Community Event/Street Closure Notice

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DoveLewis Community Event/Street Closure Notice, 6/10/2012

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Planning Committee Work Plan – 3/29/12

The Planning Committee approved an updated workplan on March 29, 2012. It will be submitted to the NWDA Board for approval at the April 16 Board meeting.

Planning Committee Work plan

Planning Committee Minutes – 3/29/12

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Members Attending: John Bradley (chair), Roger Vrilakas, Ron Walters, Bill Welch, Don Genasci,
Guests Attending: Joan Frederiksen BPS; Allan Classen (NW Examiner)

Call to order: 8:02 am

Motion 1: Support letter to Turtle Island Development for an affordable housing project in the Con-way masterplan.
Don Genasci moves. Roger Vrilakis seconds.
Votes for: Genasci, Vrilakas, Welch
Votes against: None
Motion passes.
Turtle Island Letter

Motion 2: Support NWDA Planning Committee Work Plan for approval by Board
Genasci moves. Walters seconds.
Votes for: Genasci, Vrilakas, Welch, Walters
Votes against: None
Motion passes.
Planning Committee Work plan

Meeting notes:

Bradley–has written a letter in support for Turtle Island Low Income Housing. This is needed today to go to testify tomorrow (reads letter.) Re 20th & Savier Con-way Master Plan siting.

Genasci moves, Vrilakas seconds approval of the letter.

Walters–suggests we clarify that we aren’t supporting the concept, not the details of the project

Bradley–as it will go through Type III later, we don’t need to do this now.

Genasci–the S. Waterfront 6 and 7 story development is awful; we need to sharpen the standards here.

All in favor. Walters abstains. Motion passes.

Bradley–Steve Pinger won’t be here today, he has submitted a reworking of the committee plan.

C. 2. committee strikes this section.

Moves section C to become section A.

Genasci moves, Walters seconds adoption of the plan with these changes.

All in favor. Motion passes.

Frederiksen–Comp Plan update. (Passes out policy framework document, the connection to the Portland Plan; policy expert group list; timeline.)

Bradley–the PEG’s (8 in total) are committees we may want to be on. We just approved this as part of our committee workplan.

Frederiksen–there is an application approval process online now, going on through April 16th or thereabouts. The website is on the handouts.

Looking for folks with experience with current work or past work. We know other people are interested but would like people who have thought about the issues. This includes community members who have been involved, not necessarily professionals.

Groups are planned to be around twelve people, half city staff from bureaus and half from the community–business, neighborhood, non-profits.
The idea is there is a year-long commitment with monthly meetings at the beginning or end of daily working hours. I think that as the groups form there will be a discussion about how often to meet, need to form subcommittees etc.

NWDA is in the ‘inner’ group.

Walters— NWDA is lumped together with “inner” neighborhoods in a donut shape around City Center. Does this make sense?

Welch–I think it makes sense, old houses…

Vrilakas–I think it makes sense, too. We share a number of the issues.

Frederiksen–we’ll be looking at the five neighborhood constructs–e.g. neighborhood centers–and we’ll look to see if there are distinctions and if policy differences are needed.

A residential compatibility topic will not be of interest to some groups but will be to others. It will also depend on who is applying for the groups, and their geography.

This is about the way we look at policy and code.

Vrilakas–unless this is equitably distributed, there will be undue influence. If you’ve designated five areas they should be represented.

Frederiksen–this isn’t the only form of input, staff will look to see if there’s an imbalance in the recommendations.

Bradley–Would it help if we specifically nominated people for these committees.

Frederiksen–that’s internal to you; decide who you’d like to represent you in various areas, and throw your names in the hat.

Walters–how do we assure proper NWDA representation on the PEG’s?

Frederiksen–The idea now is that they will be advisory to staff, and will help shape policy.

There will also be input from the public.

This differs from the Central City 2035 plan, which has been going on for a while and has its quadrant framework. That concept plan will be roughly together this summer and fall, and as the Comp Plan moves along these will be reconciled.

It’s still an open question about whether NW is in the CC 2035 quadrant based on the original draft, or dropped, as in SW. We’ll know more once the budget numbers are available. We’ll know in a month or two. What I’m seeing in South Portland in they won’t do the secondary study area, and the framework for NW is similar.

Genasci–it the planning bureau understands what’s going on at Con-way it will be a densely urban area, and not a main street.

Walters–the whole structure, we’re surrounded by other very different “Portlands”: industrial immediately north; central city to south and east, west neighborhoods to the west; map looks a little like the URA map.

Bradley–there’s a whole set of policies for Central City and these are not applicable to our entire neighborhood. We had the old Central City guidelines march up Burnside, with some good and some bad outcomes. We could get rolled up in the central city and get mugged.

Walters–perhaps we should advocate to not be in it, but does that mean we don’t get investment or attention.

Bradley–it’s illogical that the plans are all tied together, and the city is divided up a certain way, and you go down a tier, and then it’s divided up another way.

Frederiksen–the four quadrants are in the CC bubble, the others for the Comp Plan are beyond that, but you are somewhat in both the inner and the outer…

Vrilakas–if the Comp Plan area was extended a few blocks in various directions it would make these more congruent.

Walters–our neighborhood is diverse, heavy industrial at one end and Burnside, Bars and the Timbers at the other, and West Hills single family in the West to Pearl-like development to the East.

Welch–similar development is happening in Mississippi, Belmont, Division street areas. They will effectively have to deal with the same issues we deal with, and though they are a bit later in starting they will.

Frederiksen–the designations are in part to get us out of the one-size-fits-all mindset, to respond to development pressures.

There are other issues that have been worked on in other agencies, such as housing, that will be integrated into the draft.

Bradley–who will be picking the working groups?

Frederiksen–I don’t know, probably s/o from ONI, from the District Coalition group, other agencies.
Has been a web-based outreach, network to those involved in the Portland Plan.

Bradley–asks Genasci to be on the Residential committee.

Frederiksen–PIAC is the Community Involvement Committee for the Comp Plan. It’s mission will expand in this role.

Bradley–Jeanne or Phil might be on the transportation group.

Frederiksen–we have applications from 30 people, will need 36 or more.

Genasci–what about the Neighborhood Centers committee?


Walters–will consider it.

Bradley–we’ll preselect our official reps as Genasci, Jeanne Harrison or Phil Selinger, and Walters.

Frederiksen–there’s bound to be evolution, we’re looking at September or October for a draft, so only three or four PEG meetings by then. We’ll do outreach in the fall/winter, then a new draft. Expects slippage and morphing.

Will confirm the April 16 deadline.

Welch–thanks Frederiksen for the level of detail on the project.

Frederiksen–obviously it’s policy, we won’t get to everything re implementation until this is done. We have been hashing out the visioned areas for years now, and this needs to fine tune the details. We have six or seven months of the same administration and I hope this can get moving forward.

Welch–how will we ask that this not get redone yet again? Ask the candidates?

Frederiksen–This is policy, I think the bigger conversations based on the political situation will occur in the implementation discussions a year from now.

Bradley–this document contains a lot of social engineering. In a capitalist system how do you implement this kind of work? This is the question to ask.

Vrilakas–given that Portland is legendary for this kind of brainstorming, how are plans listed against reality, evaluated?

Adjourned 8:57

2011 W. Burnside Crime Map

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Walk to Work Day – April 6

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Walk to Work Day – Let’s Walk to Work Together on April 6 Beginning at Lower MacLeay Park

 Make local history with us! Help us celebrate national Walk to Work Day on April 6th, 2012, the event’s inaugural year in Portland.

The WPC, BTA, and other partners are organizing an event with four starting points in various parts of the city. We will start with some small deliciousness at each meet-up and then walk downtown, converging at City Hall for coffee and light breakfast before your work- or play day.

Following are the meet-up areas:

  • Lower MacLeay Park
    • Meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
  • 34th & SE Belmont
    • Meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
  • 26th & SE Clinton
    • Meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
  • Leftbank Building (240 N. Broadway)
    • Meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
This event coincides with Public Health Week, a time to unite around a critical public health issue and focus our collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.
National Walk to Work Day is held the first Friday of April in the USA, beginning in 2004. For more information about the annual national event, visit:



Neighborhood Association: NORTHWEST DISTRICT


1422 NW 23RD AVE

Type of License: New Outlet – Full on Premises

Coalition: NWNW

Business Association: NOB HILL

Comments Due: 4/19/2012

1422 NW 23rd Ave.pdf

Invitation to Training: PREP – Engaging the Community in Preparedness

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Invitation to Training: PREP – Engaging the Community in Preparedness

When:  Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:30-4:30

Where: University of Portland

Cost:    Free

Dear colleague,

PREP – Personal Resilience and Emergency Preparedness – is a new community preparedness program and website to be launched during April.  We are offering an opportunity to learn about PREP as well as about Seattle’s online SNAP program – Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare – on which, along with Map Your Neighborhood, PREP is modeled.

PREP is a collaborative effort involving the PREP Steering Committee (a community group), Multnomah County, and the City of Portland.  PREP is intended as a regional resource, and we look forward to involving additional public and private partners.

PREP and SNAP have three do-it-yourself modules: household preparedness, block organization, and staying current with practice drills.  The emphasis is on preparing with neighbors, though individuals can certainly use the resource to prepare their households. The PREP group has substituted Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) for the middle part of SNAP, partly because MYN has become such a regional standard.  PREP also includes a calendar for local preparedness trainings and other events, as well as information on longer-term resilience that can support the recovery phase of a disaster.

As PREP expands to additional geographic areas, there will be a way to access resource, event and other information pertinent to those areas.  And the plan is to have printed materials available before long, for people without computers or the resource to print multiple copies of handouts for neighbors.  Further down the road, PREP will include preparedness resource in other languages.

The April 13 training will feature, in addition to a demonstration of PREP, JoAnn Jordan of Seattle Emergency Management.  JoAnn, who developed SNAP and has overseen the program since its beginning in 2005, will describe various approaches they have used to promote and implement SNAP.  Following her presentation, your input will be solicited as to how PREP can be most effectively utilized in the Portland region beyond the current pilot in the SE Uplift neighborhoods.

Though PREP is still under development, you are invited to view it at, and your feedback is most welcome.  Comments about the content should go to Stan Hoffman ( and technical questions to Jeremy O’Leary (

For an agenda and to register, please visit by Wednesday, April 4.  If you have questions, please call Steven Bullock at 503-988-4233.  We hope to see you there.

PREP Steering Committee

(Liz Bryant, Carol Carmick, Stan Hoffman, Jeremy O’Leary, Wes Risher, Ralph Schmoldt, Betsy Shand and Murphy Terrell)

Justin E. Ross
Public Information Officer
Portland Community College Emergency Management Association /
360 609-2839

Safety and Livability Minutes 03-12-12

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2012 Street Tree Inventory Volunteer Opportunities

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2012 Street Tree Inventory Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry! We need many volunteers to help with neighborhood street tree inventories during summer 2012. Three neighborhoods will be completing tree inventories during Saturday work days from 8:30 am to noon (locations to be announced). The dates are:

7/28/2012 • 8/25/2012 • 9/8/2012  • 9/22/2012

Please register for each inventory day via our website at

Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

1. Help collect data during an inventory work day

Volunteers are needed to help collect data on Saturdays from June through September. Work days occur from 8:30 am to noon. No experience is necessary, as novice volunteers will be paired with a team leader to identify trees and explain the inventory protocol. Duties include measuring trees, recording data on trees and the site, and mapping trees. Advanced registration via the website is requested.

 2. Be an inventory Team Leader

 Team Leaders are needed to lead inventory collection routes during work days. This position requires some knowledge of tree identification, attendance at a training session on June 23, and commitment to participate in at least three inventory work days. Team Leader training is offered on Saturday, June 23th (location TBA) from either 8:30 am to noon or 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Becoming a Team Leader is an excellent opportunity to improve your tree identification skills and learn more about assessing tree health and site conditions.

3. If you are an arborist, be an Arborist-on-Call for an inventory session

If you are a professional arborist with excellent tree identification skills, volunteer to be an Arborist-on-Call during an inventory work day. Arborists-on-Call check in with inventory teams to problem solve and answer questions about tree identification, condition assessment, high voltage wire recognition, and other questions that may arise. Volunteers will need a cell phone and bike or car. Advance registration is required and a training guide is provided.

 4. Join your neighborhood’s inventory organizing Tree Team

Tree Teams in each neighborhood are responsible for securing locations, advertising, and recruiting volunteers. After inventories are complete, they will also work with their communities to create neighborhood tree plans to improve the neighborhood’s trees. If you live in one of the neighborhoods and are looking for a long term commitment to improve your neighborhood’s urban forest, joining the Tree Team may be for you. Contact Mary Ann Pastene at

Thank you for your interest in helping with Street Tree Inventories. For more information, registration, and other questions contact:

Angie DiSalvo,
Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry
10910 N Denver Ave.

(503) 823-4484


Board Meeting Minutes 02-27-12

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