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Volume 16, Issue 10
October 2018


Ordinance Season draws to a close

In July, we wrote about Washington County Land Use Ordinances. The “season” runs from March through October, and most of the Ordinances have now been adopted. Information about all of the 2018 Ordinances is here.

If you are interested in following and influencing next year’s Ordinance season, we encourage you to join the CCI Joint Code & Ordinance Subcommittee. The group will begin working to propose items for the 2019 county work plan during its monthly meetings this fall. For more information, visit the CCI page on the county website.

These are some Ordinances that may be of interest to Cedar Mill area people.

A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 831 - Mobile Food Carts

Amends the Community Development Code, an element of the Comprehensive Plan, relating to mobile food units. Adopted 7/17/18 - Effective 8/16/18

A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 832 - Fair Housing Updates

Amends the Community Development Code, an element of the Comprehensive Plan, relating to fair housing and group care updates. Adopted 9/18/18 - Effective 10/18/18

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Ordinance No. 834 - Transportation System Plan (TSP) Updates

Updates the Transportation System Plan to conform to certain city comprehensive plans and amends the Community Development Code, elements of the Comprehensive Plan. Adopted 8/21/18 - Effective 11/23/18

Ordinance No. 835 - Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Amends the Community Development Code, an element of the Comprehensive Plan, to implement legislative changes related to housing.  Adopted 8/21/18 - Effective 9/20/182

Ordinance No. 840 - Housekeeping

A general housekeeping ordinance that includes minor updates, corrections, and revisions to the Washington County Rural/Natural Resource Plan and Community Development Code (CDC). Adopted 9/18/18 - Effective 10/18/18

Ordinance No. 841 - Flexible Design Option

Establishes an alternative land use review option for certain regulated affordable housing. The ordinance amends the Community Development Code (CDC) to provide both site development flexibility and density bonuses to encourage and facilitate regulated affordable housing development inside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Adopted 9/18/18 - Effective 11/23/18

Ordinance No. 842 - Equitable Housing

Makes limited amendments to the Community Development Code (CDC) to facilitate development of housing. The ordinance amends certain setbacks within three districts, corrects/clarifies standards of the Transit-Oriented: Retail Commercial (TO:RC) district related to day care facility classification and housing, reduces certain landscape area requirements, allows omission of sidewalk on one side of a private street in some cases, reduces minimum residential driveway widths, and updates related parking standards. Adopted 9/18/18 - Effective 11/23/18

The following Ordinances have been “engrossed,” or changed from their original language. Information is also on the county website. They were considered at the October 2 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners but they will require another BCC hearing before adoption.

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A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 838 - North Bethany Main Street Urban Design Plan

Proposes to amend the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban Area, the Community Development Code, and the Bethany Community Plan to add requirements applicable to future development within the Main Street area of the North Bethany Subarea. The Main Street Area is a mixed-use area that is intended to serve as a focal point of the North Bethany community. This engrossed Ordinance preserves a provision for the possibility of a small community center, which may be in jeopardy because THPRD doesn’t have provisions for such facilities for sites less than 15 acres.

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A-Engrossed Ordinance No. 839 - Beaverton Urban Planning Area Agreement (UPAA)

Proposes to amend the 1988 Washington County-Beaverton Urban Planning Area Agreement (UPAA), including adding policies and processes for coordinating concept planning in Beaverton's identified Urban Reserve Planning Area, and minor changes to the policies and processes for comprehensive planning in the Urban Planning Area.

It’s interesting to note that North Bethany and Bonny Slope West were not included in the updated UPAA.

North Bethany Road 'A' - Ordinance No. 843

Proposes amendments to the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban Area, the Transportation System Plan, and the North Bethany Subarea Plan of the Bethany Community Plan relating to the following changes to primary streets in the North Bethany Subarea: an adjustment of the Road A alignment, the removal of a segment of Primary Street P4, and the removal of a segment of Primary Street P16. The changes are proposed in order to limit impacts to an identified wetland.

Mary Manseau, Chair of the Code & Ordinance Subcommittee, notes that the realignment of Shackelford Road boiled down to a disagreement between two of the property owners, rather than an enforcement of good planning principals.


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