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At the October 9th CAN meeting we heard presentations about the proposed coal transport through our area via the Columbia River.
Portland Metals Hearing of November 9, 2011
The City of Portland (Bureau of Development Services) hearing regarding the zoning violations associated with Portland Metals (NE 42nd and Emerson) was held this morning. Here is a brief summary of the outcome:
· It was determined that the current bankruptcy situation did not constrain the hearing officer from proceeding with an assessment of the zoning violations themselves. It may impact the ability of the City to assess liens or collect fines, but this can be address with the bankruptcy court in the future, if necessary.
· After the presentation of the case by the City and the attorney representing Portland Metals, the hearing office made the following judgment:
o The zoning violations associated with the improper use of parking area for metal storage and processing are valid;
o Portland Metals needs to go through the appropriate land-use process if it wants to confirm the conditional-use status for the property;
o The site needs to be cleaned up and brought into zoning compliance by December 20, 2011;
o If the site is not cleaned up by 12/20/12, the City is authorized to complete the needed clean-up and the cost of that clean-up will be assess against Portland Metals;
o Portland Metal was authorized to have up to, but not exceeding, 4 vehicle trailers on the site during the clean-up period;
o The City assessed Portland Metals $1,600 to recover costs associated with the case;
o No additional civil penalties were assessed.
· During the testimony, the owner of Portland Metals said that he has closed that business as of October 1, 2011. He has not purchased any additional scrap metal and is in the process of disposing the remaining metal inventory.
· The next steps are for the site to be cleaned up; and for the City to verify that this is done by 12/20/11--and take further actions if necessary.
Thanks to all of you who attended the hearing and showed that this type of quality-of-life issue is important to our neighborhood. This is example of how the City can represent our concerns when we raise issues through the proper channels.
Cully-Concordia Families Star in New Video
Children and families in the Cully-Concordia area of Northeast Portland are the subject of a new video recently posted online. For two years, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has been collaborating with Portland Public Schools (PPS), interested community members, institutions and organizations on the Cully-Concordia Community Assessment Report and Action Plan, which was approved by Portland City Council in November 2008.
The video presents school and community partners’ perspectives on the goals of the Action Plan: making schools in Cully-Concordia the centers of community; meeting student and family needs; creating economic development opportunities, addressing the widespread deficiency of infrastructure and community facilities in the area; and building community understanding through partnerships.
The video was shown as part of a BPS staff presentation at the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Minneapolis this spring entitled “Portland’s School-Based Community Planning Approach.” Many thanks go to John Cardenas, Portland Development Commission, for video production, and PPS and Portland Community Media for video footage.
Columbia Biogas Good Neighbor Agreement
The good neighbor agreement between Columbia Biogas and the Cully Association of
Neighbors is now posted on the CAN website with paper copies available at the
CNN office located at 4415 NE 87th. A membership vote to approve the agreement
will be taken at the June 14, 2011 CAN meeting. Click here
to read the agreement.