Category: City News


After 20 years as Lincoln City’s Planning Director, Richard Townsend officially stepped into retirement. The Community and City Staff gathered this past Friday to bid farewell to the longtime city administrator, whose presence, will be missed. Townsend was involved in many projects over the past two decades such as; the new master plan for the Villages at Cascade Head property, the City’s new comprehensive plan and the Imagine Lincoln City Vision project.  We are honored and thankful for the knowledge and dedication he shared with the City for nearly 20 years.  He set a solid foundation for the City and help create the momentum to plan for a bright future. 


City Says Goodbye to Familiar Faces

The City of Lincoln City’s Senior Planner, Debra Martzhan Nicholson and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Mark Nicholson have officially retired.

Debra served our community for almost 10 years, guiding influential projects all while establishing and maintaining essential relationships throughout the City.  Her knowledge of the City and dedication to improving our City will be missed.

Mark previously served as the City’s Finance Director for 5 years.  He retired from the City as the Emergency Operations Coordinator for the past 5 years.  Mark developed and lead the City’s emergency management program in all phases, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  His commitment to educating and preparing our community will certainly be missed.

We are truly grateful for the role that both Debra and Mark took on in the City.  They will always be remembered for their accomplishments. Thank you for all the years of hard work and dedication to our team, and congrats on retirement. Enjoy the next chapter!


On October 3rd, 2018 at 4pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall numerous local nonprofits were awarded grant funding. Mayor, Don Williams provided checks to the following nonprofits:

  • Angels Anonymous- $5,000
  • B’ Nai B’ Rith Camp- $2,000
  • Business for Excellence in Youth (Backpacks for Kids)- $6,000
  • CASA- $5,000
  • Episcopal Church of St. James Santiago’s Community Meal Program- $4,000
  • Family Promise of Lincoln County- $10,000
  • Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Center- $3,000
  • Lincoln City Food Pantry- $10,000
  • Lincoln City Warming Shelter- $4,600
  • Lincoln City Youth League- $5,000
  • Oregon Cascades West Senior Services Meals on Wheels- $4,500
  • My Sister’s Place- $12,000
  • Neighbors for Kids- $12,000
  • North End Senior Solutions- $6,000
  • North Lincoln County Historical Museum- $700
  • Oceana Family Literacy- $3,000
  • Roads End Improvement Association- $200
  • RSVP Lincoln County- $2,000
  • Shiloh the Gathering Place Ministries- $45,000
  • Taft Tiger Boosters- $5,000
  • The Children’s Advocacy Center- $5,000

These nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building a healthy community by providing critical services to the most vulnerable.  Thank for all that you do for our community.

“It is always a great honor and privilege to award these grants from the people of Lincoln City.  Those receiving these grants have demonstrated commitment to Lincoln City that reflects their passion for service and desire to make our town a better place to live,” said Mayor Don Williams.

CASA’s Executive Director, Michael Melneck & Board Treasurer, Randy Gutman
Backpacks for Kids
St. James Santiago’s Community Meal Program
Rev. Chris Hertlein & John Fiedler, Senior Warden
Family Promise Executive Director Elizabeth Reyes
Helping Hands Development Director, Raven Brown


Lincoln City Warming Shelter President, Patrick Alexander
Lincoln City Youth League Abbie Summers, League Secretary
My Sister’s Place Transitional Housing and Shelter Advocate, Ashley Ballentine
Neighbors for Kids Executive Director, Toby Winn and Liz Martin, Board Chair
North End Senior Solutions Activities Assistant, Alethea Parker with daughter and program volunteer Kennedy Parker
North Lincoln County Historical Museum Director, Jeff Syrop
Oceana Family Literacy
Shiloh the Gathering Place Ministries President and Founder, Martha Watts
Taft Tiger Boosters President, Amy Marsh
The Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director, Paul Schrader


After years of being battered by wind storms, the City Council approved $450,000 to make needed repairs on the Taft Dock. Bergerson Construction, out of Astoria, Oregon, has been awarded the contract to do the work.

The project will start Monday, September 17th, 2018. At that time, there will be no access to the dock.  The project is scheduled to be completed by November 9th, 2018.

The project includes upgrading the Taft Dock by replacing the 2 piles, replacing the substructure beneath the deck, installing 1,960 BF of 2×6 and 6,350 BF of plastic lumber for decking and rails, bring the dock up to ADA standards and other miscellaneous safety standards.

There will be a community meeting on Wednesday, September 12th st the Taft 51st Street Park (the picnic shelter at the west end of SW 51st), from 4:00-6:00pm.  There will be City officials there to answer your questions about the project.

For further information on the Taft Dock repair, please go to the Lincoln City’s webpage, or call the Public Works Department at 541-996-2154.


The City of Lincoln City is excited to share the new Octopus Logo with the community.  The Octopus adds a fresh perspective to the historic beauty of Lincoln City.  The new logo has completed the process to become a service mark ℠ and the City has claimed the rights to the Octopus. Therefore, the City logo and all of its variations can only be used with the permission and according to the standards of the City.

The City of Lincoln City kindly requests that any entity wishing to use the new logo, to first contact Explore Lincoln City (previously known as the Visitor and Convention Bureau) at 541-996-1274.

Additional history on the Octopus can be found here.



The appearance of buildings and streetscapes in Lincoln City is an area of concern for city officials and community residents.  The City’s Planning Department has hired a consultant to evaluate the existing design standards and address the necessary changes to achieve a desired look and function. Over the next six months the consultants will assist with:

  • Establishing a vision, goals, objectives, and policies for streetscape aesthetics and building design
  • Determine preferences through a public education and outreach program
  • Propose new or revised code sections that will result in streetscape aesthetic and building designs that are practical, affordable, and appropriate for the community and environment
  • Identify ways to improve administration of the city code and incentives that will promote good aesthetics and design

To help guide this project and provide community ideas on design preferences, the Planning Department has organized a project advisory committee.  The committee is made up of individuals with design experience, representatives of local businesses, neighborhoods, and organizations.  The first meeting for the committee was June 22nd.  At that meeting, the committee discussed goals for the project and reviewed the current design standards.

After the consultants conduct a visual preference survey and workshop, they will share key findings with the advisory committee at a second meeting later this summer.  The group will then confirm a strategy for moving forward.  The last meeting will be this fall, when committee members will review a draft of proposed changes to the code

Before and changes are made to the city’s design standards, the Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings to give notice.

Project Advisory Committee Members: Marty Rollins, Joe Getty, Danelle Lochrie, Diana Portwood, Dave Price, Jeff Syrop, Nora Sherwood, Rich Briggs, Shawn Kehr, representatives from the Bay Area Merchants Association, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

For more information and continued updates on the Design Standards Project please visit Design Standards Project 2018.


Over the past couple of years the City’s Visitor and Convention Bureau conducted extensive research and community outreach to figure out what represents Lincoln City.  The discovered revelation is that Lincoln City is the unexpected.  It is a City stretched along beautiful beaches surrounded by tucked away adventures.  The new logo conveys the unexpected with its inviting warm colors and intermingling of new and historic attributes.  It is a combination of Lincoln City’s topography, local businesses, and of course the people who live and work here.

The official logo is part of developing the overall Brand Identity for Lincoln City.  The branding efforts will continue to highlight the uniqueness of Lincoln City while maintaining a fresh consistency throughout the City.

Look for continued updates on this project at


In wake of the recent rescue from God’s Thumb, the City of Lincoln City reminds the public to be aware of potential dangers when hiking areas in Lincoln City.  It is important to know the correct route of access and the skill level of the hike.  Make sure to let others know when and where you are hiking, and when you plan to return.  It’s also a good idea to research the hiking destination beforehand and assess your ability with the difficulty of the hike.  The best routes of access to the Knoll, with designated parking, are located on NE Sal-La-Sea Drive.   Please review the following basic safety tips:

  • Start a hike early, to be finished before dark.
  • Adhere to all posted signs.
  • Know the correct and safest route (carry maps if available) The Knoll Hike Map
  • Let others know where you are hiking and when you plan to return home.
  • Do not wait to call 911 if you need help.
  • Plan for unexpected weather changes.

For more information on trails and hiking safety please contact Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department at 541-994-2131.



As January quickly comes to a close the City is wasting no time moving forward with future projects.

  • The Urban Renewal Agency and the City are partnering to issue a development offering on February 1st, for eight properties through a “Request For Expressions of Interest.”
  • The Parks and Recreation Department Director, Jeanne Sprague and Visitor & Convention Bureau Director, Ed Dreistadt are researching the full extent of lifting the deed restrictions at Regatta Park and what it would mean for the City.
  • The Public Works Department has been working diligently to ensure the safety of the community by placing safety barriers and removing dangerous debris left by the recent storms.
  •  Driftwood Public Library has been installing Little Libraries throughout the community and plans to add more in the near future.
  • The Police Department has been working closely with architects and is moving forward to design an ideal building.

The City is hard at work in the New Year.  For continued updates and to stay informed visit the City’s website at