Community Culture Summit Invites Lake Oswegans to Shape Their City’s Future

Lake Oswego—it has come a long way from an industrial town with little more than an iron smelter and stump -studded Sucker Lake to brag about. City officials and citizen advocates would like to take it even further with a vision into the year 2035 and are asking residents to get involved in that process.

Under the umbrella of We Love Lake Oswego: Planning for People, Places and Prosperity, the city has conducted surveys, hosted public forums and enlisted public participation through citizen action committees and advisory groups in an effort to update the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s road map for policy and planning. While first established in 1978 and updated in the early 1990s, the state has mandated that cities revisit their plans once again and with the changes Lake Oswego has seen from an increased population to declining school enrollment, the timing is right.

This Thursday, November 3, citizens are invited to attend a Community Culture Summit from 6-8 pm in the Lake Oswego High School Library (preceded by a mixer from 5:30-6 pm). Using a small group discussion format, participants will be asked to give their input on: education, recreation, the arts, the library, history, and civic engagement.

Some of the questions citizens will be asked to comment on include:

  • What should Lake Oswego look like?
  • What’s the best way to sustain a thriving business community?
  • How should we get around town?

If you can’t attend, you can join the online virtual open house  from November 1-11. The opportunity is there to make sure your voice is heard.

One thing you can say and love about Lake Oswegans—they are opinionated with a vested interest in the community in which they live. Just open up the Lake Oswego Review and check out the editorial page. Letters to the editor pose debates in real time as citizens extol the pros and cons of redevelopment, relocating the library, or closing schools.  The city of Lake Oswego is counting on harnessing that engagement in this opportunity to shape Lake Oswego’s future. As their informational video explains, “It’s your turn to imagine the future.”

Consider subscribing to “52 Reasons to Love Lake Oswego.” Just click on the “Sign me up” button in the upper right hand corner. And let me know…what are some of your reasons for loving Lake Oswego?

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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