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PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JANUARY, 2021

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.

ANNEXATIONS

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).

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.

 

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

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.

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.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

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)

  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.

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR NOVEMBER, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On November 3, the CC:

  • Conducted a public hearing and tentatively approved Ordinance 2853, amending LOC Chapter 50 (Community Development Code) for the Purpose of Clarifying and Updating Various Provisions (2020).
  • Conducted a public hearing and enacted Ordinance 2854, Clarifying, Revising, and Updating LOC 42.03.130 (Intersection Sight Distance); LOC 45.09.065 (Abatement of Dangerous Building Code); LOC 55.02.082 (Tree Cutting Permit Issuance); LOC 55.02.92 (Tree Cutting Permit Expiration); Repealing Article 12.55 (Compensation Claims Under ORS Ch. 197) and Adding LOC 34.02.065 (Helicopter Landing or Takeoff).

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PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCTOBER, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

At their meeting on October 6, the CC:

  • Approved Ordinance 2824 (AN 19-0003) annexing three tax lots consisting of 2.07 acres at 16556, 16524, 16552 and 16494 Boones Ferry Road and a portion of the Boones Ferry Road right-of-way and rezoning the property to WLG-RMU.
  • Conducted a public hearing and approved Resolution 20-27 modifying and increasing Building Division fees to align the fees with the State of Oregon Permitting System.
  • Conducted a public hearing on an appeal of a Development Review Commission (DRC) denial of a Type 2 tree permit at 381 9th Street (499-19-05510/AP 20-01). The CC upheld the DRC decision and denied the appeal.
  • Adopted Findings, Conclusions and Order affirmed the DRC’s decision and denied an appeal of the decision approving a development permit to construct a 160-unit multifamily residential structure at 5600 Meadows Road (LU 19-0041)

On October 20, the CC approved a motion directing staff to prepare an ordinance for review by the Planning Commission:

  • Exempting awnings and canopies over outdoor dining areas from design review during COVID-19, and
  • Replacing the 14-day restriction on temporary shelters with a longer timeframe for certain commercial uses during COVID-19 (LU 20-0040).

PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On October 12, the PC:

  • Adopted Findings, Conclusions, and Order for the 2020 Annual Community Development Code Amendments, recommending approval of the code changes to City Council (LU 20-0015).
  • Conducted a public hearing on Community Development Code and Comprehensive Plan Amendments to Subareas I and I-A of the Marylhurst Campus allowing multifamily affordable housing (LU 20-0016). The PC received oral and written testimony and continued the hearing to October 26, specifying deadlines of October 19 for any additional written testimony only, and October 21 for any rebuttal.

On October 26, the PC:

  • Completed its deliberations on LU 20-0016 (Marylhurst CDC and Comprehensive Plan Amendments) and made a tentative decision to recommend approval of the application to City Council. The Findings, Conclusions and Order are scheduled for adoption on November 9.
  • Received an update on the State of Oregon’s rulemaking for House Bills 2001 and 2003 (PP 19-0008).

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 October 5, 2020, the DRC approved the Findings, Conclusion and Order 6:0 for AP 20-03 [TR 499-20-02350], approving a request for Type II permit to remove seven trees for landscaping purposes.

On October 19, 2020, the DRC meeting was canceled, due to a lack of Agenda items.

HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)

At their meeting on October 14, 2020 the Historic Resources Advisory Board discussed the following:

  1. 781 3rd St – First Addition Neighborhood. The property owner has filed an application with the city to demolish the house and redevelop the property. The house on the property was constructed in the 1920s and has good historic integrity. It is not on the Landmark Designation List and it wasn’t identified in the Cultural Resources Inventory (CRI). HRAB was concerned about the loss of this potential historic resource and the overall loss of community authenticity and sense of place. They discussed making First Addition a historic conservation district, but decided to table the project since there weren’t enough buildings over 50 years old. HRAB members explored the possibility of revising the code to provide an opportunity to review demolition of buildings over 50 years old. At the very least, HRAB would like to be able to document these properties before they are demolished.
  2. HRAB discussed their Goals as follows:
    1. Lake Grove Reconnaissance Survey: HRAB desires to conduct a reconnaissance level survey of the historic houses in Lake Grove.
    2. Preservation Handbook: Develop a handbook that provides graphics and other information explaining the historic preservation code.
    3. Cultural Resources Inventory: Update Cultural Inventory and remove those buildings that are no longer extant and add those that are over 50 years old with good historic integrity.
    4. Preservation Code Revision: Revise code to allow for demolition review, deconstruction and documentation of historic buildings.
    5. Luscher Farm Future Uses: Work with the Parks and Recreation Department to determine future uses that are compatible with the Parks Master Plan and update the Plan.
    6. Luscher Farm Landmark Designation: After annexation, of the property, consider designating the farm ensemble on the Landmark Designation List (LDL).
    7. Historic Preservation Grant: Continue the Historic Preservation Grant program to assist property owners with rehabilitation of their properties on the Landmark Designation List.
    8. City Preservation Program: Continue with Farmers Market and yearly city Historic Preservation Program activities.
  3. 4101 South Shore (Bates House No.4): Staff met with the property owner on the site and discussed future uses and rehabilitation of the house and property.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAND USE DECISIONS

Staff approved LU 20-0029, A 2-parcel minor partition on Hazel Road. The Notice of Decision was issued on October 23, 2020.

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

In October, staff held five pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. PA 20-0062, Modification to an approved Planned Development (LU 05-0074) in order to remove a public pathway, and modify the stormwater facility and the boundary of the conservation easement on Greentree Road.
  2. PA 20-0064, Variance to reduce the front and side yard setbacks for a garage addition to an existing single-family dwelling on Childs Road.
  3. PA 20-0065, Development Review Permit for an unavoidable utility crossing through an RP District on Eastridge Lane.
  4. PA 20-0066, Minor variance to reduce the front yard setback for an addition to a single-family dwelling on Greenwood Road.
  5. PA 20-0067, 2-parcel minor partition on Goodall Road.

PLANNING REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES

In the month of October, Planning staff reviewed 23 building permits, 3 sign permits and 17 business licenses.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

In October, 16 Code Enforcement cases were resolved without Municipal Court action.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts:  During the month of October, 2020, the Permit Center was open by appointment only and closed to walk-in customers. Staff responded to 1,522 phone calls, or approximately 69 customer contacts per day. Of the phone-in customers 26% were for Planning, 31% for Building, 13% for Engineering and 30% for other services. Staff served walk in-customers via the vestibule, mailing information, posting public information signs for trees and public hearing and regular remote meetings to ensure social distancing.

Building Permit Activity: During October, Building staff issued one demolition permit on Wembley Park Way. Seven New Single Family Residential (NSFR) application were received. Five NSFR and two ADU’s permits were issued as follows:

New Single Family Residential (NSFR)

  1. North Shore Road
  2. Bayberry Road
  3. 6th Street
  4. Pine Street
  5. Crestline Drive

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

  1. Bonaire Avenue
  2. Bonaire Avenue

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

The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”. As of November 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 37 issued in October by Building staff, with the median days being 50. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 22 permits issued, with the median days being 16.

 

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

At their regular meeting on September 1, the CC:

  • Conducted a public hearing on a Measure 49 Claim for 1870 Twin Points Road. The CC tentatively approved waiving a land use regulation and not providing compensation to the owner.
  • Conducted a public hearing on Community Development Code amendments allowing Seasonal Outdoor Dining Enclosures. (LU 20-0019) The CC adopted findings and enacted Ordinance 2851 for LU 20-00019 on September 15, 2020.
  • Conducted a public hearing and enacted Ordinance 2828 amending Chapter 42 of the Lake Oswego Code to add regulations for the use of the Public Pedestrian Walkway portion of Block 137.
  • Approved Ordinance 2841 amending code sections related to the Historic Resources Advisory Board and sections of the Lake Oswego Community Development Code relating to Historic Resource Development Permit Procedures, Criteria and Related Provisions and added a new section to address “Demolition by Neglect”.

On September 15, the CC approved Resolution 20-29, finalizing its decision on a Measure 49 Claim for 1870 Twin Points Road, deciding to waive a Community Development Code standard for the subject property.

PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On September 14, 2020, the PC received an update on House Bills 2001 and 2003.

On September 28, 2020, the PC conducted a public hearing on the 2020 Annual Community Development Code Amendments and tentatively approved the amendments. (LU 20-0015)

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 September 9, 2020, the DRC held a public hearing for LU 19-0049, a request for Development Review Permit for a structure accessory to an existing car wash located in the Lake Grove Village Center Overlay. The DRC continued the hearing to November 16, 2020, to allow the applicant to submit revised plans.

On September 21, 2020, the DRC held a public hearing for AP 20-03 [TR 499-20-02350], a request for Type II permit to remove seven trees for landscaping purposes. The DRC approved the application 6:0 and scheduled the adoption of the findings on October 5, 2020.

HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)

At their meeting of September 9, 2020, HRAB discussed the following:

  • The Preservation Handbook, the handbook will supplement the recently adopted Historic Preservation Code
  • Conduct a Reconnaissance Level Survey of Lake Grove. This survey will document the remaining structures over 50 years old of historic significance in Lake Grove.
  • Friends of Luscher Farm: HRAB began coordinating and discussing future uses of the Barn at Luscher Farm.
  • 4101 South Shore (Bates House) HRAB members would like the city to work with the property owner and develop a plan for the stabilization of the existing dwelling.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAND USE DECISIONS

Staff approved four administrative land use cases as follows:

  1. LU 20-0008, a request for 2-parcel partition on a lot containing a historic landmark and a Resource Preservation (RP) District delineation on Cherry Lane. The Notice of Decision was issued on 09/14/2020.
  2. LU 20-0022, a request for modification to an approved Development Permit to modify a condition of approval requiring horizontal siding on a commercial building to allow vertical siding on Rosewood Street. The Notice of Decision was issued on 09/10/2020.
  3. LU 20-0023, a request for a lot line adjustment on Westview Drive. The Notice of Decision was issued on 09/03/2020.
  4. LU 20-0024, a request for a Development Permit Modification of LU 19-0051 to revise the previously approved “maker space” addition on the Hallinan Elementary School on Hawthorn Drive. The Notice of Decision was issued on 09/18/20202.

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

In September, staff held seven pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. PA 20-0055, Development Review Permit, with possible design variances, to construct a detached carport for an existing office building in the Lake Grove Village Center Overlay on Boones Ferry Road.
  2. PA 20-0056, 2-parcel minor partition on Glenmorrie Drive.
  3. PA 20-0057, RP Delineation and construction of a new single-family dwelling on a lot that is most encumbered by an RP District on Glenwood Court.
  4. PA 20-0058, One-lot partition to legalize an illegally created lot on Atherton Drive.
  5. PA 20-0059, 2-parcel minor partition with a flag lot on Twin Points Road.
  6. PA 20-0060, RID variances to construct additions to an existing single-family dwelling on North Shore Road.
  7. PA 20-0061, RID variance for additions to an existing single-family dwelling on Olson Ave.

PLANNING REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES

In the month of September, Planning staff reviewed 26 building permits, 8 sign permits and 22 business licenses.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

In September, 10 Code Enforcement cases were resolved without Municipal Court action.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts:   During the month of September, 2020, the Permit Center was open by appointment only and closed to walk-in customers.  Staff responded to 1,470 phone calls, or approximately 67 customer contacts per day. Of the phone-in customers 26% were for Planning, 38% for Building, 7% for Engineering and 29% for other services.  Staff served walk in-customers via the vestibule, mailed information, posted public information, posted signs for trees and public hearings and regular remote meetings to ensure social distancing.

Building Permit Activity: During September, Building staff did not issue any demolition permits.  One New Single Family Residential (NSFR) application was received. Seven NSFR permits were issued as follows:

  1. Atwater Road
  2. Upper Drive
  3. Upper Drive
  4. Amber Place
  5. Lake Garden Court
  6. Goodall Road
  7. Palisades Crest

 

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

The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”.  As of November 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 13 issued in September by Building staff, with the median days being 49. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were25 permits issued, with the median days being 8.

In addition, the Building Department issued one new commercial structural permit for a library and office on County Club Road.

 

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUGUST, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

Council was on recess and there were no meetings in August.

PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On Aug 10, the PC conducted Work Session #2 on the 2020 Annual Community Development Code Amendments (LU 20-0015), and adopted the Findings, Conclusion and Order for code amendments allowing Seasonal Outdoor Dining Enclosures (LU 20-0019).

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 August 3, 2020, the DRC held a public hearing via Zoom on AP 20-01 [TR 499-19-05510], a request for a Type II permit to remove two trees to construct a new single-family house and detached garage, the application was tentatively denied 6:0.

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On August 17, 2020, the DRC approved the Findings, Conclusion and Order 6:0 denying AP 20-01 [TR 499-19-05510], a request for Type II permit to remove two trees to construct a new single-family house and detached garage.  The public hearing for LU 19-0049, a request for a Development Review Permit for a structure accessory to an existing car wash located in the Lake Grove Village Center Overlay, was continued to September 9, 2020.

HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)

The Historic Resources Advisory Board held their August meeting via Webex and discussed the following:

  1. HRAB elected Kasey Holwerda as Chair and Rachel Verdick as Vice-Chair.
  2. HRAB also awarded funding from the City’s Historic Preservation Grant to: 2725 Iron Mountain Blvd (Lake Oswego Hunt) $6,000; and 257 Iron Mountain Blvd. (Davidson House) $4,000
  3. The Historic Preservation Code revisions are expected to be completed on September 1st, when the Lake Oswego City Council adopts Findings, Conclusion and Order at their first public meeting since the August recess.
  4. The Certified Local Government Grant (CLG) cycle has been completed and was awarded to the city for this year’s completed work on the Historic Preservation code and public outreach.
  5. HRAB also discussed future projects that include the Historic Preservation Handbook and the Reconnaissance Level Survey of Lake Grove.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAND USE DECISIONS

Staff approved one administrative land use case LU 20-0020, a request for a Minor Variance to reduce the rear yard setback to construct a new single-family dwelling in order to preserve a large tree on Maple Street. The Notice of Decision was issued on August 26, 2020.

 

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

In August, staff held five pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. PA 20-0049, Convert an existing accessory structure to an ADU on Summit Drive.
  2. PA 20-0051, Unavoidable utility crossing (sewer) in an RP District and within the Floodplain Overlay on Bryant Road.
  3. PA 20-0052, RID Review Design Variance to reduce a rear yard setback in order to construct a deck for an existing dwelling on Alder Circle.
  4. PA 20-0053, Conversion of an existing accessory structure into a detached ADU on Palisades Terrace.
  5. PA 20-0054, Minor variances to required yard setbacks in order to construct a new single-family dwelling at Tax Map/Tax Lot 21E19BA03400.

PLANNING REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES

In the month of August, Planning staff reviewed 24 building permits, 7 sign permits and 22 business licenses.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

In August, 14 code enforcement cases were resolved without Municipal Court action.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts:   During the month of August, the Permit Center was open by appointment only and closed to walk-in customers.  Staff responded to 947 phone calls, or approximately 46 customer contacts per day. Of the phone-in customers 37% were for Planning, 34% for Building, 9% for Engineering and 20% for other services.  Staff served walk in-customers via the vestibule, mailing information, posting public information signs for trees and public hearing and regular remote meetings to ensure social distancing.

Building Permit Activity: During August, Building staff issued one demolition permit on Lords Lane. Three New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications were received, along with one application for an Accessory Dwelling Unit. Four NSFR permits were issued as follows:

  1. C Avenue
  2. Crest Drive
  3. Upper Drive
  4. Summit Drive

The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”.  As of November 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 19 issued in August by Building staff, with the median days being 39. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 6, with the median days being 23.

 

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JULY, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On July 7 the CC:

  • Conducted a public hearing and tentatively approved Ordinance 2841, An Ordinance of the City of Lake Oswego Amending various municipal code provisions relating to historic preservation (LU 19-0008).
  • Tentatively approved Ordinance 2849, An Ordinance Annexing to the City of Lake Oswego Two Parcels Consisting of 0.42 Acres at 19230 Red Wing Court; Declaring City of Lake Oswego Zoning (AN 20-0004).

On July 21 the CC:

  • Enacted Ordinance 2849, and adopted Findings, Conclusions and Order for, An Ordinance Annexing to the City of Lake Oswego Two Parcels Consisting of 0.42 Acres at 19230 Red Wing Court; Declaring City of Lake Oswego Zoning (AN 20-0004).
  • Received an update on the State’s rule making process for House Bill 2001 and approved a grant agreement with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for House Bill 2001 planning services (PP 19-0008).

PLANNING COMMISSION (PC) ACTIONS

On July 13, the PC conducted Work Session #1 on the 2020 Annual Community Development Code Amendments (LU 20-0015).

On July 27, the PC:

  • Conducted a public hearing and tentatively recommended approval of Community Development Code amendments allowing Seasonal Outdoor Dining Enclosures (LU 20-0019).
  • Received an update on the State’s rule making process for House Bill 2001 and House Bill 2003 (PP 19-0008).
  • Conducted a work session on the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan recommendation regarding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (PP 19-0004).

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 July 6, 2020, the DRC:

  • Continued the public hearing on LU 19-0041, a request for approval of a lot line adjustment, RP District delineations, a Development Review Permit to construct a 160-unit multi-family housing project, approval of a parking study for shared parking, an unavoidable utility crossing for stormwater, minor variances to retaining wall standards, and the removal of 112 trees. The site is located at 5600 Meadows Road.
  • Held a public hearing on LU 19-0044, a request for a 10-lot subdivision with a planned development overlay; and, the removal of 152 trees for construction of site improvements. The site is located on Waluga Drive.

On July 20, 2020, the DRC:

  • Approved the Findings, Conclusions and Order 5:2 for LU 19-0041, a request for approval of a lot line adjustment, RP District delineations, a Development Review Permit to construct a 160-unit multi-family housing project, approval of a parking study for shared parking, an unavoidable utility crossing for stormwater, minor variances to retaining wall standards, and the removal of 112 trees. The site is located at 5600 Meadows Road.
  • Approved the Findings, Conclusion and Order 7:0 for LU 19-0044, a request for a 10-lot subdivision with a planned development overlay; and, the removal of 152 trees for construction of site improvements. The site is located on Waluga Drive.
  • Held a work session for Recommendation to the City Council for a traffic study in Lake Grove and the Kruse/Meadows/Carman Drive area in light of recently approved projects.

HISTORIC RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD (HRAB)

The Historic Resources Advisory Board held their July meeting and discussed the following:

    1. National Register Program Update – Comments due August 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm
    2. Historic Preservation Grant
    3. Preservation Month
      Merit Award – Youth Villages Oregon
      House Plaque – Nancy Tongue
    4. Development of a Preservation Handbook

July was National Preservation Month. Every year during the month of July, communities throughout the nation celebrate Preservation Month, first created in 1971 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Over the past several years, Lake Owego has celebrated Preservation Month by presenting a Preservation Merit Award to an individual or group who has excelled in the field of preservation and a bronze plaque is presented to a homeowner whose property is on the Landmark Designation List. Workshops and tours are conducted by the Lake Oswego Preservation Society and the Oswego Preservation Council. Unfortunately, Lake Oswego’s Preservation Month 2020 will be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the events originally scheduled for this year have been rescheduled for July, 2020.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAND USE DECISIONS

Staff approved two administrative land use cases:

  • LU 20-0007, a request for a RID Variance to construct an addition to an existing single-family dwelling at 16720 Alder Circle. The Notice of Decision was issued on July 15, 2020.
  • LU 20-0018, a request for a RP District delineation at 13561 Goodall Road. The Notice of Decision was issued on July 23, 2020

PRE-APPLICATION CONFERENCES

In July, staff held nine pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. PA 20-0039, New detached accessory dwelling unit on Bonaire Avenue.
  2. PA 20-0040, Modification to an approved Development Permit to modify siding required as a condition of approval on Rosewood Street.
  3. PA 20-0041, Modification to an approved Development Permit for additions to Hallinan Elementary School on Hawthorne Drive.
  4. PA 20-0042, New detached ADU on Blue Heron Road.
  5. PA 20-0043, Similar use determination for certain businesses in the Kruse Village Shopping Center to be classified as Specialty Food instead of Restaurant on Meadows Road.
  6. PA 20-0044, Lot line adjustment on Blue Heron Road and Westview Drive.
  7. PA 20-0046, 3-parcel minor partition with 2 flag lots on Washington Court.
  8. PA 20-0047, 2-parcel minor partition and Resource Protection (RP) District delineation on Inverurie Road.
  9. PA 20-0048, Parking study on 3rd Street.

PLANNING REVIEW OF BUILDING PERMITS, SIGN PERMITS AND BUSINESS LICENSES

In the month of July, Planning staff reviewed 22 building permits, 4 sign permits and 18 business licenses.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

In July, 5 code enforcement cases were resolved without Municipal Court action.

PERMIT CENTER ACTIVITY

Customer Contacts:  During the month of July, the Permit Center was open by appointment only and closed to walk-in customers. Staff responded to 855 phone calls, or approximately 39 customer contacts per day. Of the phone-in customers 38% were for Planning, 35% for Building, 7% for Engineering and 20% for other services.

Building Permit Activity: During July, Building staff issued three demolition permits on Crest Drive, Bayberry Road and 6th Street. Five New Single Family Residential (NSFR) applications were received. Nine NSFR permits were issued as follows:

  1. Wildwood Street
  2. Summit Drive
  3. Upper Drive
  4. Goodall Road
  5. Graef Road
  6. Waluga Road
  7. Stafford Road
  8. Mapleleaf Court
  9. Bonaire Avenue

The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”. As of November 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 24 issued in July by Building staff, with the median days being 39. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 20, with the median days being 8.

 

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JUNE, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On June 2, CC approved a contract with the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust for Backyard Habitat Certification Program services. Council also approved Ordinance 2846, annexing property at 900 Atwater Road, 3.62 acres (AN 20-0003).

On June 16, the CC accepted a $35,000 award from Business Oregon for COVID business assistance grants. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR JUNE, 2020

Improving Efficiency in Planning & Building

Who’s behind Lake Oswego’s planning and building department? These faces are just a handful of highly skilled staff working on long range planning, development review, building permits, code enforcement, inspections and everything in between! While many are working remotely, they have found innovative ways to continue operations and improve efficiency by converting almost all plan reviews to electronic applications and holding virtual meetings.

We are here for you, Lake Oswego. We are all in this together – #LOtogether.

 

A Message from Planning & Building Services Director Scot Siegel

Planning and Building Services Director, Scot Siegel, leads a team of highly skilled inspectors, planners, building officials, technicians, and code enforcement staff all supporting the Lake Oswego community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since COVID-19, their main focus has been on maintaining continuity in operations, implementing work safety procedures and improving efficiency.

Scot has also led our city’s efforts in local business assistance to help Lake Oswego businesses weather this public health crisis, and partnered with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce.

During this time, Scot has been enjoying spending time going on long walks and trying new recipes with his family.

Remember, we are #LOtogether.

PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY, 2020

CITY COUNCIL (CC) ACTIONS ON PLANNING ITEMS

On May 5, 2020, the CC directed the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce for COVID-19 Business Assistance.

On May 19, 2020, the CC reviewed and directed staff on two Housing initiatives:

  •  Authorized the Mayor to sign a letter supporting the City’s grant application to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for work on implementing House Bill 2001 (Middle Housing).
  •  Directed staff to initiate comprehensive plan and zoning changes for multifamily affordable housing in two areas of the City, West Lake Grove/Boones Ferry Road (LU 20-0016) and Marylhurst (LU 20-0017).

Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY, 2020