Comp Plan Map App open for comments

The City of Portland has just released it's latest round of documents as they continue the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan that will direct how the city grows over the next 20 years. From their website:
"Portland has only created one Comprehensive Plan before, and that was adopted almost 35 years ago. Today’s advances in technology provide planners with so much more information and data that it takes more time to analyze and apply the findings to our work.
"There’s definitely more to consider this time around. Portland is a third again as big as it was then, mostly due to annexation. And our increasingly diverse population has grown by 200,000 people.
"The issues the plan is addressing are also broader and more complex. In 1980, the key goals of the Comprehensive Plan were to develop vibrant neighborhoods around a robust transit system and reduce air pollution in the Central City."
You are also invited to familiarize yourself with the maps that go along with the plan and make comments that will go into finalizing the next draft for the city council's approval. Find the Map App here. For directions on how to navigate the app click on "View the Tutorial" on the upper left or click on "Go to the Map App" to get started.


Help us build the 2014-2015 Budget

Arbor Lodge NA meeting this Thursday, July 17th, 6:30 pm, Kenton FireHouse.


Welcome, introductions, additions to Agenda
10 minutes for the Portland Comprehensive Plan - a chance to give feedback to planners
20 minutes to build our budget for 2014-2015 - what are your ideas?
20 minutes to make sure we're ready for August 17th Community Play Day, Garden Tours, and "Back to the Future", our Movie in the Park that night.
    ** fyi, we'll be collecting clothes for the clothing closets at Chief Joseph, Ockley Green, and Pennisula Schools, come help us "Fill Our Closets"
   **  We have great food vendors coming, Eddie's Flat Iron Pizza, ChickpeaDX, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Treats, Spunky Monkey Coffee and maybe more!
Minutes, Treasurer's Report
  ** PSAC
  ** Young Tree Care Workshops
  ** School Backpack Grant update
  **  Discussion, Park Usage
  ** need for Clean Air rep from AL

Hope to see you there!
Want to learn how to prune young trees?

Meet us at Gamman's Park, tonight, July 15th at 7pm.  We will learn some basics, then head out and practice with 2 arborists with us, on Arbor Lodge tagged street trees nearby.  Tools provided.  Come join the fun!


Arbor Lodge Street Tree Pruning
and young tree workshops
July 12th, 9-12, July 15th and 22nd, 7-9 pm
Gammans Park  
Dear Neighbor,
Tagged street trees at this address are schedule to be pruned for sidewalk clearance and branch structure.  Specific pruning will depend on age, size, location, health and species of the tree.  Pruning will be done by trained volunteers to City of Portland street tree pruning standards.
Please join the Arbor Lodge Tree Team and Portland Parks & Recreation to care for your urban forest. Pruning will start at Gammans Park on July 12 at 9 a.m. and July 15 & July 22 at 7 p.m. For questions or to join a pruning event, call or text Urban Forestry Outreach at 503-823-8779. 
Street tree pruning permits have been issued for this event, if additional pruning is needed please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/trees to apply for a pruning permit or schedule an arborist consultation.
Please have your green yard debris bin accessible for branch disposal.  If your green yard debris bin is not accessible, branches will be bundled and left at the base of the tree.
If you do NOT want the adjoining street
tree(s) pruned, please remove the tag from the tree(s). 
The following tree characteristics may be addressed during the street tree pruning:
A. Branches that are rubbing, growing into the tree or broken.
B. Branches with close spacing.
C. Branches with narrow angles and double leaders.
D. Vertical branches from the base of the tree or other locations.
Tree(s) may also be pruned for sidewalk and road clearance removing branches less than 7 feet above the sidewalk and 11 feet over the road. All pruning will be done to City Code and tree industry pruning standards.

For more Information about your urban forest or general tree care please contact Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry at 503-823-4489, trees@portlandoregon.gov or www.portlandparks.org.

Thank you for supporting the urban forest!
Arbor Lodge Tree Team                                             Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry

www.arborlodgeneighborhood.com           &                     www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/trees


Help Keep the Arbor Lodge Tree Canopy Healthy

Do you have 30-45 minutes over the next few days to walk a couple blocks of the neighborhood and put tags on street trees? The Arbor Lodge Tree Team needs your help *this* Wednesday-Friday hanging tags to let neighbors know about upcoming FREE tree pruning in a small section of the neighborhood. Email Ginger ginger.edws[at]gmail[dot]com to volunteer. We're so grateful for your help!
What: Tree tagging/flyering (and our undying gratitude)
When: Any time that works for you between now and Friday
Where: Between Bryant and Lombard, Denver to Greeley

On a related note, join us for the first of 3 young tree workshops Saturday, July 12, to learn how to prune like a pro! Receive a pruning tutorial by a Certified Arborist and practice your new skills on trees in the neighborhood. Tools and safety gear are provided. Wear sunscreen, good walking shoes and show up!

What: Arbor Lodge Young Tree Workshop
Where: Gammans Park, N Wilbur Ave. & N Buffalo St.,
When: Saturday, July 12 2014, 9:00 AM (Can't make it on the 12th? Save the date for additional evening workshops on the 15th and 22nd. We will post details later.)
Questions? Call Karl Dawson at 503-823-8779


Crime Prevention Specialist at ALNA meeting

Sara Hussein, Portland Police Crime Prevention Specialist, will come to our Arbor Lodge meeting this Thursday, June 19th at 6:40 at the Kenton Firehouse, to share crime prevention information.  Please join us.  Summer is a special time for some crimes, come learn how to best protect yourself and your property.  


Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association meeting,  Thursday, June 19th, 6:30, Kenton Firehouse

6:30  Welcome and introductions
6:40  Additions to Agenda?
6:45  10 minutes for the Portland Comprehensive Plan
         ( this is a planned time to give feedback to all the planning happening around zoning changes in general, specific changes coming to Lombard between Curtis and Denver, and overall North Portland.  We hope to gather feedback from you to share with the City)
6:55  Guest Presentation - Developer with a plan for Minneasota
7:15  Young Tree Workshops discussion
7:25  Movie in the Park planning
         *  update on Movie, activities, food vendors, bands
         *  volunteer opportunities
         *  Heritage Tree/Garden tours
         *  Community Play Day, 11-4 same day
7:40  Special Election
         *  2 open Board positions, we have 2 candidates who have been active within ALNA, Nicole  Leggett and Duane Eldred.  Nominations from the floor can also be made.
7:50  Minutes, Annoucements.


Air Quality Workshop

Below is info on a workshop focusing on the link between air quality and risks to public health, with a specific focus on the Portland airshed.  This workshop is meant to begin a conversation about potential legislation for the 2015 session around air quality and there will be several Portland-area legislators in attendance.  There is a time for public comments at the end of the meeting. 

Portland Community College/Cascade Campus
705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland OR
Moriarty Auditorium
June 6, 2014
9am to 3pm

click here for agenda


Land Use happenings - including Demolitions Forum and Mixed Use Zone walk TONIGHT!

There are a number of interesting land use gatherings coming up in the next few weeks you should be aware of, beginning with a walking tour tonight along N. Lombard. Read on for more information:

Community Walk - N. Lombard Near Portsmouth
7508 N Hereford
Thursday May 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

City of Portland staffer Barry Manning will lead a walk along N. Lombard to discuss the new zone type that has been proposed. Barry will discuss what projects in these zones would look like and to get neighbors' feedback on what they would like to see.
Find more information here:

Neighborhood Center Walk - N. Lombard
Kenton Firehouse | 8105 N. Brandon
Tuesday May 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

North Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability liaison Leslie Lum will lead a walking tour of N. Lombard. The tour of several commercial zones will begin at the Kenton Firehouse with a discussion of different commercial zones. From there the group will walk down to Lombard and head west, talking along the way about what works and what doesn't. The tour will end with a discussion of what might change and how any changes would interact with Kenton and Arbor Lodge.

ABCs of Land Use Workshop
Kenton Firehouse | 8105 N. Brandon
Thursday June 5 | 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland's land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Introduction by Meegan Watts, chair of the Kenton Neighborhood Association and Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services. Presented by John Cole and Leslie Lum, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Light Dinner and Refreshments will be provided.
 Workshop is free.
 Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 people.

Forum on Demolitions, Residential Infill, and Housing Affordability in Portland
Concordia University Luther Hall | 2811 NE Holman St.
Wednesday June 11 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Guest speakers from  the City's Bureau of Development Services, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, home builders, housing and community organizations will address:
• What are the City's regulations around residential tear-downs and new construction?
• How do these trends affect neighborhood affordability, stability and equity?
• What are the environmental issues around the demolition of buildings?
• What is attracting home builders?

For more information about the event please contact Sandra Lefrancois at (503) 823-2780 or sandral@cnncoalition.org.

Interested in public safety in Arbor Lodge?  Join this meeting and let ALNA members know what you learned at the next ALNA meeting June 19th, 6:30, KFH.  No one from ALNA currently attends these meetings.  This meeting is at 6:30 also at the Kenton FireHouse, it is open to all north Portland residents, and all neighborhood associations are encouraged to have someone in attendance.  PPB comes and shares good info.

North Portland Public Safety Action Committee Meeting MAY 201415m ago

Brenda Liston-Blanchard from Overlook
If you are concerned about the neighborhood and want to have a voice. Please make sure you attend this meeting on May 28, 2014. The more people in attendance the better our chance of getting action ... View more