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LU 15-0077: Southwest Employment Area Plan and Code Amendments

Project Description

A request by the City of Lake Oswego for adoption of the Southwest Employment Area (SWEA) Plan as a Special District Plan of the Comprehensive Plan, with implementing Community Development Code amendments including: a new Southwest Overlay District, replacing LOC 50.05.008 Industrial Park Overlay District; deletion of LOC 50.11.002 Appendix B - Industrial Land Use Policy Element; and deletion of LOC Standards Applicable to Boones Ferry Road/Jean Road Site, Jean Way Site, and Boones Ferry Road/Opposite Jean Way Site. Implementing Community Development Code amendments related to permitted uses will be reviewed as part of the SWEA Plan, but adopted with citywide updates to use regulations, scheduled for public hearing in April.

Explanation of Proposal:

The Southwest Employment Area (SWEA) Plan and Code amendments address the light industrial and commercial areas at the southwest corner of Lake Oswego with the goal of supporting private investment, redevelopment, and job growth. This planning project was initiated to implement policy direction from the Comprehensive Plan’s Economic Vitality chapter, which calls to: Maintain land for light industrial uses within the Southwest Employment District and develop a special district plan that accommodates a range of employment uses including light industrial, office and limited retail.


All properties in Lake Oswego’s Industrial Park Zone; General Commercial-zoned properties in the vicinity of Jean Way and Boones Ferry Road; and Neighborhood Commercial-zoned properties at intersection of Pilkington Road and Jean Road.



On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2706.  The effective date of the ordinance is July 7, 2016.

A link to Ordinance 2706 is available below under "Key Documents."


The City Council held a public hearing on May 3, 2016, and tentatively approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation with one change to permitted exterior finish materials in the SW Overlay District code. The Council is scheduled to adopt their findings and conclusion together with a final ordinance on June 7, 2016.


At its meeting April 11, 2016, the Planning Commission approved the Findings, Conclusions and Order (the final recommendation) as amended.  A link to Findings is available under "Key Documents" below.

A City Council study session is scheduled for April 19, 2016.  The public hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2016.

For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please contact Anne-Marie Simpson, City Recorder, (503) 534-4225.


The Planning Commission concluded their deliberations and is scheduled to adopt findings on April 11.


The Planning Commission deliberated and continued their deliberations to March 14th.  The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed.


The Planning Commission opened the public hearing on January 25. The Commission completed the public testimony portion of the hearing and began their deliberations with responses to the key issues raised during public testimony. The Commission continued the hearing to February 8 to complete their deliberations, with adoption of findings scheduled for February 22

Staff Reports/Memorandums

Notice of Limitations about Materials Posted on Land Use Project Pages

The Case File Materials posted under the designated Planning Division’s Land Use Project Pages and links are:

  • For the convenience of the community and are not the official version;
  • Posted on a periodic (not daily) basis. Typically, materials are not posted until the deadline for submission has passed, in order to post all materials relating to the same deadline at the same time.
  • Materials the Project Manager has designated at the time of posting to be included in the Record before the reviewing authority– the entire contents of the Planning Division’s Case File are NOT posted.

-  There are additional materials in the Case File that the Project Manager believes are NOT for the purpose of addressing whether the proposed development application complies with the applicable criteria. These additional materials are NOT posted. (Only materials identified by the applicant or interested parties for the purpose of addressing the applicable criteria are made a part of the “record” before the reviewing authority.)

The Planning Division’s Case File may be viewed by the public Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. in the Planning and Building Services Department. Persons are encouraged to contact the Project Manager to arrange for a suitable location to review the materials in the Case File.

Note: Materials exempt under the Oregon Public Records Law, ORS 192.501 and 192.502 may be withheld from public review of the Case File; such materials are NOT a part of the “record” before the reviewing authority in determining whether or not the proposed development complies with the applicable criteria.
Land Use Applications & More


LU 15-0077


Land Use Case


City of Lake Oswego (A)

Project Contact

Sarah Selden, Senior Planner, (503) 697-6524.

Hearing Date

Tue, May 3, 2016

Reviewing Body

City Council

Related Meetings

Mon, Mar 14 6:30pm
Mon, Feb 8 6:30pm
Mon, Jan 25 6:00pm