Downtown design standards and new LOFD equipment also on the City Council's agenda

PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO - The draft master plan for Woodmont Natural Park incorporates trails, open spaces and wetland areas.Lake Oswego city councilors officially approved a draft master plan for Woodmont Natural Park on Tuesday that calls for limited parking, a restroom, several trails and open spaces, an enhanced wetland and an interactive "nature play" area for children.

"It's big rocks, skinned logs — things that kids can climb on that are safe but still fun," explained City Parks Analyst Bruce Powers.

The 6.8-acre park, which is located in Lake Oswego's Forest Highlands neighborhood, is currently undeveloped. It was donated to the City by former owner Donald Meyer with the condition that it be maintained as a park with minimal development.

The agreement with Meyer allows for the development of certain features, such as an open field for soccer and other games, but only if the field remains unmarked and limited to pick-up games among visitors rather than any sort of organized play.

"It's an area where you could throw a frisbee or kick a ball," Powers said, "(but) it would never be a programmable space."

The City worked with the Portland architecture firm Mackenzie and a Public Advisory Committee to design the master plan, which incorporated input from a series of public outreach meetings and online surveys during the past six months.

The plan was unanimously approved by the Project Advisory Committee last month and will be presented at a third and final public outreach meeting on Oct. 18 and a Forest Highlands Neighborhood Association meeting on Nov. 8. The final document will be submitted to the Parks & Recreation Department in December.

The draft master plan estimates the project's total cost at $2,784,255. The development timeline calls for the project to be reviewed by the Development Review Commission in February and for the design to be 100 percent completed by the middle of 2018.

Also at Tuesday's meeting:

-- The Council awarded a construction management contract for the Boones Ferry Road project to Otak Inc. According to City engineering officials, the scale of the project is large enough that the City needs to hire a managing agency for the pre-construction and construction phases. Otak Inc. was selected from among three applicants.

-- The Council held a public hearing regarding proposed changes to the criteria for design variances in the city's Downtown Redevelopment Design District. The update is intended to allow for greater architectural diversity in the downtown area while still requiring high-quality construction. In particular, the amendment adds exception criteria for buildings with sustainability features or unique building functions.

-- The Council appointed new youth members to several advisory boards: Karthik Sreedhar to the Sustainability Advisory Board, Sabrina Safari to the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board, Michael Murray to the Transportation Advisory Board and Caleb Bryan to the Historic Resources Advisory Board. The council also approved the appointment of Bob Liddell as chair of the Public Art Committee for a term ending June 30, 2020.

-- The Council approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the Lake Oswego Fire Department: a Pierce Velocity Fire Engine and a Precision Weld 22-foot Rescue Boat and Trailer. Both new vehicle acquisitions are scheduled replacements for existing fire department equipment that dates back to 2001 and 2002, and are covered by the LOFD's budget.

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