WNA Meets Wednesday, March 6

Please join us for the next Woodstock Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The general meeting usually goes until about 8:30.

The WNA Board meets immediately following the general meeting, after a brief break; the Sustainability Committee meets before the general meeting, at 6:00 PM.

LOCATION: Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue

The agenda for the general meeting is available as a downloadable PDF. Here are some highlights:

  • Neighborhood Reports: Police/crime prevention, Woodstock Library, Reed College
  • Guest Presentation: Craig Vanderbout, Director of the Mt. Scott and Woodstock Community Centers (Portland Parks & Recreation), will speak about renewal of the partnership agreement that began 10 years ago between PP&R and WNA, overseen by Friends of the Woodstock Community Center (FWCC), a committee of the WNA
  • WNA Committee Reports: Land Use Committee – Michael Cerbone will present preliminary feedback on the city’s Comp Plan Draft
  • Other Business: A special vote on adding Ann Crowder to the WNA Board as Area 2 Representative*

*Area Representative is a board position created to ensure equal representation for each part of the Woodstock neighborhood. The neighborhood is divided into five geographic sections and Area Representatives are designated to represent the views and interests of their respective areas on neighborhood association issues and to attend and vote at board meetings. Area reps often help with general WNA projects of their choosing and may also take the lead on community-building activities specific to their area, such as a summer block party, or local organizing around crime prevention or emergency preparedness.

WANTED: Area Representative for Area 1, the section bordered by Holgate and Steele (north and south) and 52nd & Cesar Chavez (east and west).

Dig and Delve, Divide and Conquer

Donations Sought for Annual Plant Sale 
(to Support the Woodstock Community Center)

The 20-year tradition of Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s pre–Mothers Day Plant Sale continues this year, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Initially the Plant Sale underwrote a variety of neighborhood projects, but, in recent years, all of the proceeds have been needed to support the Partnership Agreement between Portland Parks and Recreation and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA).* The Agreement enables the Woodstock Community Center (WCC) to remain open and active by turning over the responsibility for routine maintenance of the Center to the WNA. Funds from the Plant Sale help to pay for custodial services and supplies, chemicals for the boiler, and for minor expenses associated with the grounds.

*At the March WNA Meeting, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the WCC, Craig Vanderbout, Director of the Mt. Scott and Woodstock Community Centers, will talk about the partnership that began ten years ago between Portland Parks & Recreation and the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (overseen by our Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, a committee of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association). Both parties intend to renew the partnership agreement for another five years. Craig used the center as a youth when he lived in the neighborhood and has an interesting perspective on this valuable partnership and its meaning for the community. 

Most of the plants in the sale are donated by generous gardeners from our community. Gardeners may pot up divided perennials or seedlings that have volunteered from plantings of previous years. Sometimes, as gardens are being redesigned, people contribute plants they have decided to replace. Plants available usually include many varieties of perennials, vegetable starts, herbs, native plants, ground covers, grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs.

Potted contributions for the sale can be dropped off at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd, on Friday, May 10th, between noon and 7:00 PM. Anyone who needs empty pots or an earlier drop-off time should call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or email treeterry (at) yahoo (dot) com.

This year a small group of volunteers is working on creating hyper-tufa planters for the sale. We are in need of Sedums and other appropriate plants to fill those pots as soon as we can get them. If you have Sedums that have spread enough to share, please contact Terry (above) and she will send a small posse out to collect them.

Land Use Committee Meets Wednesday

AGENDA = Housing Chapter of Portland Comprehensive Plan

LAST-MINUTE REMINDER:
WNA Land Use Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00pm
Woodstock Community Center (Upstairs!)

The focus of this LUC meeting is Chapter 2, the Housing chapter of the Working Draft of the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan. The “Comp Plan” has been a work in progress for some time, however there is now a real push to get it finished relatively quickly. A couple links to more information:

Michael Cerbone will lead us in an exercise and discussion to identify housing-related concerns in our neighborhood, to find out whether there are housing-related issues about which there is neighborhood consensus, and to ask ourselves whether there are concerns we have that are not addressed in the policy language of the Working Draft.

For anyone who wants to delve deeper, Chapter 5 of the working draft also addresses policies related to housing.

It’s worth mentioning, Policy 5.13d in the “Inner Neighborhoods” Section of the Working Draft states, “Consider repurposing street segments that are not critical for motor vehicle connectivity for other community purposes, such as open space and active transportation connections.” (Translation of “active transportation”: bicycling and walking.) Score one for the PSU Team and the Woodstock Neighborhood for the “Roadway not Improved” effort!

—Announcement submitted by WNA Land Use Chair, Terry Griffiths

Prosperous, Educated, Healthy, Equitable, Resilient

These are the visionary descriptors for the future Portland is reaching for in the Comprehensive Plan now being drafted. The current long-range plan (the last one was published 30 years ago) is seen as an effective tool for guiding and shaping how Portland grows and develops over the next 20+ years. Portland is projected to grow by nearly 280,000 people in that time, all to be absorbed within the city’s current boundaries. Forecasters predict the addition of 150,000 jobs within the same period. City planners are floating several alternative growth scenarios to try to manage this projected growth.
It is vitally important for Portlanders to engage in the city’s planning process to help determine the shape of our collective future. Neighborhood livability issues come into play, for example, in the consideration of zoning changes in local business districts as well as changes to city residential building codes related to infill. This draft plan process is a window of opportunity for us to influence city policies by sharing our own visions for the future.
Working Draft Now Available
Working Draft Part 1 of the Comprehensive Plan was released to the public on January 16, 2013 and is now available on the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability website. This is the “60% draft” which means there are still a lot of details to be filled in—an optimum time for public comment. The current comment period stretches from now until May.
Since wading through a 285-page document is a daunting task to say the least, BPS has released a friendly Companion Guide for the Comp Plan Draft. This 12-page “cheat sheet” lays out the main ideas and is designed to help citizens navigate to the sections of the draft most pertinent to their interests.
How to Engage in the Draft Process
Study the draft and submit comments to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Individual comments are the most helpful to city planners and much preferred to group petitions. Visit the Comp Plan’s Get Involved web page to learn how to get started. Comment online by May 1, 2013. (Comments may also be sent to the bureau via email or snail mail.)
Attend a WNA Land Use Committee study session. Neighbors who attended January’s meeting, at which Portland BPS liaison Matt Wickstrom presented, agreed to study Comp Plan sections pertaining to housing and urban infill design (Urban Design Framework and Chapter 5: Design and Development). Woodstock Neighborhood Land Use Committee next meets on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Woodstock Community Center.
Attend a community workshop. In February and March, City staff and partners will be sharing information and soliciting input on the Working Draft Part 1 through a series of community workshops. The Southeast workshop is slated for Thursday, February 28, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward Street.(Find additional dates for workshops being held in other parts of the city on the BPS News and Updates page.)
Attend a Policy Expert Group meeting. In May 2012, BPS formed eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) to help develop, review and provide comments to City staff on proposed policy recommendations for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update. The PEGs consist of 15 to 25 members with specific skills and expertise relating to each PEG topic, with a representation of both community and government perspectives. These groups have been meeting monthly to review Comprehensive Plan proposals since June 2012 and will continue to do so until June 2013. All meetings are open to the public. The two PEGs most concerned with issues impacting neighborhoods such as ours are the Neighborhood Centers Policy Expert Group and the Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group.

Severe Weather Notice

The National Weather Service forecast for the evening of Tuesday, January 22, 2013, shows gusting winds with wind chill in the mid-twenties to the low-twenties between 11 PM tonight and 11 AM tomorrow. The forecast also calls for possible freezing rain after midnight and into the early morning.

Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info, reached by dialing 2-1-1. During this Severe Weather event, 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources to Multnomah County callers between 8:00am and midnight, Tuesday.
 
In addition to existing year-round and winter shelter facilities, the following warming center facilities are available:

Family Winter Shelter
12505 NE Halsey Street, Portland Oregon (on Halsey near 126th  Avenue)
This is a walk-in facility. It is not necessary to call beforehand. No one will be turned away.
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:00pm – 7:00am
Serves: Families with children under 18 and women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy

Women’s Winter Shelter
Check availability at Transition Projects/Bud Clark Commons, 650 NW Irving,
Walk in Mon-Fri 7:00am to 7:00pm, Sat/Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm
or call 503-280-4700
Dates: Seven nights a week throughout winter season
Hours: 7:30pm – 7:00am
Serves: Single women

Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center
Red Cross Severe Weather Emergency Warming Center at the Imago Dei Church
1302 Ankeny Street, (near 13th Avenue in Inner SE)
This is a walk-in facility. Pets allowed, some space for carts, accessible location
Dates: Evening of Tuesday, January 22nd
Hours: 9:00pm – 7:00am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths; Pets allowed; some space for carts; accessible location on main floor

Union Gospel Mission
15 NW 3rd Avenue, 503-228-0319
This is a walk-in facility.
Dates: Evening of Tuesday, January 22nd
Hours: 9:00pm – 6:00am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths

St. Henry Catholic Church
346 NW First St., Gresham 97030, 503-888-4453
This is a walk-in facility. It is not necessary to call beforehand.
Dates: Evening of Tuesday, January 22nd
Hours: 8:00pm – 8:00am
Serves: Families, single adults, and youths
 
Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)

11 NW 5th Avenue, 503-227-0810
Offers additional emergency mats, first-come, first-served, must arrive by 10pm.
Dates: Evening of Tuesday, January 22nd
Hours: 6:00pm – 8:00am
Serves: Single self-identified women

The following expanded day center service will be available during the Severe Weather Notice:
JOIN
1435 NE 81st Avenue, 503-232-2031
Morning warming services
Dates: Wednesday, January 23rd
Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Serves: Families and single adults

Please call 211info with questions regarding other shelter and transportation resources.

Winter service coordination, provided by 211info, is made possible by a grant from the Portland Housing Bureau. In partnership with other City departments, Multnomah County and community partners, the Portland Housing Bureau coordinates winter and severe weather shelter and day services for homeless individuals in our community.

211info Multnomah County winter hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday and 2:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday. People should call 211info to be directed to shelter

Information furnished by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Submitted by Katherine Anderson, Southeast Crime Prevention Coordinator
503-823-3432 ~ Katherine.Anderson@portlandoregon.gov  
 

January 2013 Meeting Report

The minutes from WNA’s first meeting of the year, held Wed., Jan. 2nd, have been uploaded to Google docs. To read the minutes, click here
 
A few highlights: 
  • Neighbor Robert Moseley brought news that Anna Hirsch, long-time neighborhood resident, is in a care home at 5017 SE 45th Avenue run by Cornelia Gadalein (503-358-6888). Anna is in late stage of dementia and has perhaps six months to live. Robert said Anna would welcome visits from friends. Cards can be sent to the above address.
  • Officer Gill reported that Woodstock crime stats are low compared to many neighborhoods, but stressed the importance of reporting all incidents so police can keep on top of crime patterns in the neighborhood. Katherine Anderson passed out an updated resource list for all kinds of police/crime contacts. She urged people to take photos of any graffiti (tagging as well as gang related) and upload the pics to the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s online graffiti reporting form. You can also call (503) 823-4TAG  (823-4824).
  • Library administrator Carol Uhte distributed copies and urged everyone to complete the Multnomah County Library hours and services survey. She also gave out Everybody Reads pamphlets listing all the discussions/events for the 2013 community reading project featuring Native American award-winning poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexie. The Woodstock Library will host a discussion of Alexie’s short-story collection Ten Little Indians on Wed., Feb. 20, 6:30–7:45 pm. Books can be picked up at any library branch. For additional library info and events see: multcolib.org.
  • WNA Land Use Committee (LUC) Chair Terry Griffiths reported on the proposal submitted by Beaverton developer Everett Homes NW for the “gateway block” bordered by Woodstock Blvd. and Martins St., 39th (Cesar Chavez) and 40th Aves. Comments to the Bureau of Development Services from LUC were due by 5pm today. Based on two meetings held in December to discuss the proposed plan to build 5 new homes on the block and renovate the 3 existing homes, Terry wrote an overall positive letter that mentioned concerns including high numbers of trees slated for removal, and suggesting that the new homes not be built out to maximum lot coverage, leaving more space for gardens and access to light. Terry will send a copy of the letter to Everett Homes. The next Land Use Committee meeting is Thurs, Jan. 17, 7:00 pm at the Woodstock Community Center.  
  • Deadline for submissions to the neighborhood email newsletter, the Woodstock What’s Up is Tues., Jan. 15, 2013.
 

Dec 13th Land Use Committee Agenda

WNA Land Use Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7PM
Basement of the Woodstock Community Center
All Woodstock residents welcome!

DRAFT AGENDA:

  • 7:00–7:20 — Marc Gaudin of The Joinery will present a master plan for extending the whole of The Joinery building out to SE Woodstock Blvd. This will necessitate applying for a zoning change from residential to commercial for one of the houses behind The Joinery on SE 49th (across from the library parking lot), in order to replace some of the parking in front of the current Joinery building.
    Marc will also discuss his pending acquisition of the former Lents Education Building (on Woodstock  Blvd across from the library) and plans for it to be transformed into a Healthy Foods Convenience Store—the first of a series of such stores being planned by Lisa Sedler, former CEO of New Seasons.
  • 7:20–7:50 — Neil Fernando, an engineer with Emerio Design, will provide information and answer questions about the proposed new subdivision on the block between SE Cesar Chavez and SE 40th Ave, SE Woodstock Blvd and SE Martinswill. Three of the historic homes on the property will remain, and one will be torn down. The plan also preserves two large copper beech trees, however there are a number of trees slated for removal. The builder/developer for the subdivision will Everett Homes, and they were unable to send a representative to this meeting, however Fernando will bring photographs showing the type of work done by Everett Homes, and you can also visit their website for examples (everetthomesnw.com). We have posted a copy of the PDF application notice for this proposed subdivision on the Sustainable Woodstock website: download by clicking here.
  • 7:50–close — Brief summary of status and next steps in the Comprehensive Plan Process, as relayed through Matt Wickstrom, plus a quick report on a meeting on possible residential/commercial  rezoning with Matt Wickstrom and Tyler Bump, Angie Even and Gene Dieringer.

WNA Meets Wednesday, December 5th

Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s monthly general meeting is this coming Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:00 pm, at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 SE 43rd Avenue. WNA’s Sustainability Committee meets at the same location at 6:00pm. Both meetings are open to the public.

Remember, if you live in Woodstock neighborhood, you are automatically a member of WNA, and we welcome your input and involvement.

Wednesday’s WNA meeting agenda includes the following reports:

  • Police/crime prevention
  • Woodstock Library
  • Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
  • Reed College
  • Newsletter
  • Woodstock Community Business Association
  • Mural Committee
  • Media Committee
  • Sustainability Committee

We will at least begin two important discussions—how to influence commercial development in our neighborhood and how to raise more funds for WNA activities. If you have ideas about these topics but can’t attend Wednesday’s meeting, please send us an email at info [at] woodstockpdx.org.

In addition, attendees will receive updates on the December 8th Friends of Trees neighborhood plantings (click here for tree planting calendar & info), and on the No Coal Exports efforts.