Natural Resources Program & Sensitive Lands Revisions - Public Review Draft Now Available

Posted Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:44pm

A public review draft of proposed updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code, pertaining to Sensitive Lands, is now available.

The City is proposing a new Comprehensive Plan chapter, entitled Healthy Ecosystems, to replace current Plan provisions under Goal 5 (Open Spaces, Scenic and Natural Resources), Goal 6 (Air Resources Quality), and Goal 15 (Willamette River Greenway). The City is also proposing to replace its Sensitive Lands regulations and adopt code incentives to property owners for habitat protection and enhancement, consistent with the Healthy Ecosystems chapter. This work implements the City Council goal to “Adopt changes to the Development Code by June 2015 to implement the reform of regulations on ‘sensitive lands.’” (The Sensitive Lands code changes affect LOC 50.05.010; LOC; and other Sensitive Lands code cross-references.)

The public review draft of the proposed Plan and Code changes, including online maps, and other information about this project can be found at:

The Planning Commission will be accepting public comment on the draft proposal when it meets on April 13, 2015. The Commission meets in the City Hall Council Chamber, located at 380 A Avenue, on the first floor, beginning at 6:30PM. The Commission will also accept oral and written testimony at its public hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for May 27, before it makes a recommendation to the City Council.