LU 17-0052: Flag Lots and Private Access Lanes

This is a request from the City of Lake Oswego for text amendments to the Lake Oswego Community Development Code (CDC or City code), amending the standards for development of flag lots and private access lanes. The Planning Commission and City Council identified this as a 2017 Planning Commission Goal.

The purpose of the amendments is to streamline, update and clarify the code. This process is part of the City’s ongoing effort to implement the Comprehensive Plan (adopted in 2014), pursuant to City Council policies on preserving the character of existing established residential neighborhoods, maintaining clear and objective standards for development, and avoiding unnecessary restrictions on property owners.

Note: The ordinance number was originally assigned 2759 in error, the new number is 2762.

Status Updates: 


On March 6, 2018, the Council approved the proposed amendments and enacted Ordinance 2762.  A link to the ordinance is available under "Key Documents".



On February 6, 2018, the Council tentaviely enacted Ordinance 2762 and directed staff to return with Findings and a final version of the ordinance for Council approval on March 6.



On January 2, 2018, the City Council held a public hearing to consider the amendments to the Flag Lot standards recommended by the Planning Commission. The public hearing was continued to February 6, 2018, in order to receive testimony regarding new parking standards for Flag Lots; these standards were recommended by the Planning Commission but mistakenly omitted from the draft text in Attachment 2.



At its meeting on December 11th, the Planning Commission adopted the Findings, Conclusion and Order (the final recommendation).  A link to the adopted Findings is available below under "Key Documents."

The City Council has a study session (no public comment) scheduled for December 19.  The Council public hearing is scheduled for January 2, 2018; public testimony will be accepted.  For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please contact Anne-Marie Simpson, City Recorder, (503) 534-4225 or e-mail.



On November 27, 2017, the Commission reaffirmed its prior recommendation to limit the number of flag lots in a development to two, and to make other changes to the flag lot standards. The Commission rejected a staff proposal that added a standard for reduced-width private streets (38 ft. easement), which was intended to mitigate the impact on properties affected by the above limit on flag lots. The Commission is scheduled to adopt its Findings, Conclusion and Order (final recommendation) December 11.



At it's meeting on November 13, the Commission moved to reopen the public hearing at their next meeting on November 27.  The Commission will accept additional testimony limited to the subject of private streets.

To view the proposed code changes from the October 9, 2017, public hearing, click here.



Consideration of the Findings, Conclusion and Order has been tentatively rescheduled to the Planning Commission meeting on November 13, 2017, to give staff more time to address the amendments recommended by the Commission.



The Planning Commission held a public hearing Monday, October 9, 2017.  After hearing testimony from fifteen individuals, receiving written testimony and conducting deliberations, the Commission made a preliminary recommendation that the code be amended as follows:

  1. Access lanes shall serve not more than two flag lots behind the front lot.
  2. One additional parking spot on the access lane is required for each flag lot.
  3. The requirement for connected access lanes is removed.

The Commission agreed with the remaining staff recommendations as discussed and asked that staff return with the Findings, Conclusions and Order on October 23, 2017.



The City requested public comments on this draft beginning August 15 through August 31, 2017.

Comments submitted by the deadline were considered in preparing the draft of the proposed code amendments for the Planning Commission hearing scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017.

Public Review Draft #2, 08/15/17

To view the first public review draft and work session documents, click here.

Project Details
LU 17-0052
City of Lake Oswego (A)
Project Contact: 

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

Reviewing Body: 
Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Related Meetings

Nov 27 2017 - 6:30pm

Oct 9 2017 - 6:30pm

Related Projects Attachments