Files listed below are proposals to amend the Comprehensive Plan and/or the Zoning and Development Ordinance. Posted materials include notices of public hearing dates and drafts of the amendments. Every effort is made to post the most recent materials; however, hearings may be rescheduled and revisions to the proposals are common. Therefore, you are encouraged to contact the Planning and Zoning Division at 503-742-4500, or the project manager for details. Contact information for the project manager is included in the posted hearing notice.
Clackamas County is considering amendments to Comprehensive Plan Chapter 5 – Transportation System Plan.
The Planning and Zoning Division is midway through an “audit” of the Zoning and Development Ordinance (ZDO). This project began in 2012 and is scheduled to be completed by July 2019.
The ZDO, adopted in 1980 (with roots in the 1960 Zoning Ordinance), has been amended approximately 250 times since, resulting in regulations that are sometimes inconsistent, antiquated, cumbersome and disorganized. As a consequence, a comprehensive review and update was initiated. The emphasis is on the ZDO, but amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are proposed as needed to resolve inconsistencies between the two documents. The overarching goals of the ZDO audit are to develop a more condensed, user-friendly document; consolidate zones and allow additional uses where appropriate; provide clear and consistent definitions of terms, development standards and procedures; and maintain compliance with state and regional regulations. The intent is to complete a comprehensive update of every section of the ZDO.
Clackamas County is considering amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Development Ordinance to implement recent State legislation that provides for jurisdictions to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in more locations than previously allowed.
Z0287-17-CP and Z0288-17-C is a proposed Reasons Exception to Statewide Planning Goal 3 and a Conditional Use permit for a 10-MW photovoltaic solar power generation facility planned for approximately 71 acres of land, which is zoned Exclusive Farm Use (EFU). The subject parcel is comprised predominantly of low-value farmland but contains "arable" soils. Pursuant to OAR 660-033-0130(38), if such a facility is to be sited on more than 20 acres of "arable" farmland, it must obtain a Goal Exception (per ORS 197 & ORS 660-004).
The applicant has proposed a Reasons Exception to Statewide Planning Goal 3 (Agriculture) and a Conditional Use permit for the construction and operation of photovoltaic solar power generation facility on approximately 70 acres of land that is zoned Exclusive Farm Use (EFU). The facility is expected to produce as much as ten (10) megawatts of electric power. The subject parcel is comprised predominantly of high-value farmland. Pursuant to the county’s Zoning and Development Ordinance (ZDO) Section 401 (EFU), photovoltaic solar power generation facilities are allowed as a Conditional Use on high-value farmland, subject to OAR 660-033-0130(38), which stipulates that if such a facility is to be sited on more than 12 acres of high-value farmland, it must obtain a Goal Exception (pursuant to ORS 197.732 and OAR 660, Division 4).