By Alan Kessler
The Richmond Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting on September 14 at Waverly Heights Church at SE 33rd and Woodward St.
Recall Election: The main point of business at the September meeting was the recall election of Doug Klotz. Bob Kellett and Anne Dufay from Southeast Uplift (SEUL) conducted the election and performed a count and a recount. Of the 252 neighbors who turned out to vote, 167 voted in favor of the recall and 85 voted against. This did not reach the two-thirds majority required by the RNA bylaws, so Doug Klotz is retained as a board member.
Elections Committee: The board formed a committee to discuss amendments to election procedures. The following members will meet and provide recommendations to the RNA:
Adam Herstein, Allen Field, Callie Jones, DeeDee Remington, Doug Klotz, Elizabeth Vargas, Jonathan King, Luisa Simone, Mary MacArthur, Paul Pappas, and Peter Forrest.
Ethics Committee: The board formed a committee to discuss the RNA Code of Ethics. The following members will meet and provide recommendations to the RNA:
Allen Field, Callie Jones, Doug Klotz, Elizabeth Vargas, Randall Heeb, Sarah Scaldeferri, Adam Herstein, and Jeff Cropp.
Division Design Initiative: Heather Flint Chatto presented on the work of the Division Design initiative to date, and sought permission from the RNA to draft a letter to the city with the policy proposals of the DDI. Draft proposals were presented at the meeting. These focused on the size, shape, and scale of buildings on Division through use of Floor Area Ratio restrictions (i.e. a limit on the amount of floor space allowed on a lot of a given size), side and back step back requirements, solar access restrictions, and guidelines on building massing.
DDI may also ask to make policy recommendations regarding parking and transportation management, and market incentives to preserve historical buildings. The DDI will present a draft letter with its finalized recommendations to the RNA at the October meeting.
The next RNA meeting will be Monday, October 12 at Waverly Heights Congregational Church (basement), 3300 SE Woodward St., 7 – 9 pm. The website is www.richmondpdx.org.