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Placement costs (sometimes called opening and closing costs) are labor and administrative fees associated with opening and closing a grave, crypt or niche. The placement fee, which is the responsibility of the family, must be paid in full prior to the day of the service. Placement fees cannot be prepaid.
Yes, one grave will accommodate a maximum of one full body burial and no more than 4 sets of cremated remains, or only 4 sets of cremated remains without one full body. However, the full body placement may take place after the first cremated remains and before the three additional cremation burials.
The office requires a 2- to 3-day notice for all full body services, and 1 day for cremated remains.
Only one marker will be allowed on each grave and must be of standard size. Companion markers, intended to embrace two graves, shall be permitted. Please refer to our “Marker Setting Rules and Regulations” form or additional information.
No plantings of any kind will be permitted on graves. Cemetery personnel will have charge of planting of trees and shrubs in accordance with a general plan for the landscaping of the grounds.
Seasonal decorations will be allowed beginning three days prior to any holiday recognized by the City which includes Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Seasonal decorations must be removed within 7 days after the holiday or the property will be deemed “abandoned” and removed by cemetery personal.
Human remains, other than cremated remains, interred in the Mausoleum shall be embalmed. Ground burial does not require embalming of human remains.
The owner of a grave has a right to transfer, assign or give permission by written order for the burial of the remains of others than his immediate family in his grave. Graves cannot be sold, except back to Mountain View Cemetery. The cemetery will buy them back at the original purchase price.
The cemetery is open for visitation 7 days a week. Gates open at dawn and close at dusk daily.
If you have a question that has not bene answered here, use the Cemetery Question Form and we will answer it as soon as possible!
The council-manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.
In council-manager government, council members are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent various segments of the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens' needs and wishes. The manager is appointed by council to carry out policy and ensure that the entire community is being served. If the manager is not responsive to the council's wishes, the council has authority to terminate the manager at any time. In that sense, a manager's responsiveness is tested daily.
The council is the legislative body; its members are the community's decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The council also focuses on the community's goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as:
The council hires a professional manager to carry out the administrative responsibilities and supervises the manager's performance.
The manager is hired to serve the council and the community and to bring to the local government the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs on behalf of the governing body. The manager prepares a budget for the council's consideration; recruits, hires, and supervises the government's staff; serves as the council's chief adviser; and carries out the council's policies. Council members and citizens count on the manager to provide complete and objective information, pros and cons of alternatives, and long-term consequences.
Mayors in council-manager communities are key political leaders and policy developers. In the case of the council, the mayor is responsible for soliciting citizen views in forming these policies and interpreting them to the public. The mayor:
In addition, the mayor serves as a key representative in intergovernmental relations. The mayor, council, and manager constitute a policy-development and management team.
The manager makes policy recommendations to the council, but the council may or may not adopt them and may modify the recommendations. The manager is bound by whatever action the council takes.
No. One of its most attractive features is that the council-manager form is adaptable to local conditions and preferences. For example, some communities have councils that are elected at large while other councils are elected by district. Some local governments have mayors who are elected by the voters at large; others are elected by their colleagues on the council.
No. In fact, it is not restricted to cities. It is used by counties too. Currently, 3,625 cities operate under this form. Additionally, 529 counties indicate that they operate under the county administrator form. They vary greatly in size and characteristics, including independent cities, center cities, suburbs, and counties.
The content of these questions is based on information obtained from the International City/County Management Association.
"Public official" is defined in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 244.020(14) as any person who is serving the State of Oregon or any of its political subdivisions or any other public body as defined in ORS 174.109 as an elected official, appointed official, employee or agent, irrespective of whether the person is compensated for the services.
You are a public official if you are:
Some volunteers are public officials. By some estimates, there are up to 50,000 volunteer public officials in the State of Oregon. A volunteer is a "public official" if they meet one of these 3 criteria:
For purposes of Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 244, volunteers are not public officials if they perform such tasks as picking up litter on public lands, participating in a scheduled community cleanup of buildings or grounds, participating in locating and eradicating invasive plants from public lands and other such occasional or seasonal events.
As defined earlier, public officials become public officials through employment, appointment, election or volunteering. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 244.040(1) prohibits every public official from using or attempting to use the position held as a public official to obtain a financial benefit, if the opportunity for the financial benefit would not otherwise be available but for the position held by the public official.
The prohibited financial benefit can be either an opportunity for gain or to avoid an expense.
Each public official is prohibited from using the position as a public official to receive certain financial benefits. In addition, each public official is prohibited from using or attempting to use the official position to obtain financial benefits for a relative or a member of the public official's household, or for a business with which the public official, a relative, or a member of the public official's household is associated.
There are a variety of actions that could be a prohibited use or attempted use of an official position. The use of a position could be:
Yes. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 244.040(2) provides a list of financial benefits that may be received. These include:
Please note, all of these items have specific definitions, and in order to be lawfully received, the financial benefit must meet the definition of the allowable item.
No. Public officials who are relatives can be employed by the same public body at the same time, or serve on the same governing body of a public body at the same time. However, there are provisions prohibiting a public official from participating (as a public official) in the following actions regarding a relative to/from a paid position:
Another statute prohibits a public official from directly supervising a relative who holds a paid position as a public official.
No. In general, public officials may obtain employment with a private employer or engage in private income producing activity of their own. However, they must not use the position they have as a public official to create the opportunity for additional personal income. They must also ensure that when they are engaged in personal income producing activities, there is a clear distinction between the use of personal resources and time and the use of the public body's time and resources.
In brief, a conflict of interest when an official action by the public official could or would result in a financial benefit or detriment to the public official, a relative of the public official or a business with which either is associated. A matter is a statutory conflict of interest when both of these conditions are met:
Oregon Government Ethics law identifies and defines 2 types of conflicts of interest: actual conflict of interest and potential conflict of interest.
The difference between an actual conflict of interest and a potential conflict of interest is determined by the words "would" and "could."
A public official is met with an actual conflict of interest when the public official participates in action that would affect the financial interest of the official, the official's relative or a business with which the official or a relative of the official is associated.
A public official is met with a potential conflict of interest when the public official participates in action that could affect the financial interest of the official, a relative of that official or a business with which the official or the relative of that official is associated.
Yes. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 244.025 limits a public official, and relatives and household members of the public official, to each accepting no more than $50 worth of gifts in a calendar year, from each source that has a legislative or administrative interest in the official position of that public official.
However, if the source of the offered gift does not have a legislative or administrative interest in the official position, then the public official and his relatives and household members may accept unlimited gifts from that source. In addition, there a number of items that ORS 244.020(6)(b) excludes from the definition of a gift, and in the specific circumstances listed, those items can be accepted without limit.
No. There are occasions when a public official engages in conduct that may be viewed as unethical, but that conduct may not be governed by Oregon Government Ethics law. Without an apparent statutory violation, the following are some examples of conduct by public officials that are not within the authority of the Commission to address:
While the conduct described above may not be addressed in Oregon Government Ethics law, public agency policies and procedures may prohibit or redress the behavior. Please contact the Commission staff if you need further clarification regarding how the Oregon Government Ethics law may apply to circumstances you may encounter.
A public record "includes, but is not limited to, a document, book, paper, photograph, file, sound recording or machine readable electronic record, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made, received, filed or recorded in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business, whether or not confidential or restricted in use" (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.005).
Your responsibility for managing public records in your custody includes identifying public records, retaining records in compliance with an authorized records retention schedule, and destroying those records that have met their retention period or are defined as non-public records in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 192.005.
If you have created, received, filed or recorded a record, regardless of its physical form and in pursuance of law or in connection with the transaction of public business, you have a public record.
Yes. All of the specified items apply regardless of how the records are created or where they are stored.
Wrong! Oregon sets a high value on the management and access of public records. If you destroy, alter, or withhold public records you may be found guilty of "Tampering with a Public Record" (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 162.305), punishable by a year in prison and $5,000 fine.
The City follows the State Records Retention Schedules, which list the records you create and how long you need to keep them. Remember, retention applies to the content of the record and not its format.
Yes. See Chapters 8.08 and 8.20.160 of the Municipal Code.
No. Maintaining the sidewalk and curb in good repair is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. Please contact Development Services for standards and permit information at 503-722-3789.
The adjacent property owner is responsible for the maintenance of street trees and the planting strip. Limbs should be trimmed over the sidewalk to allow for safe passage for pedestrians and over the street to prevent property damage to vehicles.
Yes. A business license is required, and should be carried on their person at all times. A property owner may decide they do not want solicitors and post their property accordingly. A property owner may request anyone leave their property, regardless of it being posted 'No Soliciting'. Failing to provide a business license may be turned in to business licensing at 503-657-0891. Non-emergency police may be called at 503-655-8211, should a solicitor refuse to leave a property.
In an effort to minimize losses in cart inventory due to stolen property and to prevent assessed fines through City ordinances, the Northwest Grocery Association has teamed with NW Cart Retrieval Service. They have taken a proactive approach and developed a solution to the growing problem of abandoned shopping carts. Call NW Cart Retrieval at 888-552-2787 (888-55-CARTS) to report abandoned carts in your community.
Yes, provided they are parked on an approved surface, are not sight obstructions, currently tagged and registered to a resident at the same location.
It is unlawful for any person to park or store any trailer, camper, mobile home, boat, trailer house, motor home or other recreational vehicle on any street, alley or highway, or other public place.
No. It is unlawful for any person to park or cause to be parked, any truck, truck trailer or large commercial vehicle in or on any street, alley, sidewalk or parking strip in areas where no mode of parking is indicated by signs or markings for a longer period of time than 3 hours at any one time unless said equipment is being used for some purpose in connection with the property immediately in front of which the vehicle is parked.
No. If someone in the subdivision is violating a provision of the Association's bylaws, it is the responsibility of the Association to initiate legal action. The only regulations the Code Enforcement Department can enforce are state, county, and city laws.
In all cases, the responsible party (Respondent) must be provided notice that there is a problem. They must be provided with a reasonable time period in which to correct the violation(s). This notice may be as simple as a visit from a Code Enforcement officer or other authorized City employee, or as difficult as sending notice via certified mail or the filing of a formal citation against those who refuse to answer their door or pick up certified mail. Regardless of the type of service for the Respondent(s) in your particular case, please rest assured that your complaint is important and is being handled in an appropriate manner.
No. Property line disputes are considered a private matter between 2 private property owners.
Yes. Oregon City prohibits the storage of trash, debris, abandoned equipment and inoperable vehicles and/or parts on private property.
Yes, provided it is behind the front façade of the home, not visible from the public right-of-way and items stored meet municipal standards.
Yes. You should contact Development Services at 503-722-3789 for further information. You can also visit the Right-of-Way (ROW) Street Permits page for further information.
Urban renewal is funded by tax increment revenue. The private investment attracted by public urban renewal investments results in increased property values within the district. These increased property values bring in greater property taxes within the district, which are then used to pay off bonds sold to finance the revitalization efforts. This unique funding mechanism is called tax increment financing (TIF).
Urban renewal is funded by tax increment financing (TIF). At the time an urban renewal plan is adopted, the county assessor calculates the total assessed value of the area and establishes this value as the "frozen base" for the area.
Taxes from that frozen base continue going to all of the taxing jurisdictions. Growth above the base is called the "increment". Taxes from the increment, called tax increment revenue, go to the urban renewal agency for projects within the urban renewal area.
Maximum indebtedness is the total amount of tax dollars that may be spent on the projects, programs, and administration in an urban renewal area.
Generally, urban renewal makes sense in areas that have physical and/or economic conditions that cause a reduction of, or lack of, proper utilization of that area. An urban renewal agency may determine that TIF is required to:
The activities eligible for urban renewal funding are determined by ORS 457 and sometimes change. Per ORS 457.170, eligible activities include:
Ineligible activities include all other activities not listed by ORS 457, such as non-capital improvements, temporary improvements, and grants or loans for operating expenses.
No, urban renewal simply allows for the reallocation of growth on taxes to the urban renewal agency rather than the overlapping taxing districts. Taxpayers within the city will see a line item on their property tax statements for urban renewal. The overall tax bill does not increase, but the allocation of revenues received from the payment is changed as a portion of that payment now goes to urban renewal. This is called “division of taxes” and is the administrative way that assessors must show the calculation of the tax increment revenue.
While the urban renewal area is active, a taxing jurisdiction’s revenue from that area is frozen (at the time of the urban renewal plan’s adoption) and will not increase until revenue-sharing is triggered. So, while an urban renewal area is active, taxing jurisdictions may not receive as much money as they would otherwise have received. In essence, the taxing districts forego some revenue in exchange for a greater total property tax base and revenue capacity as a result of urban renewal investments. The goal of urban renewal is to spur development that would not have occurred but for urban renewal, so when the urban renewal area expires, taxing jurisdictions can expect to receive more tax revenues than they would have had the urban renewal area never existed at all.
School districts are not directly affected by TIF. Under Oregon's school funding law, the Oregon Department of Education combines property tax revenues with State School Fund revenues to achieve per-student funding targets. Under this system, property taxes foregone due to the use of tax increment financing are replaced with State School Fund revenues, as determined by the state funding formula. While TIF statewide has an impact on the amount of funding in the State School Fund, the legislature can re-allocate other funding sources to the State School Fund.
In theory, a successful urban renewal area will result in more income taxes resulting from job creation and increased property taxes than might have occurred without urban renewal, resulting in more net tax dollars for school funding in the long term.
An urban renewal area is created through a process that includes community input, notice to impacted taxing jurisdictions, review by the City’s urban renewal agency, planning commission, and city council. The city council hearing notice must be sent to a specified group of citizens. The adoption of a plan must be with a non-emergency ordinance by the city council that does not go into effect for 30 days after adoption. The plan, together with an accompanying urban renewal report, identifies the goals of the urban renewal area and projects to be funded with TIF, describes how the area complies with statutory requirements for blight, projects tax increment revenues, and identifies a maximum amount of debt an urban renewal area can incur, among other topics.
The Urban Renewal Plan contains a section on how amendments are processed. Minor amendments may be approved by the Commission itself. Substantial amendments are those that increase the maximum indebtedness or add property that totals over 1% of the existing acreage.
Urban renewal can fund a range of activities, including capital projects and development assistance programs, and typically include:
TIF districts can grow the tax base and revitalize parts of a City that are experiencing underinvestment. TIF is based on the diversion of tax revenue increases, but over time, the redevelopment is expected to result in a more robust tax base for the community. Those tax gains are due to increased value in the property around a new development in addition to the potential for job growth and sales tax revenue.
In 2007, the Commission approved a substantial plan amendment for the Downtown Oregon City/North End Urban Renewal Plan. The amendment reflected changes in the scope of projects in the project area in response to the 2004 Oregon City Futures Report and increased the maximum indebtedness to complete the Plan. The amendment also addressed infrastructure deficiencies for The Rivers project and The Cove projects.
Typical urban renewal plans are designed for a 20-to-25-year period, but the time period is not a requirement. Plans can be closed out if all projects are completed earlier and the debt is repaid. The Downtown Urban Renewal District does not have a specific duration.
There are at least 76 cities and counties with active districts in Oregon, several with more than one active district. [Note: the consultant team will provide case study information following the Urban Renewal 101 FAQ and fact sheet]
Following the "Urban Renewal 101" information, the project team will document the following information about the Downtown Oregon City/North End Urban Renewal District:
For more information about this project, please email James Graham, Economic Development Manager or call 503-657-0891.
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Please make sure you have your library card number and PIN. If you don't know your PIN, email circulation, call 503-657-8269, or stop by the circulation desk.
Yes. You will need the other people’s library card number and PIN. Holds on one person's account cannot be checked out to another person’s account; they must be checked out to the library card they were placed on.
The majority of items will be checked out for 14 or 28 days. Review the loan periods.
Yes. Please cancel any holds you no longer want, or suspend your holds if you do not wish to pick them up at this time. Please follow this guide: Managing Your Holds.
You receive five Play Credits per calendar month for each Oregon City Library account.
A play credit is a 3-day rental of the film (allowing the patron to watch the film unlimited times within 72 hours).
1 day old! Children age 12 and younger can get cards whenever their parent or legal guardian thinks they’re ready.
Nope! If a child can’t write their name yet, their parent or legal guardian can write the child’s name on the card for them. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required for all library cards issued to children age 12 and younger.
We need to see their parent or legal guardian’s photo ID and proof of address (if their current address isn’t on their photo ID) for all library cards issued to children age 12 and younger.
The easiest way for a child age 12 or younger to get a library card is for a parent or legal guardian to sign up the child in person. If a child's parent or legal guardian can't come to the library in person to sign them up, however, we can work with a caregiver to sign up the child for a library card.
A caregiver may present their photo ID to sign the child up for a temporary library card (good for 1 year), which will allow the child to check out a small number of items. The application should include the child's home address and their parent or legal guardian's contact information. Caregivers do not sign the application.
Library staff will mail the application to the child's parent or legal guardian. Once the parent or legal guardian has signed the application, the caregiver can bring the signed application back to the library with a copy or picture of the parent or legal guardian's photo ID and proof of address (if their current address isn't on their photo ID).
Once we have the signed application, parent or legal guardian's photo ID, and proof of address on file, the child's card will be changed to a general card-which allows 50 checkouts and 15 holds at a time.
Nope! Teens 13 and older can sign up for their own library card with photo ID and proof of address. If they don’t have a driver’s license or learner’s permit yet, they can show us their school ID and separate proof of address (piece of mail, logging into their StudentVUE account, etc.).
Patrons have to be 13 years or older to use a computer. 13 thru18 can use the Teen computers in the Teen area. 18 and older can use the Adult computers in the Carnegie Technology Center.
A Library of Things is a collection of items such as kitchenware, musical instruments, and games hosted at a library that library patrons can check out with their Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) library card.
Canby, Estacada, Hoodland, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Sandy, West Linn, and Wilsonville.
Initial startup money came from Clackamas County Sustainability and Solid Waste (SSW).
A Library of Things promotes sustainability by encouraging sharing, the ability to try before you buy, and access to rarely used household items.
Library of Things supports a library's goals of providing new and popular materials to stimulate imagination, provide new leisure activities and experiences, and promote lifelong learning. These collections will offer new resources for patrons to explore topics of personal interest where money, space, or other issues may hinder a person's ability to do so.
Age limits are determined by the item’s owning library.
Yes, as long as you return the item to the library you borrowed it from. Each library maintains its own, separate Library of Things collection (e.g., if Oregon City has an item you’d like to check out, you must pick that item up at that library).
No. Please visit your library’s checkout desk. Our self-check machines are not set up to scan the various sizes and shapes of these items.
You may check out two items at a time per library card.
Checkout period is fourteen days, and checkouts are renewable.
You have seven days to pick the item up from the owning library once you receive a notification that it is ready. You will not receive a reminder that your hold will expire.
Choose the items you’d like to check out first. You may check the other item out before its hold expires after returning the first two. Another way to avoid this is to suspend and unsuspend your holds.
For instructions on suspending your holds, please visit the LINCC System FAQ page.
All Library of Things items must be returned to the owning library's checkout desk during open hours. Do not return items to book drops or a different library.
Items returned to the wrong library will not be checked in, and late fees may accrue. You will be contacted to return the item to the owning library.
Late fees are $1 per day. Items will be considered lost after 28 days past due date. Replacement fee is the full replacement cost of the item if lost or damaged.
Owning library may assess additional fees (e.g., cleaning, repair, missing RFID tag, damaged or lost packaging, etc.).
Thank you for thinking of the library with your donations. At this time we don't know whether we will be able to accept donations and each library may have different procedures (see note), so please check back in the following months at your local library.
Note: Oregon City Library is currently not accepting Library of Things donations.
For donations of books/media, please contact our Friends Bookstore:814 7th StreetOregon City, OR 97045Phone: 503-594-0261
Please check your account on the LINCC website for specific due dates.
Email Circulation or give us a call at 503-657-8269, ext. 1014.
Both of the Library's book drops are located outside with a drive-up located on 6th Street side of the building (see photo) and a walk-up by the holds pickup area. Audiovisual materials, such as CDs and DVDs, may also be returned to either.
Please do not put Library of Things items in book drops. Bring the item(s) into the library and we will verify all parts are included and then check the item in.
Bookdrops are open 24/7!
Yes! If you live in the Oregon City Public Library Service Area, you are welcome to apply!
You must be able to come to the library for a one hour shift each week plus one monthly meeting with all members of TAC per month.
TAC meets mostly during the school year with the option to continue volunteering during the summer months.
The initial application is the "who, what, when, and where" of your request to reserve a parking space for your event. To apply for a Park Rental Permit, all of the following must be received by the Parks office prior to review.
Applications may be submitted in the following ways:
Once the application, fee, and site plan are received, the application will be submitted for review. You will be notified of the permit status following review, and if approved, fees and documents required to complete the permit will be outlined.
All requirements are due a minimum of 30 days prior to the event.
Planning, also called land use planning, urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Good planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. Planning serves as a "road map" to help community members envision how and where their community will grow, and will help them find the right balance of new development and essential services, protection of the environment, and innovative change (this definition is derived from the American Planning Association).
Many people's first introduction to land use planning and planners occurs when they need a permit to build a new home or an addition, deck or shed to their existing home. Review and control of urban development (homes, garages, commercial buildings, parking lots, etc.) is primarily regulated through adopted zoning and subdivision codes. This type of planning is called current planning or development review. Planning includes a variety of activities including processing the aforementioned applications, approving land divisions and commercial development, protecting streams, slopes, historic homes and the floodplain, as well as community organizing, and an assortment of long-term visioning activities.
A Comprehensive Plan is the primary long-range planning document for guiding the development of the city. Like any good business plan, it is kept up-to-date, so that it is effective and reflect the needs of Oregon City residents. Periodic review of the City’s Comprehensive plans is required every five years or so in order to accomplish this. The plan was last reviewed in 2004 with slight adjustments currently being reviewed by the City Commission. Please take time to review the plan and send us your comments about it. Thanks!
The Oregon City Municipal Code is reviewed for compliance with all federal, state, and Metro standards. This locally adopted code therefore implements all of the following:
The Portland metropolitan area is predicted to grow by one million additional people by 2030. In Oregon, we have made a commitment to accommodate growth within the urban growth boundary, rather than develop the county with low-density homes and businesses. Land inside the urban growth boundary includes cities and services such as water and sewer systems, parks, schools and fire and police protection while land outside the boundary is intended to be primarily farm and forest use. The urban growth boundary is one of the tools managed by Metro, our regional government, to protect farms and forests from urban development and to promote the efficient use of land, public facilities and services inside the boundary. If you would like to learn more about the current status of the Oregon Statewide Land Use System, check out the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.
The State of Oregon requires Metro, our regional growth management agency, to review the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) every five years. If land within the UGB cannot accommodate the land use needs for the upcoming 20 years of projected population, the agency must either increase the density within the UGB or expand the boundary area. Expansion areas are chosen by protection of resource land (such as farming and forestry) and suitability for development. Metro facilitates discussion between the citizens and local jurisdictions in conjunction with a technical analysis to understand the most logical areas for expansion. The 1.5-year process includes an abundance of public outreach such as workshops, regional conferences, 24-hour comment lines, websites, direct mailing and public meetings. For additional information you may contact Metro at 503-797-1700.
The population of the Portland metropolitan region is expected to grow by nearly one million people by the year 2030. That’s a lot of people – all of whom will need homes, jobs, stores to shop in, roads to travel on and outdoor spaces to enjoy. To help make sure we will be able to accommodate this growth while maintaining a high quality of life for those already here, the region (which includes Metro and the three metropolitan counties – Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington) is going through a process to identify where urban growth should and should not take place in the next 40 to 50 years.
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."
A zone change is required to meet the standards in Chapter 17.68 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. In order to assure this compliance, the application is reviewed by and subject to comment by City staff, the public, any interested party, the Planning Commission and the City Commission. Notice of the application includes a sign posted on the subject site, and notices posted online and mailed to all affected agencies and property owners within 300 feet to inform the public of the application and invite comments. Once the public comment period is over, a report including an analysis of how the proposal does or does not meet the criteria as well as a recommendation is completed by staff. A Planning Commission hearing will then be held where any interested party can testify regarding the application. After reading the report and listening to testimony, the Planning Commission (a 5-member voluntary board of citizens) votes on the application. If a majority of the Planning Commission denies the application, the zone change is denied. If a majority of the Planning Commission approves the zone change, a City Commission hearing would result. The City Commission (5 elected officials) listen to both written and oral testimony until the record is closed and they make the final City decision.
Permits are important because they provide the surety that your project was constructed legally and to the standards within the Oregon City Municipal and State Building Codes. When you submit a permit application, it will be reviewed to ensure safety for your family and home, protection of the value of your home, peace of mind that the job was safely constructed and in compliance with all standards. Permits assure:
Property ownership can be verified with the Clackamas County Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor's office may be contacted at 503-655-8671.
A homeowner's association (HOA) is a private organization set up by the developer of your subdivision. An HOA generally maintains common areas (such as parks or entranceways) and enforces neighborhood-specific restrictions called Covenants, Codes and Restrictions (CC&Rs). The CC&Rs are created by the developer to maintain the look and property values of the neighborhood by creating neighborhood-specific rules of how the homes are used such as maximum fence heights, home color, rv parking, etc. The CC&Rs are a private agreement and thus are not enforceable by the City.
Neighborhood Associations are larger geographic areas organized by the City to provide a forum for neighborhood issues and link citizens with the government. Neighborhood associations hold regular meetings to:
All businesses operating within Oregon City are required by Municipal Code (Chapter 5.04) to obtain a City business license. Businesses starting after June 30 may pay one-half the published fee for the current year.
The City of Oregon City maintains roadways that are open for travel. The department does not maintain areas that were dedicated for streets, but never improved and opened for travel. Property owners are responsible for any unopened street areas next to their property. Most improvements to streets and alleys, such as upgrading or paving surfaces, planting street trees, or installing sidewalks, are installed by:
The Oregon City Municipal Code (Chapter 12.04) states that maintaining the sidewalk and curb in good repair is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. The City Public Works department 503-657-8241, assists homeowners with inspection and guidance on how to repair damaged sidewalks.
A street tree is a tree that grows on city property. Generally, they are located adjacent to your home in a planter strip or median between the sidewalk and the street. When planter strips are not present, they may be planted near the street pavement or behind a sidewalk.
The planter strip (Aka "tree lawn") is the landscaped area between the street and the sidewalk. Sometimes this area is limited to a narrower strip or even a tree well on certain streets. The width of the planter strip and location of improvements (such as power lines, meter boxes, driveway cuts, etc) determines the location, size and type of tree that should be planted.
In most cases, "topping" of trees is discouraged since it can severely injure trees. Maintenance includes trimming to remove dead branches, dangerous limbs and to maintain a minimum seven-foot clearance above all sidewalks and ten-foot clearance above the street. It is also important to water and mulch newly planted trees and keep the planter strips clear of weeds, obstructing vegetation and trash.
Clean and well-maintained houses, yards and streets can contribute to a strong and healthy neighborhood. The Oregon City Municipal Code thus contains regulations for such items as abandoned vehicles on the street, solid waste on private property, removal of a street tree without obtaining a permit, etc. If you notice that a violation has occurred you may file a complaint with the Code enforcement Division at the City. All complaints may be filed anonymously by calling 503-496-1559.
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:
In almost every circumstance, an annexation must be approved by the voters of the City. There are various methods for annexation:
Annexation law is complex and you may want to check with an attorney if you have specific questions. Note that new legislation was passed allowing annexations which meet certain criteria to be approved by the City Commission without a vote.
An overlay consists of a mapped area which is subject to additional standards in excess of your zoning to ensure protection of a specific resource or guide development within a certain area. For example, in Oregon City there are five overlay districts including:
Oregon City has floodplain regulations that apply to development within the Flood Management Overlay District. The Flood Management Overlay District regulations are in Chapter 17.42 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. The flood management overlay district is an overlay zone classification defining areas subject to periodic flooding or inundation which can result in property harm or loss, disruption of public services, hazards for public health, or added expense for public services.
Private land owners should contact the Building Division for floodplain permitting requirements and Planning Division for floodplain land use requirements.
Compliance with floodplain development regulations is reviewed through the land use review and building permitting process, with review responsibility by the Planning, Public Works Engineering and Building Divisions. The city's Floodplain Administrator is the City Building Official.
All conditions and restrictions of land use established by Chapter 17.42 are in addition to such restrictions and conditions as may be imposed and established in underlying zoning districts.
The City has adopted FEMA and 100-year floodplain maps. You can also view the floodplain layers on OCWebMap. OCWebMap shows the extent of the 1996 flood inundation, the FEMA 2008 100-Year floodplain, the FEMA 2008 500-year floodplain, the FEMA 2008 floodway, and the FEMA 2008 Base Flood Elevation.
If you have further questions about development in the Floodplain please contact the Planning and Building Divisions at (503) 722-3789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formerly known as the Water Resource Overlay District, the city recently adopted the new Natural Resource Overlay District. All development in the Water Quality Resource Area Overlay is subject to review by the City of Oregon City to ensure adequate protection of a nearby water feature (such as a stream or wetland). The Oregon City Municipal Code protects the water feature by enforcing a vegetated corridor consisting of native plantings along the bank of the stream to improve the water quality and function and discourage development within this corridor. All development, including the construction of buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, paving, filling, grading, or site clearing, and grubbing in amounts greater than ten cubic yards on any lot or excavation are required to be reviewed by the City for compliance with city development standards in Chapter 17.49 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. In addition, any other activity that results in the removal of more than 10% of the existing vegetation in the water quality resource area is also subject to review, though activities on impervious surfaces are exempt. For additional information please contact the Planning Division at 503-722-3789.
The purpose of the Geologic Hazard overlay zone is to protect development on or adjacent to hillsides of 25% slope or greater, landslides, mudflows, high groundwater tables, and soil slump and erosion. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, the city reviews all development in such areas to assure construction is completed to City standards.
A minor partition is defined as a single division of land into two or three lots within a calendar year, while a subdivision is defined as a single division of land into four or more lots within a calendar year.
Yes. A city-recognized neighborhood association requesting an appeal fee waiver pursuant to 17.50.290(C) must officially approve the request through a vote of its general membership or board at a duly announced meeting prior to the filing of an appeal.
All trees provide benefits, such as stormwater retention and erosion control, wildlife habitat, and reduced energy consumption. A street tree is a community-owned tree that grows on City property. Often, they are located adjacent to your home in a planter strip or median between the sidewalk and the street. When planter strips are not present, they may be planted near the street pavement or behind a sidewalk. Though the City does not encourage removal of public trees or street trees, sometimes it is necessary.
For more information, please visit our webpage dedicated to Trees in Oregon City.
Street trees are also important to Oregon City because the City is a confirmed member of Tree City USA through the National Arbor Day Foundation. Tree City USA status helps to raise awareness about trees and the importance of urban forestry to our quality of life. We will be celebrating Oregon Arbor Week the first week of April with an Arbor Day proclamation, tree planting events and an arbor day celebration!
Once approved by the City Commission, property owners with street tree planting strips 3 feet wide or less will see the most direct and immediate impacts:
Neighbors and sidewalk users - especially people with mobility challenges and disabilities - might also benefit. For sidewalks in areas with planting strips 3 feet wide or less, sidewalk users may experience fewer future mobility hazards caused by sidewalk buckling.
All Oregon City residents, users of Oregon City's public infrastructure, and local taxpayers may also benefit. Allowing property owners to remove and not replace street trees in planter strips 3 feet wide or less may help reduce the future risk of damage to public utilities and infrastructure located in those areas, making public utilities less costly to protect, maintain, and repair.
Using a tape measure, take the planting strip width measurement:
If the City Commission approves the Natural Resource Committee's recommended Street Tree Code update after you've applied for a street tree removal permit, you may have options to amend a street tree removal permit we've already issued.
Here are some links to other pages on the City website that you may find helpful.
If these resources don't answer your questions, you can email the Planning Division.
Yes. You can submit an A-Frame Sign in the Right-of-Way Permit Application in one of two ways:
No other applications are required.
Please consult our Planning Fee Schedule page for more information.
The permits may be approved within minutes!
A-Frame Signs in the Right-of-Way Permits are only valid for the calendar year in which they're issued. They expire every January 1st and must be renewed at that point.
No. Just bring a completed application form, a drawing showing the dimensions of the sign, and a site plan identifying the placement of the sign.
The requirements for A-frame signs in the right-of-way may be found in Chapter 15.28.100 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. You may also find the A-Frames Commercial Brochure helpful for understanding the A-Frame Sign in the Right of Way requirements.
Yes, the City created a map of existing sidewalk widths. It may not reflect changes made since 2014. You can also email Public Works if you have questions.
The City accepts payment by cash, check, and credit or debit cards.
The sign owner assumes liability for a sign within the right-of-way.
Yes. Please submit an Application for Cross-Street Banners and Banners on Street Light Poles. Both a yearly right-of-way permit for signage and a sign permit for each sign are required. Once a yearly right-of-way permit for signage is obtained, applicants may apply for as many sign permits as they would like. You may apply for both permits on the same application form.
There are four zones which may be reserved each month. The locations are:
Sure, simply include all banners in your application.
The sign permit for banners on street light poles is only valid for one month.
First visit Public Works Operations to reserve a display month and location, then pay for the permit at the Planning Division and finally drop off the banner at Public Works Operations.
The application fee varies depending on the time of year that the permit is obtained. Please check the Engineering Fee Schedule to confirm the current fees.
No, just the documentation identified on the application.
The requirements for banners on street light poles may be found in Chapter 15.28.100 of the Oregon City Municipal Code and within the Public Works Policy for Cross Street Banners and Banners on Street Light Poles.
The City accepts, cash, check, and credit or debit cards for up to $5000.
There are two locations: Across Molalla Avenue at Beverly Drive and on Highway 99 attached to the pedestrian bridge south of downtown.
The sign permit for cross-street banners is only valid for one month.
The requirements for cross-street banners may be found in Chapter 15.28.100 of the Oregon City Municipal Code and within the Public Works Policy for Cross Street Banners and Banners on Street Light Poles.
According to DLCD, excess parking increases housing and business costs. It makes creating new housing and business properties more expensive and difficult. As a result, minimum parking mandates bring hidden costs to those who use cars and often require those who don't use cars to pay those hidden costs for other people's parking, as well. Read more about Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) (PDF).
Households without cars tend to be the lowest-income households. In fact, about one in six renter households in Oregon is without a car. Past parking requirements have been one-size-fits-all, often creating parking lots that are under-used most of the day, week, month, or even year. These lots take up a great deal of space that might be better used for other things.
Because parking lots are designed for car movement, they are often difficult and dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists to move through to get to homes and businesses within walking, riding, or rolling distance. This can end up pressuring communities to be dependent on cars to get where they need to go when other transportation options (walking, biking, public transportation, etc.) might work for them instead. As a result, households with lower incomes often spend more than they can afford on the transportation costs that come with car ownership and car dependency.
Excess parking also leads to increased air, water, and climate pollution. It can detract from the general character of the community, as well. The new rules are designed to encourage more efficient uses of land and make new developments more accessible to people who can or must get around in more ways than just by car.
More changes are expected to come as additional CFEC rules are phased in. This page will be updated periodically to keep the public informed. Read more about DLCD's Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rules, and the timeline that cities are being given to implement them - CFEC Implementation Guide (PDF).
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) creates the framework for the inventory process in Oregon. These guidelines are regularly updated; therefore cities may have a collection of different inventory forms that include slightly different or, in some cases, more detailed information. These forms are cumulative in nature; a new form does not overtake an older form. Together, they paint a picture of the evolution of the building, and depending, upon the type of inventory form used, different information will be presented. If a structure is designated, the inventory form provides background about what features made it suitable for designation and can be updated as needed or required. An omission or incorrect detail in an inventory form does not bind the city to a certain outcome as a land use action might. Rather, they are informative and provide relevant context to future land use decisions.
The electronic version of the SHPO Survey Guidelines can be found on the Oregon SHPO Inventory Guidelines page.
If you believe that a form has incorrect information, please email Christina Robertson-Gardiner, Preservation Planner, or call 503.496.1564. Depending upon the information presented, the forms might be updated, or a note may be added to the website.
If you own the photo or have the authority to use it, Oregon City would love to add it to its ongoing collection of historic photos. We can even add it directly to the inventory page for the building. Photos from the Oregon Historical Society, Museum of the Oregon Territory, or organizations with propriety ownership will not be uploaded. Email Christina Robertson-Gardiner, Preservation Planner, or call 503-496-1564 for help in uploading or scanning your photo.
An inventory form can be created for any building. Oregon City currently has inventory forms for both historic and non-historic buildings. Historic designation is bestowed on a property that has applied for local designation through the Land Use process. Oregon City has over 500 properties locally designated! When properties are locally designated, the city has review authority for exterior alterations to the site. Interior alterations do not require a historic review.
Buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places are usually locally designated as well. National Register designations are separately processed through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service (NPS).
Ordinary maintenance and minor repairs involving identical materials and designs do not require an application. Painting previously painted surfaces is a common example of what does not need approval. However, repairs that will use different materials, that would change the existing character of the building, or which are extensive enough to require a building permit, must be approved before work begins. If there is any doubt, owners should consult with the Historic Preservation staff by phone or in person.
Alterations that are typically denied are:
The Historic Review Board is required to apply the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. The Board has also adopted local guidelines. In addition, the Secretary of the Interior has published Guidelines based on the standards, which may be helpful to an applicant considering how to make appropriate changes to a historic structure. The local policies and guidelines interpret the federal Standards on issues that arise frequently in Oregon City.
The economic burden of necessary renovations is considered in two ways:
If you plan major improvements to your historic home in the Canemah National Register District or if you are individually listed on the National Register, the State of Oregon offers a tax freeze program to help you do it right.
For substantial commercial, industrial, and rental housing rehabilitation projects, which comply with the Secretary of Interior's standards, federal tax credits of up to 20% are available. The application process is fairly complicated (you must be on the National Register or be a contributing building in a National Register Historic District), but the tax credits can make the difference in a successful project. The process involves review at the state level.
More information can be obtained from:
Oregon Parks and Recreation DepartmentState Historic Preservation Office725 Summer Street NE, Suite CSalem, OR 97301
If you believe that a form has incorrect information contact the Planning Division at 503-722-3789. Depending upon the information presented, the forms might be updated, or a note may be added to the website.
If you own the photo or have the authority to use it, Oregon City would love to add it to its on-going collection of historic photos. We can even add it directly to the inventory page for the building. Photos from the Oregon Historical Society, Museum of the Oregon Territory, or organizations with propriety ownership will not be uploaded. Contact the Planning Division at 503-722-3789 for help in uploading or scanning your photo.
If you are unsure as the whether your property is locally designated, contact the Planning Division at 503-722-3789 for confirmation.
If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Division at 503-722-3789.
While HB 2001 does prohibit the creation of new CC&Rs that conflict with HB 2001, it does not affect existing CC&Rs. To find out if a specific property has CC&Rs, contact the Homeowner's Association (if applicable) or a title company or conduct a search through Clackamas County Deeds and Records. If you own property, the title report that was produced when you purchased your property should disclose any CC&Rs. If you are buying property, realtors are required to disclose existing CC&Rs before you purchase. The City of Oregon City does not enforce CC&Rs or other such private agreements.
You're probably aware that the populations of our native bees, butterflies, and other insect pollinators have been declining for several decades. Perhaps you've noticed fewer butterflies and bees in your own backyard?
First, no insects mean no food. About three-fourths of all flowering plants are pollinated by insects, as well as the crops that produce more than one-third of the world's food supply. Second, insects are the bedrock of our entire ecosystem (birds, lizards, frogs, and other wildlife). Without insects, the birds, fish, and small mammals that depend on them decline; if they decline, the entire food web and local ecosystem are affected.
Animal pollinators are needed for the reproduction of 90% of flowering plants and one-third of human food crops. Each of us depends on these industrious pollinators in a practical way to provide us with the wide range of foods we eat. In addition, pollinators are part of the intricate web that supports the biological diversity in natural ecosystems that helps sustain our quality of life.
Even a single plant that supports pollinators can make a BIG difference. Let's help the bees and butterflies which, in turn, make our flowers bloom and our vegetables grow!
Discover ways to work with nature to make a pollinator garden, including plants that support pollinators.
There are a few! Some projects may not require Planning review if they are located outside of Historic or Natural Resource Overlay District (NROD) areas and are developed according to Oregon City Municipal Code. Here are the most common examples:
While this list is not exhaustive, these are the most common projects that require general Planning review or a Land Use Application (PDF):
You can find your property's zoning, overlay status, acreage, lot coverage, and other important information with the Property Reporter tool or OCWebMaps. You may find many of our other Property Tools useful, as well.
It depends on the project. Planning review takes the form of Type I, Type II (PDF), Type III (PDF), and Type IV (PDF) processes. Pre-Application Conferences are required before filing for most Type II applications and all Type III and Type IV applications. See our Processes and Timelines page and our Administration and Procedures Code (OCMC 17.50) for more details.
Many projects require review from any combination of Oregon City Departments:
In order to expedite the review of plans and permits, a majority of our applications will only be accepted electronically through our online portal.
We still accept in-person, over-the-counter submissions of the following applications:
The cost of review for your project depends on its complexity and the processes involved. Please consult our Planning Fee Schedule for a list of the latest review fees by project type.
Please email the Planning Division or call 503-722-3789 to see if there are any restrictions for your project or if a permit is required.
Our customer service counter is located at 695 Warner Parrott Road, and is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm; and Fridays by appointment only.
Marijuana is classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule I drug, which means it is unlawful under federal law to grow, distribute, possess or use marijuana for any purpose. Individuals who engage in such conduct could be subject to federal prosecution.
However, the courts thus far have upheld a state's authority to decriminalize marijuana for state law purposes. Oregon did so for medical marijuana in 1998 and for recreational marijuana in 2014. What that means is someone who grows, distributes, possesses or uses marijuana within the limits of those state acts is immune from state prosecution, but might still be subject to federal prosecution if federal authorities desired to do so.
See a great guide to what is currently legal in Oregon.
Two recent reports published by the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Washington State Northwest High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area are now available.
Key findings of the Colorado Report include:
See the Colorado state report (PDF) and the Washington State report (PDF).
See information about the OLCC's regulations regarding marijuana.
As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians are allowed to grow up to four plants on their property, possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana in their homes and up to one ounce on their person. Recreational marijuana cannot be sold or smoked in public. For more information go to What's Legal in Oregon.
Marijuana retailers may not be located within 1,000 feet of a school. All licensed businesses must be located in an area that is appropriately zoned. Also, local jurisdictions have authority to adopt reasonable regulations regarding the location of marijuana businesses, including regulations requiring that the businesses be located no more than 1000 feet from one another.
As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians can home-grow up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence.
The OLCC has published temporary rules for Recreational Marijuana licensees (PDF).
No. A city's home rule authority is subject to the criminal laws of the state of Oregon. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) and Measure 91 provide immunity from criminal prosecution for individuals who are acting within the parameters of those laws. Consequently, a council cannot remove the immunity provided by state law.
The immunity provided by state law does not extend to all crimes committed while engaging in marijuana-related activities. For example, the immunity provided by state law does not apply to the crime of driving under the influence. Likewise a city should be able to impose criminal penalties against a person engaging in a marijuana-related activity that violates another law, such as a business license ordinance, zoning or anti-smoking regulations. However, before doing so, the city should confirm that the state law immunities do not apply.
Under HB 3400, cities may impose up to a 3 percent tax on sales of marijuana items made by those with recreational retail licenses by referring an ordinance to the voters at a statewide general election, meaning an election in November of an even-numbered year. See more information about taxes.
Oregon City voters will make the decision whether or not to allow marijuana related businesses within the City limits. Should Oregon City voters in favor of these types of businesses, the City need to have time place and manner regulations in place so as to provide a legal process for permitting and regulating these types of business.
If you live outside the City limits, please check with Clackamas County regarding marijuana regulations or call County Planning staff at 503-742-4500.
Measure 91 recognizes that cities can adopt “reasonable time, place and manner regulations” of the “nuisance aspects” of facilities that sell marijuana to consumers. In enacting those regulations, the law requires cities to make specific findings that the regulated businesses would create adverse effects. The measure notes that authority is in addition to, and not in place of, other authority granted to cities under their charters, relevant statutes, and the Oregon Constitution.
Yes. Medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana retail stores, and medical and recreational marijuana processors that process marijuana extracts cannot locate in a residential zone.
In addition, medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational marijuana retail stores are subject to the following restrictions:
Finally, before issuing any recreational marijuana license, the OLCC must request a statement from the city that the requested license is for a location where the proposed use of the land is a permitted or conditional use. If the proposed use is prohibited in the zone, the OLCC may not issue a license. A city has 21 days to act on the OLCC's request, but when that 21 days starts to run varies:
HB 3400 expressly provides that cities may impose reasonable regulations on the following:
The law also provides that time, place and manner regulations imposed on recreational licensees must be consistent with city and county comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and public health and safety laws, which would be true of any ordinance imposed by a city.
Most of these issues are already regulated under City Code. For example, new commercial, office and manufacturing buildings have to comply with the zoning code and various design standards. Signs are regulated under the City's sign code.
All trees provide benefits, such as stormwater retention and erosion control, wildlife habitat, and reduced energy consumption. A public / street tree is a community-owned tree that grows on City property. Often, they are located adjacent to your home in a planter strip or median between the sidewalk and the street. When planter strips are not present, they may be planted near the street pavement or behind a sidewalk. Though the City does not encourage removal of public / street trees, sometimes it is necessary.
Planting a public / street tree can provide an abundance of benefits, not just environmental! For example, a recent study by the City of Portland found that a tree with a canopy cover of 312 square feet (the average for the study) adds $7,593 in value to the house it fronts. Trees also positively influence the values of houses within 100 feet. On average, there are 7.6 houses within 100 feet of a street tree. A tree with 312 square feet of canopy cover adds, on average, $9,241 to the value of neighboring houses.
Tree removal is a last resort!
There are, however, circumstances when it is warranted. Removal may be indicated when a tree is:
A Certified Arborist can help decide whether a public / street tree should be removed, and how to best accomplish the removal in a manner that is safe to people, property, and the community. Certified Arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees.
A Certified Arborist Report is only needed under certain circumstances, however. You do not need one if your sidewalk is buckled due to tree root growth, creating a sidewalk mobility hazard, or if the tree is obviously dead or has already fallen over. We request that you include photos of circumstances like these with your tree removal and replacement application.
A Certified Arborist Report is most often necessary when determining if trees that are not obviously dead or fallen are indeed dead, dying, diseased, and/or hazardous and thus subject to removal and 1-for-1 replacement.
Our webpage about Certified Arborists contains several helpful resources. It is strongly recommended when seeking a Certified Arborist that you hire a reputable company with current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification. All contractors working in Oregon City must also have a valid business license.
Site Plan, Right-of-Way Permit application, Tree Removal Permit (if involved in project), Permit Fee
Copy of Sidewalk Permit, copy of Tree Removal Permit (if involved in project), W-9 Form, Sidewalk Grant Application, evidence of at least Two Bids obtained, Receipts for completed work
Sidewalk removal and replacement, tree removal
New tree installation or fee in lieu, sidewalk not affected by a tree, grinding of a sidewalk, permit fee
"Lookbacks" are allowed. You will still need copies of permits, receipts, etc. The only item not required in lookbacks is receiving 2 quotes for the work.
1/4-inch lift or more
1/4-inch to 1/2-inch lift; or 1/2-inch to 1.5-inch lift (when approved by City)
Must not have been ground previously; At least half of the original sidewalk thickness must remain
No. You never have to remove a tree. You may choose to keep it knowing it may cause a future problem, although it may never cause another problem. However, if a tree is removed, a tree removal permit is required. But if a tree is not removed, only the Sidewalk Permit (Right-of-Way Permit) is required.
You can have your contractor prune the roots. Roots may or may not grow back. The probability of survival reduces the more of a tree’s roots are removed. An arborist is the best source to advise you.
City staff will meet you onsite to discuss your options and eligibility. Each situation is quite often unique and different!
Zoning districts are established to promote efficient and compatible land uses around the City. The districts distinguish between permitted uses, conditional uses, limited uses, and prohibited uses within each district, and dimensional standards, such as minimum lot size setbacks and height limitations. Additional regulations, known as Overlay Districts, provide additional standards if the proposed development site is historically designated, near a natural resource, slope or floodplain.
The purpose of Oregon City's zoning ordinance under Oregon City Municipal Code Chapter 17.02.020 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."
Oregon City has several different zoning designations, with many different use categories. The links below will take you to the city's on-line municipal code website. Click below to learn more about each zone's purpose, permitted uses, dimensional standards (e.g. setbacks, height limits, etc.), and other details.
Each property is assigned a zoning designation which describes the use and development permitted onsite. The designation will commonly describe permitted uses, conditional uses (needing approval by the Planning Commission) and prohibited uses. In addition, the zone includes dimensional standards which specify building height, setbacks, etc. The purpose of zoning is to separate land uses to protect public health, welfare and safety:
A zone change is required to meet the standards in Chapter 17.68 of the Oregon City Municipal Code. In order to assure this compliance, the application is reviewed by and subject to comment by City staff, the public, any interested party, the Planning Commission and the City Commission. Notice of the application includes a sign posted on the subject site, and notices posted online and mailed to all affected agencies and property owners within 300 feet to inform the public of the application and invite comments. Once the public comment period is over, a report including an analysis of how the proposal does or does not meet the criteria as well as a recommendation is completed by staff. A Planning Commission public hearing will then be held where any interested party can testify regarding the application. After reading the report and listening to testimony, the Planning Commission will deliberate and make a decision. If a majority of the Planning Commission denies the application, the zone change is denied. If a majority of the Planning Commission approves the zone change, a City Commission hearing would result. The City Commission (5 elected officials) listen to both written and oral testimony until the record is closed and they make the final City decision.
Homelessness is a very complex problem and Oregon City is one of many cities in the country struggling to find successful ways of addressing the problem. Many of the homeless people on the streets struggle with issues related to addiction, mental illness, and histories of trauma. Oregon City has dedicated staff that works every day to solve problems for the homeless and for the people and business owners with concerns in the community. The Oregon City Police Department has an outreach officer who is dedicated to the homeless problem. The police department also has a Behavioral Health Specialist embedded within the department to ensure people in crisis and/or suffering from behavioral health issues get the best care. In addition, the City expends resources through the general fund and grants for neighborhood cleanup and beautification. Click here to review the City's Homelessness Strategy.
The City appreciates public reporting. Please call Oregon City Code Enforcement at 503-905-3665 or Oregon City Police Department Non-Emergency at 503-655-8211.
By providing an accurate location and description of the camp you will assist the responding officers in locating and contacting the occupants of the camp. Once the camp is located and the occupants have been contacted, what is actually done about the camp is dependent on many factors. The responding officers will work closely with the many resources available to determine the best course of action to take regarding the removal of the camp.
You can take a proactive stance on keeping trespassers off your property by posting signs and maintaining your property perimeter. If an illegal encampment appears on your property, you have the right to ask the individuals to leave or contact the Oregon City Police non-emergency number for assistance 503-655-8211.
It is not illegal to be homeless and the City cannot force someone to move due to constitutional protections and court rulings. However, OCPD does have the authority to issue citations or arrest people who are engaged in criminal behavior. For example, possession of an open container of alcohol or drinking in public, (OCMC 9.12.010), public urination or defecation, (OCMC 9.12.030), Trespass II, (ORS 164.245), and Disorderly Conduct, (ORS 166.025), are considered prohibited or illegal. If you observe these or other illegal behaviors, please call the Police non-emergency line at 503-655-8211 which is available 24/7. When you see criminal activity, please call 911.
Clackamas County performs a Point in Time Count of people who are unsheltered every other year, as directed by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Unsheltered is defined as sleeping outdoors, in camps, on the street, in vehicles, or in abandoned buildings or sheds. The most recent count was done in January 2019, which revealed an increase of 9% from 2017 for those experiencing homelessness. Oregon City had the highest number of homeless at 306 and Clackamas had the second highest number of homeless with 138; less than half of the number of those living in Oregon City. To learn more about the Point in Time Count visit the Clackamas County Homelessness page.
Father's Heart Ministry in Oregon City provides daily services and meals and accepts gently used and laundered clothing donations, sleeping bags, blankets, and certain food items. Visit the Immediate Needs list to learn about current needs, or the Volunteer page to learn about volunteer opportunities.
In an effort to minimize losses in cart inventory due to stolen property and to prevent assessed fines through City ordinances, the Northwest Grocery Association has teamed with NW Cart Retrieval Service. They have taken a proactive approach and developed a solution to the growing problem of abandoned shopping carts. Visit the North West Carts website to report abandoned carts in your area.
This service is not available at OCPD. Please call the Clackamas County Public Safety Training Center at 503-794-8072 to schedule an appointment for this service. More information is available on the Clackamas - Fingerprinting page.
More information about this program can be found on the Citizen Ride-Along Program page.
Traffic citations are processed through the City of Oregon City Municipal Court which is located inside the Police facility at 1234 Linn Avenue. For questions about traffic citations or the court process, review the Municipal Court page or call 503-905-3675.
Residents have the option to report the activity by submitting the information on the Traffic Complaint Submission Form page. The information is routed to the Traffic Safety Division of the Oregon City Police Department.
City Ordinances cover various topics such as Noise, Abandoned Vehicles, Nuisances, and Business Licenses. See the Municipal Code on the City's Website for this information.
Call the non-emergency dispatch number at 503-655-8211 to contact a police officer 24/7. You can also call the Oregon City Code Enforcement Division during business office hours at 503-905-3665.
The Police Records Unit page provides a form, fees, and information to assist in obtaining a police report. You can also call 503-905-3501, option 2 with questions.
Contact the Clackamas County Communications Center (C-COM) at 503-655-8370 or visit the Clackamas - 911 page to complete the request online.
This information is maintained and available through the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Unit.
See the Police Records Unit page for complete information or call 503-905-3501, option 2.
If the incident occurred in Oregon City you have several options. The most convenient method is to call our non-emergency number, 503-655-8211 to reach a call taker at the Clackamas County Communications Center (C-COM). They will take your initial information, such as where the crime occurred, who was involved, name, address, and telephone number, and dispatch an officer to your business, home, or other location.
You can also file a report by visiting the front lobby of the Oregon City Police Department at 1234 Linn Avenue. The lobby is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. For visits after hours and on weekends: use the yellow phone at the front of the building to reach dispatch for assistance.
If you wish to leave a message for a specific Oregon City Police Department officer, call the business office at 503-905-3501, option 2. The Records Unit staff will transfer you to the officer's voicemail or the appropriate individual to handle your call.
See the Property and Evidence Unit page for information, or call 503-905-3501, option 3 to speak with the Property and Evidence Technician.
For information on state laws for motor vehicles, call 503-299-9999 or visit the Oregon DMV website.
For information on child weight and height requirements, and to properly install child safety seats, visit the Child Safety Resource Center website.
For information on current road conditions, studded tires, and chain requirements call 5-1-1 or visit the TripCheck website.
No, you must call Clackamas County Victim's Assistance at 503-655-8616 or Clackamas Women's Services at 888-654-2288.
The general public can register with VINE - Victim Information and Notification Everyday, to receive custody status updates on offenders and court case changes.
You will need to call the Clackamas County Jail at 503-722-6777 or visit the Clackamas County Jail Inmate Roster page to query by name.
A number of factors determine premiums for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance coverage. Major factors include the amount of coverage purchased; the deductible and the location, age, occupancy, and type of building. For newer buildings in floodplains, the elevation of the lowest flood relative to the elevation of the 1% annual-chance flood can also be used to rate the policy.
If you have federal or federally related financing for the property in question and you do not already have flood insurance, your lender may contact you once the new map takes effect and require that you purchase the insurance. If you do not purchase flood insurance within 45 days after being informed that flood insurance is required, the lender can force place the insurance and charge you for the cost of it.
If you dispute the lender's determination that your property is located in a floodplain, you and your lender can jointly request a Letter of Determination Review from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within 45 days of being informed by your lender that your property is located in a floodplain.
If you have insurance before the new maps took effect, the basis for rating that policy remains unchanged (i.e., you can use the rate that was charged to you when your property was located outside the floodplain).
If you have federal or federally related financing for the property in question, you no longer have a federal requirement to purchase flood insurance; however, lenders retain the prerogative to require flood insurance, even for property that is not in a floodplain. If you wish to continue coverage, you may be eligible for preferred risk rates based on your property being outside the floodplain.
You should have your policy re-rated using the new map, which should lower your premium. Even if you are not required to purchase flood insurance, FEMA encourages homeowners to continue coverage at the preferred risk rates, because you may be flooded by an even greater than the 1 % annual-chance event.
If you can show that your house was built in compliance with local floodplain management regulations and map in effect at the time of construction, the basis of rating your policy does not change and your premium will be the same. If you cannot show that your house was built in the compliance at the time of construction, your policy will be re-rated using the new map, which may raise your premium. However if you can show that your home has been continuously insured since before the map change, your premium will not be affected.
If you do not have federal or federally related financing, you are not required by federal regulations to have flood insurance, although it is available to you.
You should contact your insurance agent to ensure that the policy is re-rated when the new map officially takes effect. The lower flood elevation may result in a lower premium.
Any house that can be shown to have been built in compliance with local floodplain management regulations and the map that was effective at the time of construction will continue to be considered complaint, even if the new map shows an increase in flood elevation or a chance to a more restrictive zone designation. However, should your house be substantially damaged (damage is 50% or more of the pre-damage market value) and you wish to repair it, you will be required to bring the entire structure to compliance with the zone designation and flood elevations shown on the map that is in effect at the time the repairs take place.
If the house is less than substantially damaged, you do not need to refer to the map when repairing damages. Please note, however, that there may be more stringent state or local requirements that take precedence over those stated here. Regardless of whether your house is substantially damaged, you will likely need a building permit to make repairs and therefore, will need to contact your local building official.
If the value of the addition or improvement to the residential structure is less than 50% of the market value of the existing structure, you need only make sure that the improvement meets or exceeds the standards that were used in constructing the existing structure (assuming the existing structure was built in compliance at the time it was constructed). Additions or other improvements valued at 50% or more of the market value of the existing structure are considered substantial improvements. In such cases, the entire structure must be brought into compliance with the elevations on the map in effect at the time the improvement begins.
Under certain circumstances, only the addition needs to be elevated to the flood elevations shown on that map. Please note, however, that there may be more stringent state or local requirements that take precedence over those stated here. Regardless of whether your building is substantially improved, you will likely need a building permit to make the improvement and need to contact your local building official.
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The City of Oregon City uses the combination of the 1996 floodplain inundation line and FEMA's 100-year floodplain as the basis for determining flood hazard. This document is meant a resource for determining if your property will change floodplain designation with the new FEMA maps effective June 17, 2008.
Liquid de-icer is applied to the roadway in order to lower the freezing temperature of water and to prevent ice and snow from forming a bond to the roadway surface. The type of de-icer Oregon City is using is called Magnesium Chloride. This product is currently in use by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Clackamas County, and the Cities of West Linn, Happy Valley, and Canby as well as many other jurisdictions in Oregon and Washington. ODOT has been safely using this product for over 10 years.
This product contains 70% water, magnesium chloride, and a corrosion inhibitor to reduce impacts to vehicles. This product can cause corrosion if equipment is exposed for an extended period; however, it is highly water-soluble and a quick rinse will dilute and clean vehicles easily. This product works well at cold temperatures, is inexpensive and is safer on the environment than traditional methods.
Winter de-icer can be used in several ways including:
Areas targeted for de-icer will focus first on arterial streets (Molalla Avenue, Meyers Road, South End Road, etc.), then collector streets (Main Street, Partlow Road, Clairmont Way, etc.), then steeper residential streets. Snow and ice response seldom target residential streets unless the event lasts over an extended period of time (1 week).
One advantage of de-icer is that liquid de-icer can be applied to the roadway a few hours before a severe weather event occurs, which prevents ice crystals from bonding to the pavement. As pavement is kept from freezing, crews can keep key streets ready for traffic rather than responding after Oregon City's road conditions have become dangerous for motorists.
De-icer may also be applied in conjunction with sand under some conditions. The application of de-icer on snow or ice with significant accumulation helps keep the snow loose and "plowable" so it can be removed more easily. The City will use a variety of treatments and techniques to control snow and ice at different times and places throughout Oregon City. A great advantage is that liquid de-icer will help to improve conditions over sanding alone.
Another advantage is that many other jurisdictions that use winter de-icer have had reductions in wintertime vehicle crashes. Additionally, the de-icing product can be less expensive than sanding and is expected to reduce the amount of time spent plowing, sanding, and cleaning up sand after storm events.
Typically our crews respond when we are reasonably sure that freezing conditions or snow accumulation is likely. Depending upon the forecast and other reports, our crews may apply de-icer in a pre-emptive manner to lessen the impact on drivers, or respond as needed as the cold weather event unfolds. Typically we begin to plow snow as it accumulates to 1 inch or above.
The City has insufficient resources to enable the removal of driveway berms that are created when crews clear the street. Our main objective is to make the majority of our streets passable and safe for motorists.
In some rare cases when our de-icer may not be as effective as we would like. If this happens, our crews apply sand on steep hills, corners and intersections as an additional measure to improve traction. However, due to the environmental concerns and the fact that sand typically is blown off or worn off these areas easily, we typically keep sand application at a minimum.
If needed, Oregon City Public Works will also plow snow and in some cases, close steeper streets when there are safety concerns. Remember, even the best preventive measures don't eliminate risk. It is always up to motorists to drive at speeds appropriate for the road and weather conditions.
Yes. Clackamas County originally adopted their NHMP in 2002 and updated it in 2007. Oregon City was incorporated into the plan through an addendum in 2009. Since that time, Clackamas County adopted a new Clackamas County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan in 2012 and 2019. The latest Oregon City Addendum to the NHMP was approved by FEMA on September 25, 2019.
A natural hazards mitigation plan provides a community with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. The process of developing a mitigation plan can also forge new partnerships among community organizations, businesses, and local citizens. These partnerships can lead to the development and implementation of risk reduction strategies that assist the community in reducing losses from any future natural disaster events.
Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including:
In 2000, Congress approved the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K). DMA2K set forth requirements for communities to develop and adopt local natural hazard mitigation plans to become eligible for mitigation grant funding, including FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program.
Clackamas County adopted their Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan in 2002, updated it in 2007 and 2012, and then adopted a new plan in 2019. Each city under their jurisdiction were encouraged to prepare an addendum to the County's Plan. To assist in this process, Clackamas County partnered with the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) at the University of Oregon to hire a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments Participant (RARE Participant). The RARE Participant was hired using funds made available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and worked with each participating city in developing an addendum to Clackamas County's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. City of Oregon City staff and other volunteers worked with the RARE Participant to develop the addendum to the County's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, which is now referred to as the Clackamas County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The content of these frequently asked questions was prepared in 2008 when the fee was implemented. Although some of the details are dated (i.e., rates, miles, etc.), the general contents are still applicable.
A Pavement Maintenance Fee (sometimes known as a Transportation Utility Fee, Street Maintenance Fee, Road User Fee, or Street Utility Fee) is a monthly fee collected from residences and businesses based on their use of the transportation system within the city limits of Oregon City. The fee is based on the number of trips a particular land use generates and is collected through the City's regular utility bill. It is designated for use in the maintenance and repair of the City's transportation system. Users of the road system share the costs of the corrective and preventive maintenance needed to keep the street system operating at an adequate level.
The fee is a charge for usage, like your monthly sewer charge. It provides a stable source of revenue to pay for street maintenance allowing for safe and efficient movement of people, goods, and services. The street system is a public investment that deserves protection and cost-effective regular maintenance.
In the past, the primary funding source for maintaining the City's street system was the State Gas Tax. The shared revenues received from the State Highway Fund are budgeted by the City through the Street Fund. The Street Fund is used for operations and maintenance within the public right-of-way, including:
The gas tax per gallon has not been increased since 1993 and an increase does not appear likely in the foreseeable future. Fuel efficiency in motor vehicles has led to less fuel consumption for the same miles driven (which is a good thing). Even though fuel costs have increased, gas tax receipts have not because we are taxed per gallon of gas (not per dollar). The amount available from gas tax revenues for pavement overlay and reconstruction continues to decrease while the wear and tear on our roads does not. It is important to note that over the last 9 years, since 1999, our road miles have increased about from 99 miles to 125 miles (about 26%), and our population has increased from 23,415 to 30,060 (about 28%). The shrinking dollars and a larger city have resulted in a growing backlog of paving needs. The City can no longer rely solely on the State Highway Fund for enough funding to maintain city streets. The City must come up with its own revenue source to meet our local needs. The gas tax must be supplemented to complete pavement overlays, pavement treatments, and reconstruction work that are necessary to keep our street system functioning satisfactorily.
In 2007, the Transportation Funding Study Citizens Committee recommended the implementation of a Pavement Maintenance Utility Fee as the preferred alternative for a supplemental funding source to help manage the City's street infrastructure investment.
Of Oregon City's 125 miles of streets, 12% are arterials (such as South End Road or Molalla Avenue), about 13% are collector streets (such as Clairmont Road or Glen Oak Road), and 75% are local or neighborhood streets. The reconstruction value is currently valued at $115 million.
Through timely maintenance of streets, cities are better able to provide safe roads on which people may travel. Studies have shown that pavement condition worsens at an increasing rate as the pavement gets older. Restoration of pavement near the end of its service life will typically cost 4 to 5 times more than preventive maintenance performed in a timely manner.
Because City residents and business owners are paying the fee, revenue will only be invested in streets under the City's jurisdiction. The dollars are used for rehabilitation and maintenance of City streets. This includes slurry seals, pavement overlays, reconstruction, and roadside work (rockfall protection, guardrail, etc.).
Revenues are not used to construct new infrastructure to expand the transportation system or enhancements not directly related to improving or maintaining the condition of existing City streets.
Customers are assigned one of two main categories, residential and non-residential. Residential customers are charged for maintaining local streets. Non-residential customers are charged for maintaining arterials. Maintenance of collector streets is equally shared.
In addition, the fee is based on how many trips are considered the average for the property using data developed by the Institute of Traffic Engineers.
Single-family residential properties can expect to pay $4.50 per month the first year (2008/2009). The fee increases by $1.50 per month for each of the next 3 years with a $2.22 per month increase the 5th year ($0.22 is due to a 2% annual inflation increase allowed in accordance with Oregon City Municipal Code 13.30.050).
Multi-family residential units can expect to pay about 70% of the single-family fee. Non-residential bills depend upon the type and size of the development. 5 business groups were established based on similar trip rates per square feet of gross floor area (GFA). In the first year, business charges range from $0.154 to $7.70 per square feet of GFA, depending on the type of use and trip generation. This range would gradually increase to $0.384 to $19.20 per square foot of GFA over the following 4 years.
Unit rates shall be adjusted annually to account for inflation in an amount of no more than 3%.
The ITE "Trip Generation" report provides guidelines for traffic engineers and planners to understand how proposed land uses might add traffic to a local street system. The report presents results of surveys taken at existing land developments, and categorizes the results by type, time of day, how it compares to the size of the use. Single-family residential developments are among the most surveyed category of uses in the entire volume. Over 400 studies have been conducted at neighborhoods around the country.
On average, 1 new housing unit will generate about 9 to 10 one-way vehicle trips each weekday. Some houses have less, other have more; but for a larger neighborhood with a range of family sizes, income levels, number of licensed drivers and registered cars, the average is a good indicator of overall trip intensity. What does 10 one-way vehicle trips look like? For an average family, it could include some combination of the following:
This fee, like that of other cities with similar road fees, allows businesses to request a re-examination of their fee. Residential fees must be accepted as the ITE average because while they may be lower on some days, they may be higher on other days.
The residential customers who can show they meet Oregon's low-income guidelines would be eligible for a reduced fee.
The City Commission will re-evaluate the PMUF program if other agencies adopt fees that can be used for maintaining the City's street system.
Many other cities are experiencing exactly what Oregon City faces: inadequate funding for transportation system maintenance. The old funding tools, state shared revenues from the Highway Fund (primarily the State gas tax) have not increased. Needs in most communities in Oregon have grown while funding has fallen behind. The following cities all have a Transportation Utility Maintenance Fee:
Other cities actively pursuing a fee include Hillsboro, Eugene, and Silverton. Clatskanie and Dufur have street utility fees that are included in their fee schedule.
Josh WheelerAssistant City EngineerCity of Oregon City13895 Fir StreetOregon City, OR 97045Phone: 971-204-4634Email Josh Wheeler
The rights-of-way are owned by the City. The responsibility to fund improvements and service for our rights-of-way ultimately rests with the taxpayers. In order to ensure a fair distribution of these costs, the City charges utility customers and others that use the right-of-way rather than passing the costs directly to taxpayers. For example, in September, 2014, Oregon City staff responded to a leak at Clackamas County's Tri-City Wastewater Treatment Plant (OregonLive article). The fee paid by the County helped to cover the City's cost for response.
Utilities are charged a user fee (like a rent) when they use City-owned lands in Oregon City. These fees help the City repair and maintain your public rights-of-way and other spaces. Utilities can pass these costs along to ratepayers. Under this policy, the fee is collected from all users of the rights-of-way, including service districts and utilities. This means that the burden is shared by all users and not just Oregon City taxpayers.
Yes. Most cities in Oregon have some kind of right-of-way management policy and charge fees for its use. The League of Oregon Cities has provided model right-of-way ordinances for cities to use and the Oregon City ordinance is based on that model. Many other local governments in the area such as West Linn, Gladstone, and Clackamas County charge right-of-way fees to users.
The amount varies based on the kind of utility and how much facilities they use in the right-of-way.
The City charges any user whether they are private (such as Portland General Electric) or public (such as the Tri-City Wastewater Treatment Plant and even the City's own utilities).
Oregon City pays for costs associated with the management, upkeep, and repair of our rights-of-way and public lands. Without a policy to regulate rights-of-way users, utility companies were using the rights-of-way for free, forcing the City to choose between forgoing certain maintenance or pass the costs along to all taxpayers.
This policy spreads costs to utility companies who use the public rights-of-way rather than just all taxpayers. Your utility bill will reflect your utility use. Additions for this policy should be minimal, about the cost of a cup of coffee each month.
Under Oregon City law, this is a "fee." Portland General Electric (PGE) and NW Natural have chosen to label it a "privilege tax" for their purposes. Contact PGE and NW Natural to learn more about their billing language.
The right-of-way user fees are managed through the City's general fund. The Oregon City Commission decides how and where the money is spent.
The Tri-City Service District (TCSD) - which manages sewer treatment services for Oregon City, Gladstone, and West Linn - is contesting the City's ability to charge fees to the District because they feel it is a tax. TCSD is run by Clackamas County, a tax-exempt government entity. The outcome of the case will not affect this policy with regard to private utilities.
You may contact the Right-of-Way Program at 503-974-5521 or by email.
Stormwater rates are based on your Equivalent Residential Units (ERU). Each residential unit, (apartment, duplex, townhouse) is considered 1 ERU. Non-Residential property rates are charged based on the following calculation:
ERU = Lot Area÷2500 × Development Intensity Factor (DIF)
DIF is based on the type of use and is specified in the Oregon City Municipal Code 13.16.
Rate increases will address both capital project needs as well as deferred maintenance. Proposed projects with the rate increase include:
Please call 503-657-8151 and select option 2. It is most helpful to have your Customer Number available when calling. This is found in the upper right corner of your Utility Statement.
The City bills for actual services provided on the last business day of the month. This means if your Utility Service started on May 1, your first statement will not be mailed until the end of June. Note that the service period would be from May 1st to May 31st.
Utility Statements are usually received in the first week of each month.
Utility Statements are due to the 20th of each month or by the next business day if the 20th falls on a weekend.
Visit the “Start My Utility Service” page or by contacting Customer Service by calling 503-657-8151.
Contact Customer Service by calling 503-657-8151, or use the link on our webpage entitled
"Stop My Utility Service".
The City uses a final meter reading to calculate the final billing. Most final statements could exceed a billing period since a customer could have a statement that is unbilled and then cancels service after the cycle ends. When moving the unbilled and the final read statements could be billed together. Please pay attention to the billing dates to avoid duplicate payments; contact Customer Service with any questions.
View the Reduced Rate Application page.
Yes, applicants must meet the Oregon Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) eligibility requirements and complete the application process, including submitting all required documentation. Applications are available on this website or by contacting Customer Service; call 503-657-8151 for more information.
Reminder: All applications must have supporting documentation from all sources of income listed on the application when submitted. Please note, the Public Safety Facility charge is NOT COVERED by the amount reduced by this program and will be charged at the full rate of $6.50.
Acceptable Payment Methods:
Online Bill Pay or in person using credit or debit card (accepted card types: Visa, MasterCard, Discover). New Users to online payment must register for account access. Please make note of your log-in information for future access.
Check by mail or in person (the City is unable to take checks by phone) Note: If mailing your payment, send payment to P.O. Box 3040 Oregon City, OR 97045
Credit Card Auto-Pay (can sign up online, in person, or over the phone)
Additionally, you may obtain balance and payment information or pay your Utility bill over the phone by calling 503-657-8151 and selecting Option 1.
Please email Utility Billing. (Please do not send personal information such as driver's license or social security number)