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Residential zoning for the East Bayside area holds potential

Editor,
(Editor's note: This letter was directed to Mr. Rick Knowland, Senior Planner, and members of the Planning Board, Planning and Urban Development Department, Planning Division, City Hall, fourth floor, 389 Congress St., Portland; a copy was provided to The Portland Daily Sun.)

Dear Mr. Knowland and Members of the Planning Board,

We are grateful for the opportunity to express our interest in the application for the proposed R-6 to R-7 Residential zoning for the East Bayside area. Such a proposal is potentially an exciting one, and with the right balance, has the opportunity to expand the success of existing developments that have contributed to our thriving neighborhood. Our commitment to the wonderfully diverse community to which we belong and serve is to ensure that we are represented in City matters that impact our neighborhood. However, we believe that the short timeframe in which this significant proposal has evolved does not engage adequate, thoughtful discussion of how to create and share a deliberate vision for East Bayside.

While we embrace change, vitality, and thoughtful development of our neighborhood we, the EBNO Board, strongly object to the Planning Board/City Council recommending any zoning changes until there has been adequate time to consider the significant proposal before us. A responsible period of time would also allow for consideration of the Housing and Community Development Committee's work on possible R-6/R-7 zone amendments, which could potentially be a better fit for our neighborhood. We recognize this stance may delay future development on the Boyd/Oxford Street parcel. To expedite a zone change proposal, however, would not be in the best interest of our community.

We look forward to sharing the same ultimate goal of building a vibrant small city. We are committed to development that respects the scale and character of traditional development patterns while preserving the socio-economic and cultural diversity of our neighborhood. We believe that effective, thoughtful planning creates a balance of housing/development opportunities across sectors. We encourage you to review the attached Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program report that outlines many of the visions, goals and objectives that EBNO continues to work toward and achieve. We are grateful for your service to the City of Portland and are looking forward to continued collaboration with you to ensure that East Bayside remains a thriving neighborhood and destination.

Sincerely,

Members of Board
East Bayside Neighborhood Organization

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:37

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Letter did not represent position of Bayside Neighborhood Association

Editor:

The April 11 letter by Jay York in The Portland Daily Sun was an expression of his opinion only and not a statement representing the position of the Bayside Neighborhood Association (BNA). As our mission statement says, the BNA is committed to bring Bayside residents and members of the broader community together in ways that empower, organize and inform.

We are committed to promoting healthy, constructive dialogue.

Sincerely,
Steve Hirshon
Bayside Neighborhood Association

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:34

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England appreciates volunteers

Editor,

National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) would like to thank its 116 volunteers and 22 board members from across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Their service in 2013 totaled 7,961 hours and aided our staff in providing sexual health services and education to more than 42,000 patients. It is an honor to work alongside these members of our northern New England community who actively, and publicly, commit their time to ensure all people can make voluntary choices about their health.

The positive effect our volunteers have had can be seen throughout our various organizational departments and from within 12 of our 21 health centers. From filing charts, to speaking to the community about the Affordable Care Act, to warmly greeting patients, to approaching state representatives about reproductive health issues, to writing thank you notes to our donors, to planning community outreach events, to assisting with daily operations in our administrative offices — each and every volunteer helps make it possible to provide outstanding customer service, push forward our advocacy efforts, and achieve excellence in all that we do.

On behalf of PPNNE, I thank each and every one of our volunteers for their active support in making this mission a reality.

Meagan Gallagher

CEO, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:40

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Should USM change its name to Vocational Technical School?

Editor,

Congratulations to the Daily Sun for printing John Branson"s excellent essay defending the liberal arts (April 4, "In Defense of the Liberal Arts," John H. Branson guest column). All education must feature the understanding of what it means to be human. If the future for our public institution is career education, let's change the name to Vocational Technical School and forget the pretense of a university.
If curriculum ignores history, ethics and creative art expression, it is not complete education.
Robert Libby
Chebeague Island

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:41

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How about Bayside take Sangillo's Tavern, give up Preble Street?

Editor,

I propose that the Bayside Neighborhood Association make an offer to the India Street Neighborhood Association to take Sangillo's Tavern off their hands and locate it in Bayside. In exchange we'll let them have Preble Street Resource Center.
Jay York
Besieged by Bad Behavior in Bayside

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:41

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