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Friday, November 14, 2014

Telling it like it is

City Council gets a message. 
What are they going to do about it?

As you may have read in previous blog posts (Planning Department Oops! #1, 2, and 3), the Planning Department has a way of interpreting development codes that a normal, educated person, reading the same code, would understand and find to have a completely different meaning.  

Codes can be complicated, and Lake Oswego is famous for its lengthy and Byzantine codes.  But when the citizens who helped create the codes for the neighborhood overlay see things going awry, there is reason to step back and review the intent and wording of the code.  What is happening now disrespects the neighborhood, the Neighborhood Plan, City Codes, and the concept of fair play. 

Read the prior posts 
and watch the
Citizen Conments portion of the November 13, 2014 City Council meeting, and listen to the first speaker.  The citizen even invites council members to meet with her directly if they want to hear the truth of what is happening.  Her anger and frustration at going through channels and dealing with staff and getting rebuffed is a common theme.  

USC will follow this story to see what, if any, changes are made or what action is taken to remedy this ongoing problem of changing interpretation and selective enforcement of code. 

1 comment:

  1. Looks like staff is "splitting hairs" to get what staff wants.Who is in charge here?