The Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) is an all-volunteer community organization with free membership for anyone who lives, works, or owns property or a business in the Woodstock Neighborhood in SE Portland, Oregon. WNA’s purpose is to enhance community connections and livability in Woodstock and surrounding neighborhoods by promoting and supporting projects and activities that contribute to these goals, and to provide a means for citizen participation and communication in affairs that directly and indirectly affect the Woodstock neighborhood and the greater Portland area in which we reside. WNA meetings are held every 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7pm, at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Ave., at the corner of Knight St., just west of Bi-Mart). Please join us!
LAND USE COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
September 18th, 7 pm at Woodstock Community Center – 5905 SE 43rd Ave
Call to order and welcome – Thatch Moyle, committee co-chair
2. Discussion concerning the adjustment request and status of issues pertaining to the Joinery project (Woodstock Blvd between 48th & 49th Aves.) – Thatch
3. Discussion of the NA code change 3.96 proposals and meetings with city staff – Anna Weichsel, WNA liason to Southeast Uplift
4. Discussion of any new business if time
5. Discussion of RIP (Residential Infill Project) if time
All meetings of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and WNA Land Use Committee are open to members of the public.
The Woodstock Neighborhood Association believes that creating a strong sense of community starts at the grass roots level and is fundamental to building a strong, vibrant, and equitable Portland. We are proud to represent all our neighbors and work hard to ensure diverse backgrounds and points of view are respected and represented. The proposed changes to the City of Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life does very little to promote community building among historically underrepresented members of the community, but rather, further fractures and divides Portland at the very grass roots level it was built upon by gutting the vital community building our city’s 95 neighborhood associations have accomplished. We are all in agreement that neighborhood associations must progress and evolve with the communities they represent, however, the proposed changes lack specific structure or direction for incorporating voices from marginalized and/or minority communities. We are saddened that our City leaders have chosen to abandon and abolish our neighborhood organizations rather than supporting and working alongside with everyone in the community. The City should bring more voices to the table versus dismantling the table. All of us united are what makes our neighborhood great, and what makes us a strong and inclusive community. The Woodstock Neighborhood Association opposes the current City Code 3.96 draft language, because it abolishes rather than progresses the current neighborhood association system and reduces the City’s communication responsibility to the community.
Our thanks to everyone in the community who turned out for this year’s plant sale on Saturday, May 11th, to benefit the Woodstock Community Center. Gross sales came to $7,851, the highest sales total in our history, more than beating last year’s $5,300.
We’d like to thank our 20+ generous plant donors and the 51 volunteers who helped with setup, sorting, and pricing more than 1,400 plants, cashiering, offering plant advice, and cleanup. A special shout-out to Karen and Larry Krettler, who once again donated dozens of strawberry starts and tomato plants that they raised from seed. We couldn’t have done it without you.
This year’s sale also featured Shelly Keach’s whimsical mini sedum gardens, Jill Torberson’s garden sculptures, and beautiful hanging plants and color bowls from Tony’s Garden Center.
Many thanks as well for these generous company donations:
New Seasons for their $75 in-kind donation to the Woodstock Community Center as well as plants and trays for carrying plants
Portland Nursery for a $60 gift certificate for plants
Woodstock Ace Hardware’s garden center for sedum plants
Flying Rabbit Productions for designing this year’s gorgeous poster
Papaccino’s, Papa Murphy’s, and Safeway for coffee, pizza, donuts, and OJ for our volunteer
Ben Schoenman for updating the plant sale banner
In addition, a local plant nursery made an anonymous donation this year of many native shrubs.
Your efforts and attendance will help to maintain the community center in the year to come. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s sale.
Are you looking for a way to get involved in your neighborhood? The Woodstock Neighborhood Association is looking for board members! If you would like to join your neighborhood board, please come to our June meeting!
All positions are open for election, come and nominate yourself, nominate your neighbor (must be in attendance at the meeting). Join us, help us keep our neighborhood wonderful.
Please join us this coming Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30, for another exciting Land Use meeting at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Ave. @ Knight Street.
This month we welcome Heather Flint Chatto, founder of PDX Mainstreets Design Initiative. Heather will discuss City of Portland Design Overlay Zoning Amendments (DOZA) and steps Woodstock neighborhood can take to develop design standards that reflect our values.
Also on the agenda:
Discuss the latest developments regarding 4804 Woodstock Blvd.
Consider adjustment requests from the City of Portland (we need to discuss procedure for handling these notices)
Review organizational structure of LUC board, i.e., size and members, voting protocol, and our need for a secretary!
—Less Szigethy and Thatch Moyle, WNA LUC Co-chairs
Join us at the Woodstock Community Center on May 11 between 9 AM to 3 PM for our annual plant sale, just in time for Mother’s Day.
LOCATION: 5905 E 43rd Ave., Portland
Credit cards accepted. No early birds, please.
We’ll be selling:
Perennials, herbs, organic vegetable starts, and succulents
Native plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and trees
Miniature sedum gardens, color bowls, hanging flower baskets, and house plants
Garden sculptures by Jill Torberson
Worm bins for composting food scraps into a healthy, nutrient-rich soil
Proceeds from this sale support volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the community center, as part of an agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the center open since 2004.
Hope to see you there!
Donating Plants to the Upcoming Woodstock Plant Sale
If you have plant donations for the upcoming Woodstock Plant Sale, you can drop them off at the Woodstock Community Center at 5905 SE 43rd Ave., on Friday, May 10, between 12 Noon and 7 PM. If you need empty pots or an alternate drop-off time, call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724. Thank you!
We need your help with this year’s Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale. The sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019, the day before Mother’s Day, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave., Portland.
Proceeds from the sale help pay for routine maintenance, including custodial service and supplies, for the community center, as part of an agreement with Portland Parks that has helped keep the center open since 2004. Our volunteer “Friends of the Woodstock Community Center” coordinate all this.
We need volunteers on three different days
Thursday, May 9, from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM: Cover the community center’s North Room floor with red rosin paper, and get tables set up for sorting and organizing plants.
Friday, May 10,from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM: Help bring plants into the Woodstock Community Center, and label, price, and sort plants into categories (herbs, ground covers, white perennials, etc.). We need 12 to 24 volunteers for as much time as they can spare; some plant knowledge helps, but is not absolutely necessary.
Saturday, May 11 (day of sale) from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM: Beginning at 7:30, set up outdoor display tables, carry plants outside and arrange them on tables. From 9:00 AM to the end of the sale, help customers find and transport plants, and help with plant information. From 2:00 PM on, help put things away and clean up in and around the community center.
The 2019 WOODSTOCK NEIGHBORHOOD PLANT SALE is Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 E 43rd Ave.
It’s a tradition: A group of neighborhood friends who volunteer annually to help with the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale get together for a hypertufa party, signifying the start of the year’s plant sale preparations. What’s hypertufa? Equal parts Portland cement, perlite, and peat moss mixed with water to a moldable consistency.
Enjoying hot drinks and sharing conversation over a couple of hours, they mix and mold hypertufa into used plastic containers to make the plant pots that will hold Shelly Keach’s beautiful miniature sedum gardens, a popular Mother’s Day gift sold at the plant sale. The next step is looking for a variety of sedums to put in the pots.
With the onset of spring, now is the time for gardeners to begin potting up unwanted volunteer seedlings or extra plant divisions from their yards to donate to the plant sale. Some enterprising volunteers plant seeds for tomatoes and other veggies. If you have pots to donate, contact Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724. And see you at the sale!
Join Friends of the Woodstock Community Center for a PLANT DIVISION WORKSHOP led by gardening guru Melba Dlugonski, Saturday, April 6th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the WCC, 5905 SE 43rd Ave.
As submitted to the City of Portland, the redevelopment
proposes 178 residential units with 130 underground parking stalls. The
building elevations provided by the developer’s representative show a 4-story building,
with vehicle entrance to the underground parking via 48th Avenue.
5,000 square feet of retail is proposed on the ground floor as well. The
proposed redevelopment would require the removal of the existing Joinery
buildings, plus four residential properties within that block.
Is the project already approved? What is the status?
The applicant and representatives presented preliminary plans
at a Pre-Application conference convened by the Portland Bureau of Development
Services on March 6, 2019. The applicant submitted the building elevations and
a project rendering (a conceptual sketch of the project) to get input from City
Bureaus regarding code and development standards, required road and sidewalk
improvements, and required submittal items for their formal application. A
Pre-Application meeting is the first step of the development process. Based on
input received from the Project Architect, they are only 5% along in their
design and permit process and their project timeline could take more than 8
months before final plans are submitted to the City.
Is the project allowed at this location?
The site is zoned CM2, which allows for commercial mixed use
in a variety of commercial centers and corridors in areas served by frequent
transit. CM2 zoning allows for office, retail and residential uses. Building
heights are 45 feet maximum, which is generally 4-stories, allowing for
increase to 55 feet with bonus provisions. As submitted at the Pre-Application
meeting, this project is 45 feet high and not seeking a height bonus provision.
Development standards require that the building be “stepped-back” as it abuts
residential neighbors, requiring upper levels of the building to be set back
further from the street and residences. The proposal does show this along SE
Martins. So based on the project submitted at the Pre-Application meeting, this
project does meet City standards and requirements and would likely be approved.
Who is the developer?
The Project Architects, Leeb Architects, attended the
Pre-Application meeting. The elevations and plans submitted by Leeb indicated
that Mill Creek Residential is the Developer. Mill Creek Residential is a
national multi-family residential developer with regional offices in Bellevue,
Washington. The plans list the project as “Woodstock Modera,” which is similar
to their other “Modera” projects. There are six existing Modera projects in the
Portland metro region. Those can be found at: https://millcreekplaces.com/portfolio/
I would like to provide input for
this project. How can I do that?
We welcome your attendance at the Woodstock Neighborhood
Association’s Land Use Committee (LUC) meeting held the third Wednesday of
every month at 7 pm at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd
Ave). Our LUC helps neighbors understand city planning and zoning issues, and
provides a forum for discussion of neighborhood land use matters. However, the
best opportunity for your input will be at the April 11th developers’
presentation held at All Saints Episcopal Church (4033 SE Woodstock Blvd) at 7
pm. As required by the City, the project team must present proposed plans at a
public neighborhood meeting. At this meeting you can share your input with the
I have a busy schedule and don’t want
to miss any project updates or important opportunities to comment. Is anyone
tracking this project?
Again, the best opportunity to have your voice heard is the April 11th meeting at All Saints (see details below). We will work to provide information relating to any other opportunities for public comment, as well as any updates from the project team and from the City, and key dates for project timeline. We will continue to track any submittals to the City by the project team and any comments issued by the City or its agencies. Watch for updates on our website, social media (Facebook and Nextdoor), and at our monthly WNA and LUC meetings (as agenda allows).
appreciate your interest in the project and want to provide a forum for your
input. Again, it is our goal to coordinate communications with the project team
in order to be able to keep the Woodstock Neighborhood informed!
Upcoming Woodstock Neighborhood
Wednesday, March 20: WNA Land Use Committee Meeting, Woodstock Community Center, 7PM
Wednesday, April 3: WNA General Meeting, Woodstock Community Center, 7PM
Thursday, April 11: WNA-hosted meeting with project developer, architect, and property owner, All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., 7PM
Unless otherwise indicated,
meetings are held at the
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.
1st Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Next Meeting: October 2nd, 2019
WNA Board of Directors
1st Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30pm
Land Use Committee
3rd Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Next Meeting: September 18, 2019
Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
4th Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Next Meeting: September 25, 2019
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