Your Community Planning Organization in Oak Grove
Welcome to the official website of the Oak Grove Community Council (OGCC), often called the "Oak Grove CPO".
The Community Council meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 14700 SE Rupert Dr., Oak Grove, OR 97267 (map). Everyone is welcome to attend. Additional meetings are also scheduled from time to time.
(Some months have five Wednesdays. Just to be clear, we meet on the 4th Wednesday, not the last Wednesday of the month.)
Social Time for the general meetings will begin at 6:45 PM and the official meeting start time will be 7:00 PM. The meeting ends at 8:45.
We enthusiastically urge you to attend the meetings and join in the dialogue.
To learn about the Oak Grove Community Council, and about the role it plays in the Oak Grove community, click About Oak Grove.
OGCC Board Meetings
The Executive Board of the OGCC normally meets once a month to review the previous month's meeting, to discuss plans for the upcoming monthly meetings, and to discuss community events and issues. The meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 - 11 am at the fire station at 2930 SE Oak Grove Blvd, Oak Grove. All meetings are open to the public.
Note: At the September 2011 meeting, the Community Council approved changing the name of the Oak Lodge Community Council (OLCC) to the Oak Grove Community Council (OGCC). You may see some older text that still refers to the CPO with the old name.
Subscribe to the OGCC E-mail List
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Current Events and Announcements
New: Development Review Status
Lately more people are asking about building projects in our area. Since all building projects have to be approved by the Oak Lodge Sanitation District (OLSD), they are able to publish a very nice summary of the current status of building projects. We will be linking to their latest "Development Review Status" report each month.
In the upper-right-hand corner of this page are three links, "Next Meeting Agenda", "Last Meeting Minutes", and now, newly, "Development Status". Note also that below each link is a link to its archive. If you click that, you will see links to previously published documents.
Review of Northwest Housing Alternatives
Stephen McMurtrey, Housing Development Director presented the objectives and services of NHA at the Sept. 23, 2015 OGCC meeting. Topics included:
- Statistics regarding Clackamas Co. Annie Ross shelter plus the 18,00 units serving families, seniors & people with special needs
- Need for Affordable Housing
- Benefits of Building Affordable Housing
- Building Close to Light Rail
- Affordable Housing and MAPIT
Click HERE to see the presentation. If you have questions Stephen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of Intertwine Alliance Oak Prairie Work Group
Ted Labbe, KelipiCamas Project Outreach, spoke at the Sept. 23, 2015 OGCC meeting. Topics included:
- Partner agencies assisting this nonprofit
- Goals of the organization
- History and definition of changing habitats
- Workshop Schedules
- Additional Resources / Websites
Click HERE to see the presentation.
Review of Clackamas County Housing
Chuck Robbins, Director Housing & Community Development for Clackamas County, gave a presentation about housing at the July 22 OGCC meeting. Topics included:
- Type of Housing - By Length of Stay
- Income Limits (who can afford to live here?)
- Type of Housing - By Type of Assistance
- Type of Housing Subsidy
- Rent Types
He also showed two maps indicating the number and type of housing units and where they are located. Click HERE to see all of the details of his presentation. If you have questions, he can be contacted at email@example.com
Review of Park Avenue Station Area Planning
At the May 27, 2015 OGCC Meeting Nathan Burton presented and overview of the current Park Avenue Station area planning.
Nate first discussed “The Essentials”:
a) Community wants McLoughlin revitalized ASAP
b) Community needs county planning staff resources URGENTLY to start zoning update process
c) Meeting’s task - Provide county with community consensus
d) Next steps - Assemble business & land owner support.
Nate explained the possible Foundational ZDO (Zoning and Development Ordinances) changes and then asked all meeting participants to rank their choices. These were then tabulated. For the complete listing of the choices and their rankings, click here.
For more details of the meeting flow, read the OGCC meeting minutes of May 27, 2015.
Click HERE to read a letter from MAP-IT to the Board of County Commissioners. The letter strongly supports the Park Ave Station Planning.
Zoning Discussed at Special Joint Meeting of CPOs
The Oak Grove Community Council, Clackamas CPO, and the Jennings Lodge CPO met together on January 21, 2015 to discuss zoning issues with the Clackamas County Planning and Zoning Department.
Jennifer Hughes of the Planning Department presented information on the 3rd year of the County's "Zoning Audit". Her presentation is available HERE. Ms. Hughes provided handouts describing the five-year auditing process (available HERE) and the specific activities in this, the third year of the 5-year audit (available HERE).
The audience then discussed
- station area planning and zoning for the Park Avenue light rail station, including ideas of a special zoning overlay for that area, as well as other areas.
- limiting zoning changes (in particular, "up zoning") in the residential areas, particularly in Jennings Lodge
- zoning issues in general
Pat Russell, of the Clackamas CPO, submitted a number of zoning issues for discussion in a paper available HERE. Though the group wished to discuss Pat's issues, we ran out of time. A second meeting may be set up to address Pat's submittal and an array of other zoning issues.
Concord Elementary School Planning
Concord Elementary School is currently unoccupied after the Board of the North Clackamas School District consolidated certain district schools to save money. Now the school board is looking into what might be done with the building. The building is located at 3811 SE Concord Rd. (block or two east of SE McLoughlin Blvd.).
The school board voted on Dec 2nd to approve a process of determining the future of the Concord Elementary School building. A preliminary version of this process is detailed HERE.
Community members can have input as to the future of the building - if you are interested, please contact
Eleanore Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-794-7076.
Updates on the Light Rail Project
Want updates about Trimet's Light Rail project at Milwaukie and Park Avenue? Click HERE. This information is updated regularly by Trimet.
The William Wild Memorial Fund
We are sad to report that William Wild passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Those who have attended OGCC meetings for some time need no reminder of his many contributions to our community. Those who knew him better know that his contributions extend back well before he came to Oak Grove.
To commemorate his service and to assist his family with expenses they are facing at this time, the William Wild Memorial Fund has been established. Information about how you can contribute are HERE.
OGCC Elections Results
OGCC members nominated candidates for all Board positions at the January 2015 regular OGCC business meeting and elections were held during the February 2015 meeting. The newly elected Board was installed at the February2015 meeting.
Here are the results of the vote:
Chair – Baldwin van der Bijl
Vice-Chair – Eleanore Hunter
Secretary – Joan Hamilton
Treasurer – Chaunda Wild
Directors-at-Large (3) – Bob Zimmer, Geoffrey Janke, Mike Schmeer
Let's all join our energy with theirs to continue to improve our wonderful Oak Grove community.
For complete details about the duties of each Officer and Director-at-Large, see Article V through Article VII of the OGCC Bylaws
Clackamas County Citizen Involvement
Do you want to participate more in local community governing? Visit HERE to view some Clackamas County citizen involvement resources.
In particular, go HERE to see the County's Community Plannning Organization Handbook. Find out what CPOs like the Oak Grove Community Council are all about.