Climate-Friendly & Equitable Communities

Apartment Parking
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In response to Executive Order 20-04 (PDF), the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) developed, and the state adopted, updates to Oregon's transportation and land use planning rules. These new rules are called Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) (PDF). They reduce minimum parking requirements for certain new developments. The following rules went into effect on January 1, 2023.

How the New Rules Impact Oregon City

New RulesOregon City Code Impact

OAR 660-012-0430

Developers are not required to provide more than 1 off-street parking space per unit in new multi-unit residential developments.

No change. Oregon City code (OCMC 17.52.020) already meets this standard.

OAR 660-012-0430

Developers are not required to create off-street parking for the following development types:

  • Housing units under 750 square feet
  • Affordable housing units
  • Childcare facilities
  • Residential facilities for people with disabilities
  • Shelters

Only new development in these specific categories is impacted.

Existing parking for these types of developments is not affected unless they are redeveloped.

OAR 660-012-0440

Developers are not required to create off-street parking for new developments within 1/2 mile of frequent transit corridors.

Only new development within ½ mile of TriMet's 33 bus line is impacted. See map.

Existing parking in the buffer zone is not affected unless redeveloped.

For now, developers are still free to create off-street parking up to Oregon City's allowed maximums. They are just not required to develop a minimum amount of off-street parking in these cases. In other words, these development types will have no minimum parking requirement.

Bus Line 33 Map - Showing Zoning Within Half a Mile of the Bus Line

Oregon City has one frequent transit line, TriMet's Line 33. The new CFEC rules mean that new developments within ½ mile of Line 33's corridor through Oregon City will no longer have minimum parking requirements. The map above shows the areas of Oregon City within that ½ mile buffer zone.

Additional CFEC Rules

On April 1, 2023, the next new CFEC rule will go into effect. This new rule requires 40% of the parking spaces developed in conjunction with new multi-family (5+ housing units) buildings and multi-use buildings with private commercial space must have a conduit to serve electric vehicle charging (OAR 660-012-0410).

A third round of rules goes into effect on July 1, 2024, and will require new development in Oregon City to conform to the following Oregon Administrative Rules:

On January 1, 2026, the following Oregon Administrative Rule will go into effect: