ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan Project

To make Lake Oswego more accessible to all, the City is developing an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP). The project includes 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 ADA SETP project demonstrates the City of Lake Oswego's commitment to providing equal access to its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for citizens with disabilities. The resulting 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

Project Tasks and Schedule

The City of Lake Oswego initiated the ADA SETP project in spring 2020, and as a result of the pandemic, the project had deviated from the original estimated schedule. ADA stakeholder group involvement is anticipated in early 2022.

The following outlines the project tasks and describes the schedule for each.

Policy and Program Evaluation (Self-Evaluation)

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

  • Meeting 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
  • Involving the ADA stakeholder advisory group to identify issues and review recommendations for modifications to City policies, services, and practices.

The questionnaire, policy review, standards and specifications review, the identification of draft recommendations, and the development of the draft report were completed in winter 2020.

Building, Parking, and Park Evaluations (Transition Plan)

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

  • Evaluating City facilities for ADA accessibility;
  • 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 submitted to the City in summer 2021.

Right-of-Way Evaluations (Transition Plan)

The right-of-way evaluations involve 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.

Transition Plan Development

During the final phase, the ADA SETP is developed. The Plan will be posted to the City website, and hard copies will be available at designated locations to collect public comments. Once completed, the Plan will:

  • Describe the legislative requirements;
  • Describe the methodology employed for the Plan's development;
  • Provide the results and recommendations of the self-evaluation process;
  • Provide the results of the transition planning process and schedule for barrier removal;
  • Provide implementation strategies for barrier removal;
  • Provide the City's notice of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability;
  • Identify the employee responsible for the implementation of the Plan;
  • Provide the grievance procedures; and
  • Provide a list of resources.

The City is currently reviewing the outcomes of the transition plan assessments. In early 2022, staff will draft a preliminary transition plan stakeholder review. ADA stakeholder group involvement is anticipated in early 2022, with public review of the Plan in spring 2022. After the public comment period, the Plan will be presented to Council for adoption.

How to Provide Input

The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan process is currently underway. We invite the public to provide input on the development of ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan and will post documents here for public review and comment when they are available. Currently there are no draft documents for review at this time; please check back for updates.

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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