Board Meeting Minutes: October 2012


Attending: Kevin Matthews, President/Board Member; David Saul, Newsletter Editor/ Board Member; Heather Sielicki, Secretary/Board Member; Pavel Gubanikhin, Board Member; Azra Khalidi, SE Neighbor; Alan Leiman, write-in candidate for Lane County Circuit Judge. Total attendance of 6.

Welcome, introductions:

The meeting started shortly after 7pm.

I.  TransPlan: Final Meeting

In Oregon, every city, county, and the state is required to have a Transportation System Plan that coordinates with the other Transportation System Plans of nearby cities and counties, as well as the state’s. The Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan, called TransPlan, is the regional transportation system plan update for the Eugene/Springfield region to guide planning for a 20-year horizon. The planning process began in 1995 as a coordinated effort among  public agencies and citizens with a goal of addressing transportation issues while simultaneously improving the region’s quality of life and economic vitality. Once adopted by Eugene, Springfield and Lane County, TransPlan becomes part of the Metro Plan, the general plan for the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area and providing a  framework for all local jurisdictions to coordinate with, ensuring that  planning activities and investments at the local level make sense within a larger regional vision.

The local jurisdictions involved in TransPlan included the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), the cities of Eugene and Springfield, Lane County, and Lane Transit District (LTD).  The final meeting for the TransPlan working group took place on Monday, October 8, 2012. Kevin Matthews has been involved with the planning process for the past decade and shared his perspective regarding the process. He will be submitting public comments for review by the City of Eugene and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and will share them with the SEN Board by email.

II. Deerbrook PUD

An independent land use hearings official in Eugene, Oregon rejected the applicant’s proposal to construct a 75-lot planned unit development (PUD) in the sensitive Amazon Headwaters Keystone, one of Eugene’s last outstanding natural resource areas. The hearings official denied the proposal despite a recommendation from City planning staff in favor of conditional approval of the intensive development.

On October 3, the Deerbrook PUD developers filed appeals to the Planning Commission of the Hearing Official denial of the application and submitted new materials for review, in the face of rules against allowing new materials in the appeals process. Southeast Neighbors filed a cross-appeal to assure several additional grounds on which the application should also have been denied are considered, and to put us on a fair and equal footing as an appellant.

The Homebuilders Association of Lane County has also attempted to sign on to the developer’s appeal, referencing City of Eugene; HB 3337 Compliance and Goal 10 Buildable Lands Inventory and Clear and Objective Standards as part of their case. The attorney representing the Homebuilders Association, Bill Kloos, is the same one who represents the Deerbrook PUD developers. The Board discussed this potential conflict of interest.
The planning commission will have 45 days to make a decision. It is likely a public hearing will take place within the next 30 days. Neighborhood support at the hearing will be vital in our continued efforts to protect the Headwaters.
The Board discussed moving forward with a planned, neighborhood guided hike and celebration prior to the hearing to bring neighbors together on the issue and raise funds since this has been a costly battle. Lindsay Selser has been assigned the action item of planning the event.

III. Great Oregon ShakeOut

SEN is registered to join thousands of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold on at 10:18 am on October 18th in the 2012 Great Oregon ShakeOut! The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. Heather Sielicki will send out information to the neighborhood via the listserv, blog, and facebook group to promote the event.

IV. Amazon Active Transportation Corridor Update

The October 4th meeting wasn’t as well attended as the first one. The format included a formal presentation to review the grant source and potential facilities alternatives. Attendees agreed on the extension of the Amazon Path (widen the sidewalk from 34th Avenue to the south end of Tugman park on the west side of Hilyard Street) and a two-way cycle track. There was discussion about pedestrian beacons being installed where appropriate and 3 bridges to be constructed; one replacing the existing bridge on 39th, one on the north (possibly 36th Ave), and one on the south (Dillard). A reconstruction of the Rexius Trail is desired. Additional notes will be posted to www.eugene-or.gov/activeamazon.

If the neighborhood wants to see this project succeed, it’s important to attend local public hearings where prioritization of STIP funding will be discussed. The December meeting is the most crucial.

  • Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC):
  • LaneACT
    • Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 at 5:30p.m. (McLane Room, 644 A Street, Springfield)

IV. Alan Leiman Write-In Candidate

SE Neighbor and civil litigation attorney Alan Leiman attended the last part of the meeting to share his write-in candidacy for Lane County Circuit Judge and ask for support. He has served on the bench in the community since 2002.

V. General Meeting Planning

The next General Meeting was tentatively scheduled for December 11, 2012. Plans for the meeting will be discussed at the next board meeting on November 13, 2012.

The meeting adjourned shortly after 8:15pm.