WNA Adopts PDX Main Streets’ Design Guidelines

Following the October Woodstock Neighborhood Association general meeting, where Heather Flint-Chatto gave a presentation on the PDX Main Streets Design Initiative, the WNA board voted to adopt PDX Main Streets’ voluntary design guidelines for application to Woodstock’s core commercial Main Streets. The PDX Main Streets Design Initiative is a not-for-profit coalition of community and business leaders, architects, designers, planners, artists and community advocates. Its mission is to raise design literacy and empower community members to manage growth and change. This program is especially suited for Portland neighborhoods that were originally oriented around a street-car or trolley line, with central main streets that remain a source of pride and vitality to this day. The design guidelines are crafted to help new development fit better within our most historic areas while leaving room for creativity and innovation.

Woodstock Neighborhood Association looks forward to working further with PDX Main Streets on recommendations to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Bureau of Development Services (BDS) about the upcoming Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) package of proposals to update and improve both the process and the tools used in design review. The first public hearing on the amendments proposed as part of the DOZA Proposed Draft will be held on October 22nd at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd floor, from 5 to 8 pm. The public is invited to attend and to provide testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and Design Commission. Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee plans to lead a discussion of DOZA at its next meeting on Oct 16th, from 7-8:30 PM at Woodstock Community Center.

PDX Main Streets’ design guidelines have previously been adopted by Sellwood-Westmoreland Improvement League, Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association, and Brooklyn, Richmond, Creston-Kenilworth, and Hosford-Abernethy neighborhoods.