by Randy Ward
Sabin Land Use and Transportation Committee
The Portland City Council adopted the "Portland Plan" in 2012, which was developed to guide the city’s forward progress toward several challenges. One priority is to create a "healthy, connected city," in the form of higher density, service-accessible communities.
Creating higher density in a city the size of Portland presents challenges that need creative solutions. The Portland Zoning Code permits the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in all residential zones of the city. ADUs can be created in a variety of ways, including conversion of a portion of an existing house, addition to an existing house, conversion of a garage or the construction of an entirely new building. In essence, an additional living space is created on an already developed lot.
The maximum size of an ADU may be no more than 75% of the living area of the house or 800 square feet, whichever is less. Additionally, for detached ADU's: maximum height is 18 feet; building coverage may not be larger than the building coverage of the house; and set back must be 60 feet from a front lot line or 6
feet behind the house.
Some of the benefits provided by an ADU include possible rental income, accommodating growing families (think teen quarters), generational living (elderly parents or in-laws), or even downsizing for simpler living, while renting out your main house.
The City has approved a 3-year extension for the System Development Charge (SDC) waiver for ADUs (conversions or new construction), previously set to expire in 2012. This waiver could save homeowners up to thousands of dollars in fees, making ADU construction even more appealing.
"More than ever, we need to build strong and diverse communities. That comes from having people meet and interact face to face. Perhaps the church building can serve as that meeting place in the King and Sabin neighborhoods."
- Steve Schreiber, local historian
The old St. Paul's church has sat empty for many years now. It is currently on the market and will likely be sold to a developer who will tear it down and build apartments or houses on the double lot.
A group of neighbors hopes to preserve this historic building and use it for community events and activities. For more information, see their website
by Suzanne Clark
Wondering what’s happening with the burned out house at 3954 NE 18th? Well, here's the scoop. In June, we listed the property for sale as a short sale. The short sale process typically takes several months to complete. The lien holder (Bank of America) is in the process of completing a valuation known as a BPO (Broker’s Price Opinion) before they will allow me to submit any offers. I currently have 13 offers on the property from builders and investors who plan to tear down the existing structure and build a new home. I am in regular contact with the bank to try and speed the process along, and hope to have the sale completed by the end of November. Please contact Suzanne Clark at 503-806-9332 for more info.
The Alberta Main Street Design Committee will present our draft District Design Plan for input, comment & feedback. The Design Plan is, in effect, our overall 'master plan' that will be used to visually communicate, the incremental change that has been planned for implementation over time by Alberta Main Street. The Plan will be approved by the Board in concept and amended from time to time.
6:30 - 8 PM
Thursday June 21, 2012
1722 NE Alberta Street
Join us on Sunday, June 10th to help clean up the Sabin Triangle and begin planting flowers. Bring gloves, gardening tools and a large plastic garbage bag. The Triangle, located at NE 15th and Prescott, will be the site of several fun events over the summer, including the Sabin Community Potluck on August 7.
For more info, please contact Hector Roche at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-516-6614.
DEPAVE YOUR DRIVEWAY!
The folks at Depave are excited to offer a new Depave-It-Yourself workshop on May 5th 2012! This one-day class will focus
on implementing a successful depaving project right in your front (or back) yard. The workshop will cover the full gamut to prepare homeowners to free their own soil – from site design, utility locating, the permitting process, pavement removal, disposal, and greenscaping options. Take-home instruction materials and lunch will be provided. You will be instructed by professional depavers, landscape designers, and construction managers.
GET CERTIFIED AS A DEPAVE AFFILIATE!
After completing this workshop, you will be certified as a Depave Affiliate. Depave will then promote your depaving project so you
can get help from our ground-breaking volunteers from around Portland. We can also loan you some of our hand tools for your project.
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The Green Building Hotline provides practical tips and useful information about green home strategies, including resources and incentives for new and existing commercial and residential projects in the region. The Hotline answers questions about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, renewable energy, indoor air quality, salvage, doing more with less, training workshops and more.
The service is available to homeowners, renters, real estate professionals, non-profits, contractors, students, developers, business owners and design professionals in the tri-county area. It's offered by Metro, the City of Portland, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties.
Regional Green Building Hotline 503.823.5431 www.buildgreen411.com
The Greater Gresham Baptist Church
is renovating the old Zion Church on NE 9th and Fremont, across from Irving Park. The Volga German community built the church in 1914 for a cost of $20,000. Services were held in German until the 1960s. Over the years, as the Volga German population dispersed throughout Portland, the church lost membership. Eventually, the congregation built another church in outer east Portland. For more church history, see the Volga Germans in Portland website