we hold in early September at Wayne Morse Family Farm.
The next General Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive.
Hope to see you there!
The monthly meeting of the Neighborhood Leadership Council committee on Housing and Homelessness will continue looking at sanitation concerns surrounding homelessness. A member of the Whitaker board will share their experiences with placing several Porta-potties around the neighborhood in an attempt to improve sanitation. We will draw on similar experiences in other cities.
Meeting on Thursday June 27th, 12:00 – 1:00pm at the McNail-Riley House – 601 W 13th Ave in Eugene.
SHiNA Presentations – Red Cross & EWEB Emergency Preparedness
You’re Invited to the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting
On Sunday, April 7th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, at 595 Crest Dr – Wayne Morse Family Farm
Please attend with your neighbors to get info, ask questions and discuss:
The Red Cross Prepare program will teach you to be “Red Cross Ready”
for disasters by using the steps to Be Informed, Make a Plan & Get a Kit.
The Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) will present the
“Pledge to Prepare” monthly preparedness program.
SHiNA will provide pizza, lemonade & a red “How Prepared Are You?” tote bag.
See you there!
SHiNA General Meeting on Sunday February 3rd, 1:00 – 3:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm – 595 Crest Drive
Please join us and come to express yourself during public comments. Eugene Civic Alliance & Youth House will also present updates. Emergency Preparedness will be discussed to help ourselves & neighbors. The meeting was moved to an earlier time to accommodate Super Bowl enthusiasts.
The SHiNA Board will hold its Elections on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00 – 4:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm (595 Crest Drive).
Please consider joining the board and coming to vote. We will also have a 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.
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: email@example.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.
The new Newsletter for August is being mailed out to SHiNA residents. Come to the SHiNA Picnic on Sunday, September 9th from 4:00 – 7:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm (595 Crest Drive). Support the Silent Auction for a chance to win! We have 35+ donations with a $1,600 value! See the list of auction items on page 3 of the newsletter.
Please join the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 pm. In the Atrium Building located at 99 West 10th Avenue (off Olive Street in Downtown Eugene).
When we host
For a presentation and conversation around housing, zoning, neighborhoods and potential big changes to all three looming on the horizon.
While the goal of providing a growing population with more housing choices and more affordable options is widely accepted, there is concern that the idea of increasing density in the areas of single family lots throughout the city might fail to provide increased affordability and at the same time negatively impact the character of low density neighborhoods.
Eben Fodor is a local community planning consultant.
He has been a leading researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development. He writes on growth and sustainability issues and speaks on these topics across the US.
Second on the agenda will be a presentation and discussion with
Eric Brown, City of Eugene Planner and
Rene Kane, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) Neighborhood Planner
who will talk about the draft Neighborhood Planning Guidelines developed by the Planning Dept. & HRNI. The Neighborhood Planning Guidelines are intended to serve as a resource to residents interested in addressing local concerns and aspirations through a planning process or neighborhood project.