N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee: Public Comment Meeting

Public Invited to Comment on Recommended I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange Improvements, June 7 @ 5:30 p.m.


The N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) has been working for over a year and a half to address safety and operations issues that affect all modes of transportation travelling through the I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange and surrounding local streets. Their work will culminate at a June 7 meeting, when recommended improvements to the area will be presented in a draft I-5 Facility Plan. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposal.


N/NE Quadrant Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting

Public Comments Invited

Thursday, June 7, 2012

5:30  8:30 p.m. (presentation at 5:30 p.m., public comment at 6:00)

Rose Garden Arena, RoseRoom, One Center Court


Directions: Enter the Rose Garden at the Club and Suites Entrance across from the Box Office and go to level P4. The Rose Room is through the double glass doors. Free parking is available in the Garden or Annex Parking Garages (let them know you are attending the City meeting). See map and detailed directions.


Main Elements of the Recommended I-5 Broadway/Weidler Interchange Improvements


The draft I-5 Facility Plan Summary includes a detailed description and illustrations of the recommended improvements to the areas, including:

  • Extend auxiliary lanes and full-width shoulders in both directions (within existing right-of-way).

  • Reconstruct structures at Broadway, Weidler, Vancouver and Williams in their current alignment and add a lid over the freeway.

  • Move the I-5 southbound on-ramp fromWheeler/Winning Wayto Weidler.

  • Convert Williams to reverse traffic flow with a center bike/pedestrian lane between Broadway and Weidler.

  • Construct a new pedestrian/bike overcrossing atClackamas Street.

  • Remove theFlintstructure and add a new east-west overcrossing extending from Hancock toDixon.

After hearing public comments on the draft I-5 Facility Plan, the SAC will discuss the plan and potentially take action to endorse the plan.


A similar opportunity for public comment on the draft N/NE Quadrant Plan will be provided at the June 28 SAC meeting.


For more information about the draft I-5 Facility Plan, please contact Todd Juhasz, ODOT Project Manager at 503-731-4753.

Please see the project website at: www.portlandonline.com/bps/cc2035/nneq

Village Building Convergence 2012: Roots of Regeneration

City Repair’s Village Building Convergence is an annual ten-day placemaking festival that combines crowdsourced activism, creative community development, hands-on education and celebration. Volunteer Now!

VBC12 Roots of Regeneration

Dates: May 25th – June 3rd
Theme: Roots of Regeneration
Central Venue: St. David’s of Wales, 2800 SE Harrison

Contact: vbc@cityrepair.org

        Click here to download our schedule and event guide, The Village Builder!


12th Annual VBC in brief: We will come together to create benches, community kiosks, gardens, street paintings, tile mosaics, and more! Come join your neighbors as they bring to life the natural building, permaculture, and public art projects that theyve been planning. Learn valuable skills for urban sustainability and social regeneration while celebrating the creativity and diversity of our wonderful city! Read more about the VBC… 

During the day
, you will have the opportunity to get involved with creative, community designed placemaking projects happening all over the city. There will be natural building, gardening, art, and many other fun things to do and great people doing them with you! This aspect of the event is always free.

During the evening
 everyone will gather at a central venue for a night of wholesome food, presentations by leaders in the forefront of positive change, and exhilirating musical performances from local bands. Prices here range from free to $30, with worktrade available most nights.

How to Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved:

1) Volunteer NOW to help plan & coordinate the VBC event (see how our core planning team is organized here). See an overview of opportunities & contact our volunteer team here.

2) Host a placemaking site next year (2013) in your neighborhood!

3) Build, paint & learn at neighborhood placemaking sites during the VBC. Check out our official guide for 2012!

4) Volunteer for a *worktrade* shift during VBC evening events to help us make this great event possible (and get free access to another evening event). Contact vbcvolunteer@cityrepair.org

Do the Facebook thing? Start connections, keep up to date on announcements, and invite your friends and family to the event by “Attending” the VBC via Facebook, or “Like”ing City Repair’s Facebook Page.

Disaster Preparedness: Terra Firma Planning Results presentation + Resilience PDX Event

If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rattles Portland and topples bridges, where would you go and whom would you help? What resources — food, water and shelter — would be available if your neighborhood becomes an island before emergency responders arrive? During the past few months, a team of Portland State University graduate students, called Terra Firma Planning, has asked these and other questions of North and Northeast Portland residents, including NECN’s Safety and Livability Team, as well as interviewed dozens of experts in the fields of disaster preparedness and response.

They are now ready to share their results with us and are offering two opportunities to learn about their recommendations. Join at either of the following events:

Masters of Urban Planning Workshop Open House, Portland State University, May 30, 5-7pm.

Resilience PDX Community Preparedness Expo, June 2, King Elementary School


At the June 2 community preparedness expo, Terra Firma will present the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods a plan with final preparedness recommendations and multimedia tools (e.g., an online/print resource directory, maps of N/NE Portland assets and vulnerabilities, and neighborhood communications hub locations). The student team’s goal is to create a preparedness plan that could be replicated by any Portland neighborhood association, in the event a major earthquake or other disaster.


Learn more on the June 2nd event at http://www.resiliencepdx.org/


We hope you can make it to one or both of these events!



NECN Mayoral and City Council Candidates Forum Community Questions and Responses

In February and March 2012, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods and Concordia University co-hosted two Mayoral and City Council Candidates Forums. The first forum, on February 28th focused on Community Livability issues, while the second forum, on March 22nd was centered on Education.

At both forums, written questions were collected from audience members in addition to the questions asked by the moderators. The list of questions generated from both forums is available in PDF format by clicking here. The Northeast Coaliton of Neighborhoods is pleased to highlight the voice of the N and NE Portland community.

The full list of questions was sent to all participating Mayoral and City Council Candidates and all responses will be posted here.

NECN Mayoral and City Council Community question responses from Mayoral Candidate Charlie Hales- Click here to download (PDF Format).

No other responses received.

Deadline nears for Solarize NE: Last Chance to Register is May 15th

Deadline nears for Solarize NE campaign

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods wants homeowners to take advantage of discounts for the installation of a home solar electric system

Portland, Ore.  Northeast Portland homeowners looking to lower their energy costs through solar power have been installing solar on their homes with Solarize Northeast all spring. Solarize Northeasta grassroots, community-based project from Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN)is looking for neighbors to register their interest before the program closes on May 15.


Solarize Northeast is designed to simplify the process of going solar and bring significant cost reductions through volume purchasing. The last free workshop will happen Saturday May 12, 2012 at Umpqua Bank on NE Alberta. The workshop will cover topics such as the size of system to purchase, budgeting and financing, and how to get started. Enroll for the group purchase project at Solarize.necoalition.org. Registration closes May 15, 2012. You do not need to live in Northeast Portland to participate. Many homeowners in Northeast Portland have already installed solar on their home and are happy they did.


We got tired of the threat of higher electric bills, and wanted to take advantage of the tax incentives while they were still offered, said Leslie Byster. We like to look at the net metering and see how the battle between power use and power generation is going, and happily, power generation is winning and will continue to win through the summer!


The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon, Umpqua Bank, Clean Energy Works Oregon and Neil Kelly have all partnered with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods Coalition office to support their Solarize Northeast initiative. The partners have provided technical, strategic, outreach and workshop presentations in an effort to help expand Portlands market for solar and create green jobs.


Solarize Northeast was initiated by Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. This is their second project. In 2010, Solarize Northeast installed solar on over 200 homes. The project is structured to help homeowners go solar together by selecting a contractor through a community led selection process, hosting group workshops, and offering competitive prices by running group sales and marketing that in tern lower the contractors installation costs. Group purchasing through Solarize campaigns create a 15-25 percent savings below current prices. This group discount, in addition to current available tax credits and Energy Trust cash incentives, gives Solarize Northeast participants significant cost savings.


Solarize Northeast brings the community together around a common cause: promoting renewable energy on residential homes. We are providing a pathway to affordable and simple solar installation.We are thankful for the enthusiastic support of our volunteers and the collaborative work of our project partners. We hope people will take advantage of the Solar and Home Performance Assessments to learn how they can save money and increase the comfort of their homes, Paige Coleman, Executive Director of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN).


“Mr. Sun Solar is excited to be the contractor selected for Solarize Northeast since our office is right in the neighborhood. The staff at the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods have been enthusiastic about promoting solar and energy efficiency, and we’ve had quite a few people come to workshops and sign up for a free solar evaluation. We are honored to be a part of this group effort to bring affordable solar to our Northeast neighbors.”  


About the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

To create and enhance a vibrant city, BPS combines the disciplines of planning and sustainability to advance Portlands diverse and distinct neighborhoods, promote a prosperous and low-carbon economy, provide a forum for community engagement and education and help ensure that people and the natural environment are healthy and integrated into the cityscape. With a city full of partners, BPS develops creative and practical solutions on issues as far ranging as comprehensive, neighborhood and environmental planning, urban design, waste reduction and recycling, energy efficiency, food and solar technologies.


About the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoodss.


Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) serves as one of seven district coalitions advancing neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement. The organization is set up as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit for more opportunities to respond to community needs. NECN believes in creating healthy communities by engaging citizens to become directly involved in determining how their neighborhood evolves. www.necoalition.org



Speaker Series, Part IV: Mapping Community Assets, Together

CEDC Speaker Series, Part IV:

Mapping Community Assets, Together


Speaker Series Feb 1

Share your knowledge about community access to food, shelter, jobs, education, transportation and more. Join us for a fun, interactive evening of sharing and learning as we gather to discover resources and create connections in a workshop-style event.

Receive free training and learn to share resources using Crowdmap, an online asset mapping tool!


When: Tuesday, May 1st, 7:00pm – 9:00pm,

Doors open at 6:00pm for networking.


Where: Concordia University, Hagen Campus Center, 2nd floor, NE 27th Ave. and Holman St. Click here for directions.

CEDC May 1

Download and distribute the above flier by clicking here.