November 2018 newsletter
Neighborhood Meeting November 12, 7 pm
1055 River Road Annex
How can our neighborhood plan and Eugene's Climate Action Plan implement a neighborhood level contribution to city goals?
Bring your comments and questions for Josh Skov (BEST),.Chelsea Hartman (Eugene Sustainabiity Analyst), and Kate Perle (Neighborhood Plan Community Advisory chair).  Preview the Climate Action Plan 2.0 at

Have a look at how Portland is implementing their Climate Action Plan in neighborhoods..

Our new board member, Dwight Owens,will be confirmed by  vote of the membership.His personal statement is here.
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Housing and Land Use

Update on Affordable Housing at River Rd. and East Maynard. 
Our River Road project just north of the Dari Mart on Maynard is moving ahead, bit by bit. RRCO Board member extraordinaire Cameron Ewing honchoed quality outreach to neighbors and compiled an awesome document with details of what we value and amenities we want in affordable housing. Neighbors provided comprehensive information about parking concerns, access to gardening, green innovations desired, access to bike paths, opportunities for creative/artist participation, and on and on. If you want to see this document, let me know.
Three developers submitted letters to say they intend to submit proposals to potentially develop the River Road site. The proposals will be submitted November 15 and posted on the City’s website. The Evaluation Committee will meet December 12 or 14 to review the proposals. 

Affordable Housing Design Recommendations
In a collaborative effort between RRCO, project developers, the City of Eugene, and neighbors a document was formed by the River Road Community to recommend design criteria for an affordable housing development off of River Road. 
Below is a link to the completed document for the River Road Affordable Housing Project. This document will be sent to potential developers and architects to help guide them through their Request for Proposal Responses with neighborhood values. 

RRCO wants to give a big thanks to all that have participated in this project.

This will not be the end of the collaboration. Once a developer is chosen through the Request for Proposal process, they will be doing further outreach with the neighborhood. This neighborhood has proactively created a foundation for future collaboration.

Link to affordable housing design recommendations

New Subdivision proposal along West Bank Park
There will be a neighborhood/applicant meeting at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (255 Maxwell Rd) on Wednesday November 8th at 5:30 PM to discuss a proposed 12 lot subdivision between Greenleaf and Sandra lanes and the West Bank Park. For more info please contact RRCO  Dwight Owens at proposed site plan.
Fall Leaf Pick Up and Delivery
The City and County have a leaf pick up schedule. Here's a link: River Road and Santa Clara are not going to have pick up until December 1st and 2nd. 
Second, a myriad uses for leaves are available: pile them on your raised beds and gardens; load them on a truck and deliver for composing to Lane Forest Products near to our neighborhood (about $4 a load, depending on the size of truck); find a friend who is composting or has a big garden to pile them on. Those nutrients are great to put back in our soils
Environmental Stewardship

Invasive Species Removal at Hillcrest and West Bank Park
We will be removing invasive species such as Ivy and Knapweed by digging up root systems. These invasive are typically controlled by herbicides but it is a strong value of the River Road Community to keep chemicals out of our parks. 
 When: Saturday, November 24th, 10:00am to 2:00pm
 Where: East Hillcrest Dr. at West Bank Park.  
 Directions: Follow Hillcrest Dr.(off of River Road) east to West Bank Park. There will be a small gravel area for parking at the end of East Hillcrest. Bike or bus transportation is encouraged if possible.
 -Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. 
-Tools and gloves will be provided
This will be a fun and educational event, but most importantly, these types of efforts are what allows us to keep West Bank Park pesticide and herbicide free. 
 Thank you all for your support and willingness to put in the work to keep west bank park chemical free!

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Join your friends and neighbors at the Filbert Grove work party!
Saturday, Nov. 17; 11 AM to 2 PM Rain or shine.
Tools, gloves, snacks provided by the City of Eugene.The Grove is 65 trees in the Greenway at the end of McClure, just north of Stults. Its a beautiful site!Best to bike.  If you drive, please park on Stults. Wear sturdy shoes. 
We will be doing easy pruning of this year's suckers, lite digging English ivy and
black berry, perhaps some heavier pruning and sawing. Its good exercise and socializing at the same time and adds to local food security. Feel free to invite friends.
History and photos of the Grove over the years
Site Tours and Property Transformation Mentoring
Join the River Road Resilience Network [R3N] for a series of site visits in the neighborhood to see what people in River Road are doing to make their home properties more green and resilient. 
The goal of these projects is to reduce eco footprints, address climate change, enhance preparedness and resilience; and to boost a local economy by taking care of more food, energy, water, social needs at home and with nearby friends and neighbors.  
The neighborhood plan currently in the works between River Road, Santa Clara and the city of Eugene, can encourage these kinds of actions - grass to garden, rain water catchment, passive solar redesign, garage to living space, small homes, de-pave, edible landscapes, natural building, neighborly collaborations and more. Making these changes can create a lot of jobs and produce a wide range of benefits - social, environmental, economic.  All these changes support state and local planning goals.
We will see places just starting to transform to other places a year or two into making changes, 3 to 5 years, 8 to ten years up to nearly 20 years of transformation.
We will visit one place per tour. Mostly Saturdays for an hour tour and discussion.  Still working on the schedule, check for updates. and tour schedule information
The R3N has years of experience transforming properties and offers free mentoring for those wanting to transform their properties in River Road. For mentoring info, contact Jan at

New Meeting Schedule for the Policy-Writing Phase
At their October 18th meeting, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made a slight course correction to the policy writing phase of the neighborhood planning process. They decided to hold more frequent CAC meetings in November in order to focus on each topic area one at a time. The meeting schedule is as follows. Working group members are welcome to attend. location: North Eugene High School Library

Tuesday, November 6, 6-8 pm:  Topic Area: Community

Tuesday, November 13, 6-8 pm, Topic Area: Economic Development

Tuesday, November 20, 6-8 pm. Topic Area: Transportation

Tuesday, November 27, 6-8 pm. Topic Area: Land Use

North Eugene High School Library
Our meeting last Wednesday, October 24th was held with this new one topic format and the CAC went through all the Parks and Natural Resources draft policies and revised them. Working group members were also able to contribute to the policy writing

The upcoming meetings are listed as Community Advisory Committee meetings, are they open to working group members?
Yes! These meetings are open to anyone who is interested. For example, if you wrote draft policies for a topic area, please come provide your input.

What will happen at these upcoming topic-specific meetings?
CAC members will go through each goal under that topic area and, as a group, they will revise the draft policies. CAC members will point out areas of overlap between the different topic areas. Technical Advisory Committee members will be on hand to provide expertise and guidance.

When will all working group members meet again?
At the beginning of December we will bring together all of the working group members, Technical Advisory Committee members, and Community Advisory Committee members. This meeting will be a chance to look over the complete set of draft goals and policies to make sure they reflect neighborhood priorities and aspirations, and to identify any remaining gaps.

Will this affect the project timeline?
When we mapped out the big milestones at the beginning of the project, we planned on having a well-vetted set of draft policies to present back to the larger community by the end of Fall 2018. Many of our CAC and working group members felt that this didn't feel like enough time to create a comprehensive set of policies. In response to this concern, we are allowing more time for the policy-writing phase and will aim to have a set of final draft goals and policies at the end of January 2019.
Volunteer opportunity: Help plan the next big community event
Fall is flying by, and it's time to start planning our next big community event! The next community event will be held in January, when we will have a set of draft goals and policies, along with some example actions to present back to the community. This event will also be a celebration of all the hard work that has gone into the neighborhood plan so far!

If you have a knack for event planning, are connected with a local organization, or just love talking to your neighbors, reach out and help shape this event! We need volunteers to both plan and publicize the event.
November Events
THURSDAY, November 1, 7:00 p.m. Santa Clara Community Organization. Messiah Lutheran Church. 
TUESDAY, November 6. VOTE!
TUESDAY, November 6, Community Advisory Committee, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NEHS Library.
MONDAY, November 12, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. RRCO General Membership meeting, Integration of Neighborhood Planning and Eugene's Climate Action Plan. River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
TUESDAY, November 13, Community Advisory Committee, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NEHS Library.
SATURDAY, November 17, 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. Filbert Grove Work Party. Tools and snacks provided.
MONDAY, November 19, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., RRCO Board meeting. River Road Annex, 1055 River Road.
TUESDAY, November 20, Community Advisory Committee, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NEHS Library.
MONDAY, November 24, At the Kiosk at Hillcrest, work party to remove knapweed
TUESDAY, November 27, Community Advisory Committee, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NEHS Library.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Neighborhood schools:
You can come read to kids, mentor middle schoolers, help high schools students apply for college, and pitch in for special events. Eileen Nittler 4-J Board Member 

 River Road - Santa Clara Volunteer Library – Fundraisers, staff, donate books. Vickie Cain 541-554-6854

River front enhancements:  Join the RRCO N.E.T. design team to enhance usability of the river front, Help maintain the natural beauty without toxic spraying. Cameron Ewing and Michael Lambros

Crime Prevention – Neighborhood Crime Watch. Contact: Margaret Mazzotta (541) 682-5761 or Carrie Carver 541-682-4179

River Road- Santa Clara Homeless Advocacy Group. Betty Grant  541-343-6695

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