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Model Code/User's Guide for Small Cities
Updated Version Available
The Model Code for Small Cities, 3rd Edition, updated in 2012, is now available. The model code on this page is the 2nd edition.
 
User's Guide
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Introduction
  • Planning in Oregon’s Small Cities
  • Oregon’s Model Development Code for Small Cities

The Second Edition

How to Use the Model Code

Before Getting Started

Appendix

  1. References
  2. Urban Land Use Statutes and Administrative Rules
  3. Transportation Planning Rule Code Revisions Checklist
 
Article 1.0 - Introduction
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Chapter 1.1 — How to Use the Development Code
Chapter 1.2 — General Administration
Sections:
1.2.100     Severability
1.2.200     Compliance and Scope
1.2.300     Consistency with Plan and Laws
1.2.400     Use of a Development
1.2.500     Pre-Existing Approvals
1.2.600     Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy
1.2.700     Official Action
 
Chapter 1.3 — Definitions
Sections:
 1.3.100    Purpose
 1.3.200    Applicability
 1.3.300    Definitions
 
Chapter 1.4 — Use Categories
Sections:
Introduction to the Use Categories
1.4.100   Purpose
1.4.200   Category Titles
1.4.300   Classification of Uses
 
Residential Use Categories
1.4.100   Group Living
1.4.110   Household Living
 
Commercial Use Categories
1.4.200   Commercial Outdoor Recreation
1.4.210   Commercial Parking
1.4.220   Quick Vehicle Servicing
1.4.230   Major Event Entertainment
1.4.235   Educational Services, Commercial
1.4.240   Office
1.4.250   Retail Sales and Service
1.4.260   Self-Service Storage
1.4.270   Vehicle Repair
 
 
Industrial Use Categories
1.4.300   Industrial Service
1.4.310   Manufacturing and Production
1.4.320   Warehouse, Freight Movement, and Distribution
1.4.330   Waste-Related
1.4.340   Wholesale Sales 
 
Institutional Use Categories
1.4.400   Basic Utilities
1.4.410   Colleges
1.4.420   Community Service
1.4.430   Daycare
1.4.450   Medical Centers
1.4.460   Parks and Open Areas
1.4.470   Religious Institutions and Places of Worship
1.4.480   Schools
 
Other Use Categories
[1.4.500   Agriculture]
[1.4.510   Mining]
1.4.520   Radio Frequency Transmission Facilities
1.4.530   [Rail Lines and] Utility Corridors
 

 
Article 2 - Land Use Districts
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Chapter 2.1 - Organization of Land Use Districts
Sections:
2.1.100     Classification of Land Use Districts
2.1.200     Land Use District Map
2.1.300     Determination of Land Use District Boundaries
 
Chapter 2.2 - Residential Land Use Districts
Sections:
2.2.100     Residential Districts – Purpose
2.2.110     Residential Districts – Allowed Land Uses
2.2.120     Residential Districts – Development Standards
2.2.130     Residential Districts – Setback Yards and Build-To Line: Exceptions, Reverse Frontage Lots, Flag Lots
2.2.140     Residential Districts – Infill Standards
2.2.150     Residential Districts – Housing Density
2.2.160     Residential Districts – Lot Coverage [and Impervious Surfaces]
2.2.170     Residential Districts – Building Height: Measurement, Exceptions, RL Step-Down Requirement
2.2.180     Residential Districts – Building Orientation
2.2.190     Residential Districts – Architectural Design Standards
2.2.200     Residential Districts – Special Use Standards
 
Chapter 2.3 — Commercial Districts
Sections:
2.3.100     Commercial Districts – Purpose
2.3.110     Commercial Districts – Allowed Land Uses
2.3.120     Commercial Districts – Development Standards
2.3.130     Commercial Districts – Zero Setbacks and Build-To Line
2.3.140     Commercial Districts – Lot Coverage [and Impervious Surface]
2.3.150     Commercial Districts – Building Orientation and Commercial Block Layout
2.3.160     Commercial Districts – Building and Structure Height; Bonus for Mixed-Use
2.3.170     Commercial Districts – Architectural Design Standards
2.3.180     Commercial Districts – Pedestrian [and Transit] Amenities
2.3.190     Commercial Districts – Special Use Standards
 
Chapter 2.4 —Industrial (I) Districts
Sections:
2.4.100     Industrial Districts – Purpose
2.4.110     Industrial Districts – Allowed Uses
2.4.120     Industrial Districts – Setback Yards and Buffering
2.4.130     Industrial Districts – Lot Coverage
2.4.140     Industrial Districts – Site Layout and Design
2.4.150     Industrial Districts – Building and Structure Height
 
Chapter 2.5 — Overlay (O) Districts
Sections:
[Reserved]
 

 
Article 3 - Community Design Standards
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Chapter 3.0 - Design Standards Administration
Sections:
3.0.100     Design Standards - Purpose
3.0.200     Design Standards - Applicability
 
Chapter 3.1 — Access and Circulation
Sections:
3.1.100     Purpose
3.1.200     Vehicular Access and Circulation
3.1.300     Pedestrian Access and Circulation
 
Chapter 3.2 — Landscaping, Street Trees, Fences and Walls
Sections:
3.2.100     Purpose
3.2.200     Landscape Conservation
3.2.300     Landscaping
3.2.400     Street Trees
3.2.500     Fences and Walls
 
Chapter 3.3 — Parking and Loading
Sections:
3.3.100 Purpose
3.3.200 Applicability
3.3.300 Automobile Parking Standards
3.3.400 Bicycle Parking Standards
3.3.500 Loading
Chapter 3.4 — Public Facilities
Sections:
3.4.010     Purpose and Applicability
3.4.100     Transportation Standards
3.4.200     Public Use Areas
3.4.300     Sanitary Sewer and Water Service Improvements
3.4.400     Storm Drainage Improvements
3.4.500     Utilities
3.4.600     Easements
3.4.700     Construction Plan Approval and Assurances
3.4.800     Installation
 
Chapter 3.5 — Surface Water Management
Sections:
[Reserved]
 
Chapter 3.6 — Other Standards
Sections:
3.6.100     Telecommunication Facilities
[3.6.200    Reserved]
 

 
Article 4 - Administration of Land Use & Development
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Chapter 4.1 - Types of Review Procedures
Sections:
4.1.100     Purpose and Applicability of Review Procedures
4.1.200     Type I Procedure
4.1.300     Type II Procedure
4.1.400     Type III Procedure
4.1.500     Type IV Procedure
4.1.600     General Provisions Applicable to All Reviews
4.1.700     Special Procedures – Expedited Land Divisions,
4.1.800     Neighborhood Meetings
4.1.900     Traffic Impact Studies
 
Chapter 4.2 - Land Use Review and Site Design Review
Sections:
4.2.100     Purpose
4.2.200     Applicability
4.2.300     Land Use Review Procedure and Approval Criteria
4.2.400     Site Design Review - Application Review Procedure
4.2.500     Site Design Review - Application Submission Requirements
4.2.600     Site Design Review Approval Criteria
4.2.700     Bonding and Assurances
4.2.800     Development in Accordance With Permit Approval; Modifications; Permit Expiration
Chapter 4.3 - Land Divisions and Property Line Adjustments
Sections:
4.3.100     Purpose
4.3.110     General Requirements
[4.3.112    Pre-planning for Large Sites]
4.3.115     Flexible Lot Size; Flag Lots; Lots Accessed by Mid-Block Lanes
4.3.120     Approval Process
4.3.130     Preliminary Plat Submission Requirements
4.3.140     Approval Criteria:  Preliminary Plat
4.3.150     Variances Authorized
4.3.160     Final Plat Submission Requirements and Approval Criteria
4.3.170     Public Improvements
4.3.180     Performance Guarantee
4.3.190     Filing and Recording
4.3.200     Re-platting and Vacation of Plats
4.3.210     Property Line Adjustments

Chapter 4.4 - Conditional Use Permits
Sections:
4.4.100     Conditional Use Permits - Purpose
4.4.200     Conditional Use Permits - Approvals Process
4.4.300     Conditional Use Permits - Application Submission Requirements
4.4.400     Conditional Use Permits - Criteria, Standards and Conditions of Approval
4.4.500     Conditional Use Permits - Additional Development Standards
 
Chapter 4.5 - Master Planned Developments
Sections:
4.5.100   Master Planned Development - Purpose
4.5.110  Master Planned Development - Applicability
4.5.120   Master Planned Development - Review and Approvals Process
4.5.130   Master Planned Development - Modification of District Standards (Article 2) and Design Standards (Article 3)
4.5.140   Master Planned Development - Overlay Zone and Concept Plan Submission
4.5.150   Master Planned Development - Overlay Zone and Concept Plan Approval Criteria
4.5.160   Master Planned Development - Administrative Procedures
4.5.170   Master Planned Development - Detailed Development Plan Submission Requirements
4.5.180   Master Planned Development - Detailed Development Plan Approval Criteria
4.5.190   Master Planned Development - Land Use Review, Site Design Review, Final Plat, and Building Permit Approvals
Chapter 4.6 - Modifications to Approved Plans and Conditions of Approval
Sections:
4.6.100     Modifications - Purpose
4.6.200     Modifications - Applicability
4.6.300     Major Modifications
4.6.400     Minor Modifications
Chapter 4.7 - Land Use District Map and Text Amendments
Sections:
4.7.100     Amendments - Purpose
4.7.200     Legislative Amendments
4.7.300     Quasi-Judicial Amendments
4.7.400     Conditions of Approval on Quasi-Judicial Amendments
4.7.500     Record of Amendments
4.7.600     Transportation Planning Rule Compliance
 
Chapter 4.8 - Code Interpretations
Sections:
4.8.100     Interpretations - Purpose
4.8.200     Code Interpretation Procedure
 
Chapter 4.9 - Miscellaneous Permits
Sections:
4.9.100   Temporary Use Permits
4.9.200   Home Occupation Permits

 
Article 5 - Exceptions to Code Standards
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Chapter 5.1 — Variances
Sections:
5.1.100     Variances - Purpose
5.1.200     Variances - Applicability
5.1.300     Class A Variances
5.1.400     Class B Variances
5.1.500     Class C Variances
5.1.600     Variance Application and Appeals
 
Chapter 5.2 — Non-Conforming Uses and Developments
Sections:
5.2.100     Non-Conforming Uses and Developments - Purpose
5.2.200     Non-conforming Uses
5.2.300     Non-conforming Development
 
Chapter 5.3 - Lots of Record
Sections:
5.3.100     Lots of Record - Purpose
5.3.200     Lots of Record - Applicability
5.3.300     Lots of Record - Procedure
 

 
Article 6 - Map Amendments & Code Interpretation
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