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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tree Code Amendments - Now its your turn


As you read the Draft,mask yourself if they achieve the Council's project goals described in the Introduction.  Is the tree code less stringent?  Is it clear and objective?  Do changes reduce staff time and administrative overhead?  


Please submit comments by 5:00 pm on May 18, 2016, in order to be considered by the Tree Committee prior to finalizing their draft recommendation to the City Council. There will be further opportunity for public comment at the public hearing before the City Council early this summer.

Please main or email comments to:

Jessica Numanoglu, Planning Manager

City of Lake Oswego Planning & Building Services Department 380 A Avenue
P.O. Box 369
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Phone: 503-635-0283

A copy of this report and more information about this project can be found at:


It is not necessary for you to attend the final meeting of the Ad-Hoc Tree Code Committee, but it is open to the public and public comments may be allowed.  If nothing else, you can see how the committee works and get a feel for the philosophy of the majority (and minorIty) of the group.  Date and time of the meeting will be posted on the city's Tree Code webpage.   


The Final Draft of the Tree Code Amendments 
when published, prior to the City Council Study Session.
Watch the Tree Code webpage for updates and announcements.  


Again, send your comments on the Final Draft, but this time, send them to the City Council who will be deciding the fate of the codes. Send your comments with "Public Testimony" written on it, along with, "PP-15-0003-2015, Tree Code Review".  Send testimony prior to the 
Council's Study Session so they can review them during their discussion.  By the Public Hearing, it is common for Councilors to have their minds made up, or nearly so, so aending in testimony in advance will be most useful.  

City Council Public Hearing
Not yet scheduled, but will be sometime this summer - probably in July.  
Plan to testify in person.  Read your written testimony, or informal commentary.

Written and verbal comments and testimony should relate to your observations about some part of the Draft Code.  The draft code can be very dense and confusing, so just try your best!  Everyone's voice needs to be heard - this is for everyone, not just a few people on a committee!  
The democratic process needs your participation!  
# What do you like, or not like about it?  
# What do you like or dislike about the current code and 
how would you like to see it changed?  
# If you could write the perfect code, what would it look like?  
# What do you and your friends think generally about Lake Oswego's tree code?
# What do you want to tell your city council about the city's tree code?  

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