LU 21-0057: Community Development Code Annual Amendments (2021)

Project Background / Summary: 

The purpose of the proposed code amendments is twofold: 1) to correct errors, eliminate text redundancy, and clarify text; and 2) to implement minor policy changes intended to streamline the permit process, consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.  This process is part of the City’s ongoing effort to make the regulations less burdensome on residents and businesses while maintaining community standards.

The proposed amendments consist of both maintenance and policy amendments.  The proposed amendments include:

Maintenance Amendments (LOC Chapters 50.06, 50.07, 50.08 and 50.10)

  1. Clarify that the building design standards that require a building to be complementary to adjacent buildings apply in relation to other buildings of similar design/characteristics (e.g. commercial to commercial; commercial to multi-family) but not to nearby single-family buildings, for example (LOC
  2. Delete obsolete 180-day extension reference for code consistency (LOC
  3. Clarify the required setback from an access lane (LOC
  4. Fix conflicting Minor Variance standards for adjusting setbacks to preserve a tree (LOC
  5. Amend definition of “Family” to comply with HB 2583 that will be effective January 1, 2022 (LOC 50.10.003)

Policy Amendments (LOC Chapters 50.03, 50.04, 50.06 and 50.7)

  1. Expand the hours for Saturday Market Temporary Uses (LOC
  2. Reduce the maximum size of boathouses within the Oswego Lake Setback from 560 sq. ft. to 500 sq. ft. and clarify that side and rear yard setbacks do not apply to boathouses (LOC
  3. Clarify when the building design standards apply to new buildings added to multi-building sites (LOC and ii)
  4. Allow option for online neighborhood meetings that are required for land use development applications (LOC
  5. Provide online and in-person public hearings (LOC and


Project Updates: 


Planning Commission Public Hearing - 01/24/22

On Monday, January 24, 2022, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments.  The public hearing notice and staff report are available in the "Public Records" file.  The agenda will be available ten days prior to the hearing on the meeting webpage, click here.


Work Session #2- 11/22/21

On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Commission will receive an update on the proposed amendments to the Community Development Code (CDC) and provide additional input prior to conducting a public hearing.  The staff memo can be found in the Public Records File, click here.


Work Session #1- 10/11/21

On Monday, October 11, 2021, the Commission will review a list of potential amendments to the Community Development Code (CDC) and provide initial input and feedback on any other needed research or information.  This will also be an opportunity for the Commission to identify any additional public outreach or citizen involvement that should be undertaken.  The staff memo can be found in the Public Records File, click here.



Project Details
LU 21-0057
Project Contact: 

Evan Fransted, Senior Planner, (503) 675-3732, or email.

Reviewing Body: 
Hearing Date: 
Monday, January 24, 2022
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Oct 11 2021 - 6:30pm

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