This document represents the first major revision of the 1982 Oregon City Comprehensive Plan. From 2002 to 2004, many, many citizens dedicated hundreds of hours assisting the City Commission, Planning Commission, and City staff revise the plan and the City Development Code (Title 17 of the City of Oregon City Municipal Code). The effort included several open houses, many work sessions, and several well-attended public hearings. The plan reflects the comments, suggestions, and vision of Oregon City residents and expresses that vision in its land-use policies, regulations, and map designations. Oregon City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementation ordinances must comply with applicable Statewide Planning Goals adopted by the Land Conservation and Development Commission as the result of a 1973 state law.
The plan must also comply with the relevant portions of Metro’s 1998 Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. The plan is intended to do more than simply meet the requirements of the law, however. The City Commission firmly believes that the plan is necessary to protect and maintain the quality of life and social and economic vitality of the community. The City Commission understands that good planning is necessary to ensure that land resources are thoughtfully and efficiently used, that public services are cost-effective and adequate, that natural and historic resources that help define the city’s character are protected and preserved, and that citizens will have continuing influence on the on-going decisions about the growth and development of their community.