Monday, November 28, 2011

New Data Shows Lake Oswego is NOT Really Growing

To all COLA LO Members,

Recent data released by PSU shows that LO is not growing and calls into question many of the projects and programs currently under consideration.    2010 census data show the population as 36,619 which was only a 3.8% increase over the 2000 census.    The latest data from PSU shows the 2011 population as 36,725 an increase of only 106 residents or 0.29%

Details can be found at the following:  PSU

They seriously call into question the high density mass transit projects being planned for the area as the costs for these projects will fall upon a relatively flat population base of residents.  

It appears that Clackamas County is only growing by 0.5% while LO is 0.29%   This is less than the 3.8% rate of growth experienced from 2000 to 2010.  

It actually appears that the rate of growth in LO is SLOWING.  

Jack Bog's blog brought out the issues this week in a post: Portland Population Growth Slows to a Crawl.

In the post he challenges the sustainability of Portland's strategy and LO is half the growth of Portland!  Its a serious issue that must be considered when evaluating the costs of many of the projects currently being considered by our City Council.    How much can we really afford as our population doesn't grow? 

Placing the cost burden of these projects on a population which is no longer growing only increases taxes, fees, and debt.   Its a key issue in 2012.

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.

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