Category Archives: Planning & Building

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUGUST 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

At their regular meeting on August 7 the Development Review Commission held a public hearing to consider:

LU 17-0016, An appeal of the staff decision of approval for Mission Homes Northwest LLC, requesting a minor partition creating one flag lot and removal of 13 trees to construct improvements. The site is located at 13209 Amber Place. The DRC tentatively upheld the staff decision to approve this application with conditions.

August 14th the DRC held a special meeting to adopt the Findings, Conclusions and Order approving LU 17-0016.

At their regular meeting on August 21 the Development Review Commission held a public hearing to consider:

LU 17-0032, a request by Halton Development LTD for approval of a modification of a Development Review Permit (LU 99-0012) to construct a new single-family dwelling in the R-DD zone, and the removal of two trees. The site is located at 223 Furnace Street. This hearing was continued to Wednesday, September 6th for additional information regarding the dormer styles proposed.

SUMMARY OF PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On August 14, the PC adopted the Findings, Conclusion and Order for amendments to the Downtown Redevelopment Design (DRD) District Variance Criteria (LU 17-0039). The Commission also reviewed the list of items that did not make it onto the 2017 Planning Commission/Commission for Citizen Involvement Work Program, but which may be revisited during Fall goalsetting.

On August 24, the PC held a public hearing on Community Development Code amendments to implement the Boones Ferry Road capital improvement project (LU 17-0028), approving the proposal and directing staff to prepare Findings, Conclusion and Order for adoption on September 11.   The Commission also held a third work session on a proposal by the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), for potential code amendments that would provide a process for facilitating required upgrades to the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP) (PP 16-0007). The Commission reviewed and provided feedback on a first draft of overlay code language.

Last, in their role as the Commission for Citizen Involvement, the PC received an update on the Woodmont Park Master Plan process. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUGUST 2017

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JULY 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

At their regular meeting on July 17 the DRC held one public hearing to consider:

TR 499-17-02043 [AP 17-05], An appeal of the tentative decision by the Planning & Building Services Department on a Type II tree removal application to remove 13 trees in order to construct a new single-family dwelling at 1053 C Ave. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JULY 2017

Short Term Home Rentals Are Illegal in Residential Areas

Recently the Planning Commission and the City Council explored allowing the short term rental of homes in the residential areas of Lake Oswego. Based upon these discussions, and the citizen comments received, the City Council decided to continue to permit short term rental stays only in commercial areas.

In residential areas the rental of a home, a guest room, etc. will remain limited to a stay of 30 days or longer. The rental of a guest room or other overnight stay for less than 30 days must occur in a hotel or similar business in a commercial area.

Please direct questions and complaints to Bill Youngblood, Code Enforcement Specialist, at byoungblood@ci.oswego.or.us or Ph 503-699-7473. When forwarding a complaint please provide an address and link to the advertisement for the short term rental.

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JUNE 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

At its regular meeting on June 5, the DRC held a public hearing to consider:

LU 17-0034, a request by the Lake Oswego Corporation for a Modification of a Development Review Permit in order to construct additions to the Lake Corporation buildings.  The site is located at 700 McVey Avenue, (21E10DB00200). Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JUNE 2017

PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT AVAILABLE – JUNE 16, 2017

The Planning Department is accepting written comments to assist in the preparation of a Public Hearing Draft of proposed Community Development Code amendments (LU 17-0039) that address design variances within the Downtown Redevelopment Design District (DDRD). All written comments received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017, will be considered in preparing the Public Hearing Draft of the proposal for the Planning Commission hearing on July 24, 2017.

To view the Public Review Draft, click here.

URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY EVENT

The Tree Pruning Workshop at Foothills Park was a BIG success! Despite a little rain and wind, over 40 people were in attendance. Foothills Park was a perfect location for such a large group, with the covered pavilion, seating, restrooms, and plenty of easily accessible trees and shrubs to work on.  

Damon Schrosk, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and the owner of Treecology graciously volunteered his time to lead the workshop and share his pruning knowledge. Numerous participants made sure to tell how much they enjoyed it and some commented that they appreciate the City hosting these types of events. All in all, it was very well received, and a lot of fun.

 

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC)ACTIONS

At their regular meetings in May, the DRC held two public hearings to consider:

LU 17-0020: A request by Lake Bible Church for approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a private middle and high school at the Lake Bible Church located at 4565 Carman Dr. DRC members adopted the written findings, conclusions and order on May 15.

LU 16-0053 [AP 17-01]: A request by Jerry Eckstrom, for approval of a minor variance to reduce the front yard setback from 25 ft. to 20 ft.; a residential infill design (RID) review to reduce the rear yard setback from 30 ft. to 10 ft.; and the removal of nine trees, all in order to construct a new single family residential dwelling at 2101 Goodall Ct. The Commission adopted the written findings, conclusions and order on May 15; however this application has been appealed to the City Council and will be on the June 6, 2017 Council agenda.

SUMMARY OF PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On May 8, the Planning Commission held a work session on Short-Term Rentals (STRs) (PP17-0004) to identify potential land use concerns in allowing STRs in residential neighborhoods. Further work on this is pending City Council direction. On May 8, the Commission also held its second work session on planning for the Forest Highlands Neighborhood (PP15-0006).

On May 22, the Commission conducted a public hearing on six Quasi-Judicial Zoning Map Amendments (LU17-0009, LU17-0010, LU17-0011, LU17-0012, LU17-0013, LU17-0014, LU17-0015), correcting the map pursuant to the 2015 Audit of the Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code. Also on May 22, the Commission received an update on the City Council study session on Exceptions to Lake Oswego Style (PP17-0003/LU17-0039).

CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On May 2, the City Council approved LU 17-0001 and enacted Ordinance 2734, Uplands Neighborhood Plan and R-10 Overlay Zone.

On May 16, the City Council held a study session on Exceptions to Lake Oswego Style Requirement in the Downtown Redevelopment Design District (PP 17-0003). The Council also authorized the Mayor to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement on Stafford Urban Reserve Areas.

SUMMARY OF HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB) ACTIONS

Historic Preservation Month (May)

The Lake Oswego Historic Resources Advisory Board (HRAB) celebrated Historic Preservation Month by holding a well-attended workshop which provided specific aspects of historic research and home restoration.

During Preservation Month, HRAB honored three groups for significant contributions toward preserving Lake Oswego’s Historic Past. Awards went to the following:

  • Safeway Inc.: For preserving the mural at the A Avenue Safeway created by Arvid Orbeck.
  • Oswego Heritage Council: For the development of the Oswego Heritage House Museum.
  • Lake Oswego Preservation Society: For their work on preserving the Carman Farm House.

Hazelia Agricultural Heritage Trail (HACHT)

The HACHT working group, together with the Lake Oswego Parks Department have completed their final proofs of the interpretive panels for the Agricultural Heritage Trail. The HACHT group will be celebrating its dedication and grand opening in mid-Summer at Luscher Farm. Mounted copies of the panels will be displayed at Luscher Farm, and refreshments will be served.

LAND USE PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

During May, staff conducted two pre-application conferences as

  1. A request for a RID review to expand existing decks on the south side of an apartment building on 2nd Street.
  2. A request for approval of a minor partition creating 2-parcels on Bryant Rd.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

A total of eight Code Enforcement cases were resolved in May. Seven without Municipal Court action and one case went to Municipal Court for resolution.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts: During May, Permit Center staff served 1,026 walk-in customers and responded to 1,409 phone calls, or approximately 110 customer contacts per day. Of the walk-in customers, 49% were for Planning, 30% for Building, and 21% for Engineering and other services.

Building Permit Activity: During May, Building staff issued five demolition permits: Summit Dr., 8th St., 5th St., Sunset Dr. and Wildwood St.  Staff also received five New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications and issued 14 NSFR permits as follows:

  1. E Ave.
  2. 8th Ave.
  3. 5th Ave.
  4. Sunset Dr.
  5. Wildwood St.
  6. Cabana Ln.
  7. Upper Dr.
  8. Wembley Park Rd.
  9. Summit Dr.
  10. Upper Dr.
  11. Luce Ln.
  12. 7th St.
  13. Highlands Lp.
  14. Glenmorrie Dr.

Planning staff reviewed and approved 37 building permits, nine business licenses, and four sign permits during this time.

In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 35 issued in May by Building staff, with the median days being 19.

Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 35 issued, with the median days being 15.

 

Celebrate May 2017 Preservation Month

Lake Oswego, Oregon – Citizens in Lake Oswego will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  This is a month long opportunity to showcase the City’s historic places. Preservation month is meant to connect the preservation community and introduce new audiences to the City’s work in preservation of the places that make Lake Oswego special. Continue reading Celebrate May 2017 Preservation Month

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL 2017

SUMMARY OF HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB) ACTIONS

On May 7, the “Your House Matters Expo” will be held at the Oswego Heritage Center and Museum from 1:00-4:00 P.M. This will be a joint workshop with the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, the Sustainability Advisory Board, Rodda Paint, Green Savers, Indow Window, MCM Construction and the Lake Oswego Public Library. Preservation month activities also include the Lake Oswego Historic Home Tour, conducted by the Oswego Heritage Council on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL 2017

Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Quarter 3 Report (January 1 – March 31)

Background

The Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust, in partnership with Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC), launched the expansion of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program (BHCP) into Lake Oswego on August 1st, 2011. The program provides assistance and incentives to residents with small lots (an acre or smaller) who seek to restore native wildlife habitat to their backyards. At that time, the program had already operated successfully in Portland since its city-wide launch in 2009. Today, there are nearly 3,861 enrolled properties, spanning about 931 acres, region-wide.

We are moving into our seventh year of implementing the BHCP within Lake Oswego. With each year, the program continues to sustain its growth at a consistent rate, meeting and then exceeding deliverables. Overall, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program has enrolled and provided our high-quality technical assistance and educational services to 348 sites within the City of Lake Oswego. These sites are mostly single family residential lots, but also include several multi-family dwellings, and other public demonstrations sites like schools and religious institutions. Cumulatively, backyard habitats now span over 100 acres of the City of Lake Oswego. Continue reading Backyard Habitat Certification Program, Quarter 3 Report (January 1 – March 31)