LO Update: Land Use Process Change

The following information is intended to bring you up-to-date on the efforts that the city of Lake Oswego has made toward more citizen input in its decisions and how the Westridge Board members have been involved.  The current city manager, Scott Lazenby, has stated that the three minute time for citizen input at city council meetings is not enough time for the people of Lake Oswego to have their say.  The City has begun to have open-forum meetings in order to give citizens a better chance to play a greater part in the decisions that the city makes.  Another area where citizens have an opportunity to be heard is at a meeting called “a pre-application conference.”

A land use/development application is required from anyone who wants to build or remodel structures, build a large development, or apply for a variance on zoning to accommodate development.  A pre-application conference is called for in some situations.

Land use decisions are classified in three areas:

Ministerial development (no discretion – planning department makes decision), e.g., such as building permits, lot line adjustments, etc.

Minor development (limited discretion), e.g., lot partitions, variances, planned development

Major development (major discretion), e.g., conditional use permits, proposed zone changes

A pre-application conference is required for all minor and major developments.   The applicant is also required to hold neighborhood meetings.

As WNA board members, Dave Sengenberger and Ruth Bregar recently attended a training session in order to be qualified to sit in on a pre-application conference.   The training gave an understanding of the steps of the application process and requirements for completing an application.  It is important for a representative from Westridge to be informed about any development that would have an impact on the neighborhood, and bring that information back to the residents of Westridge.  The neighborhood can make requests for changes in the application to the Planning Department, Planning Commission and/or the Development Review Commission.  The neighborhood also has the option of asking that the application be denied.  Additionally, the pre-application conference is a chance for the Westridge representative to inform the applicant of requirements of building within the neighborhood. When appropriate, WNA meetings can be held to discuss the issues.

At this point in time, there are no applicants for development for any type of building permit in the Westridge.  Should there be an application for development in Westridge that requires a pre-application conference, the WNA board chairman will be informed and he/she and one other board will be invited to attend the conference.  We suggest that you go to our web site www.wnalo.org to keep apprised of any developments.

Dave Sengenberger, Chair WNA

Neighborhood Meeting Minutes 5/27/2015

General Meeting

Date: MAY 27, 2015  @ 7:00 pm
Location: Westridge Elementary School Library

There were 18 in attendance, including the five board members.  Angie Baker and Taylor Finley were recognized as the latest additions to the board.

An overview of the minutes from the previous board meeting on April 14, 2015 were discussed.  The biggest concern was directed at careless drivers that are either speeding or running stop signs.  Tedd Tritt shared with us an effective method of providing our police dept. (Officer Lt. Treat) with the license number of car that made a turn through a crosswalk in which Tedd was walking.  Lt. Treat will have a motorcycle officer visit the owner of the car and “suggest” that they observe stop sign violators.  We agreed this may prove to be an effective technique we can use to create more awareness for drivers exercise more safe driving habits.

A key concern of the board is the need to improve communications with our neighbors to keep them informed of developments in Westridge. One example is to use our website to make folks aware of developments at City Hall that will have an impact on us, specifically, code changes, zoning regulations, and the sensitive lands ordinance.  It seems that staff is driving all the changes; our politicians are simply accommodating.  One example that will impact new families moving into our neighborhood is the fact that kindergarten classes are now full at Westridge. All kindergarten classes all full day for the first time in accordance with state law and Westridge is seeing an influx after Palisades elementary closing. Enrollment will fluctuate throughout the summer so it is recommended that parents sign up children as early as possible for future years. The alternative is for parents to take their kids to Lake Grove Elementary.

The most important subject was our need to get more people involved in the neighborhood.  There has been poor attendance in the past few years. However, tonight’s attendance was very encouraging.

Some ways to improve the interest level were presented by Taylor Finley, who is also responsible for redesigning our website, some features of which were explained to those at the meeting. One important feature of the website is that we now have good distribution lists and people can be well informed by signing up to be “subscribed” to new posts like this on the website. He is an advocate of using street captains as a conduit for the neighbors to use to improve communications.  They would also serve as a link to emergency services in the event we experience a major disaster.  Forming some committees, such as Welcome Wagon, Parents Committee, Picnic Committee, etc. would be an effective way to build relationships.  There are plans to either publish a hard copy or digitized format of a neighborhood directory, the latter which seems to gain favor.  Taylor will spearhead the follow up for the volunteers for the committees.

Treasurer’s report showed a registered balance of $2,422.14.

Meeting was concluded at 8:05

– Dave Sengenberger, WNA Chair


Westridge Neighborhood Meeting 5/27 @ 7pm

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7-8pm
Where: Westridge Elementary School Library
Why: To participate in making our neighborhood awesome
Who: You, yes, you. Bring your neighbors too. Seriously, bring everyone on your street.


  • Website orientation
  • Publishing new neighborhood directory
  • Proposal of new committees
    • Street Captain Committee
    • Welcome Wagon Committee
    • Spring Picnic Committee
    • Parent’s Networking Committee
    • Directory Committee
    • Social Committee

While you’re here, ‘subscribe’ to the website for timely neighborhood updates by entering your email address in the menu to the left. You will not be spam’ed and you will only get about 1 email per month. You can easily unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link in the emails.

For agenda suggestions, contact Dave: dave.sengenberger@frontier.com

Lake Oswego Sustainability Network Event

Please join us for a special Lake Oswego Sustainability Network event on May 14, at 7:00 PM at the West End Building.    Learn about the Japanese earthquake from someone who was on the ground.  Understand the risks for Oregon and how we can minimize them in Lake Oswego!

Surviving A 9.0: Lessons From Japan’s Earthquake

How Do They Apply to a Sustainable Lake Oswego?

Presentation on May 14

Join the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network as geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch shares her experiences as part of an engineering delegation that travelled to Japan following their 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Areas that were not inundated by the tsunami recovered quite rapidly. What did they do to prepare that we can apply to Lake Oswego, to insure that we not only survive and recover, but thrive, after the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake which we are expecting?

Japan has built a large capacity for resilience into their built environment and their society. Many of the strategies they have employed are the same ones which build a sustainable future and apply to other kinds of emergencies. We’ll hear a report on the state of Lake Oswego’s infrastructure (spoiler alert: there is some good news here!) and what need to be done to make it more resilient.

Come early to browse exhibits of information and equipment, talk to experts, find your neighborhood on the City’s Hazards Map and enjoy some light dessert refreshments.

No RSVP required.

For additional information, please contact Jan Castle at 503-636-6709

Presentation sponsored in part by the City of Lake Oswego.


Lake Oswego Mailing Lists

The City of Lake Oswego has a number of different mailing lists that allow citizens the ability to stay up to date with things that are going on.  If you want to subscribe to one, you can do so here: LINK

Here is  list of the categories:

  • Boones Ferry Road/Lake Grove Village Center

Upcoming Building Code Changes

Upcoming  Building Code Standards for Lake Oswego . . . and how this might impact the Westridge Neighborhood, will be presented at a public hearing at the Tuesday March 3 City Council meeting which begins at 6:30pm at City Hall.

Your local government  (specifically the staff at the Planning Department – many of whom are not residents of Lake Oswego) have proposed legislative amendments to sections in the Community Development Code pertaining to nonconforming structures and adjustments, alternatives and variances intended to update, streamline and simplify these code sections so they are easier to understand and administer. Upon hearing testimony, the City Council will probably vote on these issues at the next City Council meeting.

Our character of our neighborhoods are now subject to change due to these variances, specifically the means to increase population density in Lake Oswego.  An example of this new variance is now being presented by Eslinger Homes which is representing the property owners at 17430 Kelok Rd. who want to want to make a ‘minor’ partition change on a legal lot of record. The proposal is asking for a result in two legal lots of record.  This will discussed at a meeting at the West End Bldg on Kruse Way at 6:00pm on Monday, March 16.

These events should be cause for concern for our community since it will have an impact on the city.

Website Update – Jan 2015

The website is getting an update. Here are some changes to note:

  1. Simple – the layout is simple but that is for a good reason.  It’s dynamic now. Which means, it resizes windows, text, and orientation nicely depending on the size of the window or device you are using.  Go ahead and tried it out. Change the size of the window or orientation and the layout will change with it.
  2. Google-able – let’s be honest, we forget the website address of wnalo.org. However, now if you Google “Westridge Lake Oswego” the website shows up as a top result.
  3. The menu – the menu is now on the left sidebar normally. If however, your window is small, or you are on a mobile device, you might see the menu as a small icon above to the right. This is done to maximize the reading window for small windows. Notice in the menu that it has some submenu items, so please explore the different pages.
  4. New pages – there are some new pages, such as the map, people pages, etc. Please explore these too. Many of these pages need to be populated with info and pictures.
  5. Email subscription – there is a place on the left sidebar to enter your email. Please do so to subscribe to new posts. Because posts in here are so few and far between this will be a good way to get you the information quickly without having to check the website often. You can always unsubscribe if you want to.
  6. Mobile device friendly – the new website layout allows for easy use with a mobile device. The layout is simple, but it works well on all devices.
  7. Website contributors – we now have the ability to add any neighbor as a website contributor. This will allow neighbors to write new posts to quickly get the word out about a new topic. Moderators will approve the posts before they are published. If you want to become a contributor, just email me your contact information.
  8. Suggestions – If you have any suggestions about the website, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

Contact me through email: webmaster@wnalo.org

Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

7:00 – 8:00  on  Wednesday, October 15 at Westridge Elementary School Library

The following outlines what will be discussed at the October 15 meeting:

The role of the Association and how it can complement our neighborhood.
Brief recap of the recent neighborhood survey revealing concerns of our neighbors.
Suggest ways to address these concerns by forming small committees.
Open meeting for discussion, i.e., comments, opinions.   Agree to an action plan.
Invite folks to become more involved in the WNA.

We look forward to seeing you.

WNA Board



I would like to give thanks to the 70 households who responded to our survey. As more surveys are submitted, the Recap will be updated. So far, we have received surveys from 36% of the homes. This sample revealed the following:

Of the 70 homes that returned the survey, only two are rentals. The average length of residence in these homes is 17½ years. 10 owners have lived in Westridge for over 30 years.

In the 70 homes live 189 residents:

41 are children 0-17 years old

2 are preschool age

18 attend Westridge Elementary 

9 attend Lakeridge Jr. High School

12 attend Lakeridge High School

20 are 18-39 years old

22 are 40-49 years old

29 are 50-59 years old

77 are 60 years old and above

43% of our neighbors are retired, and 31% of the homes have at least one person over 60 residing.

Of these 189 residents

45 residents work outside of Lake Oswego

22 work in Lake Oswego

14 work in home offices

46 are retired

All those employed commute by car. 44 ride their bikes in the neighborhood, 28 ride bikes elsewhere. A few of the kids take their bikes to school, weather permitting.

Our neighbors enjoy walking, an average of 4 times a week and run an average of once a week.  Only two residents run in areas outside of Westridge.

65% have accessed the Westridge web site

65% have had some experience with a neighborhood association

51% expressed some interest in getting involved with the association

Our goal is to have a general meeting in September to discuss some of the concerns voiced in the survey, establish the priorities, and form action committees.

27% of the households expressed concern about traffic issues, such as speeding and not obeying stop signs.

17% of the households are less than pleased with some of the homes and yards that are not being maintained.

Other issues raised were:  gardening power tool noise, water rates, and overgrown tree growth.

7% would like more pathways, whereas 6% do not want more paths.

13% are opposed to expanding government involvement.

For the most part, all of those surveyed love their neighborhood for the following reasons:  quiet, nice homes, safe environment, great neighbors, and quality schools.

Please consider some additional topics of interest which we can explore at the September meeting – date to be announced.


Many Thanks,

Dave Sengenberger, Chair.

Bill Bregar, Treasurer