CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS
On December 4, the CC conducted a public hearing on and approved amendments to LOC 39 System Development Charges and the Master Fees and Charges Schedule, established fee exemptions for Accessory Dwelling Units and Multifamily Affordable Housing.
On December 18, the CC reviewed two draft resolutions on Annexation and Services Delivery to Unincorporated Areas; the CC took no action on the resolutions.
PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS
On December 10, the PC conducted its third work session on the review of Citizen Involvement Guidelines (PP 18-0005). The PC also met as the Commission for Citizen Involvement (CCI). The PC/CCI reviewed the public input received on a community survey for PC/CCI goalsetting and citizen involvement.
Also on December 10, the PC completed its public hearing on proposed amendments to the Lake Grove Village Center Overlay (LGVCO) and West Lake Grove Design District (WLG) adding incentives for tree preservation in new development and removing conflicts in the LGVCO and WLG building design standards (LU 18-0059). The PC made a tentative recommendation of approval, with findings scheduled for adoption on January 14, 2019.
Please refer to the following web page for the current PC meeting forecast: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc_pc/schedule-and-information
SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS
On December 3, 2018, The DRC approved the written Findings, Conclusions & Order for LU 18-0037 and AP 18-09 [TR 499-18-04727].
At its regular meeting on December 17, the DRC held a public hearing to consider the following:
LU 18-0057, a request for the following in order to reconstruct Lakeridge Junior High School:
- A Development Review Permit for the new building;
- A Conditional Use Permit to increase the number of classrooms to 44 from the existing 35 and increase the capacity of the school to accommodate up to 1,100 students (current enrollment is 867 students);
- A request for a Major Variance to LOC 50.06.001.5.ii.(2) and (3), which requires buildings located on sites with multiple frontages and adjacent to a transit street to have a public entrance within 30 feet of the transit street; and
- Removal of 70 trees to accommodate the project. (Additional trees will be removed under a separate Invasive tree removal permit). This site is located at 4700 Jean Road.
DRC continued this hearing to January 7, 2019 for further discussion on traffic and potential preservation of specific trees.
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LU 18-0052, a request for approval of Development Review and Conditional Use Permits, a Resource Preservation (RP) delineation, resource creation, alteration and enhancement, and removal of 84 trees in order to construct a major public facility (Iron Mountain Park). This site is located at 2401 Iron Mountain Blvd. The DRC tentatively approved this application. The written Findings, Conclusions and Order are scheduled to be adopted on Monday, January 7.
HISTORIC RESOUCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)
HRAB wishes welcome Chester Benson as a new member of the Historic Resources Advisory Board. HRAB members did not meet in December but continue to work on their goals for 2019 as follows:
- Historic Preservation Grant for home rehabilitations
- Revisions to the Preservation Code
- Public Outreach and Preservation Month
- Farmers Market
- Certified Local Government Grant Application
In December, staff held six pre-application conferences as follows:
- A request for a resource enhancement project for oak woodland habitat restoration in an open space tract on Kruse Way and Westlake Drive.
- A request for Development Review and Conditional Use Permits to add a 4-classroom modular building at Uplands Elementary on Wembley Park Road
- A request for Development Review Permit for an addition to Westridge Elementary School that does not increase enrollment capacity on Royce Way.
- A request for a 2-parcel minor partition creating one flag lot on Lords Lane.
- A request for a Conditional Use Permit for a new emergency communications tower at Cooks Butte Park on Palisades Crest Drive.
- A request for RID variances to construct a new single-family dwelling on Maple Circle.
BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES
In the month of December, Planning staff reviewed 28 building permits, four sign permits and 13 business licenses.
Nine Code Enforcement cases were resolved in December without Municipal Court action.
PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY
Customer Contacts: During December, Permit Center staff served 698 walk-in customers and responded to 1,170 phone calls, or approximately 98 customer contacts per day. Of the walk-in customers, 48% were for Planning, 24% for Building, 21% for Engineering and 7% for other services.
Building Permit Activity: During December, Building staff issued three demolition permit on Fourth St., Ninth St., and Sixth St.
Staff received three New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications. In addition, five NSFR permits were issued as follows:
- Andrews Rd.
- Ninth St.
- Goodall Rd.
- Briarwood Ln.
- North Shore Rd.
The City of Lake Oswego has been consistent for several years, turning new single family residential building permit applications around in 4-6 weeks. The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”. This includes time that applicants need to address corrections required for code compliance or factors beyond the City’s control.
In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 27 issued in December by Building staff, with the median days being 22. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 9 issued, with the median days being 12.