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2023 City Council Goals
Ensure a safe, secure, and prepared community
- Continue to oversee and guide the action plan to implement the recommendations of the 2021 Community Dialog on Policing, including increased reporting and public dialog about policing in Lake Oswego.
- Implement a sustainable business model for the Fire Department that meets the 21st century needs of Lake Oswego.
- Create a process for externally-based community groups to connect and create a plan to support residents, especially seniors and people with disabilities, in the event of a disaster.
Support business investment and job creation in Lake Oswego
- Ensure the North Anchor redevelopment stays on track.
- Review the status of the City's Urban Renewal Areas, including the status of previous planning for Foothills.
- Implement the initiatives in the 2022 Economic Development Strategy, including City outreach to large businesses, understanding available space for business and how Lake Oswego can be attractive for business. Designate a lead staff person to work with businesses that are opening, expanding or relocating to Lake Oswego.
Foster a welcoming and inclusive community where all people have the opportunity to thrive and have equitable access to City Services
- Guide the highest priority recommendations of the DEI Advisory Board: Develop relationships with culturally specific community-based organizations; develop and implement inclusive community engagement practices; and ensure COBID procurement process requirements are met.
Combat climate change and strengthen the community’s resilience to climate impacts
- Integrate climate action and resilience strategies into City projects, such as capital improvement planning, housing policy, and City facilities and fleet decisions.
- Update the Urban and Community Forest Plan using the findings of the 2022 State of the Urban Forest Report. Address issues related to equitable outcomes, tree species, housing, and climate change.
Strengthen public trust in the City through continuous improvement, outstanding customer service, infrastructure investments, and fiscal stewardship
- Collaborate with the City of Portland to make a financially and environmentally responsible long-term investment in a wastewater treatment plant.
- Lead the community visioning process for the Lake Oswego Public Library. Implement a strategic plan based on the recommendations of the visioning process.
- Leverage Lake Oswego's position as the largest city in Clackamas County on regional bodies and with other groups such as the League of Oregon Cities and the Metropolitan Mayors Consortium.
- Conduct a long-term strategic review of the City's finances, including revenues, expenditures, and capital funding.
Invest in Lake Oswego’s high-quality parks, natural areas, and recreational amenities
- Guide delivery of the LORAC and Golf Course Construction.
- Develop a Funding Strategy for Rassekh Park, and construct the skate park portion.
- Start the process to update the City's Parks Master Plan.
Improve transportation connections, mobility and safety for all travelers and all types of trips in Lake Oswego
- Continue construction of sidewalks and pathways, focusing on safe routes to schools.
- Adopt a transportation framework plan for Stafford/McVey.
Conserve the community’s character, sense of place, and quality of life by planning for change and growth
- Continue work on key housing initiatives, the housing production strategy, guiding the HACC/Metro project on Boones Ferry Road, and support for other non-profit led housing projects.
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the City's development codes and processes to make our processes more efficient and predictable and less expensive to reduce the cost of housing and commercial development. This will be coordinated with the City Council's housing and economic development initiatives.