Ed Brockman announces bid for City Council
Brockman, a member of the city's planning commission, is focused on keeping the city dynamic and attractive to a younger generation
After a year on Lake Oswego's Planning Commission, Ed Brockman has decided to throw his cap in the ring for City Council.
Brockman will compete for one of three council seats that are up for grabs in the November election. Candidates had until the end of day Tuesday to collect the required 20 signatures and file the necessary paperwork to run.
I ended up pursuing the planning commission position because I was really interested in Sensitive Lands issues, said Brockman, a Grants Pass native who has lived in Lake Oswego off and on for the past 15 years.
A real estate broker for 24 years, he said he found himself frustrated on behalf of his clients most of them builders and developers due to the side effects of what he saw as an ineffectual resources protection program.
I've seen tree groves mapped as one acre (as part of the Sensitive Lands program), but once it's delineated, it's gone two acres or even three acres in some instances, Brockman said. So theres no predictability for any builder or developer when they go into contract with the seller.
My proposal was to not allow mapped tree growth to (increase by more than) 15 percent, he said.
Today, Brockman finds himself most focused on two segments of the community: aging residents and Millennials. Largely because of this, Brockman is supportive of development projects like the Wizer Block, which he sees as reflecting a younger generations desire for a compact urban style of living.
I think that the Wizer Block does produce a very aesthetically pleasing product, he said.
Brockman said Lake Oswego is "a dynamic city, and that means we can't stay static. That means we are willing to change, and I want to be influencing that change according to what the people of the city want to see.
He has found his time on the commission to be a crash-course in compromise. I just have learned so much and was so pleased with the people I served with, and how we were able to work together even though we had diverse opinions," he said.
"A lot of my views, I found, were changed because I was willing to listen to them about various things. Where I am today is drastically different than when I joined the commission.
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