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

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.

Mary’s Woods proposes another 48-unit building, hosts meeting Nov. 15

About a year after the city of Lake Oswego approved Mary’s Woods’ plans to expand its campus with nine new buildings and 200 residential units, the retirement and assisted living community is proposing an additional 48-unit building for the campus.

The additional building would be for assisted living and would provide “assisted living services to residents beyond those provided within our apartments and villa homes in our congregate care setting,” according to a letter from Marvin Kaiser, CEO of Mary’s Woods.

If approved, the building would be on the Mary’s Woods campus at 17399 Holy Names Drive.

Mary’s Woods will host a public, informational meeting about the project from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, at the Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, 97034.

Anyone who may have questions in advance or who would like to reserve a seat should contact Linda Werthessen, marketing and communications coordinator for Mary’s Woods, at 503-675-2442.

More information about the campus expansion can be found in this earlier post.


A rendering of the expansion planned for Mary’s Woods, without an additional 48-unit assisted living building that has also been proposed.