The Sensitive Lands program is a set of land use regulations that protect environmentally significant streams, wetlands, and tree groves. The regulations apply to land within two types of overlay zoning districts. Significant stream corridors and wetlands are designated as Resource Protection (RP) Districts, and significant tree groves are designated as Resource Conservation (RC) Districts. A map of Sensitive Lands districts can be viewed online; click on the “Sensitive Lands Maps” link below for more information.
One of the City Council’s Action Plan items for 2013 is to revise the Sensitive Lands program. The Council has developed an initial proposal to remove Sensitive Lands districts from private residential properties and use other methods to protect natural resources. Lake Oswego uses the Sensitive Lands program to comply with regional and state laws, so revisions to the program must meet the requirements of Metro’s Titles 3 and 13. In April 2013, Mayor Studebaker and Councilor Kehoe met with two Metro Councilors to discuss the proposal. Metro reviewed the proposal and prepared a response identifying several key issues that would need to be resolved in order for the proposal to meet regional and state requirements.
The City Council held a study session on Metro’s response and potential next steps on June 18, 2013. The Council directed staff to prepare a 12-month work program to accomplish the following tasks:
Updates on the status of the work program tasks are available below. For additional information about the proposed revisions to the Sensitive Lands program, please see the staff reports, initial proposal, and correspondence listed under Key Documents and Other Materials, below. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Christenson, the City’s Natural Resources Planner, at (503) 675-3990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 23, 2013, the City issued a Request for Proposals for a consultant to assist with corrections to the Sensitive Lands Atlas.
On September 30, 2013, letters were sent to all Sensitive Lands property owners to inform them that the City is offering a free map correction process. Copies of the letters and the application for review are available below under Other Materials.
August 2, 2013
Letters were sent to all property owners whose properties include a stream, wetland, or tree grove that was proposed to be added to the Sensitive Lands map in 2008, explaining that the property is no longer being considered for Sensitive Lands designation. Copies of the letters are available below under Other Materials.