Following up the Portland City Council adoption of minimal changes to the pile driving noise ordinance in July, Commissioner Amanda Fritz has created a noise task force to review possible additional revisions. Under discussion are: a city wide prohibition of impact hammer pile driving; details of the variance, appeal and notification process; and zoning designations wherein current ”EX” industrial zones could be changed to commercial.
A change to commercial zoning in neighborhoods that have become more residential, such as the Pearl District, would reduce allowable decibel levels. This change would permit the City’s Noise Control Officer greater flexibility to enforce loud noises that are harmful to residents, but cannot be enforced under the current law.
Advocates for change have cited information that the noise and vibration of impact hammer pile driving is harmful to people’s health. They further added that innovative techniques such as the significantly quieter auger cast method is an acceptable alternative. Advocates further urge the total prohibition of impact hammer pile driving except in engineer certified situations where an alternative method would not be viable for geotechnical reasons.
The nine member citizen task force has met two times with three more meetings to follow. Commissioner Fritz is expected to bring recommendation to City Council on November 12.
Additional information can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/68392
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Reported by Stan Penkin
At our upcoming annual board meeting in October, we will need to fill several board member positions. If you are interested or know someone you'd like to nominate, now is the time. We need to receive all nominations by September 30 in order to have time to review each candidate before the meeting.
You can fill out the form below or download the PDF and deliver it in person to Patricia Gardner at either the Board meeting, Planning Committee meeting, Emergency Preparedness meeting, Livability Committee meeting, or the Pearl Party (see Calendar under Get Involved for dates, times and locations). You can also email the form to Patty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kate Washington (email@example.com).
If you email to make a nomination for someone else, please include their contact information.
Join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Pearl Party!
Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Place: NW 13th Ave. between NW Hoyt & Irving
NW 13th Avenue will be transformed yet again, as the Annual Pearl Party fundraiser celebrates its twentieth year.
Sample free food from the Pearl's fine restaurants, and quaff beer and wine from local breweries and wineries at the free bar (donations encouraged).
Enjoy live music and a raffle of donated gift items and services from Pearl District merchants.
The Pearl Party is the PDNA's major fundraising event, and funds are returned directly to the community in the form of neighborhood improvement projects. Come out to the Pearl Party, and have a great time with your neighbors and coworkers.