RCPNA General Meeting

RCPNA’s next General Meeting is Tuesday, January 27th.  We are at the German – American Society at 5626 NE Alameda.

We will begin with Music and a Potluck at 6:30pm.  Our program starts at 7pm:

7:00 Welcome & Announcements
7:10 NET Emergency Team & Systems – Jeremy VanKeuren
7:40 Carbon Tax – Debate/discussion: Citizen’s Climate Lobby-Eric Means vs. Eric Fruits, PhD. Economics
8:00 Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
8:30 Demolition & Development Update – Tamara DeRidder
8:40 Committee Reports – Budget, Communications, LU & TC
9:00 Adjourn

Please join your neighbors and hear about what is going on in our neighborhood and city.

Rose City Park Sewer Repair Project Construction Update: January 9, 2014

Environmental Services is repairing about 40,000 feet (7.5 miles) of public sewer lines in your neighborhood that are between 60 and 100 years old and failing due to age. The project will help protect the public and the environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

Current Construction Activities

After two weeks off, three construction crews are again working on sewer and lateral pipe repairs in the area. Please be aware that construction schedules are subject to change due to conditions underground, weather, traffic, subcontractor schedules and availability of materials. You will notice several phases as different equipment or specialized crews are required at each site.

Related activity:

  • With the dry weather, the Portland Bureau of Transportation paved NE Tillamook this week.


  • Concrete restoration is occurring as weather allows in the following areas:
    • NE 62nd Avenue between NE Alameda Street and Sandy Boulevard
    • NE 61st Avenue between NE Alameda and Stanton Streets
  • Week of January 12 – Asphalt street restoration for most of the spot repair areas south of Halsey Street. You may see crews prepping the area. This work is weather dependent.
  • Sewer pipe spot repairs are happening at the following locations:
    • NE 64th Avenue between NE Halsey and Tillamook streets
    • NE 65th Avenue between NE Halsey and Tillamook streets
    • NE Clackamas and Hassalo streets between NE 60th and 62nd Avenues
    • NE 59th Avenue at NE Wasco Street
    • NE 61st Avenue just south of NE Broadway Street
  • Note: Where pipe spot repairs have been completed, temporary asphalt patches are left in place. Final restoration will be scheduled as weather permits.


  • Work will begin in the following areas as crews become available:
    • NE 65th Avenue at NE Hancock, southeast to NE 66th and Broadway (road curves through the Ellington Apartments complex)
    • NE 56th Avenue between NE Halsey and Thompson streets
    • NE 59th Avenue south of NE Hassalo Street, and on NE Hassalo Street
    • NE 58th Avenue from NE Wasco Street to the south

Other activities in the field:

  • Video inspections of pipe throughout the area

What to Expect During Construction

  • Construction creates noise, vibration and dust and disrupts normal neighborhood activity.
  • Minor tree trimming may occur in the public right-of-way.
  • Expect traffic delays. Traffic control signs are set up and flaggers may direct traffic on higher-volume streets. You may see barricades and orange signs reading “ROAD CLOSED to Thru Traffic – Local Access Only.” These signs are intended to reduce overall traffic going through the area while construction is underway but anyone who lives in or needs to conduct business within the construction zone will be allowed access.
  • On-street parking in or near active work areas is prohibited during construction hours. Please plan to move your vehicle by 7:00 a.m.
  • Equipment and materials may be stored on nearby streets overnight.
  • There may be periods of inactivity between construction phases.
  • A city inspector is on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a hard hat and a green City of Portland safety vest.
  • Please stay clear of all construction activities and keep children and pets out of construction areas.
  • You should receive a doorhanger notice a few days before repair work starts on your street. You may notice pre-construction activities like survey or sewer inspections in advance.

For More Information

Go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/RoseCityPark for more project details and to see a map of the project area. Those who would like to receive email updates for this project can send an email to kristen@jla.com with “Rose City Park” in the subject line to be added to our list.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this project. Please let us know if you have concerns such as business operations, disability issues, or medical or business deliveries. As always, we’ll strive to provide quick response to your concerns, minimal disruption near your residence or business, and open and clear communication with you throughout the project.

Kristen Kibler

Community Outreach

JLA Public Involvement on behalf of City of Portland Environmental Services

Phone: 503-235-5881 x106

Email: kristen@jla.us.com


LU and TC Meeting Thurs. Jan. 15th @ G-A Society 7-9 pm

Hi Folks,
Please join me for our regularly scheduled LU & TC meeting Thurs. Jan. 15th at the German-American Society, 5626 NE Alameda, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Key topics that we will cover include:

1. Re-Visit RCP Futsal’s Good Neighbor Agreement with RCPNA that we completed ~1 year ago.  The RCP Futsal facility is located at 5010 NE Oregon St.  RCPNA has received recent complaints from their neighbors about the speed and volume of traffic generated by this facility.

2. Demolitions and Development – Update @ Jan. 27th General Membership Meeting.  The continued City Council hearing on this topic is scheduled for Feb. 13th at 9:00 am.

3. Comp. Plan Update – Additional Comments?  PSC hearing on TSP scheduled for Feb. 24th at 3:00 pm; Mixed Use Zone? Campus Institutional? Other? March 13th, 2015 deadline for additional comments.

Please let me know if you have any questions or I can be of assistance on these or other land use matters.

My best,


Tamara DeRidder, AICP
Co-Chair, LU & TC
Chairman, RCPNA

Jan. 14th Mtg. @ Central NE Neighbors on TSP Comments

The Land Use and Transportation Committee of our Coalition of Neighborhoods, Central NE Neighbors(CNN), will meet on Wed. Jan. 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 to discuss TSP Comments.  This meeting takes place at the CNN offices located at 4415 NE 87th Ave., just north of Sandy Blvd., and is open to the public.

The Transportation System Plan(TSP) is the 20-year plan update for the City of Portland’s transportation infrastructure.  It includes prioritization of proposed improvements to areas and links in the system.  It is to implement the language of the proposed Comprehensive Plan and is to be included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update. Please join in the discussion or have your neighborhood representative speak out on behalf of your neighborhood for key projects.

The RCPNA representative on LUTOP is Nate Carter, Co-Chair of our LU & TC.  His contact information is: nate.carter@11-ed.com

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation recently published this fact sheet on how you can post your comments directly to the proposed TSP.

The Portland Planning Sustainability Commission will be holding a public hearing on the TSP on Tues. February 24th at 1900 SW 4th Ave. Ste. 2500a starting at 3:00 pm.  Final comment on the TSP for Commission review is March 13, 2015.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tamara DeRidder, AICP

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