Metro (our regional government) requires concept plans be created for lands recently added to the urban growth boundary which may eventually be annexed into the city. Concept plans provide an opportunity to prepare for development of the land in a manner that meets the needs of current and future residents by envisioning the need and location of land uses, major road connections, design requirements, environmental protection measures, the locations of open spaces, parks and public facilities, etc. Oregon City has completed the Park Place Concept Plan as well as the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan. These are long term-plans which plan for land in the far future and are not expected to be fully implemented for a few decades. Land within a concept plan area are subject to the following process prior to development:
Development Process for Lands within a Concept Plan
- Development of the Plan - The Concept Plan is created by many public meetings, a Citizen Involvement Committee, Technical Involvement Committee and a design charrette to direct development of the land prior to construction. The entire community is invited to participate in creating concept plans.
- Public Hearings - Once a plan is created, a series of formal public hearings by the Oregon City Planning Commission and City Commission provide an opportunity for additional comment on the plan before it is adopted. The City Commission (elected officials) is ultimately the group which adopts Concept Plans.
- Annexation - A property owner is required to annex into Oregon City prior to development of city standards. This is generally initiated by the property owner(s), and requires approval by a majority of Oregon City voters. Zoning is assigned once the property is annexed. A concept plan does not have to be complete prior to annexation to the city, but it is required prior to development.
- City Development Process - Once property is annexed into the city, an application for development (e.g. subdivision, site plan etc.) is submitted to the Planning Division. The application includes noticing to neighbors, an explanation of the proposal on the subject site and potentially a series or public hears (dependant on the type of development proposed). Any member of the public may comment on the application and appeal the decision.
- Building Permits - Once a development application is approved, the applicant may apply for building permits and begin construction.