Master Plan / Planned unit Development (PUD)

A Master Plan / PUD (Planned Unit Development) is a two-step process that includes a General Development Plan (GDP) and one or more Detailed Development Plans (DDP). The GDP and DDP may be submitted concurrently or sequentially. 

The General Development Plan incorporates the entire area where development is planned in the next five to twenty years, including the identification of one or more development phases. This includes an analysis of future development impacts, thresholds for mitigation and mitigation improvements, and implementation schedules. A threshold for mitigation is the point that determines when or where a mitigation improvement will be required. Examples of "thresholds" include vehicle trips, square feet of impervious surface area, water usage measured in gallons per minute, construction of a building within a general development plan, and construction of a building within a certain distance of a residential lot.

Mitigation improvements are improvements that will be made or constructed by an institution when a threshold for mitigation is reached. Examples include road dedication, intersection improvement, road widening, construction of a stormwater or water quality facility, installation of vegetative buffering, and wetland restoration or enhancement.

The Detailed Development Plan implements the GDP with the construction of buildings or other development.

Find out More About Your Property

The City's website has a variety of resources available including Property Reports and Online Mapping System, our online mapping system. You may also call the Planning Division at 503-722-3789.

Oregon City Municipal Code Criteria

In addition to the zoning designation and any special requests, such as Variances, the following chapters of the Oregon City Municipal Code (OCMC) are applicable to the Master (Concept) Plan:

  • OCMC 17.50 - Administrative Processes
  • OCMC 17.65 - Master Plans and Planned Unit Development

The criteria for Detailed Development Plans include Chapter 17.65 of the Oregon City Municipal Code as well as the criteria and processes in the Site Plan and Design Review process.

Review Process

Master (Concept) Plan / PUD applications are processed as Type II or III Land Use applications. They begin with a Pre-Application Conference (Major). Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed for completeness purposes within 30 days. Upon a complete application submittal, the applicant is entitled to a decision from the city for a decision of approval, approval with conditions, or denial within 120 days of deeming the application complete, by state law. Type II decisions are rendered by the Community Development Director, with an appeal on record with the City Commission, and then onto LUBA. Type III decisions include a staff recommendation and a decision by our 7-member Planning Commission, with an appeal on record with the City Commission, and then onto LUBA.

Typical Master Plan

Typical Master Plan applications include the following processes:

  • Master Plan/Concept Plan
  • Master Plan / Concept Plan Amendment:
    • Type I
    • Type II
    • Type III
  • Detailed Master Plan
  • Pre-Application Conference (Major)
  • Mailing Labels (if not provided by applicant)
  • Transportation Analysis

See the latest Planning Fee Schedule for costs related to the Planning Division review of the various aspects of a Master Plan project. Note that additional fees may be required from other departments, agencies, and consultants.