ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan Project

To make Lake Oswego more accessible to all, the City has developed a draft ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP). The project included four major components:

  • Reviewing all City programs, services, and policies;
  • Evaluating the accessibility of City facilities (buildings, parks, and parking lots);
  • Assessing facilities in the public right-of-way; and
  • Developing a strategic plan and tools for implementing the recommended changes to City facilities and practices.

The SETP guides the City in making Lake Oswego's facilities, parks, and public right-of-way accessible to all. This includes all public programs, services, facilities, and activities for community members with disabilities. 

Draft Plan Now Available for Public Review  

A draft of the Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is now available for public review. A screen reader version of the draft plan is also available here.

Hard copies of the plan are available at City Hall, the Library and the Adult Community Center, or upon request. To request an accommodation, please complete this form or contact the ADA Coordinator.

Provide Your Input - Through September 30!

The City welcomes your feedback related to the draft plan. Community input is valuable to help the City determine steps to take to ensure access for people with disabilities. We have extended the comment period through to the end of September 2022. 

Please complete this online survey to share your feedback and comments on the draft plan. You can also contact the ADA Coordinator directly to share your input or request an accommodation to view the plan.

Next Steps

After the public review and comment period, the final plan will be presented to City Council for adoption. This is expected to occur in late 2022.

Background and Schedule  

The Plan will ensure the City is meeting the requirements of the ADA legislation for Title II entities by:

  • Providing notice of nondiscrimination;
  • Establishing an ADA grievance procedure;
  • Designating an employee responsible for overseeing title II compliance;
  • Completing a self-evaluation of services, policies, and practices;
  • Developing a transition plan that identifies structural modifications necessary for compliance; and
  • Including people with disabilities in the planning process by establishing an ADA stakeholder advisory group

The City initiated the ADA SETP project in spring 2020; however, as a result of the pandemic, the project deviated from the original estimated schedule.

The following outlines the project tasks that were undertaken as part of the development of the draft plan.

Policy and Program Evaluation (Self-Evaluation)

During the project's policy and program evaluation phase, a comprehensive review of City policies, services, and practices was conducted to ensure that they are nondiscriminatory to people with disabilities. The evaluation involves the following tasks:

  • Meetings with City staff to administer a questionnaire regarding City practices;
  • Reviewing City policy documents, programs, and services;
  • Reviewing the City's standards and specifications;
  • Identifying modifications to City programs, services, practices, standards, and specifications;
  • Developing a draft ADA Self-Evaluation Report; and
  • Meeting with the ADA stakeholder advisory group to identify issues and review recommendations for modifications to City policies, services, and practices.

The majority of these tasks were completed in winter 2020.

Building, Parking, and Park Evaluations (Transition Plan)

The facility evaluations involved assessing and inventorying barriers to accessibility within the City's buildings, parking, and parks facilities. Several items are addressed during the evaluations:

  • Identifying ADA barrier removal actions;
  • Developing ADA assessment reports for City review and comment;
  • Drafting barrier removal priorities and a schedule; and
  • Involving the ADA stakeholder advisory group in establishing the priorities for barrier removal.

The building, parking, and park evaluations were completed in spring 2021, and the barrier assessments were completed in summer 2021.

Right-of-Way Evaluations (Transition Plan)

The right-of-way evaluations involved assessing and inventorying ADA barriers within the public right-of-way for adherence to standards. The assessment involves the following tasks:

  • Establishing the procedures for evaluating right-of-way facilities;
  • Conducting evaluations of sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian pushbuttons, and on-street parking;
  • Identifying ADA barrier removal actions; and
  • Drafting barrier removal priorities and a schedule; and
  • Involving the stakeholder advisory group in establishing the priorities for barrier removal in the public right-of-way.

The right-of-way evaluations were completed in winter 2020.

Stakeholder Feedback

A stakeholder advisory group was formed in spring 2022, including people with disabilities or representatives of disability advocacy groups. The group provided input and feedback in spring 2022. Topics and feedback included:

  • Build, improve and maintain pedestrian access routes in the public right-of-way;
  • Improve ADA access to all parks including the Natural Parks;
  • Park descriptions on website should include the park address, accessible features and if there is public transit access;
  • Improve access to public transit within the City;
  • Minimize how often people with disabilities are required to ask for an accommodation by providing accessible and inclusive programs from the start;
  • Budget and address ADA concerns in a timely manner; and
  • Prioritize facilities that can be accessed via public transportation.

City Council Updates

An update on the progress of the project and plan was provided to City Council on May 17, 2022. The Council Report is available here. You can also watch the meeting on YouTube. 

After the public review and comment period, the final plan will be presented to City Council for adoption. This is expected to occur in late 2022.

Location
380 A Avenue
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Project Details
Year: 
2022
Status: 
Active
Owner/Applicant: 
City of Lake Oswego
Project Contact: 

Kelli Byrd
ADA Coordinator
380 A Avenue, 2nd Floor, Lake Oswego
Phone: 503-635-0282
Relay Services: TTY 711
Email: ada@lakeoswego.city

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