By Laura Smith

The July meeting of Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA) had a long list of development topics on the agenda.

The Residential Infill Project is still in the planning stages with additional public meetings to be held. There is an online survey for residents to provide feedback on proposals. For information, see portlandoregon.gov/bps/67728

METRO and PBOT are asking for residents’ thoughts on the Powell/Division Transit Project via an online survey between July 21 and September 9 at oregonmetro.gov/powelldivision. Ideas currently being considered are articulated buses, more frequent buses, and stops farther apart. Once finalized, construction with begin in 2019 and new service would start in 2021.

Belmont Family Dentistry has purchased the property adjacent to their existing office building at 5935 SE Belmont. The practice has grown considerably since being in our neighborhood, and they would like to expand their clinic to better serve our community. The clinic supports the schools in the area and is a drop-off point for a local CSA farm share. Dr. Aaron Tinkle will keep the neighborhood association informed of the progress on this project as it moves forward through the development process.

Heather Flint-Chatto from the Division Design Initiative gave an overview of the work done to date and requested a provisional approval from the MTNA to adopt proposed guidelines including extending the guidelines’ area from SE 60th Ave. to SE 82nd Ave. The board adopted the guidelines but with an emphasis to protect Warner Pacific’s master plan.

Welcome Home Coalition is supporting an affordable housing bond measure in November. For more info about the bond measure go to: yesforaffordablehomes.com.

Temporary signs are now installed at the reservoirs informing visitors that they no longer contain drinking water. The signage will be in place until they are permanently replaced. Reservoir 6 has been drained and is now being cleaned.

The Thorburn Safety Project reached its fundraising goals and is moving forward with PBOT to install 10 speed cushions on Thorburn. They are the pillow-style with grooves for emergency vehicles.

MTNA needs volunteers to work on their website update project. If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who is, send an email to contact.mtna@gmail.com.

Weed Warriors meet in Mt. Tabor Park the last Saturday of each month from March through October (except September when the Nature Conservancy holds a special Weed Warrior event). If you are interested in participating, meet at 9 am at the visitor center parking lot on July 30 and/or August 27.

The next MTNA meeting will be Wednesday, August 17, at 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with a social time starting 6:50 pm. See mttaborpdx.org for more.