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City council considers goals for 2014


Revising the council’s investment policy, continuing to reform regulations of environmentally sensitive lands and moving ahead to build a better city operations center and new or bigger police facility are among the Lake Oswego City Council’s draft goals for this year.

Council members met for a retreat last weekend to discuss the goals that could guide many decisions in 2014.

The resulting document includes about 20 goals grouped in five broader categories related to balancing demand for services with keeping taxes and fees affordable, balancing a desire for community aesthetics and environmental conservation with private property rights and individual freedom, improving the city’s infrastructure and building a bigger tax base by supporting business investment.

Some of the policies and goals extend beyond the current council, such as streamlining the development code to make it friendlier to businesses and setting aside money for future projects like making major repairs to city hall.

Others are anticipated for completion this year. Those include amending the tree code to “more appropriately” address large tree lots, doing initial work on plans for an upgraded operations center, a new or expanded police station, identifying a funding strategy for improvements on Boones Ferry Road, developing a plan for the southwest industrial area and reviewing the council’s policy on debt.

The council is set to approve the draft at an upcoming meeting, possibly Feb. 4.