PP 22-0001: Citywide Parking Reform

 

The Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) program was established by the state of Oregon in 2020 to address climate pollution through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The CFEC rules require that cities in the state’s eight metropolitan areas – including cities in the Portland Metro area –update their comprehensive plans and development regulations to reduce emissions, with a particular focus on reducing emissions related to transportation.

More specifically, the CFEC rules mandate that cities implement requirements related to electric vehicle charging, parking reform, housing, and transportation planning. CFEC rules related to parking reform require that the City either reduce or eliminate minimum parking requirements in many areas of the city, including both the Downtown and Lake Grove Town Centers.

The City has already complied with the first phase of CFEC by applying state rules that eliminate minimum parking requirements within one-half mile of Tri-Met Bus Line #35 (map), which covers a broad corridor along Highway 43/State Street and Downtown Lake Oswego.

The City is currently working to develop regulations that comply with the second phase of the CFEC rules for parking reform, which will require reducing or eliminating minimum parking requirements in other parts of the city. Per the terms of an extension granted to the City by the state, Lake Oswego is required to adopt amendments to the development code that comply with the CFEC rules for parking reform by December 31, 2024.

 


 

Project Background / Summary: 

 

On March 10, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-04, directing state agencies to reduce climate pollution. In response, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted rules in 2022 requiring that cities in the state’s eight metropolitan areas, including Portland Metro, update their comprehensive plans and development regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The State’s CFEC rules are intended to reduce GHG, with a particular focus on reducing emissions from transportation, such that Oregon can meet its climate mitigation goals by the year 2050. For Portland Metro, the GHG reduction target for emissions from travel in light vehicles is 20 percent by 2035 and 35 percent by 2050. Toward this end, the State’s rules require that cities plan for high-density and mixed-use development in downtowns and town centers (Climate-Friendly Areas), greater efficiency in parking, and alternatives to the automobile for getting around.

Lake Oswego’s Comprehensive Plan and Sustainability and Climate Action Plan are already aligned with these goals, but the City is required to take further action in 2023, including changing its development codes. An update to the City’s transportation plan is expected to follow after Metro updates the regional transportation plan in 2023. In the interim, beginning January 1, 2023, Lake Oswego and other metro cities began to apply the following parking rules to new development:

  • Require not more than one parking space per multifamily housing unit. This is the current standard for single-family houses and middle housing.

  • Exempt from required parking all housing units that are smaller than 750 square feet, and all affordable housing and childcare uses. 

  • Exempt from required parking all land uses located within one-half mile of TriMet Bus Line #35, the city’s most frequent bus transit line. This applies to a broad corridor along Highway 43/State Street, and in Downtown Lake Oswego. The map is based on straight distance and does not take into account topography.

The above policies are not intended to prevent builders from providing parking. Instead, the intent is to allow the market to set the correct amount of parking in new development and avoid overbuilding. In addition, beginning in 2023, new multifamily and multi-use developments must be equipped with conduit for at least 40 percent of all parking spaces to serve electric vehicle charging. Parking requirements for persons with disabilities, as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act, are not affected.

 


 

Project Updates: 

 

11/29/2023 - City Council Study Session

The City Council will hold a study session on December 5, 2023 on the State of Oregon’s Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules for parking reform, 

For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please Kari Linder, City Recorder, (503) 534-4225 or email.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

 

11/17/2023 - Work Session #3

on November 27, 2023 the Planning Commission will conduct their third work session to discuss the City’s efforts to comply with the State of Oregon’s Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities rules.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

 

09/15/2023 - Work Session #2

on September 25, 2023 the Planning Commission will conduct their second work session to discuss the City’s efforts to comply with the State of Oregon’s Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities rules.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

08/30/2023 - City Council Study Session

The City Council will hold a study session on September 5, 2023 on a proposed work plan to develop code amendments that comply with Phase B of the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD)’s Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) parking rules by December 31, 2024.

For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please Kari Linder, City Recorder, (503) 534-4225 or email.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

07/12/2023 - Work Session #1

on July 24, 2023 the Planning Commission will conduct a work session to discuss the City’s efforts to comply with the State of Oregon’s Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities rules.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

 06/27/2022 - Planning Commission Update #1

The Planning Commission will receive an update from staff on the State of Oregon’s Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) Rules.  Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

06/21/2022 - City Council Study Session

Staff provided an overview on recently adopted rules by the State Land Conservation and Development Commission on Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) rules and Council provided direction to staff on next steps.

Documents are available in the "Public Records" file, click here.

 


 

Project Details
ID: 
PP 22-0001
Year: 
2022
Status: 
Active
Project Contact: 

Erik Olson, Long Range Planning Manager

Phone: (503) 697-6524

Email: eolson@lakeoswego.city

Reviewing Body: 
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Dec 5 2023 - 5:30pm

Nov 27 2023 - 6:30pm

Sep 25 2023 - 6:30pm

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