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Please be sure to join us Wednesday, July 21, for the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association membership meeting. Don’t miss what promises to be a lively and informative discussion of Upper Market Planning, GLBT History Museum and Bike Lane changes on Market.

Castro/Eureka Valley
Neighborhood Association
Membership Meeting Agenda
WEDNESDAY, July 21, 7:00 TO 8:30 PM

1. Welcome and introductions
2. Approval of minutes
3. Motion to approve Mission Statement revision
4. Upper Market Planning issues
GLBT History Museum – Presentation by Executive Director, Paul Boneberg
Bike Lanes - SFMTA staff will be present on planned changes on Market and 17th streets
5. Officer reports
6. Committee reports
7. New business
8. Announcements

Motion to approve revised Mission Statement:

Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association (EVNA), formed in 1881 as the Eureka Valley Promotion Association (EVPA), provides a public forum for the people who live, work, and play in the greater Eureka Valley area to discuss common issues and concerns and help develop solutions to improve the neighborhood.

Goals of EVNA:
1. Protect and enhance the character of the neighborhood, its historic resources and significant topographic features and open space
2. Ensure that growth, development, and public access are compatible with and meet the needs of residents and the business community
3. Protect and improve public health and safety
4. Encourage friendly association among neighbors and businesses
5. Provide an educational forum and community outreach to community partners

Minutes from our May 19, 2010 are below.

See you Wednesday, July 21 at 7PM!


alan beach-nelson | president | Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
The neighborhood association for the Castro, Upper Market and all of Eureka Valley since 1881
visit us at | | 415.244.5152

Minutes from the General Meeting
May 19, 2010, 7:05 p.m.

1) Welcome and Introductions

2) Approval of Minutes
Motion Carried

2) Upper Market Planning
Alan presented an historical overview of the Upper Market Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD).

In brief: The Upper Market NCD has historically extended up to and included the corners of Castro Street. When the Octavia/Market Plan (OMP) was discussed and vetted the plan was to include Market Street from Octavia through to Castro Street. OMP was to establish guidelines and conditions of use to create consistency along the Market Street corridor. EVNA and other neighborhood groups and organizations supported this plan. Projects being planned for the OMP are required to provide funding for neighborhood improvement. This last is a key element of the support from neighborhood organizations.

However, in the end, the OMP only extended to an arbitrary line at approximately Noe Street. The block between Noe Street and Castro Street was left effectively orphaned form the OMP.

The concerns that EVNA has is that projects being planned along the orphaned corridor will not be required to meet the agreed upon OMP building requirements. And so will not be required to provide funding for neighborhood improvements.

Discussion then focused on the project being planned at the corner of Noe & 16th Streets, 2299 Market. This property falls outside of the OMP corridor. Ed Duffy representing the projects sponsors was attending the meeting to field questions.

EVNA’s main concern is that if the 2299 Market project goes through as planned then it sets precedent for other projects being planned along the orphaned corridor between Noe and Castro.

Mr. Duffy and his group bought the 2299 property before the completion of the OMP and were not allowed to get permitting until after the OMP was finalized. He contends they bought the property knowing it was outside the OMP.

Points of discussion:
• Demian – the block was orphaned based on MUNI station locations
• Judy –the 2299 project is not being built in isolation. It will affect all other projects along the orphaned corridor
• Alan – EVNA does not want to be adversarial and would rather work with the project sponsors
• Peter – provided policy background and pointed out that the issue is consistency along the traditional Upper Market corridor
• Several people focused on the issue of parking allotments and height requirements
• Rob – the crux is the big picture: what happens at 2299 sets the precedent for the rest of the corridor
• Alan - after all the meetings and money spent for the OMP and Upper Market Planning why was the plan to include Noe-to-Market never codified. EVNA should press Planning and Bevan to codify the plan.

3) Officer Reports
Demian gave a brief balance sheet Treasures report.

4) Committee reports
Newsletter – distribution was late because the printing was late. Rob & Demian will look into other print vendors.
The hand delivered distribution appears to be bringing people into the meetings

Community Awareness Committee – met and is trying to schedule a meeting with CAD. Also working to get a meeting with SFPD regarding officer patrols in the neighborhood. Working on developing a clearing house for community events and activities.

Planning – Judy gave an overview of the Ord Street project

5) New Business
Demian spoke about the proposed LGBT Museum that is looking to find space in the heart of the Castro.

Meeting adjourned 8:29

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