Rivergrove Report - July 2018

Planning Commission and City Council Topics

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Please note that the July, and August Planning Commission and City Council meetings will be held in Lloyd Minor Park, located between the streets of Marlin Avenue, Tualamere Avenue and Dogwood Drive. City Council will meet on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.


The City of Rivergrove is reviewing short term accommodations to determine the need for local regulation. A number of municipalities have taken steps to regulate short term rentals to address housing, nuisance, and community issues. 

Please provide your feedback by completing this survey. Your feedback will help assist us in determining what regulations, if any, should be in place. Please complete the survey by 9pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018.


At the applicant’s request for additional time, the public hearing for a Type III Development Permit to build a duplex on the northeast corner of Pilkington Road & Childs Road has been continued to the July 2, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting held at 7 p.m. in Lloyd Minor Park (between Marlin Ave, Tualamere Ave and Dogwood Dr). In their request, the applicant has also granted an additional 30-day extension to the 120-day decision period.

Information about this application can be obtained by contacting the city at manager@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.


At the Wednesday, July 11, 2018 City Council meeting, Council will review the June 4, 2018 decision of the Rivergrove Planning Commission approving an application for a subdivision of the parcel at 5450 Childs Road (the end of Lorna Lane). The review shall consider whether a paved east/west walking/bike path should be required. The Planning Commission decided not to require such a path, noting that there was no connectivity at this time. The City Council intends to review whether such a paved path should be required and, if so, the attributes of such a path. 

The sections of the Comprehensive Plan or Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance (RLDO) sections that may be applied to the issues raised in this appeal include Transportation System Plan Objective #1.

Pursuant to RLDO Section 8.180, the scope of the hearing shall be de novo, including consideration of the record created by the Planning Commission as well as any new evidence or argument that may be submitted during the proceedings before the City Council. 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). Written comments may be submitted prior to the hearing by emailing manager@cityofrivergrove.com or mailing to Leanne Moll, City Manager/Recorder, City of Rivergrove P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. 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.


At the July Planning Commission meeting, the commissioners will review a Type II Development Permit and Tree Removal permit applications for two single-family homes proposed at the Canal Park subdivision, 19680 Canal Road (Lot 2) and 4485 West Road (Lot 3), submitted by Sean Foushee of Elite Homes.

Written comments on the application will be received by the City before the decision is made. The City of Rivergrove Planning Commission is scheduled to make a decision on this application at their regular meeting on July 2, 2018. The decision to approve or deny the application will be based on compliance with the following ordinance criteria:

  • Rivergrove Land Development Ordinance (RLDO) Article 4 Sec. 4.010-4.110 Review Procedures; Article 5 Sec. 5.010-5.100 Residential Zone; Article 8 Public Deliberations & Hearings

A copy of the subject application, all documents, and evidence relied upon by the applicant and applicable criteria is in the public record and are available for inspection (Contact City of Rivergrove at manager@cityofrivergrove.com); Copies of the application and City Planning Staff Report will be provided upon request at a reasonable cost. Written comments may be submitted to the City Manager at City of Rivergrove via email (manager@cityofrivergrove.com ) or via regular mail, P.O. Box 1104, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, and must be received on or before Monday, July 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Failure to raise an issue or to provide evidence sufficient to afford the decision-maker an opportunity to respond to the issue may preclude an appeal based on that issue with the State Land Use Board of Appeals or Circuit Court.  Only comments on the relevant approval criteria are considered relevant evidence.

After the comment period closes, the Rivergrove Planning Commission shall issue its decision, and that decision shall be mailed to the applicant and to anyone else who submitted written comments or who is otherwise legally entitled to notice. Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to the City Manager at 503-639-6919, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


There will be three openings on City Council beginning in 2019. If you are interested in running for City Councilor in the November general election, please contact Leanne Moll at leanne@cityofrivergrove.com for a checklist and forms to get started. The statewide deadline for filing election paperwork and supporting signatures is August 28, 2018.

new fire station coming soon

Residents in the Rivergrove area can expect to see construction kicking off this summer at 7100 SW McEwan Road for a new Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue fire station.

After conducting a thorough analysis of population density, incident types, and traffic, District leadership determined a need for a station in this location to ensure fast and effective emergency response to residents and businesses in Rivergrove, Durham, and portions of Tigard and Tualatin. The additional station will also strengthen the regional emergency response system.

The new station, also referred to as Station 39, will be a single-story building that will be built to accommodate current response needs, as well as room to expand if call volume increases in the future. The station will include a community room available for partner agencies and the general public to reserve for meetings.

The Fire District is currently working through the application and permitting process with the City of Tualatin and construction will begin once that process is concluded.

To sign up for Station 39 Construction Updates, visit TVF&R's website at www.tvfr.com and click on the Notify Me icon.


  • The Planning Commission continued to the July 2, 2018 meeting the Type III Hearing for a duplex at 19232 and 19262 Pilkington Road, submitted by Renaissance Homes.
  • The Development Permit, Tree Removal Permit, and Area Accessory Permit for a subdivision at 5450 Childs Road (end of Lorna Lane) were approved by the Planning Commission.
  • Development Applications for two single-family homes at 19680 Canal Road and 4485 West Road in the Canal Park subdivision were deemed complete by the Planning Commission and Type II reviews were scheduled for the July 2, 2018 meeting.
  • City Council approved a revised fee schedule and agreement to meet costs of development review or appeal.
  • The Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget was approved at June's City Council meeting. Council also elected to received shared state revenues. 

Mayor's Message

With this beautiful summer weather we're having, I thought it would be appropriate to remind residents that ours is the only Tualatin River boat access in a residential neighborhood. The neighbors are often justifiably frustrated by inconsiderate users. Last year the City removed signage advertising the ramp and the gate is kept closed for safety reasons. But still the neighbors find people sunning on their docks or blocking the ramp with fishing gear. At times they can't get out of their driveway. So I'm asking you to please treat the ramp as though it were right next to your home—quietly and considerately.

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