As Lake Oswego reviews its policies regarding flag lots and access ways, the planning commission tightens down on the City staff recommendation and presents costlier public streets in place of private access lanes.
The discussion at the City of Lake Oswego has shifted around an update of their Community Development Code regarding flag lots and access ways. The HBA has been following this closely and working with City staff throughout the process. Lake Oswego staff had originally provided a report that a portion of would address a reduction in flag lots from 8 to 6, while that may be higher than what’s allowed in other jurisdictions, it is what property owners and developers currently have the right to do. During the last planning commission meeting there was movement to further reduce the maximum number of flag lots to three. Of a much greater concern to our industry however is a previously undiscussed proposal that was brought up by the planning commission to require public streets for all developments over three lots as opposed to a private lane. HBA members and staff have met with the Lake Oswego Planning and Building Director on this issue to help illuminate its impacts to development and we have submitted in writing our concerns to the planning commission. The Planning Commission has reopened the hearing for November 27 and the HBA will be holding a meeting with Lake Oswego staff beforehand to better flesh out the issue and its impacts to development in the city. As this issue develops at the City, we will remain in close contact with staff and elected officials to help inform the conversation.