Public hearings scheduled June 26 and July 12

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Clackamas County is proposing a number of changes to its Zoning and Development Ordinance (ZDO) that, if approved, will expand some land use opportunities and streamline processes. 

The public will have a chance to comment on the proposed amendments at public hearings in June and July:

  • Planning Commission public hearing: 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 26, 2023, online only; information and meeting link: 
  • Board of County Commissioners public hearing: 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2023; online and in person at the Public Services Building, 4th Floor Board Hearing Room, 2051 Kaen Rd, Oregon City. Information and meeting link: 

People who are not able to attend the hearings are welcome to submit written testimony in advance to Principal Planner Martha Fritzie at or Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045. 

  • Written testimony received by 8 a.m., June 26, will be shared with the Planning Commission before the hearing. 
  • Written testimony received by 4 p.m., July 11, will be shared with the Board of Commissioners before the hearing. 

The proposed amendments would result in a number of ZDO changes, including:

  • Allow stand-alone public restrooms as a conditional use in the Rural Tourist Commercial District (a commercial zoning district in the Mt. Hood Corridor); 
  • Align county requirements for forest template dwellings with minimum state law requirements in Ag/Forest (AG/F) and Timber (TBR) zones to allow more properties in these zones to qualify for residential development;
  • Modify the “lot of record” definition to allow more properties to qualify for development; 
  • Streamline administrative processes and eliminate separate application requirements for construction management plans; 
  • Remove the requirement to apply for Habitat Conservation Area (HCA) map verification when a developer concurs with the county’s adopted HCA map; 
  • Remove the requirement for design review for detached single-family dwellings, manufactured dwellings, or uses accessory to detached single-family dwellings or manufactured dwellings in commercial and industrial districts that allow these uses; and
  • Explicitly allow electronic signatures on applications.

For more information about all the proposed amendments and the public hearings: