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About Southeast Neighbors (SEN)

Southeast Neighbors is an official local neighborhood association representing the Southeast Neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon. Southeast Neighbors is formally recognized by the City of Eugene, and our president fills a standing seat on the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC).

As Southeast Neighbors, we care about the quality of life in our neighborhood, and we work together to maintain and improve it. Through our collective actions, consultative relationship with the City of Eugene, participation in the Neighborhood Leadership Council and other local groups, and through our many other relationships and organizational efforts, we share great opportunities to protect and contribute to the beautiful place we live in according to some.

Historically active and politically involved, the Southeast Eugene neighborhood includes more than 13,000 residents in some 6000 households, or roughly 8% of the city of Eugene. This diverse area includes schools, businesses, low income housing, old and new developments, and affluent homes. It also includes substantial natural resources, including most of the remaining upland wildlife habitat in the City of Eugene.

First growth, old growth, and established second growth forest, steep slopes, vital headwaters and upland wetlands, resident threatened plants and animals, historical landslides and one or more documented earthquake faults add to the special character of the local landscape. Recognizing several unique aspects of our neighborhood, the City of Eugene has established special policies and goals for planning and development, through the South Hills Study (1974, adopted as a refinement plan to the regional Metro Plan) and other documents.

Return of the Deerbrook PUD - January 2012

‎* Deerbrook PUD - Meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 5:30pm *

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yes, we're girding up again in Eugene, Oregon to stand up against the Deerbrook PUD, and to save the Amazon Headwaters Keystone!

The next step, this week, is for everyone who can to attend the developer's required pre-application meeting:

Deerbrook PUD Developer Show and Tell
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
5:30pm
Hilyard Community Center
2580 Hilyard Street

See you there!

BTW, we're also looking for some new board members for Southeast Neighbors. If you're interested, please contact one of the current board officers like Deborah Noble, or me, and also plan to come to the SEN board meeting on Tuesday at 7pm.

Background Info on the Deerbrook PUD


The developer's pre-application meeting with the neighborhood is a recently-introduced requirement of the PUD process in Eugene. We've been through a couple of these so far on somewhat smaller projects (like the Amazon Cottages thing at 30th and Hilyard).

The official concept of these meetings is to provide for an open exchange of information between the developer and the neighborhood. Based on our experience to date, that seems like a naive expectation. The meeting for the Amazon Cottages, with the same project leader - Carol Schirmer - was essentially a developer's sales job on how great the project would be. Much of the info presented was misleadingly irrelevant, like pretty drawings of the buildings - since they can build buildings that look any way they want, once the land use application is approved.

I think it is a valuable event for all of us to go to, to show that the neighborhood is engaged - like, we haven't forgotten about saving the headwaters!!! - and to listen respectfully.

Page three of this neighborhood newsletter has a location map showing the area of the Deerbrook PUD - number (2) on the map: http://www.southeastneighbors.org/files/SEN_Newsletter_200606.pdf

(We previously all worked together to block the Green Valley Glen PUD, number (1) on the map - and now that Amazon Headwaters East Fork Forest is protected city parkland!)

And here's an existing edition of our white paper on saving the Amazon Headwaters (currently being updated for subsequent events): http://www.SoutheastNeighbors.org/files/Amazon_Headwaters_White_Paper_20070519.pdf

There may not be much for us to say to the developers at the meeting this Tuesday. We're not interested in fine-tuning their development application.

What we are interested in, is finding a true compromise - between environment and economics - where the developers can recoup their costs by selling this land to the city at a fair price, and we can help make that win-win transaction a reality!

I'd love it if we didn't have to go through another big land use fight first. But for anything short of eminent domain, the developers still control the terms of engagement on that.

See you Tuesday!

with all best wishes,

Kevin Matthews
matthews@artifice.com

SEN News and Events

Southeast Neighbors meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. On most months there is a board meeting, focusing on detailed work and follow-through. During the school year, our board meetings are typically held in the library at Spencer Butte Middle School. Periodically, we have general meetings programmed for the whole neighborhood. Neighbors and visitors are always welcome to attend both board and general meetings!

Current News and Events

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Previous Events

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Hilyard Community Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Creating A Safer, More Secure and Healthier Neighborhood
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at The Unitarian Church, 7 p.m. and Saturday May 5, 1-5 p.m.
Evening and half-day presentations.
Check the website http://www.suburbanpermaculture.org for more information.

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors/Meeting 2011.0318
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm
Hilyard Community Center
Neighborhood discussion on Envision Eugene continues!

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Hilyard Community Center
Neighborhood discussion on Envision Eugene continues!

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

[[Southeast Neighbors Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 12, 2010, 4:30 to 7:00pm
Tugman Park, 37th and Hilyard

  • Neighborhood Potluck Dinner with Friends and Neighbors

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tamarack Wellness Center, 7:00 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting in May
Southeast Neighbors Presents a Panel Discussion on
The Eugene Comprehensive Lands Assessment & The Urban Growth Boundary
--This is the most important topic that Eugene has faced in 20 years--
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Hilyard Community Center, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WEgene award ceremony
Tuesday, April 20th, at the Campbell Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Spencer Butte Middle School


Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Spencer Butte Middle School

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 12, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Spencer Butte Middle School

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm
Spencer Butte Middle School

  • East Amazon Forest IPM
  • LIDAR for New Neighborhood Projects

[[Southeast Neighbors Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 20, 4:30 to 7:00pm
Tugman Park, 37th and Hilyard

  • Neighborhood Potluck Dinner with Friends and Neighbors

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm

Neighborhood Sustainability Bike/Walking Tour
Tuesday, August 29, 2009 at 10:00am.
Ten Eugene neighborhoods are holding tours this summer, each on a different weekend. Tours visit locations in neighborhoods as part of bike tour series sponsored by Neighborhood Leaders Council Sustainability Committee (NLCSC).

  • This year the Southeast Neighborhood tour will be near Spencer Butte Middle School. Visitors are encouraged to attend on bicycles or walk. There will be a carpool van as well. The tour starts at 10 AM at Rene and Bob’s house (880 East 43rd Avenue between Donald and Fox Hollow). Visit with neighbors looking to the future with weight loss pills ecological action.
  • call 554-5221 or 285-1547 for more info

America’s Night Out Against Crime: National Night Out
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., Tugman Park
Eugene Police staff, in partnership with Lane county Transit District, Southeast Neighborhood Association, and City Officials are bringing crime prevention to you. An opportunity to learn about current crime prevention programs, neighborhood safety tips, speak with Eugene Police Staff, City Officials and meet McGruff the Crime Dog.

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hilyard Community Center

Southeast Neighbors Newsletter - Summer 2009 (PDF)

Previous News and Events

Southeast Neighbors/ Community Pesticide Round‐Up Event
Oregon Toxics Alliance is spearheading an upcoming Community Pesticide Round‐Up Event for South East and Amazon Neighborhoods to help keep urban pesticides out of our local waterways and storm water drains.
Saturday, June 13th 12:00‐3:00 pm

  • Glenwood Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center (3100 E 17th Ave.)
  • NO appointment necessary for South East and Amazon Neighborhoods during the Pesticide Round‐Up Event!
  • Neighbors get a free gift when you bring your hazardous waste!

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Hilyard Community Center
Gypsy Moth Discussion & Coordination

Southeast Neighbors Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 7pm to 9pm
Library, Spencer Butte Middle School

Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:00pm to 9pm
Hilyard Community Center
Climate Change and Our Neighborhood
A small workshop-type meeting to start developing speciifc action
plans related to climate change, sustainability, and our neighborhood!

[[Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Sunday, September 7, 2008 4:30pm to 7pm
Annual Picnic and Preservation Celebration
Tugman Park
37th and Hilyard

[[Southeast Neighbors Annual Elections Meeting
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 7:00pm to 9pm

Washington Park Center
2025 Washington Street

  • Neighborhood Board Elections
  • Amazon Headwaters Update
  • Infill, Climate Change,and Southeast Eugene


[[Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at at 7:00pm
Joint Candidates Forum with Crest Drive Citizens Association
Cascade Manor Community Room (main entrance, then 2nd floor)

Headwaters Walk
Co-sponsored by Cascadia's Ecosystem Advocates, Native Forest Council, GreenwashEugene.com, and Vision for Intact Ecosystems and Watersheds
10am Saturday, March 15, 2008
Meet at the end of West Amazon Drive
Please RSVP to Josh Schlossberg at 688-2600 or josh@forestcouncil.org

[[Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at at 7:00pm
Hilyard Community Center

Council defers decision on south hills land — Register-Guard coverage of Amazon Headwaters vote, 2007.1211

[[Southeast Neighbors General Meeting
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at at 7:00pm
Spencer Butte Middle School Cafeteria

  • Amazon Creek Headwaters Preservation Update - New Action Plans
  • Debate on City Measure 20-134: Downtown Urban Renewal
    • Bonny Bettman, City Councilor - against measure
    • Alan Zelenka, City Councilor - for measure

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Upcoming Wastewater Investigation by the City of Eugene this Summer
During the summer and early fall, crews from the City of Eugene Public Works Department will be evaluating the condition of the wastewater collection system in the Downtown, Far West, Southeast, South and West University neighborhoods. The work will take place starting the first week of July on week days between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and will involve a technique called smoke testing. Smoke testing is one of the investigative methods the City implements to identify defects, deterioration, and improper connections in the sanitary sewer system.

During the tests, a non-toxic, white smoke will be released into sanitary sewer lines. Our inspection of where smoke emerges helps us assess the condition of the system and determine specific problems regarding private building sewer connections as well as public sewers in streets and easements.

If you have questions about smoke testing, please call Carla Spangler at 682-4800 or email at pwmaintenance@ci.eugene.or.us or look us up on-line at http://eugene-or.gov/smoketesting.

First Annual Parker Pant Sale, Friday, May 15, 2009, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will be be held at Parker's Great, Green Garden on the Parker campus located at 3875 Kincaid St. A variety of ornamentals, strawberry starts and other plants will be for sale. For information call the school at 687-3303 or Carrie Frazier at 868-4859.

Support your neighborhood school and a School Gardens Project. For more info by email: Ernest "Buck" Arbuckle Parker Elementary arbuckle@4j.lane.edu

Get Involved with SEN

Public participation in Southeast Neighbors is warmly invited. Working together for the best for this great neighborhood is what we're all about! So please add important neighborhood information to this page and wiki, drop by our free online Discussion Forum, join our email lists (below), and share your thoughts about our special place and people.

We are in the process of forming a neighborhood sustainability committee. Come to our March 2009 General Meeting to learn more!

Please join the Southeast Neighbors general discussion email list to help stay in touch!

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Amazon Headwaters

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