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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)

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARCH 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

At their regular meeting on March 20, the Development Review Commission held two public hearings to consider:

LU 16-0048: A request by H. Hudson Homes, Inc. for approval of a minor partition creating two parcels. The site is located at 1255 Chandler Road. The DRC reopened this hearing solely for the purpose of reviewing any new written evidence relating to applicant’s modification of the proposed stormwater management plan and facilities or alternative stormwater management plan and facilities.  Upon closing of the public testimony, the DRC proceeded with deliberation on the application.

The Commission approved this application 4-1-0. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR MARCH 2017

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

At their regular meeting on February 6, the Development Review Commission held a public hearing and considered:

LU 16-0048: A request by H. Hudson Homes, Inc. for approval of a minor partition creating two parcels. The site is located at 1255 Chandler Road. The DRC granted a request to leave the record open for written testimony. At the February 22 continued hearing, for deliberation only, the applicant requested the hearing be reopened for the purpose of receiving new evidence and testimony (written and oral) regarding the issue of stormwater management only. The DRC granted the request, reopening and continuing the public hearing for only stormwater management evidence and testimony to March 20, 2017. The DRC also directed that the applicant submit any new written evidence relating to either modification of the applicant’s proposed stormwater management plan and facilities or an alternative stormwater management plan and facilities by March 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m., with a written staff analysis of said submission anticipated to be issued by March 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

Planning & Building Services Highlights for January, 2017

Summary of Development Review Commission (DRC) Actions

The Development Review Commission postponed the January 18, 2017 hearing to February 6, 2017, due to a request by the applicant.

Summary of Planning Commission (PC) Actions

The January 9 Planning Commission meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. All agenda items were carried over to January 23. This included work sessions on the Planning Commission’s 2017 goals, potential amendments to standards for Local Street Connectivity, and potential amendments to the standards for Flag Lots, Access Lanes, Serial Partitions, and Noise-Producing Accessory Structures.

City Council Actions on Planning Items

On January 3, the City Council conducted a public hearing on and enacted Ordinance 2726, amending the Evergreen R-7.5 Overlay to prohibit additional building height allowances. The Council also conducted hearings for and approved three annexations on Upper Drive, Knaus Road, and Jean Road.

Summary of Historic Resources Advisory Board (HRAB) Actions

Survey Updates:

Between 2013 and 2016, staff worked with historic preservation consultants to update the intensive level surveys for the 73 properties on the City’s Inventory of historic places [APPENDIX A —  ORDINANCE 2000 LOC 58.02.025(2)(a)]. Research was conducted to verify factual information in the narratives and these narratives were revised with more complete and accurate information about the site’s architecture and historic significance. New pictures were taken and site plans were also revised to document the existing conditions on each of the sites. City staff has posted these updated survey forms and they can be found on the city’s website.

Oswego Iron Furnace 150 Year Celebration:

The Lake Oswego Preservation Society (LOPS) will be joining the Historic Resources Advisory Board in their celebration of Preservation Month in May. LOPS would like to commemorate the first casting that occurred in the iron furnace 150 years ago this year.  This occurred on August 24, 1867 and it is likely that this event would also occur on or around August 24.  The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is also seeking support from the Parks and Natural Resources Advisory Board (PNAB) and the City Parks and Recreation Department for this event.

Certified Local Government Grant (CLG) Application:

This year, staff will apply for the Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant offered by the National Parks Service and State Historic Preservation Office. This grant provides funding for branding and outreach programs, Preservation Month activities and other specific projects that contribute to Lake Oswego’s history.  Projects will include special advertisement of Preservation Month activities in the “Hello LO”, producing brochures for the Hazelia Agricultural Heritage Trail and brochures that describe a new historic designation process that is more user-friendly.

Annexations

The following annexations have been received and are scheduled for the April 4 Council hearing

  • AN17-0001: 16287 Bonaire Avenue
  • AN17-0002: 16425 Bonaire Avenue
  • AN16-0003: 13730 Cameo Court

Land Use Pre-Application Conferences

During January, staff conducted four pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. A request for a minor partition creating 2-parcels from an existing flag lot on Lakeview Blvd.
  2. A request for modification of an approved Development Review Permit to improve the outdoor pool area on Parkview Drive.
  3. A request for a Residential Infill Design Review or Major Variances for a new garage on Ridgeway.
  4. A request for a minor partition and a secondary dwelling unit on Fairway Road.

Code Enforcement

A total of seven Code Enforcement cases were resolved in January. Six without Municipal Court action and one with.

Permit Center Activity

Customer Contacts:  During January, Permit Center staff served 685 walk-in customers and responded to 1107 phone calls, or approximately 94 customer contacts per day. Of the walk-in customers, 49% were for Planning, 28% for Building, and 19% for Engineering and other services.

Building Permit Activity:  During January, five demolition permits were issued. Building staff received five New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications.

During January, nine New Single Family Residential (NSFR) permits issued.

Planning staff reviewed and approved 12 building permits, 17 business licenses, and two sign permits during this time.


In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 10 issued in January by Building staff, with the median days being 13.

Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 17 issued in January by Building staff, with the median days being 9.


Planning & Building Services Highlights for December, 2016

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

The Development Review Commission did not meet in December.

SUMMARY OF PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

Annual Community Development Code (CDC) Amendments (LU 16-0030). The Commission adopted the Findings, Conclusions and Order on December 12.

Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map – Legislative Map Corrections (LU 16-0035). The Commission adopted Findings, Conclusions and Order on December 12.

Also on December 12, the Commission received a second briefing from the City of Portland regarding a code change that would facilitate implementation of the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Facilities Master Plan, focusing on the public involvement process. Continue reading Planning & Building Services Highlights for December, 2016

Planning Commission Seeks Input on 2017

The Lake Oswego Planning Commission (also serving as Commission for Citizen Involvement) is reviewing potential goals for 2017 and is seeking input from the community.  The Planning Commission’s roles and responsibilities, along with a list of its current projects and 2016 goals, can be found on the Planning Commission webpage, click here.

The Commission invites the community to provide feedback in one of the following ways:

  • E-mail your written comments to the Planning Commission at PlanningCommission@LakeOswego.city, no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 9.
  • Attend the Planning Commission’s January 9 meeting to share your comments. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber.

The City Council will review the proposed Planning Commission goals and may provide direction at their 2017 Goal Setting meeting in January.

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER, 2016

SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS

Public Hearing on LU 15-0053, a request by Dillavou Properties, for approval of six RID Review design variances to the R-7.5 zone, Evergreen Neighborhood Overlay (EN), and Building Design standards plus the removal of two trees to construct two pairs of zero-lot line dwellings on existing substandard lots on 5th Street. This hearing was continued from the October 17, 2016 meeting for deliberation purposes only. DRC denied the request on November 21.

SUMMARY OF PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

Evergreen Overlay Revisions (LU16-0042). The Commission adopted Findings, Conclusions and Order on November 14.

Annual Community Development Code (CDC) Amendments (LU 16-0030). The Commission conducted a public hearing on November 14 and reviewed the Findings, Conclusions and Order (FC&O) on November 28. The Commission is scheduled to adopt the FC&O on December 12.

Food Cart Pods Amendment (LU 16-0027). The Commission adopted Findings, Conclusions and Order on November 14.

Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP) Zoning (PP 16-0007). The Commission received a briefing from the City of Portland to initiate a code change that would facilitate implementation of the TCWTP Master Plan.

Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map – Legislative Map Corrections (LU 16-0035). The Commission conducted a public hearing on November 28 and is scheduled to adopt Findings, Conclusion and Order on December 12.

CITY COUNCIL ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On November 1, the City Council conducted a hearing on annexation of three parcels on Reao Court and approved Ordinance 2724. The Council also conducted a hearing on a package of Non-Community Development Code amendments (Ordinance 2727), which included a new Demolition Notice procedure.

SUMMARY OF HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB) ACTIONS

The Historic Resource Advisory Board held their regular meeting on November 16 and discussed the CLG workshop on November 2 in Salem. Susanna Kuo also informed HRAB that it is the 100-year anniversary of the Iron furnace. The Lake Oswego Preservation Society is planning an event that will be held during preservation month or in the summer.

HRAB also discussed:

  • Council / HRAB goals.
  • New designation request for 3650 Upper Drive.
  • Lake Oswego Heritage Council’s request to revise their bronze plaque showing the year the building was built from 1920 to 1928.
  • Preservation month activities for this 2017.
  • Historic district formation and partition review.
  • Applications for the historic preservation grant.
  • Continued their discussion on the expansion of the number of Board members from five to seven.
  • Discussed code revisions to simplify the historic house designation process.

LAND USE PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

During November, staff conducted nine pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. A request for a minor partition creating 2-parcels on Upper Drive.
  2. A request for a Conditional Use Permit for a French school to relocate to Kruse Way.
  3. A request for a minor variance to construct a retaining wall that is taller than allowed on Dellwood Drive.
  4. A request for a minor partition creating 2-parcels on Burma Road.
  5. A request for a Development Review Permit to redevelop a commercial suite with new retail buildings on Mercantile Drive.
  6. A request for a minor variance to fence height within 10 feet of a street right-of-way on Streamside Ct.
  7. A request for Residential Infill Development (RID) approval to construct an addition to an existing dwelling on Middelcrest Road.
  8. A request for a Development Review modification to construct a deck addition to an existing multi-family dwelling on Greenbrae Court.
  9. A request for a major variance to construct new garages on Third Street.

ANNEXATIONS

The following four annexations are scheduled for the January 3 Council Hearing

  • AN16-0008: 5495 Tree Street
  • AN16-0009: 17924 Pilkington Road
  • AN16-0010: 13615 Knaus Road
  • AN16-0011: 5550 Jean Road

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Six Code Enforcement cases were resolved in November without Municipal Court action.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts: During November, Permit Center staff served 871 walk-in customers and responded to 1,125 phone calls, or approximately 105 customer contacts per day. Of the walk-in customers, 41% were for Planning, 36% for Building, and 23% for Engineering and other services.

Building Permit Activity: During November, Building staff received eight New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications, and issued six demolition permits (see below):

Ten NSFR Permits were issued for the following:

  1. Middelcrest Road
  2. Upper Drive
  3. 4th Street
  4. 4th Street
  5. 4th Street
  6. 4th Street
  7. 4th Street
  8. 4th Street
  9. Glen Haven Road
  10. Carman Grove Lane

Six Demolition Permits were issued for the following:

  1. Lake Haven Drive
  2. Wembley Park Road
  3. Cabana Lane
  4. Maple Street
  5. Lake Haven Drive
  6. Upper Drive

Planning staff reviewed and approved 20 building permits, 15 business licenses, and three sign permit during this time.

November accounts for one townhouse development with six NSFR permits.
November accounts for one townhouse development with six NSFR permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 30 issued in November by Building staff, with the median days being 48.5.

Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 16 issued in November by Building staff, with the median day being 30.

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DEMOLITION NOTICES REQUIRED BEGINNING IN DECEMBER

Demolition Poster
Demolition Poster

As of December 1, 2016, public notice is required for all residential demolitions in Lake Oswego. Ordinance 2727, adopted by City Council November 1, requires notice be provided 14 days prior to beginning demolition.

While the procedure is intended to protect neighborhood livability, it is primarily for the convenience and general welfare of residents in the immediate vicinity of a demolition and does not create a new appeals process.

Under LOC 45.12.100, “Demolition” or “demolish” means: (i) Removal of all exterior walls; (ii) Removal of the superstructure (the part of the building or construction above the lowest subflooring; “lowest subfloor” is the bottom-most structural floor laid as a base for a finished floor), such that none of the existing superstructure is maintained; or (iii) Alteration, abandonment or removal of all of the existing perimeter foundation. 

Residential demolitions can be disruptive due to noise and dust, particularly in neighborhoods that are undergoing rapid redevelopment. Previously, neighbors would have no warning of a demolition; there was no required notice poster or mailing, as there is for certain types of development applications and tree permits. Under the new noticing procedure, contractors are required to post a Notice of Demolition poster on the property and mail notices to abutting residential properties at least 14 days before beginning a demolition.

The City also requires an approved erosion control plan, tree protection measures (when applicable), and certification of asbestos and lead-based paint—and abatement, when these materials are present—in accordance with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality standards, for all demolitions. Contractors can find information on these requirements, and an updated Demolitions Permit Packet will be posted by November 23, on the following Building Department web page: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/building/residential-demolition

For further information, please contact Planning and Building Services staff at 503-635-0290.