The City of Oregon City has received approval form the Oregon Housing & Community Services Department to designate a Vertical Housing Development Zone (VHDZ). The Zone is within the existing Mixed Use Downtown (MUD) Planning District, which is also within the City’s Urban Renewal District. The program will allow partial property tax exemptions for qualified mixed-use devel
The Oregon City Police Department typically tests once a year for Entry Level Police Officer and Reserve Police Officer. The testing usually takes place in March of any given year. The POST (written exam) and ORPAT (physical agility testing) scores will be used to establish a hiring list that will be used throughout the year.
Rivercrest and Carnegie Spraypark are closed for the season. The sprayparks will open back up after Memorial Day weekend weather, staff and seasonal maintenance permitting.
The Carnegie Spraypark is located at 606 John Adams St. We are doing seasonal maintenance in preparation for summer opening, and will update this page when we have an opening date. The Spraypark is free of charge and open to the public.
The Budget Committee meets on a biennial basis in April to publicly review the proposed budget, receive the budget message, provide opportunity for public input, approve the budget and tax rates. Established pursuant to ORS 294.414.
Clackamette RV Park is adjacent to Clackamette Park and lies at the confluence of the Willamette and Clackamas rivers in Oregon City. Fisherman, boaters and visitors stay at the park year round to enjoy use of the river and the many festivals that are held in Clackamette Park. The RV park contains 35 RV spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The City prepares the biennial budget in accordance with Oregon budget law. The proposed biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 was approved by the citizen member Budget Committee on April 15, 2013, and adopted by the Oregon City Commission on June 19, 2013, with no changes from the proposed.
The Mid-Biennium Financial Update is now available.
Visit the official End of the Oregon Trail in Historic Oregon City this summer! Come explore our exhibits on the Oregon Trail and Clackamas County history, shop for unique gifts from local vendors and participate in pioneer inspired games and activities, FREE!
The City of Oregon City Public Works Department experienced a sanitary sewer overflow associated with its Parrish Road Sanitary Pump Station located at 11519 Parrish Road on the evening of Saturday, June 14, 2014.
The city finds it necessary to establish and implement uniform engineering design standards and drawings for all Public Works sanitary sewer projects, water distribution system projects, storm sewer projects, and transportation projects in the interest of health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Oregon City.
The City of Oregon City Urban Renewal Agency (URA) is seeking to contract to list and market URA properties. For more information please review the request for proposal. For additional information contact Eric Underwood, 503-496-1552 or email@example.com.
Oregon City Public Works is committed to providing public education and outreach activities that help Oregon City residents understand where their drinking water comes from, make informed choices about their drinking water, understand how everyday activities can affect water quality, and make informed choices about improving water quality.
JUROR PARKING - The designated juror parking is located at the Municipal Parking Lot at 1220 Main St. The cost is $5. for the whole day. The kiosk accepts the following form of payment: coin, bills ($1. or $5.), and credit cards. No Change is given.
DISABLED PERSON PARKING PERMIT INFORMATION - Please see the link below or visit the DMV website at oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV
PRIVATE PARKING -- Additional parking is available using private off-street parking spaces provided by private property owners. These are available in and near the Historic Downtown Area Please contact the owners by telephone to arrange use of these spaces.
SURVEY - Please take a moment and participate in a Downtown Parking Survey.
At any given time, the City of Oregon City has multiple capital construction projects underway. From design to construction, check out our construction project links to find out what is going on in Oregon City.
The City Commission is composed of a mayor and four Commissioners elected from the City at large for terms of four years each, and for no more than two terms in any ten-year period. A Commission President is elected by the Commission at the beginning of each year to perform the duties of Mayor in the absence of that officer.
We are pleased that you are considering filming in Oregon City! Historic Oregon City has such a diverse and beautiful landscape, buildings and historic homes to choose from for your filming needs. Please contact Kattie Riggs, the Assistant to the City Manager, for information on how to obtain the film permit and get the process rolling.
The Community Investment Initiative Development Readiness Pilot Program focuses on assisting communities in identifying strengths and weaknesses associated with the development readiness of a municipality. Oregon City was chosen as the sole pilot jurisdiction to participate in this program.
The City of Oregon City is now accepting applications for Volunteer Park Host. This is a volunteer position with no wage or benefits. The City of Oregon City will insure Park Hosts for liability and workers' compensation while performing volunteer duties. Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test.
Oregon City: A Leader in Open Government and Transparency
In 2008, the City Commission’s Goal #5 called for an increase in communications with citizens and further facilitation of citizen participation. The goal resulted in an increase in opportunities for citizens to be involved in local government, access documents and information easily and efficiently, and produced greater transparency between the City and its citizens. Today, transparency remains a priority for the City Commission.
After nearly 20 years without a significant change, Oregon City is updating our sign regulations to better meet the needs of Oregon City residents and businesses now and into the future. The Oregon City Municipal Code currently has limitations on the type, quantity, size, and material of signage allowed on public and private property.
This Report was prepared for Portland General Electric & the Blue Heron Paper Company in cooperation with the West Linn Paper Company in May 2002 by George Kramer, M.S., HP, Sr. Preservation Specialist, Heritage Research Associates, Inc., Eugene, OR
Oregon City Receives Heritage All-Star Community Designation
Oregon City has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an “Oregon Heritage All-Star Community.” The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.
The City of Oregon City is featured in a new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families in communities with populations below 75,000. The report contains examples of city leadership in areas such as early childhood development, education, health and safety, family economic success, neighborhood revitalization, and youth civic engagement.
Below is a Video produced by Willamette Falls Media Center about the South End Concept Plan Planning Process. Please visit www.southendconceptplan.org for more information and details on upcoming meetings.
The City of Oregon City invites all Oregon City community members to help develop a plan for the future of the South End area. Join us on Thursday, December 13 between 5:30 and 7:30pm at McLoughlin Elementary School, 19230 South End Road. Staff will provide a short overview at 6:15 pm to help inspire discussion. Refreshments will be provided and all ages are welcome.
In October, 2012, Oregon City completed the rewiring and re-lighting of the Singer Hill Waterfall. City Officials, project team and community members, and the public were on hand at dusk. Check out the activities in this video:
By charter, the City Manager shall be the administrative head of the government of the city. He or she shall be chosen by the City Commission for an indefinite term and may be removed at the discretion of the Commission.
Appointment of Carol Pauli to the City Commission—On March 7th, the Oregon City Commission unanimously voted Carol Pauli to fill vacant Commission Position 3. (Please read about Ms. Pauli’s qualifications on page 34.) Because of her business experience, I also appointed her to serve on the Main Street Board.
Within the next few weeks, visitors to historic downtown Oregon City will experience the downtown marketplace in a very different way. Just around the corner for this downtown, is a return to two-way traffic flow along the full length of Main Street. This change in circulation will be preceded by a change in on-street parking orientation along two block faces downtown.
Singer Hill Road is now open to through traffic! 10th Street remains closed at the bottom of the hill, but traffic can go down Singer Hill Road and take a left or a right on Main Street. Thanks to everyone for your patience!
On July 7, 2010, the City Commission adopted file L 08-01 by voting to approve Ordinance 10-1003. The final adopted red-lined version of the code amendments showing what was changed since July 2009 and Ordinance 10-03 can be downloaded at the link below.
The winners of the Discover Oregon City’s Hidden Gems Photo Contest sponsored by the Oregon City Historic Review Board and the Clackamas County Historical Society were announced on July 13th. The winning photographs will be displayed at the Museum of the Oregon Territory Weds, Fri and Sat, July 21st through 28th. Winning photos will also be displayed at Grapevine Gallery & Framing, 623 7th Street, inside Singer Hill Cafe during August. Prize money for this event has been generously donated by Danielson’s Hilltop Mall.
Nancy Kraushaar, City Engineer/Public Works Director for the City of Oregon City from 2000 until July, 2012, has been chosen as the 2012 National American Public Works Association Professional Manager of the Year in the Transportation category.
Oregon City Hires Historic Consultant to Prepare Plans to Rehabilitate the Francis Ermatinger House.
On February 1, 2012, the Oregon City Commission unanimously approved a contract to move forward with the first phase to rehabilitate the historic Francis Ermatinger House. After a very competitive selection process, Architectural Resources Group (ARG) was chosen to investigate the current condition of the City owned house and prepare plans for the rehabilitation of one of the oldest buildings in the state. Final plans will be completed in late spring and the first phase of rehabilitation could begin as early as late summer.
We are pleased to announce that the 2011 City-wide Historic Survey has been selected to receive an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award as an outstanding example of how to integrate historic resources and historic building survey into larger planning efforts in Oregon. The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, business, and organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon Heritage.
A big thank you to Painter Preservation (Diana Painter, Chrisanne Beckner), Oregon City Historic Review Board, Chris Dunlop, Oregon City GIS specialist and the Oregon City Planning Division for pursuing this unique project. As of today, Oregon City has surveyed all the structures located within the Urban Growth Boundary that are over 50 years old. This information will help inform future planning efforts such as the Transportation System Plan and the South End Concept Plan and better incorporate heritage planning into the long-range planning process. The survey data will soon be accessible in OCWebMaps and can be used by consultants, staff and the general public
Two meetings are scheduled for the public to learn about four projects that will affect travelers in Oregon City and the surrounding area during and after construction. Staff from ODOT and the City of Oregon City will share project plans and answer questions about the following projects:
This is a video of the recent volunteer construction of the Canemah Children's Park play structure at 815 4th Ave. It also contains some interesting history of the park and interviews with park users - young and old!
Sportcraft Boat Ramp Renovation Project will begin July 29, 2011. (later than expected due to high water levels). Sportcraft Boat Ramp located at 1701 Clackamette Drive will be closed during renovations from July 29 through October 31, 2011.
Friends of the Oregon City Dog Park invite you to an information and support meeting on August 15th, 2011 at 7pm. Come show your interest and give feedback on ideas presented by the Friends of the OC Dog Park.
It began like bad fiction. Our city manager resigned. The City was bleeding red ink. Budget shortfalls led us to close the library two days a week. The Porn Shop moved in on 7th Street. The legislature cut the trains just after we approved a construction contract for our Amtrak station. Our injury and fatal car accident rate was the highest in Oregon for a city over 10,000. Our population had doubled in 14 years. We completed a fire station that would sit vacant for 5 long years.
Oregon City’s non-profit Main Street Oregon City received the first ever State of Oregon’s Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Innovation Award for the non-profit’s Blue Collar Creative business recruitment initiative. Oregon State’s First Lady, Mary Oberst, presented the award to Oregon City’s Downtown Manager Lloyd Purdy at a conference focused on downtown revitalization this week.
This memorandum provides a project timeline summary and details of events that have affected the completion date of the Warner Milne Road project. The project experienced delays totaling ninety-eight (98) calendar days that were justifiable under the ODOT Standard Specifications.
The City of Oregon City Department of Community Services is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $253,900 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to fund the construction of Canemah Neighborhood Park.
Charlie Prosser was born on the Fourth of July in 1904 -- which means that he celebrated his 106th birthday on Sunday! Although he was born in Kansas, he spent the past 70 years in Oregon City. During World War I, he served in the National Guard and was stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.
Public Works goes GREEN with fleet expansion. Two bicycles have been purchased for summer sidewalk inventory field work. Rather than equipping seasonal workers hired for the project with standard vehicles, bicycles were chosen to be more effective and efficient for the work as well as reducing green house gas emissions. The bicycles will also be used for future local Public Works needs.
Sea lions relax on the boat dock below Willamette Falls on Wednesday in Oregon City. The appearance of numerous sea lions this week amid fishing boats has led to sometimes heated discussions about how to balance the common and competing interests of fishermen and sea lions during the annual spring Salmon run.
On April 28, 2010, the historic SPRR freight depot was moved to its new home at the Oregon City Amtrak Station at 1757 Washington Street. The move was part of the 2nd phase of the South Metro Amtrak Station project.
Open House in West Linn, March 30 West Linn and Oregon City residents, and anyone interested in learning about the results of studies recently completed on the proposed West Linn Solar Highway site, are invited to attend an open house.
The City of Oregon City and the non-profit Main Street Oregon City are continuing a downtown dialogue focused on downtown’s circulation system. Through a series of small group meetings with property owners, business owners and downtown stakeholders, the following short-list of goals has been prepared for the consultants working on this project for downtown.
New Lane Changes On Highway 99E Viaduct. Lane changes begin Thursday, July 2, 2009 on north end of project Beginning Thursday, July 2, motorists will notice new lane changes on the north end of Highway 99E northbound viaduct.
The historic Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge spanning the Willamette River has been a source of community pride since its opening in December 1922. However, after more than 85 years, this famous old bridge is in need of repairs.
Throughout the bridge, the deck, joints, rails, lighting and protective coating of the arch span require repair and replacement.
The prints depict “then and now” images from downtown Oregon City; people from Oregon City's past and present; and the construction of the elevator from start to finish. Asbill also designed images that were etched in the Elevator’s Deck floor, and complement the prints.
The urban and rural reserves sections on the Metro web site have been rewritten and reorganized to provide a more intuitive and informative experience for visitors. They serve as a central clearinghouse of information on this phase of the project with information on each county’s proposed urban and rural reserve candidate areas and links to maps and an online survey.
Eleven community projects will benefit from the annual Oregon City Civic Improvement Trust (OCCIT) grant program. “During these challenging economic times, the support from these grant funds will enable important community-based projects and activities to continue. Drawing visitors to Oregon City is more important than ever before,” said Mayor Alice Norris.