CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS
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.
PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS
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
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMISSION (DRC) ACTIONS
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.
HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)
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:
- 5350 Firwood Rd. (AN 20-0006);
- 16115 Bonaire Avenue (AN 20-0007);
- 5110 Carman Drive (AN 20-0008);
- 19064 Benfield Avenue (AN 20-0009).
ADMINISTRATIVE LAND USE DECISIONS
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:
- PA 20-0080, 2-parcel minor partition with a flag lot on Pilkington Road.
- PA 20-0081, Modification to an approved Development Permit for exterior modifications to a commercial complex on McVey Avenue.
- PA 20-0082, Minor variance to reduce the rear yard setback for an addition to an existing single-family dwelling on Andrews Road.
- PA 20-0083, Conditional Use and Development Review Permits to construct a new aquatics/recreation center (Major Public Facility) on Stafford Road.
- PA 21-0001, RID variance to the rear yard setback for a detached accessory structure on Canal Road.
- PA 21-0002, RID variance to construct an addition to an existing single-family dwelling on Lake Front Road.
PLANNING REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES
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.
PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY
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)
- Goodall Road
- 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.