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Posted on: Apr 3 2020 - 3:18pm

2020 City Council Goals

Support business investment and job creation in Lake Oswego

Council Initiatives

  • Adopt an Economic Development Strategy.  Work Plan elements include:
    • Increasing the partnership with Chamber of Commerce.  Work with Chamber to adjust business license fees and ensure licensing of all businesses
    • Considering a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for city of Lake Oswego
  • Select a developer and approve a DDA for the North Anchor properties

Increase the diversity of people serving on City Boards, Commissions and Committees and employed by the City of Lake Oswego to meet the needs of all of the City’s residents

Council Initiatives

  • Formal DEI training for Council, Exec Team and Boards and Commissions
  • Support the DEI Task force and implement their recommendations

Other tasks

  • Develop a calendar of events to celebrate cultural and religious diversity

Protect natural resources in a changing climate

Council Initiatives

  • Adopt the Climate Action Plan and implement the actions focused on City operations
  • Improve the ability of the City to preserve big trees by
    • Expanding the City’s ivy eradication program
    • Protecting large trees on City property
    • Updating the list of trees that can be planted in Lake Oswego

Support strong operational practices and fiscal policies that increase public trust in the City

Council Initiatives

  • Provide vigilant oversight of City Hall project to ensure on-time, on-budget delivery
  • Develop a clearer intergovernmental policy and strategy to guide our work with our State, regional, county, and other jurisdictional partners
  • Identify mid-term budget challenges, review options, and develop a plan to address them prior to FY 2021-2023 budget process
  • Reduce restrictive and unneeded regulations

Invest in Lake Oswego’s basic infrastructure to ensure reliable and cost-effective services for residents and businesses

Council Initiatives

  • Determine the best option for the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Continue focus on pavement quality and pathways; increase the pavement management index to 70% or above

Other tasks

  • Consider increasing the funding capacity of Lake Grove Urban Renewal Area

Invest in Lake Oswego’s high-quality parks, natural areas, and recreational amenities

Council Initiatives

  • Approve a project list for the Parks Bond. Work plan elements include:
    • Improve the golf course and driving range
    • Develop the Rassekh property as ballfields
    • Identifying and evaluating potential strategic parks land acquisitions
  • Complete plans for a recreation center/community pool and renovated golf course

Other tasks

  • Respond to the proposed charter amendment related to parks and natural areas
  • Complete the pathway between Rogers and Foothills parks
  • Improve the pathway connecting Maple Street to George Rogers to be accessible to more users

Improve transportation connections, mobility and safety for all types of trips in Lake Oswego and reduce automobile congestion

Council Initiatives

  • Adopt a five-year plan for pathways
  • Develop a plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and reduce automobile congestion on Highway 43, McVey Ave and Stafford Road.  Work program elements should address:
    • Congestion at major intersections
    • A safe walking and bicycling route to Portland
    • Traffic conflicts caused by the at-grade railroad crossings

Other tasks

  • Invite Tri-Met to provide an update the Southwest Service Enhancement plan
  • Continue Safe Routes to School project prioritization

Plan for future population and business growth to conserve the community’s character and quality of life

Council Initiatives

  • Begin work to comply with HB 2001 & HB 2003
  • Delineate Stafford areas of interest
  • Begin work to construct at least one new affordable housing project by rezoning the Boones Ferry Road staging area to allow for an affordable housing development