Short-term rentals in Glenmorrie

With short-term home and room rental websites like Airbnb and others gaining popularity in recent years, some residents in the Glenmorrie Neighborhood and across Lake Oswego have grown concerned with the lax enforcement efforts of the city’s existing ban on such rentals. (Rentals of fewer than 30 days are currently prohibited within the city limits.)

For an update on recent happenings on the issue, see below. The first piece is an email from Sarah Selden, a senior planner with the city, after a June 20, 2017, city council session on the topic:

Dear Interested Parties:

The City Council held a study session on June 20, 2017 to further consider whether it wanted to develop regulations that would allow short-term rentals in residential zones. The Council directed staff to maintain the existing regulations, which prohibit short-term rentals in those zones. They also directed staff to develop a plan for active code enforcement of short-term rentals, rather than following the complaint-based approach that is current practice for enforcing code violations. The staff report and video of this Council meeting can be viewed here.

Staff will report on the code enforcement plan at the Council’s July 18 meeting.

This planning project, PP 17-0004, is discontinued. No further work sessions will be held by the Planning Commission.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Sarah Selden | Senior Planner

The second bit of information is a link to a story in the Lake Oswego Review from July 20, 2017, which gave an overview of the city’s proposed plan for enforcing the ban on short-term rentals.

For more information on the issue, residents can contact the Lake Oswego Planning Department. 



Neighborhood meeting set for 6-lot subdivision on Yates Street

Engineering firm Theta LLC will host a required neighborhood meeting for a proposed six-lot subdivision at 1107 Yates Street.

The meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the location of the proposed development, will offer neighbors and others in the community to learn more about the proposal.

That proposal, and a counter effort to head off the development and instead preserve the property, was the topic of a story in the Lake Oswego Review back in December 2016. Neighbors in the area have been working to create a natural park called the Hallinan Nature Park, which would include the property and the surrounding Hallinan Woods.

The map below shows the property’s location.

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Neighborhood meeting set for Federspiel property on Hwy 43

Tahran Architecture & Planning LLC is hosting a required neighborhood meeting for a proposed 2 Lot Minor Partition at 16755 Pacific Highway (just north of Cherry Lane). The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego.

The meeting will be an informational one on preliminary development plans for the property, which will likely include several new single-family homes.

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Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association Meeting Tuesday, May 23!

The Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association will hold an annual meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Hallinan Elementary School. The meeting will be held immediately following the Glenmorrie Water Cooperative’s meeting, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. The Glenmorrie Water Cooperative’s meeting should run between 45 minutes and one hour.

Potential agenda items for the GNA:

  • Presentation from the city on the Marylhurst Pump Station project
  • Election of board members and filling vacancies. (We need four new members. The commitment is very minor!)
  • Short-term rentals in the neighborhood
  • Ideas for a neighborhood gathering or ivy pull

For more information, email Jon Bell or call 503-290-4282, or visit

Glenmorrie Water Co-Op Update April 20, 2017

To All Glenmorrie Water Co-Op Members:

The Glenmorrie Water Co-Op system had a power outage last night, April 19, that disabled the upper well pump and resulted in total depletion of the reservoir. Although we have a backup battery alert system that monitors the reservoir level, that system inexplicably failed, so our first awareness was from a call early this morning by a member with no water.

Accordingly, the power problem was immediately corrected and full water supply and pressure have been restored throughout the system. However, the initial refilling of the empty reservoir caused the agitation of some minor accumulated sediment so a small amount of cloudy water may be briefly evident before clearing. We have chlorinated the reservoir as a precaution so your water should be back to safe and totally normal conditions once any cloudiness clears. Note that it is very likely that no such cloudiness will even be evident.

We will be checking out the cause(s) for this incident and making the necessary corrections to assure your usual ongoing supply of clear, safe water. Coincidentally, we have been attempting to incorporate a more timely member alert system to immediately advise of any such incidents. If you are a newer Co-Op member or have never submitted the Emergency Contact Information form that was included in earlier 2016 water bills, please request same via a direct email to our system manager, Dick DeChaine, at, phone 503-310-1245.

Thank you,
Ed Hepp
Glenmorrie Water Co-Op Board Member

Marylhurst partition meeting set for April 18

Marylhurst University is submitting an application for a land partition for some of its property at the university’s current campus. A required meeting with the neighborhood has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Old Library Room of the BP John Administrative Building at Marylhurst. 

According to William Rasmussen, a partner with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, the firm preparing the partition for Marylhurst, there are no current plans for new construction on the campus. The university, he said in an email, is for the university to “have its options open in the future.”

Important meetings coming up

The city of Lake Oswego has scheduled several meetings to address topics that could impact residents in the Glenmorrie Neighborhood and other surrounding neighborhoods as well. For further information on any of the following meetings, please contact the city’s  Planning and Building Services department. 

  • A meeting to address a proposed zone change on the Lake Corps Power Station Property, which is located in George Rogers Park. (The property is actually in the Hallinan Neighborhood.) The city would like to change the zinging from R-7.5 (single-family residential) to Park and Natural Area to “achieve consistency with the Comprehensive Plan designation of ‘PNA’ for this property.” The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15,2017, in the city council chamber at city hall.


  • A public hearing before the Development Review Commission is set for 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, at city hall. The hearing will address Mary’ Woods proposal to build an assisted living facility at 17400 Holy Names Drive. (The application has already been “accepted as complete.” The public hearing is a requirement of the development process. More information about Mary’s Woods’ project can be found here.