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Updated January 20, 2020

We need 4365 valid Lake Oswego registered voter signatures to qualify our citizen-led Protect Our Natural Parks prospective ballot initiative for the ballot. This is a once in a generation opportunity for a community-led initiative to protect these natural parks from development inconsistent with their intended-use. For decades, the City has failed adopt strong development limitation protections.

January 20, 2020. Reviewed opposition’s misleading statements published in LO Review with attorney. Advised statements were ill-informed and not reflective of the amendments intent as specified in the full-text.

January 5, 2020. Fundraised and launched a direct-to-voter campaign to inform Lake Oswego voters on the protect our natural parks initiative.

December 18, 2019. Provided the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Advisory Board a status on our prospective initiative.

December 17, 2019. Introduced our prospective initiative to City Council during Citizen Comment and invited Councilors to participate in the conversation and embrace the initiative’s sensible development limitations.

December 12, 2019. Notified our email subscribers to download the single-signer petition, print it, sign it, and mail it back. Also started circulating for petition signatures within our neighborhoods and at public locations.

December 12, 2019. Petition Cover Sheet, Petition Sheet, and Electronic Petition sheet certified for circulation by the City Recorder .

December 7, 2019. Introduced the Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Coalition (LONAC) to our park development limitation initiative.

December 2-12, 2019. Public notice period for ballot title per Oregon statue.

December 2, 2019. Ballot title assigned by City Attorney for our prospective petition initiative on the City’s website. State law statue requires City Attorney to assign local initiative ballot titles.

November 22, 2019. Reviewed our prospective petition for ballot initiative text with Lake Oswego’s City Attorney and Director of Parks and Recreation at City Hall.

November 21, 2019. Received confirmation via email and certified mail from the City Recorder that our Petition of Ballot Initiative meets Oregon’s constitutional requirements.

November 20, 2019. Introduced our park development limitation initiative to the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Advisory Board.

November 14, 2019. Submitted our Petition for Ballot Initiative that revises Chapter X – Park Development Limitation to Lake Oswego’s City Recorder (Anne-Marie Simpson). Petition ID: 2020IN-1

November 6, 2019. Met with Lake Oswego’s Director of Parks and Recreation, to review the community-led proposal for a City Charter amendment to protect natural area parks. He seemed comfortable with the language. He suggested:
– clarifying types of prohibited hardscape surfaces (eg. asphalt & concrete) since decomposed granite is a suitable alternative surface used across the country in natural areas to meet ADA compliance.
– allowing implementation of adopted park master plans
– including 5 additional natural areas to the chapter’s protections:
    — Cornell Natural Area
    — Glennmorrie Greenway
    — Kerr Open Space
    — Steven’s Homestead (added to Stevens Meadow definition)
    — Waluga Park -West.
These were reasonable requests and incorporated into the amendment text.

November 5, 2019. Unveiled the park development limitation initiative at or Protect LO Natural Parks public event at the Lake Theater. Launched the LoveLOParks website for communicating the prospective initiative throughout the community.

November 1, 2019. Met with members of the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Advisory Board to review the charter amendment text and incorporated feedback.

October 26, 2019. Mailed all Neighborhood Association Chairs informing them of the Protect LO Natural Parks prospective charter amendment and asked for feedback on the list of natural areas and development limitations.

October 19 – October 27, 2019. Conducted a NextDoor poll “Shall the Lake Oswego Charter be amended to preserve all current and future natural parks as natural areas for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Oswego — free from any facility that would otherwise impair their natural state?”
– Out of 291 respondents, 89% in favor / 11% opposed

October 1 – 31, 2019. Drafted and reviewed the City Charter Amendment to Chapter X – Park Development Limitation with interested parties in the community.
– Reviewed City’s website, park master plans, available deeds, Open Space Plan (2001), Parks Plan 2025 (2013), and the Lake Oswego Code
– Included 10 natural areas in addition to Springbrook Park (11 total)
– Included additional development limitations in natural areas
– Included expectation on maintenance improvements for providing healthy habitats
– Improved methods to include additional natural areas in the future
– Reviewed preliminary text with attorney.

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