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Clackamas County allows temporary modifications to commercial, industrial and institutional land uses to support physical distancing

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To allow commercial and industrial businesses and other organizations to open to the public safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is offering the opportunity to waive specific provisions of county ordinance to allow for physical distancing and other actions to keep people safe from COVID-19.

In expressing support for the measure, Commissioner Ken Humberston said, “Anything we can do to help businesses survive, while keeping people safe — I’m all for.”

“This flexibility could help a restaurant that wants to set up seating outside in the parking lot, a religious institution that would find it helpful to erect a large a tent for people to gather safely outside or a school that needs portable classrooms to expand space for students,” explains County Planning Director Jennifer Hughes.

The flexibility only applies temporary modifications to land zoned for commercial, industrial or institutional uses; it does NOT apply to land zoned for residential use. All building codes and safety standards will still apply.

County Planning Director Jennifer Hughes said some examples of how this might be used could be “by a restaurant that wants to set up outside seating in its parking lot, a religious institution that would find it helpful to install a large tent for people to gather safely outside or a school that needs to add a portable classroom to expand space available for students.”

Businesses and institutions interested in taking advantage of this opportunity are asked to contact Clackamas County Planning & Zoning at zoninginfo@clackamas.us or 503-742-4500 for more information. All requests will be reviewed by Planning and Public Health, along with Development Services staff, and will have to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The provisions that may be waived are in the county’s Zoning and Development Ordinance. 

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Department Staff
Jennifer Hughes
Planning
503-742-4518
Ellen Rogalin
Public and Government Affairs
503-742-4274