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Scott Siegel named interim planning/building services director

Scot Siegel was appointed interim planning and building services director Friday by Lake Oswego City Manager Tom Coffee.

Siegel replaces Ron Bunch, himself an interim appointment, effective Monday.

According to a release from the city, Coffee made this appointment after consulting with Scott Lazenby who will replace Coffee as Lake Oswego’s new city manager on Aug. 5.

“In this interim basis, it is important to have an experienced planner in the director position so that the next city manager will have maximum flexibility in the final selection of a planning director for the city,” Coffee said.

Siegel is a planning consultant and manager with more than 23 years of experience in the public and private sectors. According to the city, for the past nine years, he has operated his own consulting company based in Lake Oswego — providing city planning and project management services to more than 40 in six western states. In 2012, as interim planning director for the city of Milwaukie, “Siegel led staff engaged in long-range planning and development review during a critical time of light rail permitting and construction,” the release noted.

“I’m honored to serve Lake Oswego, my hometown.” Siegel said. “There is much important work to do. Development is on the uptick at the same time the city is completing its comprehensive plan and revising the development code.”

Siegel is, according to the release, “a leading expert on development codes. His work on code streamlining and sustainability has been recognized with awards from the American Planning Association, Smart Growth Idahoand the Oregon Main Street Program, among others. Before starting his own company, Mr. Siegel served as a senior planner and office manager with other consulting firms and held planning positions with the city of Oak Harbor, Wash., and 1000 Friends of Oregon.”

A resident of Lake Oswego for the past 18 years, he lives in the Palisades neighborhood with his wife and two daughters. He served on the planning commission from 2005 to 2009 and is a past member of the historic resources advisory board. Siegel, who is also a published poet, chaired the Lake Oswego Centennial Poetry Project in 2009 and served as a juror for the city’s We Love Lake Oswego Poetry Contest in 2011.

He earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Portland State University, where he has taught graduate courses as an adjunct instructor, and he received a bachelor of science with honors in geography from Oregon State University.




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