The Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association serves to do the work of the neighborhood. We value a strong community and are committed to supporting our neighbors. Sullivan’s Gulch is a neighborhood in Northeast Portland, Oregon. The name commemorates Timothy Sullivan, an early farmer in the area. Sullivan settled his donation land claim on January 27, 1851.
SGNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7 - 8:30 pm
Encorepreneur Cafe, 1548 NE 15th Avenue
Spring General Membership meeting
April or May (TBA)
Neighborhood Clean Up
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 to 1 pm
Location to be determined
Reducing Parking Congestion between NE 16th & 21st
Deadline for voting is Tuesday, March 12. See map below to see if your address is in the proposed district. If you did not receive a ballot, you can download one from the link at the bottom of this article. Return ballots to the addresses listed or come to the March SGNA meeting (info at left).
During the past few years, residents living in the west end of the Gulch have faced many commuters using the area as a day time parking lot - sometimes making it hard to find a parking place near their home. Recently, the problem has gotten worse with construction workers taking up even more parking.
The solution offered by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is for the neighborhood to create a permit parking district. SGNA is coordinating the process to find out how many residents would like to have permits in return for fewer commuters parking in the neighborhood.
How a permit parking district would work.
To park a vehicle on street in the proposed area (red lines on the map) on weekdays, residents must apply for a permit which costs $75 per year per vehicle. Permits are specific to a vehicle and not transferable.
Petitioning the City
The city has set up a 2 step process for setting up a permit parking district. First, the neighborhood surveys residents in the proposed area to determine interest. That’s what we’re doing now. We must get 60% response rate and 50% of those responses must be in favor of creating the district. Otherwise, the proposal dies. If it passes, then the city sends out official ballots to all addresses of which 50% of the ballots returned must be in favor.
How did we decide which block faces to include? SGNA has learned from other neighborhoods that getting a high response rate is difficult, particularly with the number of apartment buildings in the proposed area. To simplify the process and make sure we’re getting a good sample, we’re proposing that only certain sides of certain streets be included in initial district. Once the district is approved adjacent areas can easily “annex in” to the existing parking district with a simple 50% approval rate.
We need your help. To get the 60% overall response rate, we need everyone in the proposed zone to let us know their preference. So even if you’re ambivalent please file out and return the yellow petition. Information on where to return them is on the petition. Only 1 petition is needed per address. If you didn’t get a copy of the fact sheet and petition you can download it here.
Download the Fact Sheet
Download the Parking Permit Ballot
Here’s more detailed information from Portland Bureau of Transportation website.
Sample Annual Permit Application
Sample Guest Permit Application
General description of the full process for establishing a new permit district
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