Featured Stories

City notes for the city of Lake Oswego

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN - An open house will showcase different development scenarios for Lake Oswego's future next week.

The event, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the West End Building, is part of ongoing work to update the city's comprehensive plan, a community-shaping document that guides long-term land use and development. It hasn't been updated since the 1990s.

The scenarios on display next week take into account population and employment forecasts, identifying areas of the city for housing and businesses as well as transportation facilities.

Residents can weigh in with ideas on creating a sustainable community for schools and businesses with parks and recreation opportunities and on planning for new housing and jobs while preserving the city's livability.

For example, project coordinators want to know whether new housing should be built in existing neighborhoods or whether it should be concentrated along transit corridors, whether commercial offerings should be scattered throughout city neighborhoods, and whether employers should focus on development in Kruse Way or on other employment centers.

Additional information about the open house is available at www.welove

lakeoswego.com.

SPRINGBROOK PARK - Volunteers recently weathered ugly weather to add 172 new plants in the park.

Friends of Springbrook worked with city staff on the effort, which also included installing birdhouses, according to informational materials provided to the city council.

WESTLAKE PARK - The city is working with Lake Oswego Little League on field restoration at the park, stripping infield sod, leveling the soil and preparing it for a layer of new sod. The goal is to create a smoother, safer surface to play ball on, according to the city. The league paid for most of the project.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT - Lake Oswego is looking for returning and new volunteers to help at events in the next year, including the farmers market, summer concerts and Fourth of July parade.

An annual volunteer sign-up meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. April 27 at the West End Building. For more information, contact Mary Kelly at 503-697-6517.

CITY COUNCIL - The council is scheduled to meet twice next week.

First, the group will convene as the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency, the board overseeing the city's urban renewal district, at 6 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

The council will then meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to discuss citywide business such as the West End Building, school district funding assistance and Highway 43.

STORMWATER - The city of Lake Oswego has received a five-year renewal of its stormwater permit.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requires the permit because of rainwater that runs over city streets and into water bodies such as Oswego Lake, Tryon Creek and the Willamette and Tualatin rivers.

The renewal process began in 2008. Lake Oswego's permit information and stormwater management plan are available on the city website at http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/engineer/environ/surface.htm.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN - The Lake Oswego Planning Commission will review the 2011-12 Capital Improvement Plan to ensure it's consistent with the city's comprehensive plan and will accept public comments at a meeting next week.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Willamette Room at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way.