Lake Grove plan is a go

City council gives plan its support

The Lake Grove Village Center Plan received the Lake Oswego City Council's blessing Tuesday, leaving just one more formal council vote on the plan.

That vote will be April 1.

'This is a momentous decision,' said Mayor Judie Hammerstad of Tuesday's vote.

In other action, the city council had a signing ceremony with Skip O'Neill of the Lake Oswego Corporation, allowing for a six- or seven-month drawdown of the lake in September 2009. The drawdown is needed to complete the lake sewer interceptor project.

The council's action on the Lake Grove Village Center Plan means the city will be able to move forward with traffic and economic impact analyses.

The wide-ranging plan calls for a median along Boones Ferry Road through the commercial zone of Lake Grove, as well as new traffic signals, wider sidewalks and more bus shelters.

The city council on Tuesday opted for nine-foot minimum sidewalks within the right-of-way. The wider sidewalks will encourage pedestrian activity in the commercial area, according to city planners.

Tuesday's meeting did not include public testimony. But at a Feb. 19 public hearing, the plan received mixed reviews. Some said the plan will mean an end to local businesses because of higher land prices, while others said they welcome more development.

The planning commission envisions a pedestrian environment adjacent to a vibrant commercial district.

Local business owners said they're worried that the medians, which will make left-hand turns impossible into some businesses, will hurt their business. The plan, however, will add traffic signals with U-turns.

The city has not come up with a price tag for the improvements, because the scope of the changes will partially be determined by the engineering studies.