Lake Oswego City Council directed staff to develop an alternate minimum right of way for public streets, a key issue illustrated in testimony delivered by the Home Builders Association.
Lake Oswego City Council held its first public hearing on a recommendation updating Lake Oswego code with regard to flag lots and access ways. This recommendation was given by staff on behalf of the Lake Oswego planning Commission.
While the total package contains good policy updates and clarifications, it also included a recommendation to limit flag lots to two plus the parent lot. This is a reduction from eight plus the parent lot. This is a big issue when it comes to individual property rights and individuals who have planned on utilizing their land under current city code. While the HBA has laid out their concerns throughout the code update process on this matter, Lake Oswego neighborhood associations were the loudest voice in the room during the planning commission’s consideration of this proposal. As the issue is considered by the city council, the HBA will continue to communicate the issues of not only loss of property value, but how Lake Oswego plans to meet its density goals in the region with such a loss of buildable lots.
Another issue that arose from limiting flag lot development to two plus the parent lot, is that a private access way can no longer serve developments of four or more lots under current code. This meant that now any development of four or more lots would need to be served by a public street. In Lake Oswego code this is defined as a street with a 50 ft. right of way (ROW). The HBA identified this minimum public street right of way as a huge issue for smaller developments and through meetings with staff and conversations with city council, they have now directed city staff to determine an alternate minimum ROW for public streets serving developments of four to eight lots.
The HBA will continue to follow this issue closely and continue to inform the conversation on code updates around the region in addition to an alternate ROW and explore the issue of meeting density goals in the City of Lake Oswego.
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