What is zoning?

Zoning districts are established to promote efficient and compatible land uses around the City. The districts distinguish permitted uses for each property and dimensional standards, such as minimum lot size setbacks and height limitations. Additional regulations assure protection if the site is historic, near a natural resource, slope or floodplain.

The purpose of Oregon City's zoning ordinance under OCMC 17.02.015 is "to promote public health, safety and general welfare through standards and regulations designed to provide adequate light and air; to secure safety from fire and other dangers; to lessen congestion in the streets; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to assure opportunities for effective utilization of land; to provide for desired population densities; and to facilitate adequate provision for transportation, public utilities, parks and other provisions set forth in the city comprehensive plan and the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Statewide Planning Goals."

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1. What is Planning?
2. What is the Comprehensive Plan?
3. Planning Regulations
4. Why does Infill Happen?
5. What is the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)?
6. How are we Planning for 40 to 50 Years of Regional Growth - What are our Urban and Rural Reserves?
7. What is zoning?
8. How do I Change my Zoning Designation?
9. Why Should I Get a Permit?
10. Who Owns the Property Next to Me?
11. What is the Difference Between a Homeowners Association and a Neighborhood Association?
12. Do I need a Business License?
13. Who is Responsible for Streets, Alleys, and Rights-of-Way?
14. Will the City Repair the Raised Sidewalk in Front of my Home?
15. What is a Street Tree?
16. What is a Planter Strip?
17. What are the Trimming Requirements for Street Trees?
18. Tree Resources
19. How do I File a Code Enforcement Complaint?
20. What is a Concept Plan?
21. What is the Process for Annexation and Who Votes on Annexation Approval?
22. What is an Overlay Zone?
23. What are the regulations for developing in the floodplain?
24. What is the Natural Resource Overlay District?
25. What is the Geologic Hazard Overlay Zone?
26. What is the Difference Between a Minor Partition and a Subdivision?
27. Do Neighborhood Associations Receive Appeal Fee Waivers?