What was the Zoning Code Consolidation and Reorganization Project?
We've streamlined our zoning and development regulations by combining it all into one chapter, cutting out duplicate or out-of-date sections, and cleaning up typos or other errors. The size of the code has been reduced from 1627 pages to only 461.
What has changed? What has stayed the same?
- The new zoning code is easier to navigate and eliminates redundant text without changing existing regulations.
- We've combined ten chapters (Chapters 11.05, 11.10, 11.12, 11.15, 11.45, 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37) of zoning and development regulations into one user friendly zoning code.
- The reduction in text resulted in a more concise zoning code that contains nearly half the number of pages of the existing ten chapters being consolidated.
- Standards that are unique to specific rural and urban planning areas are retained in the new zoning code. For instance, specific environmental standards that are only applicable in the West of Sandy River Planning Area will be retained in the consolidated code.
- The new zoning code eliminates defunct zoning districts that no longer apply due to annexations (i.e. the Urban Heavy Manufacturing zone and the Urban Medium Density Residential zone).
- New text has been added in the form of explanatory introductory language and some existing regulations have been updated for clarity.
- The project did not include the Columbia River National Scenic Area zoning code, because those standards are significantly distinct and are subject to the requirements of the National Scenic Area Management Plan.
How can I see what's changed?
We have also created code section tracker tables that account for every existing code section and whether they have been renumbered, modified, or deleted. The tracker tables include notations about what decisions were made with respect to particular deleted or modified standards.