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Tell City Council to oppose Amendment #19.

Tell them we want R1, not CM2 Zoning!

Hi Neighbors,

As many of you know, 126 NE Alberta St., the "Alberta Abbey", and the surface parking lot across
the street at the corner of Alberta St. and Mallory Ave. were recently bought by a
developer, Community Development Partners (CDP).

CDP has requested that the City Council change zoning on both of these lots from the current R2.5 to
CM2. Should they be successful, CDP will be able to erect a 55-foot (five story) high building with 64
units of 350 square feet each, per the plans submitted to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
(BPS). The rezoning will also lift restrictions on use of the Abbey property, leaving the fate of the
Abbey, to include sale and/or demolition, up to the developer’s desires. R1 zoning, on the other hand,
allows for affordable multi-family housing within the character of the neighborhood and
provides a balanced residential and commercial mix along Alberta Ave.

The City of Portlant Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) – the city’s planners – also agree
with us! BPS has recommended rezoning these two lots to R1, and we agree. The R1 zoning is
an appropriate compromise that still allows higher density, allows affordable housing with
dignity, but ensures the buildings and their uses are more appropriate to the
neighborhood. It provides a legal guarantee on the future use of the site and does not rely on any
individual person or company’s word. We support the intent to increase affordable housing
availability; we don’t agree this means sacrificing the neighborhood’s character.

Finally, the process has not allowed for sufficient input from neighbors!! Many of us only found
out through mailers sent only to residents within 100 feet of the property in March. The developer did
not ask neighbors how they envision their community, and changing zoning for one entity's project
seems like special treatment for a company that claims to speak for the community.

The next tentative vote on a zoning change is April 25, 2018. Please contact city
council and tell them we want an R1 zoning change, not a CM2 zoning change, no
later than 8AM on April 24,
2018 at https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/maps.html#mapTheme=mrp and cpm


Please also consider contacting the mayor and city council individually at:

Ted Wheeler (mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov)
Chloe Eudaly (chloe@portlandoregon.gov)
Amanda Fritz (amanda@portlandoregon.gov)
Dan Saltzman (dan@portlandoregon.gov)
Nick Fish (nick@portlandoregon.gov)

If you have questions or want more information please contact us (a group of neighbors) at

Comparing CM2 to R1 zoning

CM2 R1
(what developer is (recommended by BPS)
requesting )
Building 55’ 45’
height limit (45’ + 10’ bonus for
affordable housing)
# of potential 64 units 28
units in building on parking lot includes inclusionary housing bonus
site. 160 units per Mr. and future changes already in
Rogers’ ultimate process for R1
development plans
Unit size 350 sq ft. 1,000 sq ft.
per Mr. Rogers’ (future zoning changes will already
development plans allow units of 750-1000 sq ft)
Setback Only required on side Required on all sides
requirements abutting a residential zone
(i.e.- along alley and street
sides building could go all
the way up to the property
Ability for Yes Yes
Ability for Up to 100% Some non-residential uses per
commercial (Mr. Rogers could sell and Historic Preservation Incentives
use the next buyer could turn Review of Church
the space into 100%
“building Building can cover up to Building can cover up to 60% of site
coverage” 80% of site space space
Parking The site is just over 500’ from frequent transit on MLK, so parking
would be required, to some extent – this area needs more
research to figure out the ratio, but it would be in the ballpark of 1
space per 3 or 4 residential units. If the development provided
elderly and disabled housing, the required parking would be less
than that. Underground parking would be an option, but is quite
expensive to develop
Source information gathered from City of Portland and BPS