LU and TC Dec. 18th Meeting on Re-Opening of RCP Elementary

Fellow RCP Residents and Interested Neighbors –

Please join me for our December LU & TC meeting scheduled for next Thurs., Dec. 18th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the German-American Society, 5626 NE Alameda.  We will be having guest speakers and anticipate a fairly good turn-out due to the topics.  The agenda includes:

  1. PPS Consideration of Re-Opening RCP Elementary School.  Speakers Jon Issacs, Chief of Communications & Public Affairs, and Chair Pam Knowles, PPS Board, will discuss concerns regarding over-crowding at the Beverly-Cleary Campus.  A top recommendation has been the idea of sending the children in K-3rd grades located between NE 47th and NE 57th to RCP Elementary School.  Concerns about education and resource parity have been raised. Recommendation requested.
  2. Mixed Use Zone Concerns.  The proposed Mixed Use Zone is replacing all of the Commercial Zones in the city with the Comprehensive Plan Update.  The new language proposes Medium Mixed Use for Sandy Blvd. with a max. height of 45 ft./ 4-stories with the option to go higher if the developer adds public amenities to the development.  Note: this increased height option exceeds the height limited approved for parts of Sandy Blvd. with the Hollywood and Sandy Blvd. Plan.  Additional concerns are that no language exists that would limit a Low or Medium Mixed Use zone from becoming rezoned as High Mixed Use, with maximum heights up to 10 stories.  Deadline for comments is March 13, 2015

What:      LU & TC Meeting
When:     Thursday Dec. 18th, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where:    German-American Society
5626 NE Alameda

Copies of the formal Agenda and minutes will be sent separately.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

My best,


Tamara DeRidder, AICP
Co-Chair, LU & TC

RCPNA Board Forwards UNR Resolution to Council

The RCPNA Board held a Special Board Meeting on December 2nd to discuss the United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) Demolition/Development Resolution that had been forwarded by the LU & TC for approval.  The meeting was well attended with close to 50 residents and guest there for this topic. The Board received a presentation by Beaumont Wilshire/UNR representative Barbara Strunk and opened the discussion to include the audience.  After much deliberation and receiving strong support both in favor and in opposition to the Resolution, the Board chose to forward the Resolution to the City Council with support of many of it’s concepts.  Please see the RCPNA Concerns on Residential Demolitions/Development letter for more information.

The Board will continue to monitor this issue and provide an update at the RCPNA General Membership meeting on January 27th, 2015.  The Land Use & Transportation Committee, which meets monthly on the 3rd Thursdays, will track the issue for the Board.

Special RCPNA Board Meeting Tues. Dec. 2nd @ GA Society

Fellow RCPNA Participants and Interested Neighbors,
Please join me for a Special Rose City Park Neighborhood Association Board Meeting this Tues., Dec. 2nd, at the German American Society from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Chairman Tamara DeRidder has called for this Special Meeting for the Board to address the Nov. 20th recommendation by the Land Use & Transportation Committee’s support of the United Neighborhoods for Reform (UNR) Demolition/Development Resolution.

The UNR representatives have requested the RCPNA Board’s review of the recommendation prior to their presentation to the Portland City Council on December 17, 2014.  This resulted in the Chairman’s call for a Special Board Meeting.

What:    Special RCPNA Board Meeting
Topic: Demolitions & LU & TC recommended UNR Resolution

When:     Tues. December 2nd, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where:    German American Society
5626 NE Alameda St.

1.  Request for Special RCPNA Board Meeting, Chairman Tamara DeRidder
2.  UNR Resolution
3.  City of Portland – Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC)
A. Proposal adopted by DRAC Proposed to be reviewed by City Council Dec. 17th.
B. Maryhelen Kincaid, DRAC Chair elect, summary of DRAC recommendations and next steps.
4. Proposed letter of response to UNR Resolution, Chairman Tamara DeRidder & Vice Chairman Anne Lindsay
5. RCPNA By Laws

6. Agenda – Special RCPNA Board Meeting, Dec. 2nd, 2014

7. Nov. 20th LU & TC minutes – recommendation to Board.

8. Nov. 4th RCPNA Board minutes.


This meeting is open to the public.  Actions taken by the RCPNA Board are based on the majority vote of its elected members, which currently add up the 22 representatives from the neighborhood.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

My best,


Tamara DeRidder, AICP
Chairman, RCPNA

New Website!

Hi All,

Due to a looming deadline (11/03/2014) concerning a backend upgrade which likely would have broken this site, we’ve moved to a temporary site based on WordPress. Much of the old functionality (forums, maillists, etc.) was not being used, and will be replaced with newer more user friendly applications. The entire website and files have been backup, so anything we need is still available. Stay tuned for more updates.

Your temporary webmaster,
Randy Macdonald