Public invited to comment on proposed amendments for accessory dwelling units at public hearings

From: Ellen Rogalin, Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

The public is invited to comment on proposed amendments to the Clackamas County code related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at public hearings scheduled this summer by the County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.

  • Monday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. – Planning Commission meeting and public hearing, Development Services Building Auditorium, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Board of Commissioners public hearing, Board Hearing Room, Public Services Building 4th floor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City

The proposed amendments would allow ADUs to be located in more locations than is currently allowed, in compliance with recently-adopted state legislation.

The proposed amendments include the following changes to:

  • Policies to support additional opportunities for ADUs and clarify ADU-related language;
  • Apply existing ADU standards to all rural residential zones within an urban growth boundary (UGB) and on properties zoned Mountain Recreational Residential (MRR);
  • Apply existing ADU standards to the Hoodland Residential (HR) zoning district;
  • Remove the current owner-occupancy requirement for ADUs; and
  • Allow homes built between 1850 and 1945 on property at least two acres in size; in a rural residential use zone, and outside of both a UGB and an urban reserve, to remain on the property as an ADU if a new primary dwelling is built.

The proposed amendments can be seen by going to www.clackamas.us/planning/zdo269.html, or from the Planning & Zoning Division on the second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

People who would like to comment at the June 25 Planning Commission meeting but are not able to attend are invited to send their comments by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18 to Senior Planner Martha Fritzie at mfritzie@clackamas.us, or by mail or drop-off to the Planning & Zoning Division, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.

People unable to attend the Aug. 1 hearing, but who would like to comment, are asked to send in their comments, as described above, by 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 25.

The agenda for the Planning Commission meeting will be available online at www.clackamas.us/planning/planningcommission.html by Tuesday, June 19.

For more information, contact Martha Fritzie at 503-742-4529 or mfritzie@clackamas.us.