Tigard City Council

Council Recap

Tigard City Council Activity
Stay informed and follow your City Council. Updates of recent council activity can be found below. Council agendas can be found here. Council minutes, goals, ground rules, ordinances, and other council information can be found on the council webpage.

April 25, 2017 City Council meeting:

  • The council heard comments from attendees for and against a request by the group Washco Solidarity for Tigard to declare itself a sanctuary city. Mayor Cook read the city’s statement of unity to the audience.
  • The council approved a change to the city municipal code to allow the possession, consumption and sale of alcohol in urban renewal area parks, which would offer more options for events and festivals.
  • The council adopted bylaws for the Task Force for the Homeless.
  • The council adopted a resolution for a supplemental budget amendment for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016-2017.
  • The council approved two contracts for work on the Hunziker Infrastructure Project and Tigard Street Heritage Trail.
  • The council heard an update on a recent open house held for those living in unincorporated “islands” in Tigard regarding annexation.

April 18, 2017 City Council meeting:

  • The council held a joint meeting with the Tigard Library Board and discussed Library programs, a 2011 feasibility study and library user statistics.
  • The council heard an update from the Leadership Tigard program and its planned activity to organize a one-day, one-stop event to connect area homeless with needed services in the fall.
  • The council received an update from Community Development staff on the ongoing “lean code” project for the Tigard Triangle.

April 11, 2017 City Council meeting:

  • The council hosted a ceremonial swearing-in event for Chief of Police Kathy McAlpine, followed by a reception.
  • The council heard comments from representatives of the group Washco Solidarity asking the council to sign its resolution to declare Tigard a sanctuary city.
  • The council adopted two contracts, which retain the Jordan Ramis firm for real-estate services and the Bullard Law firm for labor attorney services.
  • The council held a public hearing and voted not to change regulations regarding where marijuana services may be located.

April 4, 2017 City Council meeting:

  • The council approved resolutions that waived systems development charges for the Gary Sinise Non-Profit Foundation, the Good Neighbor Center, the Caring Closet and Mary Woodard Elementary school. The Gary Sinise foundation waiver includes a five-year covenant, requiring fees to be returned if the new home built by the group is sold before that time.
  • The council authorized the city manager to sign a grant agreement for the Dirksen Nature Park Interpretive Shelter restroom.
  • The council held a public hearing on the decision allowing the Madrona Recovery Center to change the use of existing facilities from "office" to "medical center,” and denied an appeal of the approval.
  • The council approved a resolution appointing Erin Kirkwood and Emily Oberdorfer as Tigard Municipal Court judges pro tempore

2017 MARCH Meetings

March 28, 2017 council meeting:

  • The council approved proclamations for Arbor Month and National Community Development Week.
  • The council approved a resolution exempting five properties supporting low-income housing, owned by Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Hawthorne Village General Partnership, from property taxes.
  • The council approved a resolution naming a public place downtown as Rotary Plaza.
  • The council opened a public hearing that will continue on April 4, on an appeal of a hearing officer decision for the Madrona Recovery Center.
  • The council heard a briefing from the assistant city manager on annexing unincorporated property inside of city limits—one of the council’s newly adopted two-year goals.

March 21, 2017 council workshop:

  • The council received an update on the sewer lateral grant program, which would offer financial assistance to residential home owners for repairs to sewer lines in the right-of-way.
  • The council was briefed on a study of a possible future civic center and discussed the idea of a leadership panel to evaluate the design and offer recommendations to the council.
  • The council was briefed on proposed “lean code” changes for the Tigard Triangle and how new design standards would impact building designs in the area.
  • The council received an update on the Capital Improvement Plan projects, which including parks, streets, water, sanitary sewer, and facilities projects.

March 7, 2017 council meeting:

  • The council adopted its six council goals that establish the council’s priorities for the next two years.
  • The council approved an ordinance vacating a right-of-way in the River Terrace neighborhood on SW Friendly Lane and an ordinance vacating a right-of-way on SW 76th Avenue in the planned Elderberry Ridge development.
  • The council approved an ordinance changing the street name at the Ash-Burnham development to SW Atwell Street, across from the Ash Street Dog Park.
  • The council heard citizen comments from the city manager of King City on expanding the Urban Growth Boundary and comments from a representative of the Portland Home Builders and a Tigard resident supporting the request. Another resident encouraged the city to continue supporting its partnership with the Tualatin River Keepers.
  • The council agreed to continue discussions with King City concerning its request to expand the urban growth boundary after the council received more information. 

2017 February Meetings

Feb. 28, 2017 joint Tigard City Council meeting with the Lake Oswego City Council:

  • The two councils discussed options for the future governance of the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership.
  • The council approved a licensing agreement for GIS software and a resolution supporting immunity for employees and volunteers from liability from recreational use of public land.
  • The council heard a summary of Social Service and Community Events grant applications for fiscal year 2017-2018. The grants provide support to social services and events each year valued at .5 percent of the city budget.

Feb. 21, 2017 council meeting and workshop

  • Received the Municipal Court’s annual report from Judge Michael O’Brien on the court programs and caseload.
  • Held a second quarter Budget Committee meeting with committee members and Finance Director Toby LaFrance.
  • Received a report from consultants DHM on survey results and public outreach for potential ballot measures.
  • Heard a presentation from Moss Adams, the city's external audit firm, on audit procedures performed in the most recent 2016 audit—the city had no compliance findings and was ahead of schedule.
  • Received an update from Community Development Director Kenny Asher on proposed “lean code” changes for the Tigard Triangle that would allow development of a walkable neighborhood and reduce some regulations and permit-processing timelines.

Feb. 14, 2017 council meeting

  • Received an update from Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen on statewide transportation funding and equitable housing efforts related to light rail planning.
  • Approved a resolution starting street vacation proceedings on SW Friendly Lane in River Terrace, to be followed by a public hearing on March 7.
  • Approved a resolution starting right of way proceedings for a portion of 76th Avenue, to be followed by a public hearing on March 7.
  • Approved three contracts: for a transportation study for the Tigard Triangle, for engineering and related services contracts, for Dirksen Nature Park boardwalk design.
  • Approved a resolution adopting Tigard’s participation in the Washington County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • Approved a resolution enabling a sewer replacement that addresses overflows from Red Rock Creek.
  • Held a discussion with a representative from TriMet focusing on the land use approval process for the SW Corridor Light Rail project.

Feb. 7, 2017 council meeting

  • Held a joint meeting with the City Center Advisory Committee to highlight a new interactive map published by the city to show the accomplishments of urban renewal downtown.
  • Referred a ballot measure to voters for the May ballot for the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan.
  • Referred an amendment to the City Center Urban Renewal Plan to voters for the May ballot.
  • Held a quasi-judicial hearing denying an appeal concerning road connectivity for the planned the Triangle Medical Office Building at SW 72nd Avenue and Dartmouth.
  • Authorized the city manager to sign an agreement leading to $1.6 million in developer contributions to the Hunziker Core Infrastructure Project.
  • Approved the city's grant agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the Tigard Street Heritage Trail, with the state paying $700,000 of $1.3 million in projected project costs.
  • Adopted amendments to the municipal code to permit franchise agreements with special districts and county service districts.

2017 January Meetings

Jan. 31, 2017 special council meeting

  • Reviewed Ballot Measure Title for City Center Urban Renewal Plan Substantial Amendment
  • Reviewed Ballot Measure Title for Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan

Jan. 24, 2017 council meeting

  • Considered a request to name the plaza area of the Tigard Street Heritage Trail in downtown Tigard.
  • Held a public hearing and approved a zoning change to a property site by SW Spruce Avenue and SW 72nd Avenue from C-P (professional commercial) to R-12 (medium density residential) and approved a planned development concept plan, with amendments.

Jan. 23, 2017 special council meeting

  • Held a workshop and adopted council goals for the next two years.

Jan. 17, 2017 council meeting and workshop

  • Discussed the proposed intergovernmental agreement on the future governance between the cities of Tigard and Lake Oswego of the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership.

Jan. 10, 2017 council meeting

  • Heard citizen requests to acquire property for city parkland.
  • Approved a resolution for the fiscal year 2017 supplemental budget.
  • Deferred a legislative public hearing until Feb. 28 on amending the municipal code to permit franchise agreements with special districts and county service districts.
  • Approved a contract to retain the law firm Jordan Ramis for citywide attorney services.

Jan. 3, 2017 council meeting

  • Swore in newly elected Councilor Tom Anderson and returning Councilor Jason Snider to four-year terms.
  • Elected Councilor Snider as council president for a two-year term.
  • Adopted new ground rules for 2017.


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