Meeting Minutes: Southeast Neighbors General Meeting Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard

Attending:
Betty Taylor, Eugene City Councilor, Ward 2
Kevin Matthews, SEN President

Carole Pearce, SEN Board Member
Rachel Burr, Parks and Recreation Representative

Total attendance of 17-plus

Welcome, introductions:
The meeting started shortly after 7pm, with attendees seated in a circle.  Going around the circle, attendees gave their name and talked about why they came to the meeting. Some present wished to learn more about the Deerbrook Planned Unit Development, others were interested in Envision Eugene, and others expressed interest in being part of the community.

I.  Current State of the Neighborhood Board

Kevin Matthews, the neighborhood president, discussed the current shortage of board members. Carla Wenzlaff, the secretary, has stepped down for personal reasons and there are four open slots to fill. Heather Sielicki volunteered to take over as secretary. She had previously been working on an updated web presence for SE neighbors at https://southeastneighbors.wordpress.com/ and has an interest in helping to increase neighborhood participation in the association. Please contact her at sielicki@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the board or helping to plan a neighborhood picnic, potluck or neighborhood clean-up.

II. Deerbrook Planned Unit Development

Kevin Matthews and about 30 other neighbors attended the Deerbrook Planned Unit Development (PUD) pre-application hearing. He reported that the developers presented a plan very similar in scope to the previous one which was denied in 2002. At the hearing, neighbors expressed concern regarding landslides and pollution which could result from the planned development at 5148 West Amazon Drive.  Location map and additional details are in the neighborhood newsletter:
http://www.southeastneighbors.org/files/SEN_Newsletter_201202.pdf

A history of the last Deerbrook application was provided in detail. The SEN board plans to order signage that says “Save the Amazon Headwaters Keystone” to distribute to neighbors to increase awareness of the issues.III. Envision Eugene

Kevin Matthews discussed his ongoing involvement with the Technical Resource Group, a group formed out of the Community Resource Group to review and vet the technical assumptions and analysis methodology for Envision Eugene. This group has been meeting since January 2011 and continues to help staff by advising and reviewing technical products, maps, and other information. TRG meeting materials can be found here:
http://snipurl.com/224afpq

The purpose of Envision Eugene is to help plan for growth and development within the city. Kevin discussed his observations and concerns regarding the process and urged neighbors to write letter to editor of the Eugene Weekly and Register Guard, and to contact the Mayor, Kitty Piercy, to help prevent the expansion of the urban growth boundary, a decision he feels will be detrimental to our neighborhood in terms of overtaxing city services and damaging the environment. Kevin will forward a list of talking points for neighbors to use when contacting city officials regarding the issues. He will also be emailing SEN list members a link to maps showing some of the proposed UGB expansion areas, or you can go to the Atrium Building at 99 West 10th between 8 am -5 pm to see the maps on display around the second floor balcony.

The City Manager’s presentation of the complete draft recommendation for Envision Eugene is scheduled for March 14, 2012.  Community feedback on this draft will be vital to inform council action on the recommendation. Visit the Envision Eugene web site at…
http://www.envisioneugene.org

…for more information or to sign up for the City’s email newsletter.

The meeting adjourned shortly after 9pm.