Did you know that Lake Oswego has over two thousand businesses? These enterprises include a wide range of personal and professional services, manufacturers, and retail and restaurant establishments, among others, serving Lake Oswego and the broader community. Last month, the City issued businesses licenses for the following new or relocated businesses.

January, 2021 – 29 Licenses
December 2020 – 38 Licenses
November 2020 – 11 Licenses

Pakes & Recreation


It is official, the Medical Ride Reimbursement Program goes live on March 1.  The ACC designed the program funded by grant dollars to reimburse older LO residents for a medical ride taken with a ride share company, up to $50.00. We are excited to provide a resource to make transportation to and from medical appointments a bit more accessible with financial support.


In lieu of the course and range remaining closed we have made arrangements to conduct our golf classes temporarily at the Trails End Golf Center in Oregon City.   


All the storm stuff




L.O. Tennis Center re-opens for the first time since November! As staff was preparing to re-open earlier this month when Clackamas Co. moved to OHA’s COVID High Risk level, a winter storm created another delay.  Thanks to the City’s Parks crew for storm clean-up to make re-opening possible. There was no damage to the building, but here is a picture of the crew as they were in the ‘final stages’ of clean-up!



On January 5, the CC:

Conducted a public hearing and enacted Ordinance 2862, amending LOC Chapter 47 Sign Code to allow portable A-frame signs and other temporary signs during COVID-19.

Conducted a public hearing and tentatively approved Ordinance 2856 (LU 20-0040), amending LOC Chapter 50 Community Development Code extending the timeframe for temporary commercial structures and waiving design review for awnings during COVID-19.

On January 19, the CC:

Adopted Findings, Conclusion and Order for LU 20-0040, and enacted Ordinance 2856 (LU 20-0040), amending LOC Chapter 50 Community Development Code extending the timeframe for temporary commercial structures and waiving design review for awnings during COVID-19.


On January 11, the PC received a presentation from DLCD staff on HB 2001 minimum compliance rules recently adopted by the State Land Conservation and Development Commission. City staff also provided an update on the public outreach process for Phase 1 of the City’s work toward compliance with the Bill.

Please refer to the following web page for the current PC meeting forecast: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc_pc/schedule-and-information


On January 4, 2021, the DRC held the following public hearings:

  • LU 20-0030, a request for formal code interpretation of “Specialty Food” use as it relates to minimum parking requirements for certain tenants of the Kruse Village Shopping Center. The DRC tentatively approved the application 5:0, with Findings, Conclusions and Order scheduled for January 20th at 7:00 PM.
  • LU 20-0011, an appeal of a staff decision to approve a 2-parcel minor partition with a flag lot and the removal of 22 trees. The DRC dismissed the appeal due to lack of the required neighborhood association documentation 3:2, with Findings, Conclusions and Order scheduled for January 20th.

On January 20, 2021, the DRC:

Approved Findings, Conclusions and Order 4:0 for LU 20-0030, a request for formal code interpretation of “Specialty Food” use as it relates to minimum parking requirements for certain tenants of the Kruse Village Shopping Center.

The draft Findings, Conclusions and Order for LU 20-0011 was continued to February 1st because there would have been a 2-2 tie of the Commissioner’s present and eligible to vote on the findings at the meeting and therefore no action could be taken.


At their meeting held on January 13, HRAB members reviewed their adopted goals and discussed the activities that will be conducted under this year’s CLG Grant. They discussed the work program for the Reconnaissance Level Survey of Historic Properties and the preservation outreach activities. This year’s awards ceremony is expected to be held in the Council chambers with City Council. HRAB has also scheduled their Public Outreach Information Booth at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market in June July and August.


City Council approved four annexations as follows:

  1. 5350 Firwood Rd. (AN 20-0006);
  2. 16115 Bonaire Avenue (AN 20-0007);
  3. 5110 Carman Drive (AN 20-0008);
  4. 19064 Benfield Avenue (AN 20-0009).


Staff approved LU 20-0035, a request for a 2-parcel minor partition with one flag lot on Lake Grove Avenue, subject to conditions set forth in the staff report. The Notice of Decision was sent on January 11, 2021.

Staff approved LU 20-0038, a request for an Expedited 2-parcel minor partition with a flag lot; a minor variance to the rear yard setback for the existing house; and major variances to the flag lot perimeter screening fence requirement, and to the rear, lake and combined rear and side setbacks on the flag lot, subject to conditions set forth in the staff report. The site is located on Twin Points Road. The Notice of Decision was sent January 22, 2021.



In January, staff held six pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. PA 20-0080, 2-parcel minor partition with a flag lot on Pilkington Road.
  2. PA 20-0081, Modification to an approved Development Permit for exterior modifications to a commercial complex on McVey Avenue.
  3. PA 20-0082, Minor variance to reduce the rear yard setback for an addition to an existing single-family dwelling on Andrews Road.
  4. PA 20-0083, Conditional Use and Development Review Permits to construct a new aquatics/recreation center (Major Public Facility) on Stafford Road.
  5. PA 21-0001, RID variance to the rear yard setback for a detached accessory structure on Canal Road.
  6. PA 21-0002, RID variance to construct an addition to an existing single-family dwelling on Lake Front Road.


In the month of December, Planning staff reviewed 33 building permits, 4 sign permits and 29 business licenses.


Last month, there were 4 Code Enforcement cases resolved, all without Municipal Court action.


Customer Contacts:  During the month of January, 2021, the Permit Center was closed to walk-in customers.  Staff responded to 1,144 phone calls, or approximately 61 customer contacts per day. Of the phone-in customers 28% were for Planning, 35% for Building, 10% for Engineering and 27% for other services.  Staff served customers remotely via an inbox in the building entry vestibule, mailing of information, posting public information signs for trees and public hearings, and remote meetings to ensure social distancing.

Building Permit Activity: During January, Building staff received three New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications. Two NSFR permits were issued as follows:

New Single Family Residential (NSFR)

  1. Goodall Road
  2. Troon Road

The City converted to new State of Oregon E-permitting software in August, 2020, which resulted in some delays in processing permits.

The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”.  As of December 2018, the Planning Department has provided NSFR plan review services for both Planning and Engineering reviews. Ready to issue includes time that applicants need to address corrections required for code compliance or factors beyond the City’s control.

In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 22 issued last month by Building staff, with the median days being 28. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 22 permits issued, with the median days being 30.

Lunar New year celebrations with LOPL!

The Library has been ringing in the Lunar New Year this month with virtual celebrations and a lantern craft kit giveaway!

Lantern Craft Kits

If you’ve stopped by the Library in the last few weeks, you’ve seen the beautiful paper lanterns welcoming patrons to the holds pick-up area. So far, we’ve given away approximately 90 lantern craft kits, and we have about 60 left, just in time for the Lantern Festival this Friday, February 26! The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the traditional Lunar New Year celebrations. During the festival, people often hang glowing lanterns in temples or carry them during a nighttime parade. We invite you to stop by this Friday to pick up a kit and celebrate the Lunar New Year with your family!

Virtual Celebrations

On February 9, our weekly cookbook group, Cook The Books, met virtually to discuss foods traditionally served during Lunar New Year. In advance of the event, librarians shared a New York Times article about how Vietnam celebrates Lunar New Year (known in Vietnam as Tết), and the group discussed how the holiday is not just a Chinese holiday, but is celebrated across several different countries and territories in Asia, including Tibet, South Korea, and Singapore, to name a few. Members of the group prepared and discussed various delicious dishes, including several spring roll variations, sticky rice, steamed whole fish, hoisin-glazed spare ribs, spicy Szechuan green beans, and peanut and sesame candy. Yum! The group also discussed the meaning behind some of the traditional foods, such as whole chickens, which represent family togetherness – something that we’ve come to cherish even more deeply this past year.

Our weekly Trivia Night adopted a Lunar New Year theme on February 11, Lunar New Year’s Eve. Over 90 contestants on 25 teams answered questions about Lunar New Year’s traditions, folklore, and food. Later that evening, the librarians who hosted the event received thank you emails from participants, one of whom noted, “Just wanted to let you both know what a great time we had at trivia! We learned a lot about Lunar New Year, and I still can’t get those K-pop covers out of my head!”

We wish you all good health and happiness in this new year, and we look forward to gathering together for next year’s Lunar New Year celebrations!

Parks & Recreation

Drone footage of the damage at the Golf Course- One minute video:

Team work and dedication are great words to describe the parks crew! Our Crews started the clean up by support the Street Department to get roads open and this week have been working in the parks. On Tuesday all natural areas were closed and developed parks that had hazardous tree issues. One by one areas are being assessed and opened when possible. Many natural areas will remain closed until we can evaluate them for safety. Please see the city website for the latest updates!

Parks & Recreation


A joint Cooks Butte planting occurred on Sat., Feb. 6th by the Parks Department and leaders of Friends of Trees. This crew of 11 planted 400 native species along the Cooks Butte Tributary. Many of the native species, such as Red Elder Berry, Indian Plum and Twinberry, will provide food, cover and nesting provisions for wildlife. Their flowers will offer nectar and pollen for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. 

Friends of Luscher Farm and the Parks Department welcomed 26 volunteers from the Portland Garden Club on Mon., Feb. 7.  The eager volunteers planted 250 native species, such as Oregon Grape and Snowberry, up in the Brock Oaks area.  This was a great turnout and several adults brought their teens to join in this Stewardship habitat restoration!


The ACC staff worked hard to coordinate bags containing an emergency food box, a frozen meal  and special Valentines for the Meals on Wheels participates anticipating ice and snow.  A big thank you to our volunteers who delivered more than they expected.


As we begin a new year, the library continues to serve our patrons virtually, over the phone and in person at Outdoor Holds Pickup. We’ve adapted our LO Reads program this year to be completely virtual; Nancy and our wonderful volunteers distributed over 800 free copies of the LO Reads 2021 book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”!

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