Parks & Recreation

Parks Board visit Luscher Farm


Work has begun on the Water Sports Center dock. Wood on water can only last so long but rumor has it we’re experiencing some unexpected guests (Beavers) hanging out under the dock causing a wee bit of a ruckus. The Parks Crew are currently working on a plan for repairs to the dock.


Lake Oswego Communications Center, Police and Fire Stepped It Up During the Recent Windstorm

The windstorm on the night of Saturday January 5 was relatively short however caused a substantial jump in 9-1-1 calls into the dispatch center.  With only three dispatchers working the floor from 10pm-midnight, Lake Oswego Communications answered 121 calls, 39 of them 9-1-1 calls which were answered in under 10 seconds.  They did an incredible job of getting approximately 75 calls for service set up for all jurisdictions during that time frame.  Lake Oswego Police responded on about 30 calls while fire responded to another 8.  Calls included power lines & trees down, other hazards, alarms, medical calls, smoke in a building, etc.  This collaborative effort is another fine example of the great work done by the dedicated Dispatchers, Police Officers and Firefighters!



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.


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:


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 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.


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:

  1. Historic Preservation Grant for home rehabilitations
  2. Revisions to the Preservation Code
  3. Public Outreach and Preservation Month
  4. Farmers Market
  5. Certified Local Government Grant Application


In December, staff held six pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. A request for a resource enhancement project for oak woodland habitat restoration in an open space tract on Kruse Way and Westlake Drive.
  2. A request for Development Review and Conditional Use Permits to add a 4-classroom modular building at Uplands Elementary on Wembley Park Road
  3. A request for Development Review Permit for an addition to Westridge Elementary School that does not increase enrollment capacity on Royce Way.
  4. A request for a 2-parcel minor partition creating one flag lot on Lords Lane.
  5. A request for a Conditional Use Permit for a new emergency communications tower at Cooks Butte Park on Palisades Crest Drive.
  6. A request for RID variances to construct a new single-family dwelling on Maple Circle.


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.


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:

  1. Andrews Rd.
  2. Ninth St.
  3. Goodall Rd.
  4. Briarwood Ln.
  5. 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.



Temporary Traffic Changes on Country Club Road Expected to Start Jan. 10

Construction for utility and street improvements on Country Club Road between 10th Street and Six Corners (intersection of Iron Mountain Boulevard/C Avenue/Bayberry Road) is set to begin the week of January 7 and continue through summer.

Starting Thursday, January 10, several traffic revisions will be in place for the duration of the project, during all hours and all days:

  • Country Club Road will be reduced to two lanes of traffic – one travel lane in each direction – and traffic will be shifted.
  • Stop signs will be temporarily removed for east and westbound traffic on Country Club Road (at Six Corners and 10th Street).
  • 10th Street, C Avenue and the northbound leg of Iron Mountain Boulevard will be closed at Country Club Road
  • Traffic speed will be reduced to 25 mph through the corridor.

These temporary traffic changes will allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct the project to replace aging utilities and improve the pavement condition in this corridor.

These adjustments are subject to change, but will be restored to the previous configuration after construction is complete this summer.

The traveling public is advised to expect significant delays while this work is underway. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, traffic changes, directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

For more information, visit  or call 503-635-0261

Building a Better Boones Ferry Road – Open House on Jan. 10

Project design is complete for the major street improvements to Boones Ferry Road!

Please join us to view the new street designs up close, meet the designers and ask questions at an open house:

Thursday, January 10
6:30-8:30 p.m. (drop in anytime)
Lake Oswego Maintenance Center,
17601 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego

We’ll share large maps, as well as sample images of the improvements at various intersections and artistic elements. All materials shared at the open house will be available on the project website’s reference materials section shortly after the event.

If you can’t make the open house, you can still stay informed!

Sign up to receive e-newsletters, visit, email or call 503-697-6573. You can also read the latest in the Winter 2018/2019 newsletter.

Thank you to our Public Works On-Call Staff

As we wrap up 2018, we reflect on the hard work and dedication of our city staff. In addition to police and fire, our Public Works team is on-call and available to respond to emergencies at all hours. Public Works designates one person per week to be on standby to respond to emergencies. This allows our city to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our on-call scheduling ensures responsiveness to issues like water main breaks, wastewater overflow, tree limbs falling on power lines, and flooding. Extra thanks to James Cox and Kelly Trussel for being on-call over the holidays. Both responded to wastewater needs on New Year’s Day.

The Diary of Will Pomeroy – revised and expanded

The Library is proud to present the release of a revised and expanded edition of The Diary of Will Pomeroy featuring 53 illustrations and a foldout map. Four appendices provide information about early Lake Grove families, childhood in 1883 Oregon, and vivid descriptions of the mines when they were being worked.

Will Pomeroy was 14 and the oldest son of the superintendent of the Oswego Mines when he started keeping a diary on January 1, 1883.  His simple and unaffected entries offer a rare glimpse of everyday life in early Lake Grove when Oswego was the center of iron making on the Pacific Coast.  The Pomeroy family lived above the mines, on top of Iron Mountain.  The diary chronicles Will’s daily treks up and down the mountain, his chores, his schoolwork, and community life at the west end of Sucker Lake.

The Lake Oswego Public Library acquired the diary in 2008 from an East Coast bookseller and published a limited number of copies in 2009.  Because of continued requests for the book, the library decided to publish a second edition, which has been revised and expanded to include new information.

Co-editors, Claire Kellogg and Susanna Campbell Kuo provide an introduction and epilogue that trace the long journey of the Pomeroy family from the legendary mines of Cornwall in southwestern England to Pennsylvania, Oregon, and eventually Western Australia where Will Pomeroy managed the Great Fingall Mine for his friend and fellow mining engineer Herbert Hoover.

The book can be purchased at the Library for $28. Publication of the diary was made possible by support from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library.

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