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RCPNA Newsletter – Digital Edition

Happy New Year Neighbors!

The January 2017 edition of the Rose City Park Review newsletter is being delivered by your neighborhood volunteers now, but you can get a sneak peak with this digital edition here.


Thank you to our editor Suzanne for another great issue of our newsletter.  Don’t miss the agenda for the January 24th General Meeting, which is full of great topics.



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Rose City Park Trees!

Our Rose City Park neighborhood is lucky to have a tremendous inventory of beautiful trees.  Over 5700 street trees alone, in fact!


The table above is from a recent report completed by volunteers led by our Environmental Committee Chair David Gates, the Rose City Park Street Tree Inventory.  If you have an interest in our neighborhood “forest,” I highly recommend checking it out. In addition, there is a street tree inventory map and even an interactive map where you can look up the trees on your block.

At our January General Meeting (Jan 24 2017 at 7pm), we will have a presentation with more information from this report’s findings as well as info on how you can get involved with the Friends of Trees planting event for Rose City Park this coming March.

RCP Planting Poster

From Friends of Trees:

Wishing you had some more fall color at your home? Have you considered adding a tree or two to your yard or parking strip? Trees have many benefits including providing sidewalk shade, slowing traffic, reducing storm water runoff, cleaning the air, and making us feel better in general…to name a few. Planting a tree on the south or west side of a house or yard can block afternoon sun and provide significant cooling to the area. Planting an evergreen conifer can create a quick green screen or block an imposing streetlight from your bedroom window.

Friends of Trees is now taking orders for yard and street trees for the annual Rose City Park tree planting taking place next March. Interested households can get a tree planted at their home for only $35 a tree. To sign up and see a list of trees for your home, go to the Friends of Trees website to make an account. When you sign up early, you get the greatest selection of trees to choose from.

Sign up today at You can also reach your local Friends of Trees neighborhood coordinator volunteer Jesse S. at with any questions or concerns.

RCP Planting Poster

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RCPNA Dec 6 Board Meeting Agenda

All RCPNA Board meetings are open to the Public. Come on over next Tuesday!


If desired, you can download this file as a PDF here Dec 6 2016 RCPNA Board Meeting Agenda



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Nov 15 2016 RCPNA Board Meeting Agenda



If desired, you may view this agenda as pdf here.

To read documents referenced in the agenda, please download from here.

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Local Business Owner in Rose City Park? Advertise in the RCPNA Newsletter!


Are you a local business owner in Rose City Park?  

Let your neighbors know more about your offerings in our local newsletter. Published 4 times at year and reaching nearly 4000 households, you won’t find a better deal in town.

Regular Ads are just $35 per issue. VIEW RATE SHEET

***Current Limited Time Promotion*** (must book by Nov 10th!)

You can have an ad placement in each of our next 4 issues for just $100.


The Rose City Park Neighborhood Association is always interested in bringing on more Community Partners as well. Click here to learn more about our Community Partners program, a great way to support your local community and be recognized as a neighborhood supporter.  Current and former Rose City Park Community Partners include Laurelwood Brewing Co, the German-American Society of Portland, Oregon, the German-American Women’s Relief Society of Portland, Arch Bishop Howard/St. Rose School, Fire on the Mountain, Portland General Electric, Portland Family Dentistry, Stewart Sokol & Gray LLC, and Tuff Shed.



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Correction! And other updates round up for Nov 1st

1. Correction!! Board Meeting Date

The RCPNA Board Meeting Scheduled for Tues Nov. 15th (not Nov. 1st).  At the Oct. 25th General Membership meeting Chairwoman Tamara DeRidder mistakenly announced the wrong date for the Board’s November meeting.  The adopted schedule identifies Tues. Nov. 15th as the next Board meeting date.

2. Residential Infill Project Update

Residential Infill Project scheduled for Portland City Council starting at 2:00 pm Thurs. Nov. 9th and 16th. The Concept Report to the City Council was recently published by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) after they processed comments from the initial proposal in June. On Oct. 20th our Land Use & Transportation Committee (LU & TC) reviewed the new Concept Report and has made recommendations to be heard at the Nov. 15th Board meeting.  These Board recommendations are to be forwarded to the City Council for their Nov. 16th hearing.

Key Changes in the Concept Report and LU & TC recommendations include:

  • “Concept 1. Limit the size of houses while maintaining flexibility.”  Support & recommend a 3,000 square foot house size limit.
  • “Concept 2. Lower the house roof line.” Support & recommend using the average of the ground’s high and low points for bottom point of measurement.
  • “Concept 4. Allow more housing types in select areas and limit their scale to the size of the house allowed.”  Support & recommend allowing “Single residential dwelling” to this list.
  • “Concept 5. Establish a Housing Opportunity Overlay Zone in select areas.”  Support subject to reducing overlay from 1/4 mile (5-block area) to 1,000 feet (3-block area) as a “pilot program”.  This overlay is proposed to extend from centers, corridors with frequent bus service, and high capacity transit.
  • “Concept 7 <new section>. Provide flexibility for retaining existing houses.” Support with the deletion of ‘parking exemptions’ as an incentive for higher density.
  • “Concept 8. Rezone historically narrow lots to R2.5 in select areas.”  Support subject to limit area to the amended Overlay area of 1,000 foot (3 block area)
  • “Concept 9. Citywide improvements to the R2.5 zone.” Support retaining primary structure and single dwelling construction.
  • “Concept 10. Revise parking rules for houses on narrow lots.” Oppose.  Support retaining off-street parking requirements.

The LU & TC Transmittal Memorandum on this topic provides further details & compares responses to the Board August recommendations.

3. 2045 Comprehensive Plan 
Portland Early Implementation Package for the 2045 Comprehensive Plan final City Council hearing Nov. 17th at 2:00 pm.  Revised recommendations, based on previous testimony, are to be published prior to this hearing. This package impacts RCPNA with proposed rezoning of 60th Ave. Station area properties, Transportation Systems Plan proposes a bikeway on NE Sandy Blvd.(impacts parking and travel lanes), and fails to address the need for ‘adequate parking'< See Letter>.  The letter by Chairwoman Tamara DeRidder on the latter was supported by the LU & TC Oct. 20th and is being forwarded to the Nov. 15th Board meeting.

4. November 10th Deadline for Articles and Discount Ad Space
Due to the holiday season we have moved the deadline for our January RCPNA Newsletter up to Nov. 10th. Have something you want to write about for the neighborhood? We want to hear from you!! Please contact our Newsletter Editor Suzanne at for more information.

Also our Annual Advertising Discount will be ending on Nov 10th as well. This is card-sized adds in each of our four newsletters from only $100 (a great deal!).  Interested? Please contact our Local Business Committee Chairwoman Deborah Field at

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Trick or Treat at the Rose City Food Trucks (Monday 10/31)

The Rose City Food Park  (5235 NE Sandy Blvd) is  having a fun evening of trick-or-treating this Halloween, Oct 31th from 4pm-7pm.


Costumes encouraged!

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Rose City Park General Meeting Tuesday Oct 25 7-9pm


Next week’s General Meeting for the neighborhood association provides you with a great opportunity to learn more about the issues on this year’s ballot. Plus, you can hear from the candidates themselves in the Portland City Commissioner race — both Steve Novick and Chloe Eudaly will be here in person to present their priorities if elected as your City Commissioner.

October 25 RCPNA General Meeting Features November Ballot Information

Rose City Park Neighborhood Association’s (RCPNA’s) next interactive general meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 7 – 9 pm. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the German American Society, 5626 NE Alameda St., which is ADA-and transit-accessible (TriMet bus lines 12 and 71). Doors open at 6:30 pm. Below is the agenda:

7 -7:10 Welcome and Introductions – Tamara DeRidder, RCPNA Chair

7:10 – 7:35 Commission #4 Candidates Steve Novick and Chloe Eudaly 12 min. presentations each

7:35 – 8:10 Women League of Voters Presentation on Measures 97, 98, 99, 26-178 and 26- 179 – Patricia Garner 5 min. presentations on each measure and then Q&A at the end

8:10 – 8:40 Pro and Con Views on Measure 97 Pro View – Yes on 97 – Sandra McDonough, Portland Business Alliance Pres./CEO Con View – NO on 97: Defeat the Tax on Oregon Sales – Brian Setzler 7 min. presentations and then Q&A at the end

8:40 – 8:55 Renew Oregon Presentation – Brett Thompson

8:55 – 9:00 Closing Comments

Official Meeting Agenda (pdf)

See you there!

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Rheinlander Restaurant Closing


More change planned for Sandy at 50th Ave. Right across the street from the large Taco Time development, the Rheinlander German restaurant will be closing and the iconic building will be torn down in early 2017.  The Hollywood Star reports on the plans for the property, which include a two-story building that will house a branch of The Portland Clinic.


You can count this website editor among those who will miss the character of the Rheinlander building and restaurant. If you enjoy classic German fare, be sure to get your last sauerbraten and schnitzel before they close at the end of the year.


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RCPNA Land Use & Transportation Committee Recommendations for Comprehensive Plan Implementation

Click below to view a copy of the RCPNA testimony to the City Council regarding the Transportation System Plan Stage 2.

The Rose City Park Land Use & Transportation Committee recommended a parallel route to NE Halsey for the City Bikeway designation.  But, no such vote was taken regarding the NE Sandy Blvd designation as the same.

Instead the Committee unanimously agreed to support on-street parking for businesses, engaging the businesses if there are any proposed streetscape changes, and requiring an impact study be done that includes travel modes and impact on residential and commercial properties if a bike lane is proposed for NE Sandy Blvd.

In addition, in a unanimous vote, the Committee supported language to include ‘health impact due to air quality’ to the definition of City Bikeway.  This was done since there is now empirical scientific evidence that there are negative long-term and short-term impacts to bicyclists who travel on freight corridor arterial streets, rather than less traveled residential streets.


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