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
- A request for a RID review to expand existing decks on the south side of an apartment building on 2nd Street.
- A request for approval of a minor partition creating 2-parcels on Bryant Rd.
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:
- E Ave.
- 8th Ave.
- 5th Ave.
- Sunset Dr.
- Wildwood St.
- Cabana Ln.
- Upper Dr.
- Wembley Park Rd.
- Summit Dr.
- Upper Dr.
- Luce Ln.
- 7th St.
- Highlands Lp.
- 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.