Time Sensitive Discussion: Help determine Woodstock’s Comp Plan testimony

Attendees of Woodstock’s March neighborhood association meeting — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7pm at the Woodstock Community Center — will be asked to consider and discuss the message(s) we as a neighborhood want to convey in testimony submitted to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update.

The deadline for public comment on the Proposed Draft of Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan is March 13, 2015. In addition to WNA testimony, individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their own comments. For more information about the city’s comprehensive plan update process and how you can weigh in, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352

Woodstock Neighborhood is likely to change significantly in the next 20 years. Big changes are already underway, in both the residential and commercial parts of our neighborhood. Our discussion Wednesday will focus on Woodstock Boulevard, and will be informed partly by discussions begun at October’s Woodstock Visioning/Charrette, in which many neighbors participated.

The green dots on the map below (click on the image to download a large-sized PDF of the map) indicate properties adjacent to Woodstock Boulevard for which zone changes are being requested — changes from Residential use to Commercial Mixed Use. Mixed Use can mean high-density residential or commercial uses, or a mix of both.

map graphicProposed zoning changes for the green-dot-designated properties shown on this map have been discussed in WNA Land Use Committee meetings and were also displayed and reviewed at the Woodstock Charrette. (Properties with blue dots have been proposed for zone changes by the property owners, but have not had similar exposure and review by neighbors.)

A new and very recent proposal that was brought up in the February Land Use Committee meeting is to change ALL the zoning in the entire block between SE Woodstock and SE Martins, from SE 41st Avenue to SE 49th Avenue, from Residential to Mixed-Use Commercial Zoning. Such a proposal would be accompanied by a request for the strongest possible constraints that would allow neighborhood guidance and oversight in the design of future development.

Final citywide decisions on zoning and land use policies are coming on fast. Come to the March 4th WNA meeting if you want to help influence the direction of WNA testimony.

From the Community, for the Community

fanciful drawing of woman holding plant with bird on her shoulderLooking Forward to Another Great Plant Sale

SAVE THE DATE! This year’s WNA Plant Sale — an event held annually on the day before Mother’s day — takes place Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9am to 3pm at the Woodstock Community Center (5905 SE 43rd Avenue). Proceeds go to the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund, which supplements neighborhood volunteer efforts to provide routine maintenance for the Center. This is a key part of the agreement between the Woodstock Neighborhood Association and Portland Parks and Recreation that keeps the Center open and available for community use. The Maintenance Fund pays for custodial service and supplies, as well as some landscaping and other needs.

The success of the plant sale hinges on generous plant donations from the gardeners in our community. Gardeners contribute by potting divided perennials or seedling “volunteers” from previous years’ plantings. Sometimes people contribute plants they have decided to replace. In addition to many varieties of perennials, plant sale offerings usually include vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs. Ours is one of the longest running plant sales in Portland, and one of the best in terms of selection and prices. Because the plants come from neighbors, they tend to be things that do well in the Woodstock climate.

Plant contributions are received at the Woodstock Community Center the day before the sale between noon and 7pm. This year, that’s Friday, May 8th. Although May seems a long way off yet, it’s not too early to begin potting up plants. If you need empty pots, call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011.

Movies in the Park

MITP is part of Portland's "summer free for all" program
Hey neighbors! It’s time to start thinking about what we would like to screen at our annual Woodstock summer event, Movies in the Park!

If you aren’t familiar with Movies in the Park it’s a free annual event during the summer where we show a movie at Woodstock park on a giant screen — it’s a lot of fun!


Thank you for all the votes! Great suggestions everyone, including a movie we showed last year 🙂 After tallying all the votes from the website poll, Nextdoor, the Facebook page, here are the movies we will be requesting from Parks:
1. The Boxtrolls
2. The Never Ending Story
3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Thanks again to all Woodstock neighbors for weighing in. We will let everyone know, as soon as we hear back from Parks, the final word on movie and date for Woodstock’s Movie in the Park event. Many thanks to Elisa for taking the lead on organizing, and we look forward to seeing you all at the park later this summer!

Come Dream the Year with Us

Please join us for our first meeting of the new year!

The Woodstock Neighborhood Association meets this coming Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30) at the Woodstock Community Center.

We have one item of official business: to vote on bringing Chris Tarwater onto our board of directors as WNA’s new Webmaster.

We’ll then commence with an organizational orientation for anyone who wants to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how people can plug in, and then get into a preview and brainstorm of WNA-sponsored special events for the coming year.

WNA is focused on building community for ALL who reside in Woodstock, as well as those who work or own property here. With your help we will continue in our quest to make Woodstock one of the best places in the world to live!

NOTE: The WNA Board usually meets immediately after the general meeting, but this month we’re planning a longer strategy session, which has been scheduled for a week later, Wednesday, January 14, from 6:30 to 9:00, at Fenders Moto Cafe.

Join Us for Woodstock Charrette Finale on December 4th

The Woodstock Charrette is Not Over Yet!

Please save THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 4, and plan to come out one more time to All Saints Episcopal Church (corner of Woodstock Blvd. and SE 40th Ave.) for a WOODSTOCK CHARRETTE FINAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATION. Doors open at 6:30PM and the main event begins at 7:00.

There will be a few more concept drawings to look at, and once again you will have a chance to express your opinions and weigh in on important design considerations for the future of Woodstock Boulevard. This presentation will be considerably different than the one that took place on October 27th, so we encourage all neighbors to come, regardless of whether you were able to attend that night or not.

About 90 folks turned out for both the first and last meetings of the October 23-27 Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project), and almost as many dropped by during the Saturday afternoon open house. After all was said and done, the National Charrette Institute team members sat down with the neighborhood charrette committee (representatives from WNA, the Woodstock Community Business Association, WCBA Stakeholders and Reed College) and decided to “roll up our sleeves,” as Bill Lennertz put it, “and get back to work, to get it right.” The feeling was there was not enough time built into the charrette process, and enough feedback loops, to be able to develop a satisfactory final report. So all parties are putting their heads together in order to deliver a revised presentation to the community.

PLEASE NOTE: The December 4th meeting is in lieu of our usually scheduled First Wednesday WNA meeting. We will return to that schedule, and the Woodstock Community Center, on January 7, 2015.

Friday is October 31st!

Join us for the annual Woodstock Neighborhood Halloween party this Friday, October 31st!  

Sponsored by New Seasons Market and Woodstock Tax Service, we will be kicking things off at 4:30pm at the Woodstock Community Center, located at 5905 SE 43rd Ave., and the fun will last until about 8:00pm.

Enjoy live music by local musicians, Status Crow and Genie T.  TapSnap Photographer, Scott Farestrand, will be there to capture you in all your Halloween finery and send you home with a keepsake photo. There are crafts and games for the kiddos, along with popcorn, warm apple cider, and sweet snacks for everyone!  Hot dogs will be available for little trick-or-treaters, graciously provided by Otto’s.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for some great items from local businesses.  (Check back soon for a list.)

Big THANK YOU to all our sponsors for this year’s event!

  • New Seasons
  • Woodstock Tax Service
  • Scott Farestrand of TapSnap Photography
  • Sauvie Island Farms
  • The UPS Store
  • Cornhole by O’Tingley
  • El Gallo Taqueria
  • Kahut Waster Services
  • Kid’s Castle Cuts
  • Otto’s Sausage Kitchen
  • Pace Setter Athletic
  • Palm Beach Tan
  • Papaccino’s
  • Portland Fish Market
  • T and A Enterprises, LLC
  • 47th Avenue Farms
  • Lonesomeville Pottery

Feedback Loop

We’re into Day 3 already of the four-day intensive Woodstock Charrette (a.k.a. Visioning Project)…. The National Charrette Institute team, assisted by volunteers from the neighborhood, have been hard at work listening, collecting ideas, compiling data, and beginning to render some visions and solutions on paper for our consideration.

All Saints Episcopal Church has been converted into a design studio which has been open these past couple days for people to drop in and observe the process or just take a look at all the evidence of the big visioning session that took place Thursday evening.

Based on my personal observation, some of the main conversational themes that have emerged so far in the charrette process are:

  • Community—creating public gathering spaces and developing in a way that welcomes diversity.
  • Walkability—encouraging a safe and friendly environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Autos—finding solutions for slowing, traffic, decreasing congestion and solving parking problems before they develop. One challenge is to remove parking lots the face the boulevard (which now create an unattractive “gap-toothed” pattern along Woodstock) while avoiding the kinds of parking nightmares experiences in the Hawthorne and Division commercial districts. Unimproved streets figure prominently in the traffic management conversation, especially those closest to Woodstock. Public transit is another important element.
  • Zoning and Buildings—locals are open to a future that includes larger mixed-use buildings along Woodstock (roughly SE Cesar Chavez to SE 57th), i.e., retail on ground floor with apartments or office spaces above, but prefer the height of those buildings to be capped at 3 floors (as opposed to 4).

Please join us for the Open House event, today (Saturday, Oct. 25) from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This is one of the main feedback loops of the charrette, our chance to let the designers know whether they’re taking us in the right direction…. Hope to see you there!

Please also turn out and tell your neighbors about the Public Results Meeting scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 27. This is where we get to see the final results of the community design process.

Learn How to do Preparedness Outreach

Contributed by Liz Bryant

On March 21, OregonLive.com published this article about our spring series of Disaster Preparedness workshops planned for SE Portland.

Now I want to highlight the second workshop in the series, Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared, coming up this Tuesday, May 13 and next Tuesday, May 20. This will be presented by Alice Busch and myself and will be an interactive discussion about how to confront one’s own fears about bringing up disaster with the unaware, and dealing with their objections (it won’t happen here/in my lifetime/to me, won’t be that bad, the gov’t will save us, etc.).

It will also cover the practicalities of sharing preparedness info and how to do Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). If you’re not familiar with the MYN program, it’s about organizing with neighbors to help each other effectively after a disaster — since, as I’m sure you know, our neighbors will be our best source of help in a major disaster. (From the NPR story, The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors: “while official help is useful…it is the personal ties among members of a community that determine survival during a disaster, and recovery in its aftermath.”)

The workshop is free and no preregistration is required. There will also be door prize drawings. Here are the details:

Workshop #2, “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared”
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9 pm, SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 pm, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

The last workshop in the series may also be of interest. It includes information useful to renters — fire safety and nonstructural measures to protect against earthquakes — as well as seismic upgrades for homeowners.

Workshop #3, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster”
Saturday, May 31, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Liz Bryant
Woodstock Hub NET Team

Visioning our Main Street Together: Oct. 23, 24, 25 & 27


Thursday, October 23rd is the date of the first big public session of the “Woodstock Design Project,” a.k.a. Woodstock Charrette, starting at 6:30pm and going til about 9:00.

An Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, will give people a chance to check on the progress of the National Charrette Institute’s 5-person design team in translating neighborhood ideas into visuals, and give further input and feedback. The public may drop by the studio anytime from 10:00am to 4:00pm on October 24th, 25th and 27th.

We encourage everyone to turn out for the big public meeting at the conclusion of the four-day intensive, scheduled for 6:30 to 9:00pm on Monday, October 27th, where the NCI team will present the “products” (i.e., drawings, maps, reports) generated through the community vision/design process. 

Location of all charrette events is All Saints Episcopal Church, located on the north side of Woodstock Blvd. between SE 40th and SE 41st Aves.


Come together with other Woodstockians — i.e., people who live and/or work in or near Woodstock, or own property here, and have an interest in our business district — to think about, discuss, consider and express your own unique vision for Woodstock’s main street, and its place within the Woodstock neighborhood and greater Portland. We keep hearing the drumbeat: “Density, Density, Density” and city planners talk about zoning for higher density along transit corridors. Is Woodstock such a corridor? If so, how can we, as a community, plan for that growth and help shape it?

It’s really important to get as many local residents involved in the charrette conversations as possible. Please join us! And please help us spread the word about the Woodstock Charrette by telling your neighbors…

Click on the flyer below to see the schedule of all the public events and drop-in hours. Click here to download a PDF version of the flyer.

Crime Stoppers offers reward in Woodstock Neighborhood homicide

The Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to solve a homicide that occurred in the Woodstock Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Tuesday September 30, 2014, at 11:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 6100 block of Southeast 52nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 30-year-old Michael William Olson, deceased after suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Olson resided in the Woodstock Neighborhood.

Homicide investigators believe Olson was killed in the course of a robbery.

An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male.

Homicide investigators are continuing to follow leads this morning and believe there may be several people with information about the shooting. This is the 19th homicide in Portland in 2014.

Witnesses may contact the investigators directly or, to remain anonymous, they may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Det. Rico Beniga
(503) 823-0457

Det. Mark Slater
(503) 823-9319