Rivergrove Report - May 2018

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

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TYPE III HEARING FOR AN AMENDED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION FOR A DUPLEX AT 19232 AND 19262 PILKINGTON ROAD 

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for an amended development permit application fora duplex at 19232 and 19262 Pilkington Road (NE corner of Pilkington and Childs Roads) submitted by Renaissance Homes.

Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at leanne@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR A THREE-LOT PARTITION AT 5450 CHILDS ROAD

At the Monday, May 7, 2018 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness a development permit application for a three-lot partition and area accessory permit at 5450 Childs Road (the lot at the end of Lorna Lane), submitted by Lance Coffel.

TREE ORDINANCE PUBLIC WORK SESSION

On Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, the Tree Advisory Board will hold a public work session to discuss the draft of a prospective Tree Ordinance (VIEW HERE). The Tree Advisory Board looks forward to your questions and comments. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may send written comments to City Manager/ City Recorder Leanne Moll at leanne@cityofrivergrove.com

THANK YOU, BUDGET COMMITTEE

The Budget Committee met in April to discuss the financial goals of the City and to give guidance and feedback regarding the prepared budget. Thank you to Budget Committee Chair Norm Donohoe and members Byron Kibbey, Roger Knight, and Mike Munch for their time and expertise.

TVF&R FIREHOUSE ON MCEWAN APPROVED

Following an announcement that Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) has purchased land on McEwan Avenue, Tualatin City Council approved a conditional use application for a TVF&R fire station on that site, adjacent to I-5. This is excellent for Rivergrove residents since the City will now have a well-equipped and staffed firehouse minutes away.

TVF&R plans to build fire station on McEwan Road

PLANT SALE AND OPEN GARDEN

Bill and Charlene Tuttle will host a Plant Sale on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 from 10AM to 5PM and Open Garden for Rivergrove residents on Sunday, April 30 from 4-6PM. Proceeds benefit the Rogerson Clematis Collection at Luscher Farms. The sale and Open Garden will be held at the Tuttle Residence, 5710 Childs Road (please park on Benfield).

PLANNING COMMISSIONER SOUGHT

Are you drawn to public service? Would you like to connect with your community? Are you interested in improving the quality of life in Rivergrove? What about protecting the river and wetlands in your backyard? Please consider joining the Rivergrove Planning Commission. The Planning Commission plays a central role in city governance by acting as an advisory board to City Council on all planning and development issues in addition to reviewing and deciding on development applications.  We seek one volunteer who is able to attend meetings on the first Monday of each month. No experience necessary. Most planning commissioners are lay people without any previous land use experience. If you are interested or have further questions, please contact City Manager/ City Recorder Leanne Moll at leanne@cityofrivergrove.com.

Arbor Month Festivities

Eight residents gathered at the home of Councilor Brenda Ruble to watch the documentary Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature HomeThank you for hosting, Councilor Ruble.

Copies of the Rivergrove Reads book Bringing Nature Home:  How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants that the documentary is based on are still available at the Little Free Libraries at Lloyd Minor Park or along Dogwood Drive. When you've read the book, simply return it to a Little Free Library or pass it along to a neighbor.

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Residents gathered in Heritage Park in celebration of Arbor Month 2018. Councilor Arne Nyberg planted an Oregon White Oak in the savanna and oversaw the planting of twelve pussy willow twigs. Several more native tree species, provided by the City, will be planted in Rivergrove yards.

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Decisions

  • The Planning Commission deemed complete an amended development application for a previously approved duplex at 19232 and 19262 Pilkington Road, submitted by Renaissance Homes.

  • The Budget Committee approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget with one amendment that raised the Highway Fund Contingency from $30,000 to $40,000.

  • City Council allotted funds to install two permanent electric speed signs on Childs Road (both west-and east-bound) to calm traffic.

Mayor's Message

Here's a brief update on our safety plans for Childs Road. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Transportation Committee and its truly dedicated chair, Councilor Carolyn Bahrman, we are seeing progress! The crosswalk strobe lights at both Benfield Avenue and Megly Court will require a Safe Routes to School grant, but I am happy to report that the project has been selected for further consideration. The application deadline is October of this year and funds will be available in 2019. Keep your fingers crossed!

In the meantime, the County has made an offer City Council could not refuse, for the installation of two permanent electric speed signs to slow traffic. Council has approved this, pending final details, and we expect these will be installed by June.

Finally, if funds permit after these projects are completed, Rivergrove will purchase lighted stop signs for the Sycamore/Childs intersection.

This has been a long and difficult process but I'm sure we will all be happy to see safety improvements take place.

 
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Rivergrove Report - April 2018

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

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NOTE: In April, the Rivergrove Planning Commission will meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in the River Grove Elementary School Library.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER SOUGHT

Are you drawn to public service? Would you like to connect to your community? Are you interested in improving the quality of life in Rivergrove? What about protecting the river and wetlands in your backyard? Please consider joining the Rivergrove Planning Commission. The Planning Commission plays a central role in city governance by acting as an advisory board to City Council on all planning and development issues in addition to reviewing and deciding on development applications.  We seek one volunteer who is able to attend meetings on the first Monday of each month. No experience necessary. Most planning commissioners are lay people without any previous land use experience. If you are interested or have further questions, please contact City Manager/ City Recorder Leanne Moll at leanne@cityofrivergrove.com

BUDGET COMMITTEE FORMING - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

If you are interested in serving on the Budget Committee please contact City Manager/ City Recorder Leanne Moll. Budget Committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 11 and Monday, May 7 at 6:00pm at the River Grove Elementary School Library.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR AN AMENDED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 19232 PILKINGTON ROAD

At the Monday, April 9, 2018 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness an amended development application that was previously approved for a duplex at 19323 Pilkington Road, submitted by Jeff Shrope of Renaissance Homes.

BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING NOTICE

The City of Rivergrove will hold a Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm in the River Grove School library, 5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego. Public comment will be heard.

 

I-5 Construction at Lower Boones Ferry Road - March 2018 to Fall 2019

Please be advised of the ongoing roadwork at Exit 290, Lower Boones Ferry Road. You can find more details from ODOT here.

Safe Routes to School Parent Survey

If you have a child at River Grove Elementary School, please be sure to fill out the Safe Routes to School Parent Survey when it's distributed. This survey asks for information about what factors affect whether parents allow their children to walk or bike to school, the presence of key safety-related conditions along routes to school, and related background information. The survey results will help determine how to improve opportunities for children to walk or bike to school, and measure parental attitude changes as local SRTS programs occur. 

The City of Rivergrove is partnering with Clackamas County, River Grove Elementary School, and the Safe Routes to School Program to calm traffic and improve walking and biking in Rivergrove and areas surrounding River Grove School.

April is Arbor Month

Movie Night Hosted by Councilor Brenda Ruble

Join us for a Movie Night on Friday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Councilor Brenda Ruble, 4840 Dogwood Drive. The movie will start at 7:00 p.m. Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. The documentary is based on the Rivergrove Reads book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy. 

Rivergrove Reads - Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas Tallamy

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The pressures on wildlife populations today are greater than they have ever been and many gardeners assume they can remedy this situation by simply planting a variety of flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs. As Douglas Tallamy points out in this revelatory book, that assumption is largely mistaken. Wild creatures exist in a complex web of interrelationships, and often require different kinds of food at different stages of their development.There is an unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife. When native plant species disappear, the insects disappear, thus impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals. Fortunately, there is still time to reverse this alarming trend, and gardeners have the power to make a significant contribution toward sustainable biodiversity. By favoring native plants, gardeners can provide a welcoming environment for wildlife of all kinds.Healthy local ecosystems are not only beautiful and fascinating, they are also essential to human well-being. By heeding Douglas Tallamy's eloquent arguments and acting upon his recommendations, gardeners everywhere can make a difference.

Pick up a copy of Bringing Nature Home at the Little Free Libraries at Lloyd Minor Park or along Dogwood Drive. When you've read the book, simply return it to a Little Free Library or pass it along to a neighbor.

Annual Arbor Month Celebration

Join Councilors, Commissioners, and the Tree Board to celebrate Arbor Month in Rivergrove. We'll meet on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Heritage Park to plant trees and native pussywillow twigs and enjoy cookies. Take home a copy of Bringing Home Nature: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and a native tree to plant in your yard or nurture in a pot to plant later in a Rivergrove park.

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Decisions

  • The Planning Commission approved a Tree Cutting Permit and required one mitigation tree for a cherry in the floodplain at 5638 Dogwood Drive.

Mayor's Message

One of the great pleasures of living in Rivergrove is that this is a community where people know and care about their neighbors. Rather than simply being “not Lake Oswego” or “not Tualatin” or “not Portland,” Rivergrove’s sense of place gives it a character all its own.

We try to welcome new Rivergrove residents, but we don’t always know when a home has changed hands, either through a sale or lease change. New residents may not automatically receive our newsletter—it may still be sent to the previous owner’s email address—so it’s important for us to realize that new residents have moved in. Since the City’s and County’s (either Washington or Clackamas) emergency preparedness is also dependent upon having contact information for residents, it’s important that we keep our files updated. So if someone new has moved in near
you, please let our City Manager know by emailing Leanne@CityofRivergrove.com.

Once again we have an opening on the Planning Commission, as we say goodbye to Jennifer Crock, who has not only served as Commissioner, but helps beautiful our parks with her tractor. Thank you, Jennifer, for being such a wonderful volunteer! This means, then, that we are looking for a new Planning Commissioner. There is no specific career- or educational-requirement for this volunteer position, just a willingness to study and apply our land use ordinances. If you have one evening a month to spare and an interest in development in Rivergrove, please contact our City Manager to discuss it.

 
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Rivergrove Report - March 2018

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

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NOTE: In March, the Rivergrove City Council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018, in the River Grove Elementary School library.

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AND TREE CUTTING PERMIT APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At a Special Meeting on January 22, 2018, City Council approved a Type II Development Permit, Hardship Relief, and Conditional Use Permit to modify the previously submitted Type III Development Permit and Conditional Use Permit to construct a single-family dwelling in the floodplain at 4620 Dogwood Drive. Council also approved a Tree Cutting Permit to remove 5 trees, overturning the Planning Commission’s November 6, 2017 decision to deny a Tree Cutting Permit for 13 trees.

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CONTINUED TO SEPTEMBER 2018, PUBLIC RECORD RE-OPENED

At the February 12, 2018 City Council Meeting, Councilors moved to continue until September 17, 2018 the consideration of proposed legislative amendments to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan Introduction, Goal #10 Housing and Goal #12 Transportation. (Local file number 2016-05.). The Amendments stipulate changes to the annexation policy and a text correction in the Transportation goal. The public record, previously closed on January 29, 2018, was reopened and will remain open until the September 17, 2018 City Council meeting. The proposed amendments (Local file number 2016-05) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website here. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

 

 

 

REVISION OF GOALS FOR YEAR

City Council postponed a discussion of 2018 Goals due to absent members. Council will review their 2017 goals and create a revised goal list for 2018 at the March meeting. Last year’s goals may be viewed here. Please submit any suggestions for goals you’d like to see added for 2018.

Decisions

  • City Council approved a Development Permit, Hardship Relief for the front setback, and Conditional Use Permit to construct a single-family dwelling in the floodplain at 4620 Dogwood Drive. Council also approved a Tree Cutting application for 5 trees in the floodplain.
  • The Planning Commission approved a Tree Cutting Permit and required one mitigation tree for a willow in the floodplain at 5710 Childs Road.
  • The City issued a Tree Cutting Permit for two pines at 6048 Childs Road.

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Rivergrove Report - February 2018

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

amendments to the comprehensive plan continued to february, public record remains open

At the December 11, 2017 City Council Meeting, Councilors moved to continue until February 12, 2018 the consideration of proposed legislative amendments to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan Introduction, Goal #10 Housing and Goal #12 Transportation. (Local file number 2016-05.). The Amendments stipulate changes to the annexation policy and a text correction in the Transportation goal. The public record will remain open until January 29, 2018. The proposed amendments (Local file numbers 2016-05 and 2017-01) can be downloaded here. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

hearing on appeal continued to special city council meeting

At the Monday, January 8, 2018 City Council Meeting, Councilors continued a hearing on appeal of denial of a tree removal permit in the floodplain at 4620 Dogwood Drive. The hearing will resume at a special City Council meeting on January 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the River Grove Elementary School Library. The purpose of the hearing is to consider the appeal of the Planning Commission decision to deny a tree removal permit application for 13 trees in the floodplain at 4620 Dogwood Drive and to consider a Type II Development Permit approval to modify the previously submitted Type III Development Permit and Conditional Use Permit to construct a single-family dwelling partially in the 100-Year Floodplain, including certain revisions regarding tree preservation/removal and Type II Hardship Relief approval as necessary. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.The full notice is here.

election of planning commission chair and vice-chair

At the February 5th meeting, the Planning Commission will elect a Chair and Vice-chair from among the Commissioners.

revision of goals for year

Also in February, City Council will review their 2017 goals and create a revised goal list for 2018. Last year’s goals may be viewed here. Please submit any suggestions for goals you’d like to see added for 2018.

native plant sale

East Multnomah Water and Soil Conservation District's Annual Plant native plant sale is open for business here. Native plants provide multiple benefits to people and wildlife, while contributing greatly to healthy soil and water.

decisions

  • An emergency tree cutting permit was issued for 4680 Dogwood Drive.
  • The Planning Commission approved a development permit application to raise and renovate a home at 5638 Dogwood Drive.
  • City Council continued the hearing on appeal of a denial of a tree removal permit for 4620 Dogwood Drive to a special City Council meeting on Monday, January 22, 2018.

mayor's message

Thank you, Rivergrove, for your generous response to the city’s Giving Program! Contributions to our park maintenance funds beautify open spaces, care for public trees, and improve the children’s playground. We’re such a tiny city that gifts of this nature, ones that improve life in Rivergrove, are very much appreciated. 

Those who participated in the Rivergrove Giving Program are listed below. Would you like to add your name to the list of contributors? There is still time! You can find details here.

Steve & Shigeko Turner

Rex & Peggy Morton

Ty & Teresa Culver

Art & Diane Falvey

Ken Marlow

Martin & Ronnie Rupert

The Shafer Family

 
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Rivergrove Report - January 2018

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

Note: The January Planning Commission Meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, January 3, 2018

TYPE III PUBLIC HEARING FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 5638 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for a development permit application for the renovation of a single-family home in the floodplain at 5638 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Arne and Colleen Nyberg.

Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at info@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

HEARING ON APPEAL OF DENIAL OF TREE REMOVAL PERMIT IN THE FLOODPLAIN AT 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

City Council will hold a public hearing at or shortly after 7:00 PM on Monday, January 8, 2018, in the library of the Rivergrove Elementary School at 5850 SW McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035.  The purpose of the hearing is to consider the appeal of the Planning Commission decision to deny a tree removal permit application for 13 trees in the floodplain at 4620 Dogwood Drive. The public hearing on this matter will be conducted pursuant to a standard procedure utilized by the City Council and in accordance with Section 8.190 of the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance (RLDO).

Oral and written testimony in favor of or in opposition to the request will be received during the hearing in accordance with RLDO Section 8.190 (c). The appellant has requested a de novo hearing, at which new testimony will be accepted if the City Council agrees to the de novo hearing. If Council does not agree to the request, the hearing will be on the previously submitted record. 

Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing by mailing to Leanne Moll, City Manager/Recorder, City of Rivergrove P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Copies of the appeal and related documents can be obtained at cost and are available for review by contacting the City Manager/City Recorder at 503-639-6919 or via e-mail at info@cityofrivergrove.com.  Electronic copies are free of charge.  Any questions regarding the appeal should be addressed to the City Manager/City Recorder at 503-639-6919 or via e-mail at info@cityofrivergrove.com. The file will be available for inspection prior to the hearing (contact the City to see the report or obtain a copy provided at cost). The City Council will review the appeal and make a decision according to RLDO Section 8.210. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard.

AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CONTINUED TO FEBRUARY, PUBLIC RECORD REMAINS OPEN

At the December 11, 2017 City Council Meeting, Councilors moved to continue until February 12, 2018 the consideration of proposed legislative amendments to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan Introduction, Goal #10 Housing and Goal #12 Transportation. (Local file number 2016-05.). The Amendments stipulate changes to the annexation policy and a text correction in the Transportation goal. The public record will remain open until January 29, 2018.

The proposed amendments (Local file numbers 2016-05 and 2017-01) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website http://www.cityofrivergrove.org. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment.

For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS RESPONSES TO THE GIVING LETTER

Hope you all received this year's Giving Letter. Our thanks to those who have responded. Contributions to improve life in Rivergrove are always welcome!

DECISIONS

  • The Planning Commission approved a development permit for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Drive.
  • The development permit application for a home renovation in the floodplain at 5638 Dogwood Drive was deemed complete.
  • City Council continued the Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Local file no. 2016-05 until the February 12, 2018 meeting.
  • City Council approved Resolution 255-2017 which amends the Fee Schedule and Agreement to meet Development Costs to allow for a $300 deposit for a Type III Notice for a dock.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

Happy New Year, Rivergrove!  Hoping for an excellent 2018 for you and for the City of Rivergrove.              

                                     Best wishes,

 
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Rivergrove Report - December 2017

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

TYPE III PUBLIC HEARING FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4640 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, December 4, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for a development permit application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Dan Kelley for owner Connie Dalton. Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at info@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR A DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 5638 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, December 4, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for the renovation of a single family home in the floodplain at 5638 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Arne and Colleen Nyberg.

TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARING FOR AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

The City of Rivergrove will hold Type IV public hearing at the City Council meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, 5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, to consider proposed legislative amendments to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan Introduction, Goal #10 Housing and Goal #12 Transportation. (Local file no. 2016-05.). The Amendments stipulate changes to the annexation policy and a text correction in the Transportation goal. The amendment approval criteria and procedures followed will be pursuant to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan, the Rivergrove Land Development Code sections 4.120, 6.225-6.230, 8.030-8.050 and the Portland Metro amendment provisions.  The proposed amendments (Local file no. 2016-05) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website at http://www.cityofrivergrove.org. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

DAUSMAN FAMILY CONSTRUCTS AND DONATES LITTLE FREE LIBRARY TO LLOYD MINOR PARK

The Dausman Family has donated a Free Little Library, a free book exchange, located on the west side of Lloyd Minor Park along Tualamere. Quentin and Andrew Dausman worked hard all summer to construct the wood library. Stop by to take a book or bring a book to share. Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, or to see Rivergrove’s Free Little Library (Charter number 60381) on the world map, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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JACOB MCKAY SWORN-IN AS NEW COMMISSIONER

Jacob McKay was sworn-in to a seat on the Planning Commission at the beginning of the November meeting. His background in construction will no doubt be an asset to the Planning Commission. Welcome, Commissioner McKay!

DECISIONS

  • Commissioner Jonathan Sweet was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Planning Commission.
  • The Planning Commission denied a tree removal permit for a lot at 4620 Dogwood Drive.
  • The development permit application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Dr. was deemed complete.
  • A retroactive Tree Removal Permit for an apple tree in the floodplain at 6540 Childs Road was approved.
  • The Planning Commission approved amendments to Ordinance 70-2001 and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance to allow docks (Local file no. 2017-01) and sent the amendments to City Council.
  • City Council adopted Ordinance 91-2017 that amends Ordinance 70-2001 and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance to allow docks.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

Soon, by mail, you'll receive the annual Rivergrove Giving Letter. As I'm sure you know, Rivergrove has no city tax, so your generous contributions go a long way toward improving life in our little city, especially in our city parks.  I'd like to thank you in advance for remembering Rivergrove at this time of year. Our City Manager, Leanne Moll, will send you a letter for tax purposes with each donation.

                 I wish you and your family a joyful holiday season!

 
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Rivergrove Report - November 2017

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PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

SURVEY RESULTS AVAILABLE — PROPOSED TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES ON CHILDS/PILKINGTON ROAD

Results from the Traffic Calming Survey distributed to all residents last month are available here. The majority of Rivergrove residents support the installation of traffic calming devices on local roads.

TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE FLOOD ORDINANCE TO ALLOW DOCKS

On Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Planning Commission Meeting and on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Rivergrove will hold a Type IV public hearing at 7 p.m. in the River Grove Elementary School library, 5850 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego, to consider an amendment to Ordinance 70-2001 Section IV Water Quality Resource Area to allow a dock as a conditional use in the Water Quality Resource Area, local file number 2017-01. The amendment also proposes dock construction standards in subsection G Development Standards. The amendment approval criteria and procedures followed will be pursuant to the Rivergrove Comprehensive Plan and the Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance sections 4.120 and 6.225-6.230 and 8.030-8.050.

The proposed amendment to the Flood Ordinance (Local file number 2017-01) can be downloaded from the Rivergrove website here. Copies of the amendments and the city staff report can also be obtained for a nominal fee by contacting the office staff at 503.639.6919, emailing info@cityofrivergrove.com or writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. A copy can be viewed by appointment only at Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact city staff to make an appointment. For additional information concerning the proposed amendments you may contact the city staff at 503.639.6919 or info@cityofrivergrove.com.

TYPE III PUBLIC HEARING FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, November 6, the Planning Commission will hold a Type III public hearing for the application to build a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive, submitted by applicant Larry Todd of Maywood Homes (owner, Steve Edelman). Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at info@cityofrivergrove.com, by calling 503.639.6919 or by writing to the City at P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Electronic copies will be provided at no charge; there is a nominal fee for paper copies. Application materials can be viewed at City Hall by appointment, contact information above.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4640 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, November 6, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for a deck renovation and new patio in the floodplain at 4640 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Dan Kelley for owner Connie Dalton.

REVIEW OF RETROACTIVE TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 6540 CHILDS ROAD

On Monday, November 6, 2017 the Planning Commission will review a retroactive Tree Removal Application for an apple tree with beaver damange in the floodplain at 6540 Childs Road, submitted by Steve Mason.

THANK YOU FORMER PLANNING COMMISSION VICE CHAIR CASEY CAMERON

The City wishes to thank Casey Cameron for serving on the all-volunteer Planning Commission since August 2015. Casey has contributed considerably at Planning Commission meetings helping reach decisions on a wide variety of development applications.  Thank you, Casey, for serving your city.

DECISIONS

  • The development permit application for a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive was deemed complete and approved.
  • The Planning Commission approved the Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan (Local file no. 2016-05) and a hearing has been set for December 11, 2017.
  • A retroactive Tree Removal Permit for a Douglas Fir in the floodplain at 4546 Dogwood Drive was approved.
  • Mayor Heather Kibbey proclaimed the City of Rivergrove will celebrate Arbor Day 2018 on April 27, 2018.

MAYOR'S MESSAGE

When you receive your property tax bill from the County shortly, you will notice that there is no City tax—one of the benefits of owning a home in Rivergrove. That is the reason why volunteers are such an important asset. Our newsletter is so full this month, so there is a tiny space allotted to the Mayor's Message. But I want to use it to thank all of our City volunteers—Councilors, Planning Commissioners, Tree Board and Transportation Committee members, and everyone who has devoted time or contributed money to help make Rivergrove a better place to live.

 
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Rivergrove Report - October 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

CITIZEN INPUT NEEDED — PROPOSED TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES ON CHILDS/PILKINGTON ROAD

The Rivergrove Transportation Committee will hold an informational meeting on proposed traffic calming devices on Childs and Pilkington Roads from 6:00-7:00 pm, Monday, October 9th, at the River Grove Elementary School library. The public is invited to learn what is being discussed and to give opinions about the proposed devices. To see the options and give your input, visit https://goo.gl/forms/3vJVGkJOnUNIYbpF2 or print and complete the paper survey and bring to the meeting or drop off at City Hall, 4924 Childs Road. 

TEMPORARY “YOUR SPEED IS…” SIGN INSTALLED ON CHILDS ROAD

The County has loaned us a temporary, mobile, "Your Speed Is…" sign for 30 days. It was installed on September 22nd facing east on Childs Road at Megly Court. The County has made the suggestion that permanent signs of this type may slow traffic on Childs Road; however, their literature expresses some concern over the longevity of the slowing effect.

CONTINUATION OF TYPE IV PUBLIC HEARING FOR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVISIONS ORDINANCE #90-2016

On Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the River Grove Elementary School Library, the Planning Commission will hold a continuation of public hearing for amendments to the comprehensive plan (Ordinance 90-2016), which will affect the introduction, housing, and transportation sections. This hearing is deliberation only. The proposed amendments are at www.cityofrivergrove.org/proposed-ordinance-90-2016 and available for viewing by appointment at the Rivergrove City Hall, 4924 Childs Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Contact City Staff at 503.639.6919 or leanne@cityofrivergrove.com. A copy of the ordinances is available for a nominal fee by contacting city staff or by writing to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

COMPLETENESS REVIEW FOR DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATION AT 4620 DOGWOOD DRIVE

At the Monday, October 2, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission will review for completeness the development application for a single family home at 4620 Dogwood Drive, submitted by Larry Todd of Maywood Homes.

REVIEW OF RETROACTIVE TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 4546 DOGWOOD DRIVE

On Monday, October 2, 2017 the Planning Commission will review a retroactive Tree Removal Application for a Douglas Fir in the floodplain at 4546 Dogwood Drive submitted by Gail Myer for owner Betty Shogren.

DONATIONS FOR PARK IMPROVEMENT —PLEASE CHIP IN

Lloyd Minor Park is in need of 1500 cubic feet of cedar chips to level the ground underneath the swingset. Donations of any size are gratefully accepted. Please mail checks to City of Rivergrove, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. All donations are fully tax deductible. You will receive an acknowledgement letter from the City for your tax records. Look for other opportunities to improve Rivergrove in the 2017 Giving Letter, coming soon.

MAYOR's MESSAGE

Our Rivergrove Transportation Committee has been working for the past two years to create a plan for a safer Childs Road. It has been a difficult two years for them, because Childs is a County road and the City has only minor jurisdiction over traffic control issues. The Committee has presented proposals in the past, only to find that the County would not approve them. However, now the County has given its word that traffic calming devices acceptable to the local fire departments would be acceptable to the County. So the Committee is coming back to the citizens to ask our opinion about road features that have received the okay from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and appear to be possible to construct. With this newsletter you'll find a link to a survey of possibilities. The City has funds to complete some of these items, and others could be covered by a Safe Routes to School grant in 2018.

With traffic expected to increase in the future, now is the time for us to do whatever is possible to slow and prevent through traffic and make the crossings safer. Since we don't have jurisdiction of the road, our options are very limited. But let's do what we can as soon as possible.

In the meantime, the County will loan us a temporary, "Your Speed Is…" sign for 30 days.

Please complete your survey by Sunday, October 8th and plan to attend a meeting on Monday, October 9th, 6 pm to 7 pm. in the River Grove Elementary School Library, to discuss the results of the survey and weigh in on a plan for Childs Road.

 
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Rivergrove Report - September 2017

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT LLOYD MINOR PARK

Join your neighbors for the annual Rivergrove Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 10th from 2-4pm in Lloyd Minor Park (Dogwood, between Marlin and Tualamere Avenues). Please bring chairs for your family. (We will have some chairs available, but not enough for all.) Activities for children, ice cream bars, and lots of good conversation await.

TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE DIVISION CHIEF ALLEN KENNEDY AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Division Chief Allen Kennedy will give a State of the District presentation at the City Council meeting on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 pm at the River Grove Elementary School library. Come to hear the report on incidents as well as future plans for TVF&R in our area. Questions from the public are welcome.

CALLING ALL TEENS! EARN YOUR FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE

Are you 14 or older? Would you like to work at the annual City of Rivergrove Ice Cream Social? The City will pay for you to earn your Oregon Food Handlers Certificate and serve ice cream. Interested? Have questions? Email City Manager/City Recorder Leanne Moll to learn more: leanne@cityofrivergrove.com

Decisions

  • The Planning Commission approved a tree removal application for a cypress tree in the floodplain at 5690 Childs Road.

Former Mayor Ted Creedon, 1943-2017

Theodore “Ted” George Creedon, 74, of Rivergrove, Oregon, died peacefully on July 24, 2017 in his home with his family by his side. Cause of death was complications from Parkinson's and cancer. The funeral was held at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Tualatin on July 29, followed by interment in Canby at Zion Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ted served as Mayor of Rivergrove for three years, worked with the Department of Environmental Quality to clean up the Tualatin River, and helped engineer the water system for Lloyd Minor Park. Ted and his wife Doris hosted City Council meetings at their home for three years

Ted was known for his brilliant mind, love of the outdoors and devotion to his children and grandchildren. He passionately encouraged curiosity and working with your hands, giving him a special connection with each of his kids and grandkids. A true renaissance man and autodidact, Ted was just as able to rebuild a ‘76 Chevy engine as to expertly split wood or cook escargots. He died feeling he still had so much more to teach others.

Ted prayed the rosary daily, and his deep Catholic faith was a great comfort, especially in his last month. He’ll be remembered for his fierce independent streak, love of books and history, and pride in his own accomplishments and those of his family. His family will never forget his incredible laugh, his detailed instructions on how to do something the right way, his keen observations on the world, To read more about and his passion for living. and his passion for living.

He is preceded in death by his parents Olga V. Creedon and Theodore J. Creedon, and his sister Kathy Creedon and brother Dennis Creedon. He is survived by his wife, Doris, his daughters Jill, Erin and Sarah, his son Michael, and six grandchildren.

Read more about Ted’s extraordinary life.

Thank you to Doris Creedon and Sarah Creedon Nassif

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Rivergrove Report - August 2017

PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL TOPICS

***THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL MEET ON AUGUST 7 AT 7 P.M. IN LLOYD MINOR PARK***

AUGUST CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED

The August 14th City Council Meeting has been canceled. City Council will convene again on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the River Grove Elementary School Library.

REVIEW OF TREE REMOVAL APPLICATION AT 5690 CHILDS ROAD

At the August 7, 2017 Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners will consider a tree removal application for a cypress tree in the floodplain, submitted by Bradley and Katherine Jackson, 5690 Childs Road.

Mayor's Message

By now you've heard about Oregon's new $100 million-per-year Transportation Plan, passed by the State Legislature this session. I want to tell you exactly how Rivergrove will benefit. Through 2027, the City can expect $118,500 in funds earmarked for transportation, in addition to our current highway funds, in the following amounts for the next 5 biennial periods: $10,800, $20,400, $25,300, $30, 100 and $31,900.

In addition, $10 million per year (increasing to $15 million a year) has been set aside for the Safe Routes to School funding and Rivergrove will most certainly be submitting a grant application for some of that money. Since River Grove Elementary is a Title I school, the matching funds needed are only 20% of the total cost, instead of 40%.

As an update on the Transportation Committee's traffic calming project for Childs Road, there has been a change in the plans, but a green light of sorts. The City has waited almost two years for the County to rewrite its road standards to allow traffic calming on a collector road—something we had expected to take 6 months—while our raised crosswalks, median island and street painting were put on hold.

Finally the County has agreed to step out of the design loop and allow Rivergrove to construct anything the local fire departments allow. This means a whole different set of options. The Transportation Committee will be working on costs and suggestions, then the public will be invited it weigh in.

Transportation is one of the issues our Metro Mayors' Consortium lobbyists have been working hard on, along with the Recreational Immunity bill (SB 327), which also passed, and protects city employees and volunteers from lawsuits.

Wishing you all a happy summer! Save Sunday September 10th for our annual get-together—another Ice Cream Social this year.