Tuesday, September 25, 2001

SUMMARY NOTES: Guidelines Review, Empowerment & Assessment Team, GREAT

City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Decisions by this group are subject to change at future meetings.
Opportunities for public input at the end of meeting and future workshops.

Members present:
Nancy Chapin, Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations
Cathy Crawford, University Park Neighborhood Association
Leonard Gard, Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
Patricia Gardner, Pearl District Neighborhood Association
Raymond Hites, Lents Neighborhood Association
Brian Hoop, ONI, City of Portland
Joleen Jensen-Classen, ONI, City of Portland
David Lane, ONI, City of Portland
Moshe Lenske, Woodstock Neighborhood Association
Stanley Lewis, Downtown Community Association
Michael O'Mallory, Irvington Neighborhood Association
Jerry Powell, Goose Hollow Foothills League
Mark Sieber, Neighbors West/Northwest
Ruth Spetter, City Attorney's Office, City of Portland
William Warren, Central Northeast Neighbors

Visitors:
Karen Lehman, PSU Student Intern, ONI Office
Lee Perlman, reporter

I. Minutes Corrections
Minutes Correction of Sept. 11: Change code, chapter 3.96 purpose statement from "subject to chapter 3.96" to "subject to this chapter" since numbering system may change in future.
Change at bottom of page two in discussion about definition of neighborhood association: Motion: Patricia "Moves" - not motions- to accept Leonard's definition of neighborhood association.


II. Purpose Statement
Leonard submits an extensive list of proposed language for definitions. Groups supportive of using them as starting point.
Discussion: Why the use of word autonomous? Ray reminds it is primarily for a political distinction to emphasize associations are first and foremost independent to set their own agendas. Purpose is not to avoid minimum standards for purposes of receiving city funds.
Leonard suggests new statement to reflect more of a philosophical reason for why we have a neighborhood system. Discussion that we need to keep language that authorizes ONI.
MOTION: Add Leonard's statement at beginning of existing language. Passed.

III. Definition of Neighborhood
Dictionary definitions of Neighborhood submitted.

Discussion and suggested language:
Concern raised that we need minimum number of households.
Question raised if we need to clarify how neighborhood and neighborhood association definitions differentiate.
Much discussion about whether geographic boundaries need to be in definition.
Idea: The historical, arbitrary, geographical areas into which the entire city is sub-divided.
Idea: A district or an area with distinctive characteristics.
Idea: The people who live near one another or in a particular district or area.
Concern raised that we need to convey people can socially construct and define their own concept of neighborhood independent of geographic boundaries.
Idea: Community based on socially constructed and mutually agreed upon geographical areas into which the entire city is organized.
This definition should be broad enough to allow communities beyond boundaries to define themselves as neighborhoods. Some disagree this is too broad.
Idea: A geographic area that forms a community.
Idea: A community within a defined geographic area.
Idea: A community defined by a geographic area.
Idea: Mark's - A geographically contiguous self-selected community. I.e. this allows for Montavilla Neighborhood Association which is a combination of 4-5 unique neighborhoods.
Question asked why are we defining neighborhood if guidelines provides for minimum standards of associations. Because we want to provide a definition for unrecognized neighborhood associations.
MOTION: Patricia moves we use Mark's definition. Ruth suggests amendment:
"A geographically defined, contiguous, self-selected community."
Moshe concerned that neighborhoods and neighborhood associations need to be closely linked and similar.
Note made to capitalize "N" in neighborhood.
Motion passes.

IV. Business Associations
Nancy proposes language: "A Business District Association (BDA) is organized by interested members of the business community within a defined geographical boundary to support and promote the general well being of that business community."
Discussion: Disagreement about whether business associations do or do not have geographical boundaries in their bylaws.
Do business associations want to include working on behalf of neighborhood residents as is in the current definition?
Some associations have a good working relationship and some do not, some have acrimonious relationships. If we say they need to work for neighborhoods some associations may expect ONI financial support. Some do not want to be required to work with residents.
Multiple opinions expressed about how integral BDA's should be integral with NA's. Many BDA's have an attitude that they need to be independent and have very different economic agenda sometimes at odd with City and neighborhoods.
Compromise could be that the inter-relationship between neighborhood and business associations is defined within guidelines and leave definition broad.
Concern raised that proposed language deviates from existing language that calls them "Neighborhood Business Associations" that work with neighborhood associations, not Business District Associations.
Note raised that our only concern needs to be with BDA's that want to be acknowledged and we don't have to deal with ones that don't want to deal with ONI.
Nancy and William suggest adding to end: "And the neighboring areas."
Patricia suggests "the adjacent neighborhoods."
Concern that the definition needs to focus on organization's needs and be separate from the relationship between business and neighborhood associations.

NEXT MEETINGS

Tuesday, October 23
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Tuesday, November 13
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Tuesday, November 27
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Tuesday, December 11
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Tuesday, December 25 (Probably CANCELLED)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Tuesday, January 8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


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