Site Plan and Design Review Resources

What is Site Plan and Design Review?

Site Plan and Design Review is the process of reviewing exterior alterations for commercial, industrial, mixed-use, institutional and multi-family development for compliance with our community adopted standards in the Oregon City Municipal Code.

What is the Difference Between a Major and a Minor Site Plan and Design Review?

The scale of the proposal.  Minor Site Plan and Design Reviews are for smaller projects that require only a minimal amount of review, typical of minor modifications and/or changes to existing uses or buildings.  New buildings or large additions are processed as a Major Site Plan and Design Review.

What is the Difference Between a Type I and Type II Minor Site Plan and Design Review?

Type I applications involve no discretion, and are generally smaller in scale.  Information about this process may be found here.

How Do I Find Out More About My Property?

The City's website has a variety or resources available including Property Reports and an online mapping system.  You may also call the Planning Division at 503.722.3789.

Oregon City Municipal Code Criteria:
In addition to the zoning designation and any special requests, such as Variances, the following chapters of the Oregon City Municipal Code (OCMC) are applicable to Site Plan and Design Review: 

OCMC 12.04 - Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places 
OCMC 12.08 - Public and Street Trees 
OCMC 13.12 – Stormwater Management
OCMC 15.48 – Grading, Filling, and Excavating
OCMC 17.50 – Administrative Processes
OCMC 17.41- Tree Protection Standards  
OCMC 17.52 – Off-Street Parking and Loading
OCMC 17.62 – Site Plan and Design Review

The 2017 Planning applications and fees include:

  • Site Plan and Design Review: See Fee Sheet      
  • Pre-Application Conference: $551 for a Minor Site Plan and $1,068 for a Major Site Plan        
  • Mailing Labels: $16 – or provided by applicant
  • Transportation Analysis: Cost depends on location, size and traffic impact of proposal 

Note that additional fees are required from other departments, agencies and consultants.

Review Process:
Site Plan and Design Review applications are typically processed as a Type I (Over the counter) or Type II Land Use application. Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed for completeness purposes within 30 days.  Upon a complete application submittal, the applicant is entitled to a decision from the city for a decision of approval, approval with conditions or denial within 120 days of deeming the application complete, by state law. Type II decisions are rendered by the Community Development Director, with appeal on the record to the City Commission, and then onto LUBA.