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The South Albany Area Plan (SAAP) represents the culmination of a 1.5 year planning project that presents the community vision for South Albany, Albany's largest undeveloped area. It sets the direction for future growth and development in this area including zoning and land use, streets and highways, railroads, natural areas and wildlife along Oak Creek, neighborhood services, and development standards. Additionally, the SAAP identifies how much development can be approved before the realignment of Ellingson Road is required. The Albany City Council adopted the SAAP on February 13, 2013, and amended the Albany Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map and the Albany Development Code.

You can find a copy of the adopted South Albany Area Plan and background documents on the Project Documents page.

Study Area

The study area is generally all lands between Interstate 5 on the east and Highway 99 on the west, and vacant lands surrounding Oak Creek on the north, then south to the Urban Growth Boundary.

Project Objectives

The City’s goals were to lay the framework to create a vibrant new community that will be appealing to residents and businesses seeking new sites. The project objectives were to.

  • Identify feasible patterns of land uses that are consistent with the City's goals for urbanization and environmental protection. 
  • Consider the capacity of existing, planned, and needed infrastructure facilities to serve the new development in a logical and orderly manner. 
  • Identify transportation facilities needed for circulation of motor vehicles and people walking and cycling. 
  • Provide rail service to industrial properties by protecting existing and future right-of-way for service to industrial properties. 
  • Reduce reliance on automobiles for short trips within the area, and between the area and surrounding development. 
  • Establish alignment and design standards for the Oak Creek Parkway to create a street that defines the southern edge of open space along Oak Creek, provides accessibility to parks and recreation facilities and that is integrated with surrounding development and other transportation facilities; prepare recommendations for low-impact development for environmentally-sensitive areas within the vicinity of Oak Creek.

Project Background

The City Council authorized the application for a Transportation and Growth Management Grant from the State of Oregon to assist in funding a South Albany Area Plan in 2010. In June 2011, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) notified the City that we had received the grant of $178,000, to be paid directly by ODOT to the consulting team jointly selected by the City and ODOT. The consulting team assisting in the project included transportation experts, economists, natural resource specialists and outside planners.

Community Development staff, working with ODOT and the consultant, developed the scope of work around the following issues:

  • The impact of Oak Creek on extending streets and utilities;
  • Preservation of significant natural resources;
  • Options for land use and zoning, including neighborhood commercial;
  • Design standards for streets and storm water facilities;
  • Coordination with ODOT on major transportation corridors, both highways and rail;
  • The high probability of significant archaeological resources.

The process kicked off in July, 2011. Stakeholder interviews were held with property owners, business owners, representatives from several city commissions,  ODOT, and Native American tribes in order to obtain initial information regarding issues, problems, opportunities, and aspirations related to the initiation of the conceptual master planning process for South Albany Area Plan. The interviews were part of a larger information gathering process that includes field work, review of related plans, studies and policies, and discussions with the City of Albany staff and representatives of other agencies.

Members of the public attended 2 workshops and an open house to offer their opinions and suggestions. Technical and project advisory committees included representatives from city departments and outside agencies with an interest in the outcome, or expertise to share.