The City is working on improvements to the Community Development Code to make it more clear, concise, adaptable and user-friendly. The project continues the work of the 2010 Community Development Code Audit and the Phase 1 Code Reorganization completed last year, and supports the Comprehensive Plan update.
1. Updates to Commercial & Mixed Use Zoning
2. Establish Clear and Objective Housing Standards
3. Updates to the Adjustments, Alternatives and Variances and Non-conforming Structures and Uses code sections.
Streamlining the development code will make it easier for the public to navigate, use and understand. The process will eliminate repetitive, confusing and out-of-date standards, resulting in time and cost savings for staff, benefiting tax-payers and community members.
Removing barriers to mixed-use development will support the 2035 Community Vision and Map by facilitating the development of future housing and job growth in existing commercial and mixed-use areas, rather than in low-density neighborhoods. Providing a clear and objective review track for housing development will meet state rules by providing greater certainty and helping to prevent unreasonable cost or delay.
Lake Oswego residents and stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to participate in the process. Public input will be sought through a focus group, advisory committee meetings, open houses, Planning Commission & Development Review Commission meetings, and public hearings. We encourage you to participate!
The project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2014. The general schedule is as follows:
A. Project Kick-off (August 2012)
B. Draft and revise code concepts (September 2012 – April 2013)
C. Draft code amendments and Planning Commission work sessions (April – November 2013)
D. Council Work sessions and adoption hearings (February - June 2014)
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