Jantzen Island approval, development review positions open and city seeks Unsung Heroes

JANTZEN ISLAND — The Lake Oswego Development Review Commission has tentatively approved a revised proposal for making some changes on the Jantzen estate, located on an island in Oswego Lake.

In August, an architect presented a proposal for an elevated tram to the water, a lakeside entertainment pavilion, a wider driveway with retaining walls and a new guard tower by the private bridge connecting the estate to North Shore Road. The commission tentatively approved the guard tower and driveway improvements at that point but rejected the entertainment cabana and tram.

Of primary concern was the possibility the projects would overwhelm the historical significance of a dock and boathouse, among features garnering the estate national and local historic listings.

As a result, architects reduced the size of the entertainment structure, changed the tram’s route and shrunk the tram’s elevator cab size.

The DRC tentatively approved a new plan last week and will adopt findings Oct. 7.

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW — Also on Oct. 7, the development review commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a new Waluga reservoir, part of the city’s efforts to expand and upgrade its drinking water infrastructure. The commission meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at city hall, 380 A Ave.

POLICE AWARD — Lake Oswego Police Department Training Officer Mike Brady was recently honored for his time serving on the board of the Association of Law Enforcement Emergency Response Trainers (ALERT).

Brady served for six years on the board, according to the city. The association is made up of law enforcement emergency vehicle response driving instructors and offers a conference each year in hopes of reducing vehicle-related deaths on the job. Vehicle-related fatalities have been the leading cause of police officer deaths for more than a decade, according to the city.

SHRED DAY — The city will soon host a free document shredding event. From 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Oct. 12, residents can safely and securely dispose of up to three boxes or bags of sensitive paperwork such as old bank and credit card statements and tax forms. The event will end sooner if the truck gets full before 1 p.m. It will take place at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Canned food donations are encouraged and will be given to the Oregon Food Bank.

UNSUNG HEROES — The city is accepting nominations for its annual Unsung Hero awards, which recognize residents who make a positive different in the community. The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1. Applications are online at, at city hall, 380 A Ave., or by calling 503-635-0257.

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