The city has a long-standing partnership with its neighborhood associations. Neighborhood associations provide an officially recognized channel for citizen participation in Lake Oswego.
Twenty-two formally recognized neighborhood associations offer an opportunity for citizens to participate in decision-making in the geographic area in which they live. Participation in a neighborhood association is voluntary and open to all who live in or own property or a business within the neighborhood's boundary.
The Neighborhood Plan elements of the Comprehensive Plan and the Community Development Code are intended to mutually support one another. The neighborhood plans do not contain specific standards for development. Instead, they provide the policy basis for specific standards and procedures of the Community Development Code that are used to review new development and modifications to existing development.
The Lake Oswego Neighborhood Association program began in 1974 with the development of the original Comprehensive Plan. Today there are 21 recognized neighborhood associations within the City of Lake Oswego.