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City of Lake Oswego Oregon - Luscher Farm

LU 12-0054: A request by the City of Lake Oswego for amendments to the Lake Oswego Community Development Code (CDC).

Project Background/Summary

A request by the City of Lake Oswego for legislative amendments to the Community Development Code (CDC) to update various sections of the CDC in order to eliminate text ambiguity, clarify text so that it reflects existing code interpretations, and to add new provisions that address:

• Building colors
• Awnings
• Sidewalk displays
• Limits on cumulative retail uses in the MC, CR&D, and IP zones and the IP overlay district.

Project Description

Explanation of Proposal:

Building Colors:  The proposed amendment provides three options for review of building colors: (1) exempt all new paint from Design Review; (2) create a streamlined Design Review process for color; (3) create a color palette of approved colors.

Awnings in the EC Zone:  The proposed amendment makes awnings optional on single-story buildings in the EC zone that are subject to Design Review.

Sidewalk Displays in the NC, GC, EC and FMU Zones:  The proposed amendment creates a program and criteria for allowing displays in the sidewalk area abutting a retail business.

Limits on cumulative retail in the MC and CR&D:  The proposed amendments will bring the City into compliance with Title 4 of Metro’s Urban Grown Management Functional Plan.  The MC and CR&D zones are located within an Employment District on Metro’s Title 4 map.

In the MC Zone, the following uses would not be allowed to exceed 60,000 cumulative sq. ft. of floor area on one lot or building, or on adjacent lots or parcels:

• Retail Sales
• Food and Beverage Services
• Commercial Services (salons, tailors and laundries)

In the CR&D, the following uses would not be allowed to exceed 20,000 sq. ft. or 20% of the total building floor area on a lot, whichever is less:

• Retail Sales
• Food and Beverage Services
• Commercial Services (salons, tailors and laundries)


February 26, 2013
The Findings, Conclusions & Order were approved by the Planning Commission on February 25, 2013.

The City Council has a study session on this proposal tentatively scheduled for March 19, 2013, and the public hearing tentatively scheduled for April 2, 2013.  Links to the City Council meeting pages for these dates are also provided above.

For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please contact Cate, Schneider, City Recorder, (503) 675-3984.

February 12, 2013
At its February 11, 2013, meeting, the Planning Commission made a preliminary decision to recommend that City Council approve this proposal. The Findings, Conclusions & Order (the final decision) will be considered at the February 25, 2013, meeting.

January 29, 2013
On January 28, 2013, the Planning Commission continued the hearing for deliberations only to its meeting on February 11, 2013.


Notice of Limitations about Materials Posted on Land Use Project Pages

The Case File Materials posted under the designated Planning Division’s Land Use Project Pages and links are:

  • For the convenience of the community and are not the official version;
  • Posted on a periodic (not daily) basis. Typically, materials are not posted until the deadline for submission has passed, in order to post all materials relating to the same deadline at the same time.
  • Materials the Project Manager has designated at the time of posting to be included in the Record before the reviewing authority– the entire contents of the Planning Division’s Case File are NOT posted.

-  There are additional materials in the Case File that the Project Manager believes are NOT for the purpose of addressing whether the proposed development application complies with the applicable criteria. These additional materials are NOT posted. (Only materials identified by the applicant or interested parties for the purpose of addressing the applicable criteria are made a part of the “record” before the reviewing authority.)

The Planning Division’s Case File may be viewed by the public Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. in the Planning and Building Services Department. Persons are encouraged to contact the Project Manager to arrange for a suitable location to review the materials in the Case File.

Note: Materials exempt under the Oregon Public Records Law, ORS 192.501 and 192.502 may be withheld from public review of the Case File; such materials are NOT a part of the “record” before the reviewing authority in determining whether or not the proposed development complies with the applicable criteria.
Land Use Applications & More


Lake Oswego, OR 97034


LU 12-0054


Land Use Case


City of Lake Oswego

Project Contact

Leslie Hamilton, Senior Planner, (503) 675-3731.

Hearing Date

Mon, Feb 11, 2013

Reviewing Body

Planning Commission

Related Meetings

Mon, Feb 11 6:30pm
Mon, Jan 28 6:30pm