What is the Zoning Code Consolidation and Reorganization Project?

Today, our zoning and development regulations are spread out over ten chapters of code. This makes it hard for everyone to navigate and hard for us to update and amend.

We're streamlining the code by combining it all into one chapter, cutting out duplicate or out-of-date sections, and cleaning up typos or other errors.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 will be reduced from 1627 pages to less than 1000.

What is changing? What is staying the same?

  • The new zoning code will be easier to navigate and will eliminate redundant text without changing existing regulations. 
  • We're combining ten existing 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 will result 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 will be added in the form of explanatory introductory language and some existing regulations are being updated for clarity.
  • The project does 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 be involved?

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the consolidated code at the October 2, 2017 hearing.

The next step will be a hearing at the Board of County Commissioners. The date will be announced when the hearing is scheduled.

You can ask questions or tell us what you think on our comment form.

You can also contact Kevin Cook, Senior Planner, at 503.988.0188, or by email at kevin.c.cook@multco.us.

How can I see what's changing?

See below to review the draft of the new code.

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.

PC-2015-4679 Staff Report - Code Consolidation and Reorganization Project (504.51 KB)

Draft Code

This draft was updated on September 6, 2017 and replaces all previous drafts.

MCC 29 Building Regulations.pdf (1.09 MB)

Changes to MCC 38 Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (465.55 KB)

MCC 39 Table of Contents (605.66 KB)
Part 1 Administration Procedures Enforcement & Fees.pdf (648.58 KB)
Part 2 Definitions.pdf (349.27 KB)
Part 3 Lot of Record.pdf (369.99 KB)
Part 4 Base Zones.pdf (1.64 MB)
Part 5 Overlays.pdf (926.55 KB)
Part 6 Common Development Standards.pdf (787.83 KB)
Part 7 Conditional Uses & Community Service Uses.pdf (774.55 KB)
Part 8 Specific Use Standards.pdf (533.61 KB)
Part 9 Parcels Lots Property Lines & Land Divisions.pdf (458.93 KB)

Tracker Tables