Development Services – Monthly Report – December 2019

Vacant Platted, Tentative Platted & Expired Lots Report – 4th Quarter 2019 

Attached is an updated platted and tentative platted lots list through December 31, 2019. 

Coming into winter we issued only 5 new house permits from October through December. Our department has reviewed 5 house permits that are ready for issuance, and we have about 30 additional houses in the review process. Marshall Ridge was recently platted which added 37 buildable lots and in November we tentatively approved Jewelberry Meadows which is a 20-lot subdivision.

You will receive the next update in April 2020.

Planning items:

Trillium Machine (19-017 DR/VAR/DEV/TREE): Development Services has recently received new information from the applicant and is currently reviewing for completeness for the third time.

Forest Service Site remodel (19-035 DR/ADJ US): Deemed complete and currently under review.

Tickle Creek Village (19-038 DR/TREE/FSH):  Proposed condos at the NE corner of Ruben and Dubarko – deemed complete and currently under review.

Bull Run Electric Building (19-036 DR): Deemed complete and currently under review.

Sandy Vault Storage (19-046 DR/MOD): Modifications to previously approved storage unit project has been deemed incomplete – awaiting additional information from applicant.

Design Review:

  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  The December 15th Planning Commission hearing on this subject has been continued to January 23rd – the City continues to work with the developer on pending issues.
  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR):  Development Services Director issued final order to applicant per Planning Commission decision.
  • Sandy Health Clinic (19-032 ZC): Zoning change approved and in process.  Clackamas County working directly with Ec Dev office regarding Façade and streetscape reimbursement.

Kelly’s Kudos:

I want to let Rebecca Casey know how much she has inspired me as an employee and friend.  Your year+ long health battle was an amazing example of willpower, strength, and perseverance.  You are a true warrior!  It is exciting to see you back at work and once again being a full-fledged member of the Development Services family.  Welcome back and thank you for showing everyone what a fighting spirit truly means.

Internal projects: 

  • City Hall: City Manager’s office requested looking into blinds instead of installing tinting on south and east facing picture windows.  After researching, Sandy Décor can provide blinds matching CH conference room for about the same price, so we will go this route instead.  Windows have been measured and blinds are currently on order; installation should be scheduled for some time in February.


Economic Development items:

Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.):

  • Old Chariteas (future Le Happy) site:  We are getting very close to setting an opening date for Le Happy Creperie & Bar – while both TI projects are still in process, they should both be completed in January pending any unforeseen circumstances.
Le Happy — dining room and bar
Le Happy — entrance and front counter w/ new restroom
  • Paola’s Pizza Barn:  Axis Design has completed the design work for the restaurant, and a scope of work is being drafted for the project.  Design work and scope will be forwarded to the restaurant owner when complete along with supplemental materials sometime in mid-January.
  • Sandy Marketplace:  More minor improvements are being made here through the City of Sandy Façade Improvement program.  We approached them about restyling three of the square planters out in the sidewalk area in front of the suites to give them public seating on all four sides and to add capstone along the top for the seating, removing the dated wooden seating (and associated maintenance costs) currently installed and increasing the aesthetic value.  Pictured below is the completed first planter, the other two will be completed sometime in February – if you stop by Bi-Mart or Grocery Outlet sometime soon, compare this refurbished planter to one they haven’t started yet.  The difference is remarkable.  (We are thinking about adding this same capstone surface to the planters outside of the Sandy Public Library when we upgrade them in the spring, hopefully using the same contractor)
Refurbished planter #1 at Sandy Marketplace

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • SCC parking lot fencing replacement:  Now that the base of this fencing has been repaired satisfactorily, we are looking to replace the actual fencing with new, black powder coated fencing at a uniform height (i.e. removing the backstop).  Sandy Fence will install beginning on January 16.  Watch for it.

Economic Development Committee (January 8 – inaugural meeting):

  • The first Economic Development Committee meeting was held from 6:30 – 8:00 PM on 1/8/20 in Council Chambers. Committee members in attendance included Mayor Pulliam, Counselors Pietzold and Exner, City Manager Jordan Wheeler, Chamber Director Khrys Jones, and business leaders Kurt McKnight (Everfresh Fruit), Cathy Stuchlik (CCB), Bill Schwartz (Boring Brewing), Hans Wipper (Wippersnappers), Ernie Brache (AEC), Brandon Johnson (Johnson RV), and Jason Shuler (John L. Scott). Discussions at this first meeting of the committee were extremely positive. Future meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Google DMO Content Training (December 5, 8-12:30 PM): Workshop hosted by our friends at Clackamas County Tourism focusing on Google destination marketing organizations and how to capture the ownership of our city’s “infrastructure” on the Google platform.
  • Grow Clackamas! Business Appreciation Engagement Event (December 18th, 4-6 PM): First annual business appreciation event hosted by Clackamas County Business and Economic Development.  CCB&ED asked us to invite and highlight a company that has “grown with your community” over the years for recognition and a county sponsored award.  My invitation went to AEC Inc., as Ernie Brache started his company in his Sandy garage 30 years ago and is now one of the largest private employers within city limits and has been instrumental to the development and growth of SandyNet.  The event also highlighted the promotion of cross laminated timber companies in the region by putting the spotlight on the breaking of ground at Clackamas County’s newest CLT factory – Sauter Timber in Estacada.  As AEC is getting involved in the CLT industry, it was delightful to introduce Mr. Sauter to Ernie at this event in the hopes that their two businesses might collaborate in the future.
Ernie Brache (Founder & CEO, AEC Inc.) receiving his award at Grow Clackamas! event

Development Services — Monthly Report — November 2019

Fall 2019 Building Department Report:

Sandy builders have been blessed with favorable weather, yet they have had enough rain to keep the ground pliable for excavation.  The rain also helped keep the typical late summer dust to a minimum and allowed more residential projects to get started than anticipated.  As of the end of November, Sandy’s Building Department had 83 Active Residential Dwelling Permits.  The total construction value of all residential and commercial permits this year so far has exceeded $28M.

The most significant change to happen to the Sandy Building Department is our converting to the E-permitting software controlled by the State of Oregon.  The whole transition started nearly a year ago but went live October 28th, 2019.   This change to E-Permitting has increased processing time for permit applications approximately 4 to 5 times as long.  The software change combined with recent SDC increases and has created a backlog of permit applications.   There are over 25 house plans that are currently waiting to be processed and reviewed.   

CURRENT COMMERCIAL PROJECTS

Going into December, Sandy has two highly visible projects that are both within days of being completed:  The first one is the new TRACTOR SUPPLY STORE located at the west end of town.   The shiny new supply store has been operating under a Temporary Occupancy Permit since the start of October.  They completed the storage shed after Thanksgiving weekend but are still waiting for pole lights and a few other exterior items before they can obtain final completion.  MCDONALD’S is the other noticeable project that has seen a lot of attention.   The building received a total make-over and is noticeably better than the original.  (Note the new wall sign in the Play Area: “I’m Lovin’ It”.)

          Other active and visible commercial projects include: the extensive SAFEWAY remodel is nearing completion – which was primarily interior but included relocating the recycling machines to the SE corner of the exterior; and the new LE HAPPY restaurant on Proctor scheduled to open in January 2020.  (It is located in the house formerly occupied by Chariteas). 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Building Department,
Terrence Gift, Building Official

Planning items:

Safeway Recycling Room (19-040 DR): This exterior addition to the building of a recycling center was approved and final order issued on November 14.

Trillium Machine (19-017): Development Services has recently received new information from the applicant and will analyze for completeness soon.

Forest Service Site remodel (19-035 DR/ADJ US): This parking lot remodel/expansion at the USFS Building has now been deemed complete, but staff has yet to begin analysis.

Mt. Hood Senior Living (19-027 CUP): Applicant has proposed a conditional use to allow a senior living facility on this Scenic Street site.  Final order was approved and issued on November 25.

Tickle Creek Village (19-038 DR/TREE/FSH):  Proposed condos at the NE corner of Ruben and Dubarko – this application has now been deemed complete, but staff analysis has yet to begin.

Bull Run Electric Building (19-036 DR): Received additional materials from applicant; going through secondary completeness check at this time.

Design Review:

  • Sandy Vault Storage (19-046 DR/MOD): Modifications to previously approved storage unit project is currently undergoing a completeness check.
  • Cashatt Duplex (19-028 DR/CUP): The Planning Commission denied the conditional use permit for the Cashatt duplex at the Planning Commission meeting on November 19. Mr. Cashatt has appealed the Planning Commission decision. The appeal will be heard by City Council on December 16th.
  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  The Planning Commission is meeting on December 17th to hold a public hearing regarding the 100-lot Bailey Meadows subdivision.  This hearing will allow the public to testify with regard to the proposal. The applicant is now proposing a UGB extension to accommodate a street connection from the south end of the proposed subdivision to Highway 211.
  • Jewelberry Meadows (19-018 SUB): On November 15th staff approved a 20-lot subdivision to the east of Jewelberry Avenue. The applicant will need to complete construction plans and other details from the approval prior to constructing the subdivision.
  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR):  On December 3, 2019 the Planning Commission heard the appeal from the applicant of Space Age gas station. The decision removed numerous conditions that staff had imposed based on code requirements. Staff is now working on a final order. 
  • Sandy Health Clinic (19-032 ZC): A hearing for the re-zoning of the old Oregon Wild Harvest property from C-2 to C-1 in preparation for this new Clackamas County Health clinic is on the agenda for the November 16th City Council meeting.


Kelly’s Kudos:

CONTENT FOR THIS SECTION IS PENDING

Internal projects

  • City Hall: Drywall work has been completed.  Day one of painting is completed, and Day 2 of painting will take place on 12/13 and should be completed on that date.  We are awaiting quotes to tint the picture windows on the south side of the building now as well as on replacement of our ancient security/smoke alarm system.  After the tinting has been installed, we will be essentially complete with the upstairs of the building and will start focusing our efforts on taking another run at replacing the plumbing in the building, probably in February 2020.
  • Mystery pole @ 362nd and Hwy 26:  Finally removed by PGE on December 12
Mystery pole is now gone


Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.)
:

Old Chariteas (future Le Happy) site:  Façade grant project to repair the front railing and paint the trim on the building has been completed.  TI grant #1 (hood and installation) is complete but waiting for electrical work before being finaled.  TI grant #2 (bar & bathroom) is currently in-process.

New bathroom at Le Happy
  • Paola’s Pizza Barn:  In the spirit of getting things moving forward, we have committed to completing and paying for the necessary design work for this building as a “business-friendly” measure.  We recently reached out to Axis Design Group of Gresham, and they have agreed to perform the needed design work for us.  Initial meeting on 11/18.
  • Sandy Marketplace:  I have convinced the ownership group of this complex to take advantage of our Façade grant program by pitching them a small, cheap upgrade project with high visibility.  We are going to work with a Portland stonework specialist to rehab the three square planters in the plaza spaces over there – he will power wash, add blocks to make the sides a uniform height, and replace the top with

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Restoration of SCC fence base:  Restoration work is now completed on the brick work at the base of the cyclone fence surrounding the pool parking lot.  We are currently executing a change order so the red coating applied to this brickwork extends to the wall visible from the parking lot side.  Current fence to be removed and replaced with uniform black, powder coated 5-foot fencing by Sandy Fence.  Man gate and rolling gate will also be replaced. 
Next step: fence replacement
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  We have a preliminary report issued to us by Peter Meijer Architect detailing the building surface repairs and potential costs – staff will evaluate and discuss preliminary findings with city manager before proceeding with any action on this item pending Council instruction.  PMA is still working on finalizing this report, which should be completed sometime in January.
  • Sandy Marketplace:  Discussions with complex manager have led to Albanese Cormier making the following minor improvements:
    • All of the burned-out lights in their monument sign for the complex have been replaced.
    • The HVAC truck that had been sitting in their parking lot for years (note the accumulation of moss in the picture below) has been removed – they had a contract with the owner of that business to allow him to park that vehicle in their parking lot near Hwy 26 for a monthly fee.  I informed them that this was a violation of the Sandy Municipal Code and that the truck would have to be removed.  They were unaware of this, but understood our reasoning and complied immediately.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:


  • City of Sandy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (December 6, 6-8 PM): Fantastic event, phenomenal turnout considering the rain.  Special thanks to Mayor Pulliam for performing his official tree lighting duties flawlessly, to Sandy Public Works Crew for dragging the tree down to Centennial Plaza, to Sandy Transit for another year of trolley rides, a secondary Santa (see pic below) and for helping to tear down afterwards on the fly, Sandy resident Jim Allison for playing Santa again for us this year, our local Girls Scout and Boy Scout troops for generally helping out, and to Alec Chase and the SHS Choir for singing Christmas carols for us in the rain.  Also, if you happen to come across them this holiday season,please thank the following organizations for providing treats again this year: AntFarm Café, Busy Bee Catering in Welches, Mountain Moka and the Tollgate Inn Bakery.
Trolley driver David Alley (aka Second Santa Claus) and an unidentified elf…

Development Services – Monthly Report – October 2019

Planning items:

Tree code (19-020 DCA): Staff revisions still being drafted.

Safeway Recycling Room (19-040 DR): Safeway is building an addition to their recycling room.  Application has been received.  Completeness check in progress.

Starbucks food truck at Safeway:  Staff retroactively approved the Starbucks food truck at Safeway as a temporary use.  We let Safeway know that in the future they cannot use a food truck with a motor and should apply for a temporary use permit prior to using the temporary kitchen. 

Trillium Machine (19-017): Development Services has recently received new information from the applicant and will analyze for completeness soon.

Forest Service Site remodel (19-035 DR/ADJ US): This parking lot remodel/expansion at the USFS Building has been deemed incomplete.  Waiting on applicant to provide complete information.

Mt. Hood Senior Living (19-027 CUP): Applicant has proposed a conditional use to allow a senior living facility on this Scenic Street site.  This item is on the agenda for the November 19th PC meeting.

Tickle Creek Village (19-038 DR/TREE/FSH):  Proposed condos at the NE corner of Ruben and Dubarko – we have received additional information from applicant; second completeness check in process.

Bull Run Electric Building (19-036 DR): This application has been deemed incomplete.

Bluff Road Tree Removal (19-039 FSH/TREE):  Removal of 2 trees from the steep slope FSH area approved with conditions; Final Order issued October 15

Design Review:

  • Cashatt Duplex (19-028 DR/CUP): Conditional use permit for a duplex within a C-1 zoned property (located on Pleasant St.) is currently on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on November 19.
  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  The applicant for this 100-lot subdivision by Ponder Lane is considering a UGB expansion for the extension of Gunderson Road and will likely be submitting an updated proposal; PC hearing postponed pending decision on this by applicant.
  • Jewelberry Meadows (19-018 SUB): Staff review process is nearing completion — a decision is expected soon.
  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR):  Received updated traffic analysis from applicant and related comments from transportation agencies; Final Order issued October 22; DECISION IS BEING APPEALED to Planning Commission
  • Sandy Health Clinic (19-032 ZC): An application to re-zone the old Oregon Wild Harvest property from C-2 to C-1 in preparation for this new Clackamas County Health clinic is on the agenda for the November 19th PC meeting.


Kelly’s Kudos:

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Noryne Robinson, Permit Technician II, for the ePermitting software conversion. Noryne did the heavy lifting on the conversion and was essential for the successful launch. She participated in countless emails, phone calls and other correspondence with the State. Noryne even worked overtime to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible for staff, contractors, and the public.  Job well done, Noryne 🙂

Internal projects

  • New street trees: To go along with the new electrical infrastructure currently being installed on Proctor Blvd, the City required PGE to put in street trees on the south side of Proctor as a condition.  Note the new trees between Scales Avenue and the VFW.
  • ePermitting: – Building Division staff successfully launched the State of Oregon ePermitting software program on October 28th. This new software allows for online application submissions and inspection requests. The software replaces the legacy system created by Scott Lazenby in the 1990s. While the new software has come with some headaches it also delivers some benefits for staff and public users.
  • Joe’s Donuts undergrounding:  This project, after almost 1 calendar year, is now complete.  The utility pole on the corner of Pioneer and 211 was removed on 11/12.
  • City Hall: Now that the electrical work is complete, we move to the next phase of the interior rehabilitation of Sandy City Hall.  Drywall work to clean up and cover the electrical and plumbing work we have completed has been scheduled – the work will be overseen by Full Throttle Construction out of Boring and should be completed before the end of November.
  • Downtown transit shelters: The Urban Renewal Agency paid for Mtn View Contracting to put a couple coats of darker stain on the transit shelters at Centennial Plaza and in front of Walgreens during the first full week of November to replace the weathering clear coat.  The CP shelter particularly blends much better with the surrounding buildings now.


Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.)
:

  • Old Chariteas (future Le Happy) site:  Owners have applied for both TI and Façade grants.  TI work in progress.  Getting bids for Façade work.  More to come soon…
  • Paola’s Pizza Barn:  In the spirit of getting things moving forward, we have committed to completing and paying for the necessary design work for this building as a “business-friendly” measure.  We recently reached out to Axis Design Group of Gresham, and they have agreed to perform the needed design work for us.  Initial meeting on 11/18.
  • Sandy Marketplace:  I have convinced the ownership group of this complex to take advantage of our Façade grant program by pitching them a small, cheap upgrade project with high visibility.  We are going to work with a Portland stone work specialist to rehab the three square planters in the plaza spaces over there – he will power wash, add blocks to make the sides a uniform height, and replace the top with

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • More downtown cleanup via AntFarm:  Had the AntFarm crew clean up the remnants of the ground stump at Proctor and Meinig and dig out and dispose of a dead bush at Plaid Pantry.
  • Restoration of SCC fence base:  Restoration work is currently in process on the brick work at the base of the cyclone fence surrounding the pool parking lot.  Current fence to be removed and replaced with uniform black, powder coated 5-foot fencing.  Man gate and rolling gate will also be replaced. 
  • Mural restoration: Neilson Construction has completed the clean-up work the mounting site (power wash, paint, replace the mounting boards with some new pressure treated studs).  Look for this mural to be replaced sometime after the New Year.
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  The architect we are working with to produce the surface report (Peter Meijer) has completed a site visit and has begun working on the report.  We expect to receive it sometime before the end of the year and will evaluate next steps with the property owner at that time.
  • City of Sandy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Friday, December 6th, 6-8 PM:  the most wonderful time of the year is closer than you think…

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Mount Hood Community College CTE Tours (October 18): Took another group of SHS students to a half-day tour of the Career & Technical Education programs at MHCC.  Looked at the Automotive Technology, Cybersecurity and Networking, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Integrated Media, Mechatronics and Integrated Metals (Welding) programs during our walking tour of campus. 
  • Clackamas County FAM Tour – Lake Oswego:  Another in Clackamas County Tourism’s series of familiarization tours for ec dev and tourism professionals focusing on the Lake Oswego area.  These tours show all of the tourism draws for a particular area and connect local government folks with area tourism professionals to promote better regional awareness of all of the tourism draws in the County.  [it was during a Sandy/Villages/Gov’y ClackCo FAM tour a few years ago was when we discovered through one of our favorite local tour bus operators that her industry was avoiding Jonsrud because the narrow lanes caused bus drivers to get stuck there – this prompted CC Tourism to help us with funding the “curb shaving” project through the CPP grant program, which motivated the 2nd round of upgrades at Jonsrud that are currently being completed]
  • OEDA OCED training course – Real Estate Reuse and Development (Salem – Oct 27): Penultimate training class to receiving OCED certification from Oregon Ec Dev Association.  Last class will be in 2020.
  • OEDA Annual Fall Conference (Salem – Oct 28, 29):  This is the big annual conference for the Oregon Economic Development Association – held in Salem this year, so no overnight expenses for this one.  Another opportunity to confab with my peers throughout the state and to discuss issues of concern to economic developers in Oregon like workforce housing, workforce development, etc.

Development Services – Monthly Report – September 2019

Planning items:

Bloom Annexation (Case No. 18-026 ANN) City Council approval of request effective as of 9/30/19 via City of Sandy Ordinance 2019-16.  

Tree code (19-020 DCA): Staff revisions still being drafted.

Sign code:  Staff is almost complete with code review and will be available to meet with Councilor Pietzold and Mayor Pulliam shortly for a status review.

Trillium Machine (19-017): Deemed incomplete on 8/20/19.

Marshall Ridge (17-006):  The model home for this subdivision is currently being constructed (see below)

Forest Service Site remodel (19-035 DR/ADJ US): This parking lot remodel/expansion at the USFS Building has been deemed incomplete.

FSH overlay map update (19-021 ZC):  Update to zoning map to include FSH overlay on 2 recently annexed properties on Jacoby Road

Mt. Hood Senior Living (19-027 CUP): Applicant has proposed a conditional use to allow a senior living facility on this Scenic Street site.

Bloom Annexation (Case No. 18-026 ANN): City Council approved Ord. 2019-16 approving the proposed annexation.  Effective as of September 30.

Tickle Creek Village (19-038 DR/TREE/FSH):  Proposed condos at the NE corner of Ruben and Dubarko – this is currently undergoing a completeness review.

Mountain View Ridge (16-039): This subdivision is currently under construction (see below)

Vacant Platted, Tentative Platted & Expired Lots Report – 3rd Quarter 2019

We issued 30 new house permits from July through September. City Center Townhomes was recently platted and all six lots have house permits that were already issued, so the subdivision moved from tentative platted to off the list altogether. We issued a model home permit in Marshall Ridge, but the subdivision is still not platted so that is the reason the number of lots was reduced by one.

You will receive the next update in January 2019.

Design Review:

  • Cashatt Duplex (19-028 DR/CUP): Conditional use permit for a duplex within a C-1 zoned property (located on Pleasant St.), deemed complete 9/6/19, on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on November 19.
  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  The applicant for this 100-lot subdivision by Ponder Lane is considering a UGB expansion for the extension of Gunderson Road and will likely be submitting an updated proposal; PC hearing postponed
  • Jewelberry Meadows (19-018 SUB): This 20-lot subdivision was deemed complete on 9/17.  Staff review is in process.
  • Bull Run Electric Building (19-036 DR): Applicant proposed new multi-use, multi-tenant industrial building located on the north side of Industrial Way, east of 362nd Drive.
  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR):  Received updated traffic analysis from applicant and related comments from transportation agencies; final order almost finished
  • Sandy Health Clinic: (19-032 ZC) Rezone of 39831 HWY 26 (old Oregon’s Wild Harvest Building) from C-2 to C-1, deemed complete 9/18/19, on the agenda for the November 19 Planning Commission meeting.


Kelly’s Kudos:

  • This month I want to say congratulations to James Cramer for accepting his new position with the City of Battle Ground, but even more importantly I want to say thank you for the last two years. Your time with the City of Sandy was fruitful in regards to land use planning, code interpretation, parks planning, sign permitting, and helping customers. Your ability to help residents troubleshoot questions and concerns was second to none. We wish you the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Internal projects: 

  • Joe’s Donuts undergrounding:  We are reaching the completion of the project to remove the antiquated power pole supplying Joe’s Donuts by undergrounding power to this building.  PGE’s contractors (Kuenzi) were working on Sept 25th to complete the technical work of re-routing the power to Joe’s (see below); as of this writing, there is a new temporary pole still serving the building – working to find out why.
  • The second round of electrical work at City Hall is now complete.  Thanks to Bull Run Electric for completing the work quickly and quietly during our regular business hours.
  • Picture window blinds have been removed on the south and west walls of the building by the Parks Department team.  Next steps: contract with a drywaller/finisher to repair all of the drywall cuts in the building and get all of the interior painting cleaned up.

Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.)
:

  • New restaurant at Chariteas site: We have completed the bid process for the interior modifications and selected the winning bidders.  Construction should start any day now.  The business owner very recently called to discuss starting a Façade Improvement project to paint the building and install a concrete pad in the “back yard” for future outdoor seating.
  • Tractor Supply Company:  is now open!  There are some odds and ends for them to complete in the coming months (landscaping items, streetscape items, adding box windows, etc.), but these are bonded so these items will be completed shortly.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Cleanup on Pioneer Blvd: Complete.  Bonus points to Todd Sparks (owner of the Boring Brewing/Mad Dogz Building and Sparky’s Pizza) for providing free pizza to the AntFarm weeding crew out of the goodness of his heart.
  • Rip City Rally:  Huge success.  Turnout at the Farmer’s Market was increased by a great deal because of this “rally” at the event, and the activities the Blazer’s organization had for the kids at this event was nothing short of fantastic.  The event was a great opportunity for our elected officials and some of our City departments to chat with constituents and show off some of the ways our City government works for them.  Shopper’s Trolley seemed to be a crowd favorite…
  • Mtn. Moka Building: 
    • Oregon Tree Care removed the large tree on the SE corner of Proctor and Meinig in late September; wood was cut into manageable pieces and collected by the AntFarm for their firewood program on the same day the tree was removed.  Much better visibility at this intersection now, and one less maintenance headache for Mr. Picking – everybody wins.  Stump grinding to follow…
  • The disintegrating wheel stop bars made of old railroad ties along the Meinig Avenue side of the parking lot of Mr. Picking’s property were also replaced with concrete wheel stops from Michael’s Precast Concrete on 9/11.  Wheel stops paid for by Sandy Urban Renewal Agency; installation done by KLM Construction at Mr. Picking’s cost.  Minor but highly visible aesthetic improvement at the intersection of two state highways.
  • Mural restoration: With the restoration of both of the large downtown murals now completed, our Arts Commission volunteers have turned their attention to the the logging mural on the front of City Hall.  For ease of restoration, this mural was removed by Parks Department staff and is currently being restored over at the Bunker Building.  We are contracting with Neilson Construction to clean up the mounting site, paint and replace the mounting boards with some new pressure treated studs.  Look for this mural to be replaced sometime after the New Year.
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  Dao Architecture referred us to Peter Meijer Architect in Portland to produce the report we seek detailing the appropriate steps to take to halt degradation of the building surface and suggesting an appropriate method to restore surface paint.  Mr. Meijer is a specialist in historic building restoration and will be conducting a site visit to get started collecting data for the report on 18 October. Both property owners have been notified.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Oregon Main Street Conference (October 2-4, Tillamook, OR): Emily Meharg and I spent two days at this conference learning about what the Main Street organizations have been doing around Oregon over the last year and rubbing elbows with downtown organizations of all stripes. We also took a walking tour and got an upfront look at a massive $30 million downtown restructuring project where the City of Tillamook actually CREATED a couplet like ours out of a downtown full of two-way streets. The project included changing traffic patterns, all new streetscape infrastructure, large scale electrical undergrounding, the closing of a inter-couplet street to create an outdoor pedestrian space, and the addition of a new northbound access off of Highway 6 to Highway 101.

Development Services – Monthly Report – August 2019

Planning items:

Tree code (19-020 DCA): Staff is still in process of drafting major revisions to our tree code – the revisions are extensive enough that we will likely “repeal and replace” the entire code section. Staff is working on the revisions now.

Sign code: Staff shall complete an initial meeting with City Council representatives to update findings for a future formal workshop with all of Council.  Staff is almost complete with code review and will be available to meet with Councilor Pietzold and Mayor Pulliam shortly.

Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR): Waiting for comments from the transportation related agencies before drafting final order.

Scenic Street (19-027 CUP): Staff has deemed this application incomplete.

Bloom Annexation (Case No. 18-026 ANN): City Council approved Ord. 2019-16 approving the proposed annexation. 

Design Review:

  • Tractor Supply Company shed addition: (19-022 DR) Final order issued August 15.
  • Cashatt Duplex (19-028 DR/CUP): Applied for a conditional use permit to have a duplex within a C-1 zoned property (located on Pleasant St.)
  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  We are waiting on the applicants for this proposed 100 lot subdivision by Ponder Lane to send hard copies so we can send them out for agency review and neighbor notice.
  • Dutch Bros (18-057 DR/CUP): A Final Order was completed 7/22/19.  This site is clear to begin developing.
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): Planning commission approved the Conditional Use for outside display and storage of merchandise for the entire site and Special variance to eliminate the required building at the 8/26/19 meeting. 
  • Trillium Machine: (19-017) Deemed incomplete on 8/20/19.  Applicant has recently reached out with miscellaneous questions.
  • US Metal Works (19-026 MOD):  Approved site plan modifications, issued Final Order  8/21/19. 
  • Jewelberry Meadows (19-018 SUB): Submitted 7/5/19, deemed incomplete 7/26/19 and resubmitted 8/2/19.  Currently under review.

Kelly’s Kudos: This is a new section of the Development Services Department Report reserved for our director to identify when staff goes above and beyond the call of duty

For August of 2019, I would like to recognize Terre Gift for his extraordinary work solving a safety issue identified by a resident in the Champion Village subdivision. Terre’s quick actions resolved a fall hazard next to a sidewalk on Champion Way that is used for school children walking to their bus stop.  Thanks to Terre for working with the developer to  satisfy an immediate safety concern on the same day it was identified.

Internal projects

  • City Hall Remodel: This project, at long last, is 100% completed.  Many thanks to Columbia Cascade Inc of Boring for getting everything completed, including all the last-minute changes.  Total cost of the project including all change orders and the replacement of the stonework on the exterior columns: $176,275
  • We are currently going through a second round of electrical work at City Hall.  We are removing as many of the Lazenby-era outlet strips as we can and replacing those with standard inset outlets, replacing the older grey outlets and switches with newer white ones for consistency and adding a few extra outlets where needed.  Bull Run Electric is doing the work.
  • Once the electrical work at City Hall is completed (2nd week of September), we will remove all of the old blinds on the south and west sides of the building, and then contract with a drywaller/finisher to repair all of the drywall cuts in the building and get all of the interior painting cleaned up.


Economic Development items:

Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.):

  • New restaurant at Chariteas site: We are in the bidding stage of two different Tenant Improvement grants at this site – one for the purchase and installation of a kitchen hood, and one for an interior remodel to add a bar, additional ADA restroom and to upgrade and relocated the grease interceptor.  More to come soon!
  • Tractor Supply Company:  Work continues at this site as the company prepares for an targeted September 27th grand opening date.  There is a representative from the corporate office on site now conducting interviews to hire staff for the store.
  • Oregon’s Wild Harvest building:  This building has been purchased by our friends at Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services and will be used as expansion space for existing services here in Sandy.  After a zone change, the office section of the building will be removed, parking will be expanded, and the interior will undergo an extensive remodel prior to reopening.  The new owners are also looking for off-site parking for staff to help alleviate the restricted parking on-site.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Cleanup on Pioneer Blvd: In process.
  • Rip City Rally:  The Portland Trailblazers are hosting an event in downtown Sandy on the corner of Scales and Proctor as part of a statewide marketing campaign.  They have asked to make this as much of a “community event” as possible by setting up near the Farmer’s Market and making space available for local non-profit oriented organizations to set up booths and distribute information.  More on the Rally in next month’s report.
  • Changes coming to Mtn. Moka Building:  We have made arrangements with Brad Picking to take care of a few aesthetic changes to this building at the City’s expense in preparation for a potential paint job in the near future:
    • Oregon Tree Care will remove the large tree on the SE corner of Proctor and Meinig on 9/12 – this tree is growing into the electrical infrastructure above it, and is far, far too large for the space it’s currently growing in.  Wood to be donated to AntFarm’s firewood program.  Mr. Picking has stated that he will replace with something more fitting to that space later.
    • The disintegrating wheel stop bars made of old railroad ties along the Meinig Avenue side of the parking lot will be replaced by concrete wheel stops from Michael’s Precast Concrete on 9/11.  Wheel stops paid for by City of Sandy; installation to be done by KLM Construction at Mr. Picking’s cost.
  • Mural restoration: Both of the downtown murals undergoing restoration work are now complete.  The Ace Hardware mural looks noticeably brighter – special thanks to Arts Commissioners Becky Hawley and Pamela Smithstead for completing the work by volunteering their labor and time and by reaching out to Ace Hardware, who donated the paint for this project (a significant expense).  The restoration work on the mural attached to the back of the Mountain Moka Building was completed by the original artist, Lee Lauritzen, and his son Craig under an existing maintenance agreement.
  • Derelict buildings – residential: 

    • Pendergrass: The small garage directly behind Meadowlark Ski was removed by Konell Construction in late August, and the fruit tree that was there was removed by AntFarm Youth Services and donated to their firewood program with the property owner’s blessings at about the same time.  This property is now on the commercial market for sale.  The other small garage was brought up to current code by local contractor Jonah Nail and has passed final inspection.  This concludes our derelict buildings process with the Pendergrass family, as represented by Ms. Paula Sorenson, the family matriarch.  Ms. Sorenson picked up her reimbursement check for the demolished garage here at City Hall on Friday, September 6th.
  • Derelict buildings – commercial:
    • Smith Building: We have requested a report from Dao Architecture in Portland detailing the appropriate steps to take to halt degradation of the building surface and suggesting an appropriate method to restore surface paint.  Dao has some current deadlines they have to meet before they can get started on this project – we are currently waiting on them to have enough time available in their schedule to do a site visit.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Nothing in August

Development Services – Monthly Report – July 2019

Planning items:

Tree code (19-020 DCA): Staff is in the process of drafting major revisions to our tree code – the revisions are extensive enough that we will likely “repeal and replace” the entire code section.

Sign code: Staff (Associate Planner James Cramer and Economic Manager David Snider) shall complete an initial meeting with City Council representative to update findings for a future formal workshop with all of Council.

Eagle Park improvements (19-009 DR):  Façade improvements issued June 19th

Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR): Undergoing second review for completeness.

Scenic Street (19-027 CUP): Staff had a pre-app in late May for a new senior residence/memory care facility at the old Mt. Hood Hospice site n Scenic Street.

Mt. Hood Cigar (19-008 DR): Application for the smoking shed in their parking lot has been deemed incomplete.

Bloom Annexation (18-026 ANN): At the 7/22/19 Planning Commission meeting it was voted to pass the request to City Council with the recommendation for approval with four (4) conditions. 

Design Review:

  • Tractor Supply Company shed addition: (19-022 DR) applied for a design review for a shed on the site of the primary use however no plans were submitted.  Staff intends to deem the application incomplete should plans not be submitted within 30 days of receiving the initial application (6/27/19).
  • Bailey Meadows Subdivision (19-023 SUB/VAR):  This proposed 100 lot subdivision by Ponder Lane has been deemed incomplete.
  • McDonald’s (19-015 VAR): Variance for parapet height approved and issued June 18.
  • Dutch Bros (18-057 DR/CUP): Design Review, Conditional Use and Variances (3) was approved at the 6/24/19 Planning Commission meeting and a Final Order was completed 7/22/19.
  • Stowaway Mini Storage (18-048 DR): approved at the 7/22/19 Planning Commission meeting and a Final Order should be completed the week of 8/5/19.
  • PGE Redevelopment (19-002): This is tentatively scheduled for the 8/26/19 Planning Commission meeting – however, the applicant expressed interest in postponing to a later date.
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): On the agenda for the 8/26/19 Planning Commission meeting. 
  • Trillium Machine: (19-017) Deemed incomplete on 8/20/19.   
  • US Metal Works (19-026 MOD): Requested a modification to the approved site plan to increase parking and decrease the SF of Building C.
  • Jewelberry Meadows (19-018 SUB): This is a proposed 20 lot subdivision west of Sandy Bluff 5 and Jewelberry Ave. was submitted 7/5/19, deemed incomplete 7/26/19 and resubmitted 8/2/19.

Internal projects

City Hall Remodel: City Hall is currently undergoing a series of exterior improvements to the building – current status is as follows:

  • This project is basically completed.  Remaining work is comprised of a small amount of trim painting, replacing the blinds in the conference room, painting a couple of windowsills and completing the trim work around Karey’s window.  All of this should be completed before our next department report.
  • Our first round of bidding for the replacement of the plumbing in City Hall resulted in zero qualified bids out of four contractors stating interest.  We are going to go out for a second round of bids shortly and will engage a minimum of five larger contractors from around the greater Portland metro area.


Economic Development items:

Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.):

  • New restaurant at the Chariteas site:  I have been working for several months now with a local couple that has recently purchased this building and is interest in developing it into a full-service restaurant.  They currently own a successful crepe restaurant in NW Portland and would like to turn this site into their second location.  The concept is to serve crepes, both sweet and savory, along with a strong beer, wine and cocktail list to create a good “date-night” place for the community.  I have gotten them started with a max TI grant project to add a hood, grease trap, bar and second bathroom on the interior, and also plan to simultaneously do a façade project with them to paint the building, repair the gutters and the front railings and possibly improve ADA access a bit.
  • Ascent Physical Therapy: This new business has moved into the north end of Mr. Picking’s building across the street from City Hall.  This is a standard physical therapy office.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Cleanup on Pioneer Blvd: We have contracted again with the AntFarm crew to engage in a second round of clean-up items downtown.  Round Two will include weeding in the landscaping areas around Mad Dogz Hobbies and Sandlandia, and the removal of a dead spruce bush at Dairy Queen.
  • Mural restoration: Two of Sandy’s downtown murals are undergoing restoration at the moment.  The mural at Ace Hardware is being restored by volunteers from the Sandy Arts Commission – special thanks to Commissioners Becky Hawley and Pamela Smithstead for taking the initiative to get this mural cleaned up.  The mural on the back of the Mountain Moka Building is being restored by the original artist, Lee Lauritzen, and his son Craig.
  • Mountain Days:
    • Music Fair and Feast:  The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce had a pretty good turnout this year at MF&F and improved on last year’s fundraising totals.  A few issues with a local food vendor, but otherwise problem free.
    • Fun Center:  Nunpa reports that the carnival vendors were amazing this year – there were no security issues reported, the site was meticulously cleaned after the event and they even made a $500 donation to AFYS.  Excellent work all around.
  • Derelict buildings – residential: 

    • Pendergrass: The small garage directly behind Meadowlark Ski will be removed prior to our next department report.  Konell has pulled the demo permit and should get started literally any day now.  The tree on this lot will also be removed by AntFarm Youth Services as a courtesy to the City and the landowner.
    • Lamb: Mr. Doughman has drafted a contract committing Mr. Lamb to the demolition of these three structures in return for City reimbursement of 50% of demolition costs of his two structures in the C-1 zone.  We forwarded this contract as well as a complete scope of work for the project to Mr. Lamb on July 25th.  Mr. Lamb has not returned the contract with his signature as of this writing and has not responded to an inquiry sent to him and Ms. Glenn on August 5th.  A second attempt to contact him will be made on August 7th.
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  This project is currently stalled, but the building owners are engaged with our elected officials at the moment and looking at all options.  We have informed the building owners that the City of Sandy will engage with a surface restoration expert at our own cost to determine next steps here – we have requested a report from Dao Architecture in Portland detailing the appropriate steps to take to halt degradation of the building surface and suggesting an appropriate method to restore surface paint.  We are aware that this report’s findings may suggest solutions that place an undue financial burden on the building owners, and staff may adjust our approach with them as appropriate.  This should take about a month, as Dao has some current deadlines they have to meet before they can get started on this project.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Nothing in July

Development Services – Monthly Report – June 2019

Planning items:

Ballot Measure 3-540:Staff is still working with Firwood Design to confirm the legal descriptions associated with the annexed parcels after receiving comments from the Department of Revenue. 

Sign code: A future work session with Council and Staff shall take place (autumn potentially) regarding proposed updates to the existing sign code regulations. Staff has met several times to discuss existing and additional recommendations and will pass the recommendations to City attorney prior to scheduling a work session. 

Eagle Park improvements (19-009 DR):  Review on this project should be issued in mid-June.

Scenic Street (old Mt. Hood Hospice site): Staff had a pre-app in late May for a new senior residence/memory care facility.

Bloom Annexation (18-026 ANN): Scheduled for the 7/22/19 Planning Commission meeting. Once Planning Commission renders their recommendation the case will be scheduled to be heard by City Council.  

Sandy Community Campus (SCC) replat:  City Manager in communication with OTSD to determine location of fence and proposed land entitlements. OTSD is considering a renovation to the existing Sandy Grade School campus which may affect the desired placement of the fencing.  

Platted Lots through Q2:

Attached is an updated platted and tentative platted lots list through June 30, 2019.  Two new subdivisions were recently platted, Sandy Woods and Mt. View Ridge, which added 81 available lots for single family homes. We issued a model home permit in Sandy Woods prior to June 30th and since then have issued numerous other permits in those two subdivisions. Now that we have more lots available for development, we are getting a number of house permits submitted. Marshall Ridge (37 lots) and City Center Townhomes (6 lots) should be platted in the next few months.

You will receive the next update in October 2019.

Design Review:

  • Tractor Supply Company shed addition: (19-022 DR) applied for a design review for a shed on the site of the primary use however no plans were submitted.  Staff intends to deem the application incomplete should plans not be submitted within 30 days of receiving the initial application (6/27/19).
  • Dutch Bros: (18-057 DR/CUP) Design Review, Conditional Use and Variances (3) was approved at the 6/24/19 Planning Commission meeting. Staff is in the process of completing a Final Order and predicts it will be complete the week of July 15-19th.
  • Stowaway Mini Storage (18-048 DR): At the 6/10 PC meeting, this was continued to the July 22 PC meeting.
  • PGE Redevelopment (19-002): This was deemed complete on 6/4 and tentatively scheduled for the August 26 PC meeting. 
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): (18-030 DR) was continued at the 5/28/19 Planning Commission meeting to August 26, 2019. Staff has since met with the applicant and their representative to discuss the proposal.
  • Bird Property Annexation (18-034 ANN): Scheduled for the July 15th Council meeting.
  • Trillium Machine: (19-017) proposes to build a second structure on their site located at 36535 INDUSTRIAL WAY. The application was deemed incomplete on June 20, 2019.   

Internal projects: 

City Hall Remodel: City Hall is currently undergoing a series of exterior improvements to the building – current status is as follows:

  • This project is mostly completed.  Only clean up work remains at this point.
    • Paint has been completed – note that the metal railings at the front of City Hall were painted in the trim color as well.
    • City Recorder’s window will be completed on Saturday, July 27.  This should be the final work needed to complete this project.
    • The window on the west wall of the downstairs data room has been removed and replaced with lap siding.  This was done to improve security to the data room.
  • Concrete skim coat for the entry to City Hall is now complete.
  • We are now waiting on bids to replace the plumbing in the building.   Bids for this phase shall be due in late July.  This should be the final City Hall urban renewal project for 2019.

Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.)
:

  • AntFarm Youth Services:  There has been talk lately of AFYS starting to think about additional space.  They are aware that the Leathers lot that currently houses their Outdoor Programs is likely to develop before too much longer, and would also like to move their current offices out of the café space to allow that entity to grow as well.  Nunpa has expressed some interest, if any space ultimately becomes available, in looking at space at the Sandy Community Campus – he would be interested in a long-term lease for some office space at the very least.  The first floor of the Bunker Building would work, as would any new space that might get built in the future.  He would like the City of Sandy to keep him in mind as we think about developing this space in the near future.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Although the blue recycle bins are accumulating some trash, they are also being used for their intended purpose as well.  AntFarm is emptying the bins regularly
  • Cleanup on Proctor Blvd: the AntFarm crew is completed with the first downtown cleanup project we have engaged them in.  We had them weed and cleanup about a half dozen planter strip and sidewalk sections including some pretty bad ones at Brady’s Brats & Burgers, the Chariteas Building and the Clackamas County offices.  Also had them remove sod in a couple of overgrown planter strips and replace with barkdust.
  • Derelict buildings – residential: 
    • One of the Pendergrass properties (the small garage directly behind Meadowlark Ski) has been approved for demolition.  Konell Construction has already pulled the demolition permit, so look for this structure to be gone within the next week or two.
    • After the recent discussion with Council, we seem to be back on track with the Lamb demolitions.  Jordan was able to get in touch with Mr. Lamb directly, and he agreed to comply with the City-led demolition process.  The scope of work for the demolition is complete – we are waiting for Mr. Doughman to draft a letter committing him to this process for him to sign before we move forward with the bid process. 
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  This project has stalled out because of a deteriorating relationship between the two building owners.  We are reluctant to get in the middle of this growing dispute, and we note that most of the “nuisance issues” at the building have been corrected.  The cost of properly prepping and painting the building is going to be extremely high for the owners as the building is registered as historic and the paint is almost certainly lead-based.  Considering the condition of the building and the fact that it is probably not able to be occupied in its current condition, staff is reassessing our path here.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • June 5: Building in Oregon – an OEDA certification class (Cottage Grove, OR)
  • June 7: OEDA Summer Conference (Cottage Grove, OR)

Development Services – Monthly Report – May 2019

Planning items:

Ballot Measure 3-540:Staff is still working with Firwood Design to confirm the legal descriptions associated with the annexed parcels after receiving comments from the Department of Revenue. 

Sign code: A future work session with Council and Staff shall take place (autumn potentially) regarding proposed updates to the existing sign code regulations. Staff has met several times to discuss existing and additional recommendations and will pass the recommendations to City attorney prior to scheduling a work session. 

Eagle Park improvements (19-009 DR):  Review on this project should be issued in mid-June.

Scenic Street (old Mt. Hood Hospice site): Staff had a pre-app in late May for a new senior residence/memory care facility.

Mt. Hood Cigar (19-008 DR):  This application for a smoking shed in the parking lot has been deemed incomplete.

Bloom Annexation (18-026 ANN): Case No. 18-026 ANN, Bloom Annexation, scheduled to be on the July 22, 2019 Planning Commission agenda.

Sandy Community Campus (SCC) replat:  Jordan Wheeler to speak with OTSD representative regarding the placement of the fence, potential easements and land exchanges prior to final plat.

Design Review:

  • McDonald’s (19-105 VAR): This is for a variance relating to parapet height – should be issued in mid-June.
  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR): This application has been deemed incomplete.
  • Dutch Bros (18-057 DR/CUP): Design Review, Conditional Use and three variances for this project were continued to the PC meeting on 6/24.
  • Stowaway Mini Storage (18-048 DR): At the 6/10 PC meeting, this was continued to the July 22 PC meeting.
  • PGE Redevelopment (19-002): This was deemed complete on 6/4 and tentatively scheduled for the August 26 PC meeting. 
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): At the PC meeting on 5/28, this was continued to the August 26 PC meeting.
  • Jacoby Heights subdivision (18-025 SUB/VAR/FSH/TREE/INT):  Final order on this project was issued.
  • Bird Property Annexation (18-034 ANN): Scheduled for the July 15th Council meeting.
  • Trillium Machine (19-017 DR/VAR): This company submitted an application for a new building located at 36535 Industrial Way on June 4.

Parks & Trails Advisory Board:

  • An RFP for the creation of a City of Sandy Parks Master Plan was posted back in May.  Responses are due on June 28th.
  • We are in the process of drafting an RFP for shade structures requested for Sandy Bluff Park and Bornstedt Park.
  • At their June 12th meeting, the Parks and Trails Advisory Board reviewed and discussed board policies and welcomed Recreation Manager Sarah Richardson as their new staff liaison.

Internal projects

City Hall Remodel: City Hall is currently undergoing a series of exterior improvements to the building – current status is as follows:

  • All windows on the second story have been replaced.  All siding that needed to be replaced has been replaced except for a small section on the west side of the building (see below).
  • Masonry work is now completed on the ten exterior columns.  Special thanks to the brothers at Schaffer Masonry of Oregon City for their quick and professional work.
  • Paint has been completed on the back of the building.  Some of the front has also been completed, but we have been waiting for the remainder of the siding work on the roof to be completed before the painters come back.  Paint colors are Vinal Haven (base) and Codman Claret (trim)
  • We were able to find a structural engineer to do the engineering for the City Recorder’s window and received the engineering work as I was typing this.  The final change order for this job will be to add that window, remove the window to the data room on the west side of the building (replace with siding – removing a security risk) and replace the siding on that data room wall with Hardi shingle (currently has T-111, which is no longer allowed in the C-1 zone).
  • Concrete skim coat contractor will begin work on June 21st to repair the entrance to the building.
  • We are now almost ready to move on to the next phase of this project and request bids to replace the entirety of the plumbing in the building.   Bids for this phase shall be due in late July.


Economic Development items:

Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.):

  • Maiden complex:
    • Mr. Maiden’s plans for an exterior upgrade to his buildings as part of a zone change are being reviewed and are anticipated to be largely accepted.
    • Mr. Maiden is also converting the old foundry into two leasable spaces: one 1,600 SF office space and one 3,000 SF general purpose space.  We anticipate both to be available sometime in June.
    • A new sign business moved into the last currently available space in this complex.  Garo Signs moved here from the Clackamas Industrial corridor in May and seems to be a couple of younger fellows that create a variety of smaller commercial signs for businesses.  They also operate a business called Mt. Hood RV Rentals out of this location.
  • Tee Building (38888 Pioneer Blvd):  This building has seen some activity now that the pawn shop has left.  A self-described “convenience store” business that has leased the right side of the building from Ms. Tee since the carpet shop moved out is now leasing both sides of the building.  We have seen activity inside the building lately, but the interior seems no closer to housing a retail establishment than it was six months ago.  More to come (hopefully…)

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Flower baskets: Flower baskets and summer plantings in the planters have both been installed and look particularly good this year.  AntFarm has been watering as per usual.
    • In addition to the flower baskets this year, we have contracted with Cedarglen Floral to do a couple of minor upgrades in preparation for Mtn Festival – patches of colored annuals have been installed at both downtown entry islands, and the primary flower bed in front of City Hall has been reconfigured and improved.
    • We should also see some substantial cleanup on Proctor Boulevard during mid-June as we have given AntFarm’s outdoor manager a list of cleanup items we’d like to see.
    • We have added three blue recycle bins for deposit containers in the downtown (bus terminal, library, bus stop at Walgreen’s), and have a signed contract with AntFarm for maintenance and emptying.  They empty these things once a week free of charge in exchange for the cans & bottles.
  • Derelict buildings – residential: 
    • We have a dialog going on with the owner of the Pendergrass properties regarding the rehab of those two buildings and are currently waiting on a completed rehab report from Axis Design of Gresham.
    • We have not heard from the owner of the Lamb properties since they told us they were no longer participating in the process back in April.  We are currently waiting to consult with legal counsel to determine next steps.
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  This project is stalling out because of a deteriorating relationship between the two building owners.  We are reluctant to get in the middle of this growing dispute and are discussing internally what to do next.  Fortunately, they have gotten almost every identified issue with the building corrected except the paint. 

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Nothing in May 2019. 

Development Services – Monthly Report – April 2019

Planning items:

Sandy Vault Self Storage (18-047 DR/VAR/ADJ): This project has received final approval – final order dated April 4, 2019.  Construction should begin shortly.

Ballot Measure 3-540: Staff is working with Firwood Design to confirm the legal descriptions associated with the annexed parcels after receiving comments from the Department of Revenue.

Sign code: A future work session with Council and Staff shall take place (autumn potentially) regarding proposed updates to the existing sign code regulations. Staff has met several times to discuss existing and additional recommendations and will pass the recommendations to City attorney prior to scheduling a work session. 

Eagle Park improvements (19-009 DR):  Have been deemed incomplete.

New City of Sandy tree code: We are working on updates to tree regulations in the development code because our existing regulations are not working as intended.  The existing regulations are not adequately protecting existing trees identified for retention and mitigation trees on individual properties are having high mortality rates. The code modifications will hopefully create a balanced approach between ecological preservation while maintaining development rights.

USFS Building: This property will be undergoing a renovation of its secure parking lots in the coming weeks per new GSA requirements.

Mt. Hood Cigar (19-008 DR): This proposal for a smoking shed in the parking lot has been deemed incomplete.

Bloom Annexation (18-026 ANN): This project has been granted an extension not to extend past May 27, 2019.  The applicant’s representative is working with Clackamas County to remove the existing historic designation(s) associated with the property’s structure before proceeding to Planning Commission for consideration.

Sandy Community Campus (SCC) replat: Jordan Wheeler to speak with OTSD representative regarding the placement of the fence, potential easements and land exchanges prior to final plat.

Boring Brewing: Came in for a “pre” pre-app meeting looking to add outdoor seating at his business.  Combined transportation and sewer SDCs determined to be $3,600 ($1,800 apiece).  We determined that we could waive sewer SDC if Mr. Schwartz was not adding any seating (which he wasn’t), but the $1,800 transportation SDC was more than he could bear.  He will most likely not pursue outdoor seating due to the SDC cost.  Quick research shows that many nearby cities do not assess SDCs for this kind of improvement, including: Gresham, Happy Valley, Canby and Estacada.

Johnson RV: Brandon Johnson is looking at an expansion of his property to include a new building, more RV display area and a section for RV overnight hookups.  More to come soon…

Design Review:

  • Space Age Fueling Station (19-012 DR): This project is back on and currently undergoing a review for completeness.
  • Dutch Bros (18-057 DR/CUP): At the 4/15 PC meeting, Design Review, Conditional Use and three variances for this project were continued to the PC meeting on 6/24.
  • Stowaway Mini Storage (18-048 DR): Design review was deemed complete on 3/21.  Planning Commission hearing date is scheduled for the 6/10 PC meeting.
  • PGE Redevelopment (19-002): This was deemed incomplete on 4/18 for the second time.  A meeting with the applicant is scheduled for 5/14. 
  • 37918 Hamilton Ridge Drive (18-058 ADJ): This request to make adjustments to the rear and side setbacks to a residential deck is still under review.
  • Robert Mottice (18-051 VAR): City Council approved the applicant’s side and rear yard setback requests at the 4/15/19 Council hearing which overturned the Planning Commission’s 1/28/19 denial. Letters sent to utility companies 4/26/19 for a two-week objection/comment period per approval conditions. 
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): Deemed complete on 3/5 scheduled for the PC meeting on 5/28. 
  • Jacoby Heights subdivision (18-025 SUB/VAR/FSH/TREE/INT): This project is currently being reviewed by the city attorney.
  • Bird Property Annexation (18-034 ANN): Scheduled for the 5/28 PC meeting.

Parks & Trails Advisory Board:

  • City Council appointed new Parks Board Member Don Robertson to the Parks and Trails Advisory Board on 4/15/19.
  • The Bornstedt Park Survey captured 503 participants.  Results will be discussed at the 5/8/19 Parks and Trails Advisory Board meeting, but there was very strong support indicated for both shade structures and public restrooms.
  • Sarah Richardson, Community Services Manager, will discuss potential Sandy Bluff Dog Park upgrades at the 5/8/19 Parks and Trails Advisory Board meeting.
  • Kelly O’Neill will discuss the proposed RFP for the Parks and Trails Master Plan at the 5/8/19 Parks and Trails Advisory Board meeting.

Internal projects

City Hall is currently undergoing a series of exterior improvements to the building including the following work:

  • Repair work is now complete on the Development Services/Public Works side of the building, with new Hardi shingle and horizontal lap replacing the old siding for a sharper look and sturdier construct.  All windows and trim have been replaced with new, and wall is now properly weather-proofed.  Masonry work is complete for this side of the building as well – masons started on west side of building on 5/13.  The rock type was selected to match the rock base in the new entry arch for Meinig Park and looks a little bit better than the last type. (the yellow color is primer, not the new color of the building – all masonry work shown in the picture below is new)
  • The building will be painted with a neutral color for the base, and a deep red trim – this will tie the building in with the Library, only with the trim and body reversed.  The concrete layer at the back of the building will be painted trim color instead of body for a little extra color.
  • Siding has been removed from the Admin side of the building and the overhang for the Council Chambers entrance.  The windows on the Admin side have already been replaced.  New siding will be installed shortly.
  • The vestibules in the front of the building have had reflective tinting installed to reduce glare and heat in the summertime.
  • We are adding a window for the City Recorder.  However, the Building Official has determined that we need to get engineering for this window due to the age of the building.  City Hall was not designed with seismic activity in mind and adding another window could decrease the structural integrity of that wall.  Our contractor has a structural engineer that might be able to get to this in the next week or two, but due to the strength of the economy there are not many engineers available to do this in a timely manner.  We may need to postpone this element of the project until later.
  • We are almost ready to pick a winning bidder from the four three estimates requested for adding a skim coat of concrete to the City Hall entrance.  This should be repaired before the end of the current biennium.
  • We will be looking at bids to replace the entirety of the plumbing in the building later in the summer.   Special thanks to Jeff Newberry of NW Waterworks for assisting us with a scope of work for the project.

Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.):

  • Sandy School of Dance (16596 362nd Ave):  A new business owned by Kelsey Smith has opened in the light industrial complex across from Fred Meyer owned by Michael Maiden. 
  • Maiden complex:  Mr. Maiden is in the process of creating more leasable space in his complex by reconfiguring existing buildings no longer in full use.  We should have a couple more available I-1 spaces shortly…which is fantastic because we are almost out of leasable commercial property here in Sandy.
  • Red Boot Branding building (38888 Pioneer Blvd):  This building has been put up for sale by the owners.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

Downtown maintenance:

  • Flower baskets: Cedarglen Floral is preparing our baskets right now – they will go up as they always do around the midpoint of May.  AntFarm’s new outdoor programs manager will be watering this year to give Nunpa a break.  Ground planters will have plants replaced with summer plantings prior to Mountain Festival.
  • Derelict buildings – residential: 
    • We have a dialog going on with the owner of the Pendergrass properties regarding the rehab of those two buildings and are currently waiting on a completed rehab report from Axis Design of Gresham.
    • The owner of the Lamb properties has decided to stop participating in the process.  We are currently consulting with counsel to determine next steps.
  • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  We have had several conversations with the owners since our last report and are on track again.  Also:
    • The old light post in the pedestrian right-of-way was removed for us by Neilson Construction.  Worked with an electrician from EC to terminate this connection at the panel as well.
    • Recent graffiti was immediately rattle-canned over by the owners.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Travel Oregon – Clackamas River: World Class Recreation Development and Enhancement (April 2, 9, 30 – various locations):  This was a series of three all-day workshops put on by Travel Oregon (with an assist from Clackamas County Tourism) to study the Clackamas River and how the use of this outdoor recreation asset is increasing.  This workshop series was designed to get stakeholders together to discuss the issues surrounding the use of the river (dump sites, illegal camping, overcrowding of places like the Barton to Carver run, insufficient law enforcement, future development to add a waterfront to downtown Estacada, etc) and plan for the future.

Development Services – Monthly Report – March 2019

Planning items:

Dutch Bros (18-057 DR/CUP): Design Review, Conditional Use and three variances are tentatively scheduled for the PC meeting on 4/22.

PGE Redevelopment (19-002): PGE resubmitted the necessary documents and a completeness letter is being drafted.  Tentatively scheduled for the 5/28/19 Planning Commission hearing. 

Ruthhardt Properties Bull Run Building: A proposal for a new 12,000 square foot building has been submitted for the Maiden property on Industrial Way.  Current design shows 3 tenant spaces, and building would be owned and anchored by a local electrical contracting company.

Double Creek Condos modification: Modifications to this 69-unit condominium complex modification have been approved.  Final order issued April 4.

Stowaway Mini Storage (18-048 DR): Design review was deemed complete on 3/21.  Planning Commission hearing date is TBD.

Marshall Ridge Subdivision:  Grading and utility work has started on Sandy’s newest neighborhood.  This subdivision is located off Bornstedt Road next to Zion Meadows and will have 37 single family homes when complete.

Scenic Street snowboarding school/camp: Conditional use permit has been approved.  Final order issued on March 27.

Sandy Vault Storage: This storage unit development has been approved.  Final order for the development was issued on April 4.

Sign code: A future work session with Council and Staff shall take place (spring potentially) regarding proposed updates to the existing sign code regulations. Staff is meeting internally to discuss existing and additional recommendations prior to scheduling work session. 

Ballot Measure 3-540:Staff is working with Firwood Design to confirm the legal descriptions associated with the annexed parcels after receiving comments from the Department of Revenue. 

Bird Property Annexation (19124 Jacoby): Deemed complete, letter sent on April 9.

Bloom Annexation (18-026 ANN): Bloom Annexation, has been granted an extension not to extend beyond May 27, 2019 (245 days). 

Sandy Community Campus (SCC) replat:  Staff has received the updated plans completed by the contracted land surveyor for the proposed final plat of the Sandy Community Campus and Sandy Grade School campus.  Staff has also met with an OTSD facilities manager to discuss the placement on the proposed property lines. 

Vacant Platted, Tentative Platted & Expired Lots Report – 1st Quarter 2019

We issued permits for 9 new single family residential structures (single family homes and row houses) over the past three months. We are still pretty much out of lots available for single family homes! On the plus side, the six lots in City Townhomes should be constructed this spring/summer and the lots in Mt. View Ridge (38 lots) and Sandy Woods (43 lots) should be online for development in the first half of 2019. Marshall Ridge (37 lots) is also moving along quickly.

You will receive the next update in July 2019.

Design Review:

  • Mt. Hood Cigar (19-008 DR): We have issued an incompleteness letter regarding their proposal for a “smoking shed” that will conceptually fill two parking spaces in front of the store.
  • 37918 Hamilton Ridge Drive (18-058 ADJ): This request to make adjustments to the rear and side setbacks to a residential deck is currently under review.
  • Robert Mottice (18-051 VAR): Mr. Mottice’s has appealed the Planning Commission’s 1/28/19 decision to deny the requested setback variance for an RV storage structure on a residential property to the City Council.  This will be heard by Council at their scheduled 4/15/19 meeting.
  • Fun Time RV (18-030 DR): Deemed complete on 3/5 and placed on the agenda for the PC meeting on 5/28. 
  • Jacoby Heights subdivision (18-025 SUB/VAR/FSH/TREE/INT):  Approved at the April 8th Planning Commission

Parks & Trails Advisory Board:

  • The Sandy Parks Board had a meeting on March 27 and discussed applying for an OPRD grant for 2020 parks improvements, revising the Parks Master Plan so we can explore restroom facilities in Bornstedt Park & polling citizens about their preferences for a shade structure there, future trails, and CPP funding for Jonsrud Viewpoint.
  • Ms. Walker’s CPP grant application for a second round of improvements to Jonsrud Viewpoint was partially funded.  The Sandy Tourism Board and Clackamas County Tourism approved $10,000 of funding for this project to pay for new interpretive signage, a new telescope and new entry signage – all of these items are well worn and definitely in need of replacement. 
  • City staff met at the Bluff Dog Park to discuss potential upgrades to the existing park using the funds raised for upgrades and Sarah Richardson will present some ideas and solicit for advisement from the Board at the April meeting. 

Internal projects

City Hall is currently undergoing a series of exterior improvements to the building including the following work:

  • Siding on the wall facing Meinig Park has failed.  Contractors are tearing existing siding and window trim off this wall, replacing all windows (picture and slider), repairing flashing and improving framing where needed, installing proper weatherproofing, window trim and new Hardie shingle siding.
  • Contractors also discovered that the rock face on the ten rock wrapped columns around City Hall is failing – we are in the process of getting proper quotes for a change order to replace this with new, properly installed rock wrap.
  • The entire building will be painted in a new color combination.  This includes the roof.
  • Lighting on the pedestrian path on the west side of the building will be replaced with energy-efficient fixtures.
  • Many small improvements in the front of the building (repairing the wood work around the vestibule windows, tinting the vestibule windows, power washing, etc.)
  • Repairing the concrete entryway in front of both front doors.


Economic Development items:


Econ Devl – Commercial Properties (vacancies, new businesses, etc.)
:

  • Mt. Hood Impact Jiu Jitsu:  Mr. Rodriguez’ dojo is open and accepting new students.  Already has 10 signed up.  Welcome to Sandy, sir!
  • Beauty Room of Sandy (formerly Passion Family Hair Care):  This new salon takes the place of Passion Family Hair Care in the unit next door to the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.  Proprietor Sarah Chavez is a Sandy resident.
  • Rene’s Lucky Finds:  This new second hand store in the building next door to City Hall (Mills Building) is now open to the public.  They will be hosting an open house on May 4th from 10-7 (their regular hours) with the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce hosting a ribbon cutting at noon.

Econ Devl – Internal Projects:

  • Special Service Contract Program:  Final payments are processing for the second year of this biennial program.  City Manager’s office, Finance & Development Services will be meeting in April to discuss changes to the program for the 2019-2021 biennium, including:
    • Reviewing 17-19 results – are these the results that Council wants to see?
    • How can we improve the program rules and guidelines to more accurately produce the results Council is expecting?
    • Reaching out to all non-profits interested in the program.
    • Improving the financial auditing process for this grant to ensure that the funds City Council has allocated for this program are being spent appropriately.
  • Downtown maintenance:
    • Derelict buildings – residential:  The Pendergrass family properties will be rehabbed.  Paula Sorenson has decided to bring both the apartment and the stand-alone garage into compliance with City building code.  She has gone through the appropriate steps with Axis Design and has an arrangement with an unknown contractor to do the work. We have received mixed signals from the owner of the Lamb properties of late regarding demolitions and are in the process of consulting with our city attorney on next steps.
    • Derelict buildings – Smith Building:  Work continues, but we have not heard from the owners in a while.  I am currently scheduling calls to see where they are at about finding a design professional to work with.  Also:
  • Now waiting on a quote from Neilson Construction to remove and dispose of the old light post out front of the Smith Building.  PW crew was not comfortable with removing it, so we will contract it out.
  • The decorative waste receptacle was received and installed in between the Gateway Pub and the Smith Building.  Also added to regular trash pickup for downtown.  Thanks to Parks Super Joe Preston for the installation.

Econ Devl – Conferences/training:

  • Nothing in March, but I will have many entries here in the coming months…