Time is running out on opportunities to have your say in how our city and our neighborhood take shape over the next few years. For best results, get informed and register complaints now (not later) in these three venues: Read More»
As seen this past month on Facebook, things are happening in Woodstock: New places to eat and drink will open soon or soonish, and several marijuana-related businesses appear to be in the works. For details, click the yellow icons on this handy map — or just read the paragraphs below it.
Land Use Committee meeting
Weds., July 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.
Things are changing quickly in and near the Woodstock neighborhood, so the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee (LUC) is following suit. Starting this month, meetings are to be more organized and efficient. Four 15-minute segments plus spillover time will help keep things moving along.
The LUC’s first task will be to build and prioritize a list of crucial topics to track, most likely including unimproved streets, infill housing, slowing down traffic on Woodstock and/or Steele, and more. Want a hand in shaping the future of the neighborhood? Come to the LUC meeting this and every month.
The Residential Infill Project* is a set of proposals to alter residential housing over a large area of Portland, including Woodstock. It’s a mixed bag of good and bad news for both developers and residents. It could lead to more houses being demolished and replaced, but may also encourage more dwellings of a smaller scale in square feet and/or price. The proposals will affect our quality of life — so it’s up to all Woodstockians to inform themselves and add insightful comments to the process before the August 15 deadline. Read More»
Over about two weeks beginning Tuesday, July 5, city crews will drill holes in streets and take soil, rock and pavement samples to help plan next year’s sewer repairs. You are forgiven for retorting that our streets already have enough holes. 😉
Within the Woodstock neighborhood boundary, locations include: Read More»
As you’ve probably heard, the U.S. Forest Service measured Portland moss samples in 2013 and found some locations with high levels of toxic elements. More details released earlier in June indicate that two locations within the Woodstock neighborhood boundary are among the top eight for nickel and cadmium — but they have not been characterized by the DEQ as within the top tier of four locations with the most discouraging results. Read More»
Passing on a few important news items discussed at the South Portland Air Quality meeting held at Pizza Roma on Saturday — all of which can also be found on the excellent South Portland Air Quality blog (clicking the graphic will take you there). Read More»
- Co-Chair, Land Use Committee
- Chair, Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
- Financial Manager, Friends of the Woodstock Community Center
- Web Administrator
- Chair, Events Committee
- Area Representative
The Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s annual board election is just around the corner, and we are looking for a few good candidates. We have rather big shoes to fill, in that Terry Griffiths and Lonnie Port are both stepping down after many dedicated years of service as chairpersons of the Land Use Committee and Friends of the Woodstock Community Center, respectively.
We welcome people with new ideas and vision to join our volunteer team. Anyone who is nominated or nominates themselves should possess a strong interest and preferably some experience that matches the board opening — but mentoring is available, so don’t be shy if you’re a little green but want to gain valuable experience. Neighborhood Associations are a great place to learn and practice leadership skills within a supportive community. There are also openings for “neighborhood rep” in different sections of the neighborhood.
For more info, contact WNA Chair Becky Luening at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a frequent user of Woodstock Park, you may be wondering why previously reported plans for a natural divider between the dog off-leash area (DOLA) and the playground have not progressed. At this writing, it appears the parks department has the project on hold due to concerns received directly from park neighbors. There is talk of an extended planning/presentation/feedback process. Watch for details here as they emerge.
Background: tensions ran high last fall when a child was injured by a dog on the playground. The parks department proposed a divider between the playground and the adjacent dog off-leash area (DOLA for short). At February’s meeting of the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Woodstock Community Center), city reps presented what they had in mind for spring. You can download and view their presentation, but keep in mind it’s a big (7MB) PDF file.
By Terry Griffiths
The City of Portland is misrepresenting what it calls “historically narrow lots” to bypass a safeguard intended to slow down home demolitions. It betrays both current zoning and a compromise made with neighborhoods in 2003, affecting about a quarter of the Woodstock neighborhood’s single-family homes. (See the map below.) To better understand the deception, come along on a quick trip through time.