DAM SAFETY — Two meetings are on tap for residents who live near the Tualatin River to learn about potential impacts of a breach of the Scoggins Dam, located in the Forest Grove area. A breach stemming from an earthquake or other disaster could cause flooding in waterways in Rivergrove, Lake Oswego and West Linn. The meetings are scheduled for today (Jan. 9). The first will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro. The second will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. the city of Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., Forest Grove.

BUS SERVICE — TriMet will hold a meeting today (Jan. 9) to discuss bus service improvements in the Southwest Corridor, an area that includes Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Tualatin, King City, Sherwood and Durham. The meeting is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Santiam Room at the West End Building, 4101 SW Kruse Way. For details, visit

OPEN CITY HALL — The city is accepting citizen input online about what the council should focus on this year. The deadline to weigh in is 5 p.m. Friday at

COUNCIL GOALS — The city council will hold a retreat to discuss goals and priorities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Holy Names Heritage Center at Mary’s Woods, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego.

Input can also be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Input for 2014 goal setting.”

COMP PLAN — The planning commission will hold a public hearing on comprehensive plan amendments next week. The updated plan has been preliminarily approved with changes by the city council and will be reviewed as a consolidated and newly formatted document.

In addition, the commission is scheduled to hold a work session on a new two-track review process for needed housing. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

DRC — The development review commission will hold several public hearings next week to consider:

  • An appeal of a decision by city staff allowing a new single-family dwelling on Graef Circle that would reduce a required 30-foot rear yard setback to 25 feet and increase maximum lot coverage from 25 percent to 33 percent;

  • An appeal of a staff decision allowing for additions to an existing home and a taller carport roof on Lake Front Road that would reduce the side-yard setback for the carport from 10 feet to no feet, reduce the rear-yard setback for the home from 30 feet to just under 10 feet, reduce the Oswego Lake setback from 25 feet to about 10 feet, reduce a combined 15-foot side-yard setback to about 12 feet and increase maximum lot coverage from 25 percent to about 48 percent; and

  • A request to modify permits for an exterior remodel of buildings at 215 Oswego Summit.

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

    WEB REZONE — The city’s planned rezoning of the West End Building property — a proposal shot down by a citizen board in 2013 — could come before the city council as soon as Jan. 21. Rezoning of the property was part of a deal reached with a developer to sell the city-owned property on Kruse Way. The property’s sale, for $16.5 million, was contingent on the city changing the zone from high-density residential and office campus to general commercial by April. Although the planning commission rejected the zone change, the council will have the final say.

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