Oct 31, 2012

Neighborhood Apartment Parking Survey

The Citywide Land Use Group (CWLUG) consists of the Land Use Chairs of the 95 neighborhoods in the City of Portland. As volunteers for our respective neighborhoods, we recognize apartments with little or no off-street parking have serious impacts on the community. It is our wish to identify your concerns.

What’s this survey about?
Apartment buildings being constructed in Portland with little or no off-street parking.  
How could this issue affect me? My family? My neighborhood?
The City code was changed almost 10 years ago to allow developers to include little or no off-street parking in their new developments. Over the past 18 months (02/2011-08/2012), 20 apartment buildings with no off-street parking and 8 apartment buildings with little off-street parking have been approved. This correlates to 557 residential units located outside the City Centerwith NO off-street parking and 602 residential with little off-street parking.A total of 1,159 new residential units impacting our neighborhoods. The City has never before experienced this level of construction of this building type (except maybe in the late 1800s). Government policies, a low local apartment vacancy rate, and available bank financing are key factors that converged in the recent past to spur this explosive increase.   
You can take the here, or for more information about the survey see below. 

Why is this worth my time?

The results of this survey will be presented by the CWLUG to the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission at their forum November 13th at 1:30 p.m. Together with the results of the City’s own apartment-users survey, we propose to begin a dialogue and promote a series of actions that will have a direct affect on retaining community livability. Your input can help change what are considered important factors in dealing with this issue.

What will the CWLUG do with the survey information?
·         We will present a summary of the Apartment Parking Survey to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on November 13.
·         We will submit A ‘white paper’ report to the City Council and PSC which summarizes the Survey results and recommended next steps.
·         We will use the results as a resource base for furthering the CWLUG process of gathering the community’s input and making sure the full range of issues and ideas are addressed
·         We will develop a set of recommendations for changes and improvements to the City zoning code and permitting process.

When do you need my response?
We’d like to hear from you by: Saturday, November 10th, 2012, so that your opinions can be included in our presentation to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on Nov. 13th. The CWLUG task force will review the survey responses as they come in and the sooner we hear from you, the sooner we will be able to start developing our presentation.

What are the options available for filling out this questionnaire?
You can:
       Mail it to:
                                    Neighborhood Survey
Central Northeast Neighbors Coalition
4415 NE 87th Avenue
                                    Portland, OR 97220

              Drop it off at: 
Central Northeast Neighbors Coalition
4415 NE 87th Avenue
                                    Portland, OR 97220

Request a paper copy: (see contact people below). 

More information and support
If you have questions or comments about this questionnaire or the work of the CWLUG, contact one of the following: 
·  Tamara DeRidder,Survey@tdridder.users.panix.com
·  Ellen Burr, cwlusurvey@gmail.com
You may also track the progress of the Apartment Parking Task Force at the following website:https://sites.google.com/site/apartmentparkingtaskforce/ 

Thank you for completing the survey and helping to improve community involvement in Portland’s planning and development process!

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