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The Land Use and Transportation Committee of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association makes recommendations to the board on issues related to transportation, land use, livability, and long-range planning projects that affect our neighborhood. We also work on livability and placemaking projects to make Montavilla a better place to live.
While Montavilla is seeing its share of development, we don’t always have the opportunity through the neighborhood association to weigh in on how it is happening. However, when someone wants to do something that doesn’t meet the letter of the Zoning Code regulations, they have to ask permission to deviate from the standards, which gives us an opportunity to consider how the proposed development serves the community. The Land Use & Transportation Committee considers the land use review requests and whether they are in line with what we want to see in the neighborhood. We then make recommendations for response to the MNA Board. These responses can lead to conversations with developers on improving their projects.
Neighborhood associations are well-positioned to consider the hyper-local effects of broad planning changes. The Land Use and Transportation Committee works to understand these projects and what their impacts on the community might be and, when there is a clear local interest, the Committee recommends action/response to the Board.
The Land Use and Transportation Committee has been busy learning about how other communities bring in and pay for public art murals and other placemaking activities. The Committee organized a representative from the Portland Street Art Alliance, and noted muralist Alex Chiu, to attend the June 2018 MNA meeting to discuss public art murals and how they happen. The committee has been working on identifying potential locations and reaching out to land owners to finalize a short list of possible building walls that would make for great community art murals. The committee also pulled together a Park(ing) Day installation in April 2018 to show how valuable public space, currently allocated to vehicles, can be for contributing to a sense of community.
These projects are ongoing, and we’ll need a lot more folks to bring them about. Consider joining up! The Land Use and Transportation Committee meets most months, the fourth Wednesday of the month, in the evening, at Portland Metro Arts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!