Code Change Forum

Join our neighbors at Brentwood-Darlington’s upcoming forum concerning proposed changes to City Code 3.96.


Estás invitado a un foro de participación comunitaria sobre el cambio de código 3.96 organizado por la Asociación de Vecinos de Brentwood-Darlington (BDNA).

Questions can be submitted ahead of time via this convenient online form. Refreshments provided by BDNA. Everyone is welcome!

Las preguntas se pueden enviar con anticipación (hasta el 20 de septiembre) a través de nuestro conveniente formulario en línea a continuación. Refrescos proporcionados por BDNA. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

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Woodstock Neighborhood Association Statement Concerning Proposed Changes to City Code 3.96

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.

Woodstock Plant Sale: A Record Breaking Success!

Volunteers (in green vests) were ready to greet the many shoppers who showed up first thing in the morning on May 11. Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of this year’s plant sale! [PHOTO: Tony Freixas]

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.

Join the WNA Board

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.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can contact us at 

Hope to see you at our June 5th Meeting!

May 15th LUC Meeting: PDX Mainstreets Design Initiative

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

Don’t Miss the May 11th Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale!

2019 plant sale posterJoin 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!

plants for sale

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!

Volunteer for the Woodstock Neighborhood Plant Sale

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.

Sign up online or in person at the WCC

  • Select one or more shifts using our online signup page.
  • Visit the Woodstock Community Center at 5905 E 43rd Ave and add your name to the signup sheet. The center is open most weekday mornings.
  • Sign up at the Wed., May 1st Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting (7:00 PM at the Woodstock Community Center).

Hypertufa Work Party Kicks off 2019 Plant Sale Preparations

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.



FAQs re: Woodstock Blvd development proposal

picture a 45-foot-high building here….

SE Woodstock Blvd to Martins St, between 48th and 49th Aves

[click to download a PDF of this overview]

  • What is being proposed on the “Joinery block”?

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:

  • 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 project team.

  • 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).

We do 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 Association Meetings

  • 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