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The Albany City Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:15pm to consider potential changes to allowed uses, building heights, parking standards, building design, and setbacks in the Historic Downtown (HD), Central Business (CB), and Waterfront (WF) zones.

Project Background and Purpose

Central Albany is the focus of the Central Albany Revitalization Area (CARA).  The mission for CARA is to increase economic vitality, encourage the use of vacant and underused land and buildings, and rehabilitate structures while increasing property values both in CARA and the City of Albany.  The City, through CARA, has been investing strategically in private development projects that further the goals of the City’s urban renewal plan.  However, the CARA Advisory Board has found that, in some cases, the City’s development regulations for the area may be creating obstacles to desirable development.

On the Advisory Board’s recommendation, the City of Albany hired Angelo Planning Group and Crandall Arambula to review and suggest revisions to Albany Development Code provisions in three zoning districts in Central Albany:  Historic Downtown (HD), Waterfront (WF), and Central Business (CB).  The purpose of the update is to provide clear, understandable regulations that ensure development in the area helps create an attractive and vibrant downtown.  A map of the study area is shown here.

cara code update map

What is being proposed?

The proposed code changes are intended to encourage uses and development consistent with urban renewal goals.  The amendments will affect the Historic Downtown (HD), Central Business (CB), and Waterfront (WF) zones and will create a new zone: Downtown Mixed-Use (DMU).  

The Comprehensive Plan text will be amended to include reference to the proposed new DMU zone.  The Development Code Articles proposed to be amended include:

Article 5, Mixed-Use Zoning Districts

  • Adds new Downtown Mixed-Use zoning district;
  • Amends Schedule of Permitted Uses;
  • Refines allowable uses on Special Status properties in Waterfront Zone; and
  • Amends Development Standards, including setbacks and building heights.

Article 8, Design Standards

  • Amends design standards in the HD, CB, WF and DMU zoning districts; and
  • Provides increased flexibility in meeting design standards in Historic Overlay districts.

Article 9, On-Site Development Standards

  • Reduces parking minimums in the HD, CB, WF and DMU zoning districts; and
  • Amends buffer and screening requirements and fence standards in the HD, CB, WF and DMU zoning districts.

Article 22, Use Categories and Definitions

  • Adds or amends definitions including small-scale manufacturing and live/work dwelling units.

Where can I get more information?

A copy of the staff report including proposed text amendments and zone change regarding Planning Files CP-03-17, DC-01-17, ZC-02-17, will be available at least seven days before public hearing. It can be found on the Planning Projects page.  It will also available for inspection at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW Albany, Oregon 97321.  A copy of the staff report will be available for purchase at a reasonable cost.

For additional information contact:

David Martineau
541-917-7561
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When is the public hearing on these amendments?

The City Council public hearing is Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:15 p.m.  The hearing will be in the City Council Chambers at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.  Please mail written comments to: Albany Community Development Planning Division, City of Albany; PO Box 490; Albany, OR 97321, or attend the hearing in person.  Additional meetings may be scheduled.  

The location of the meeting/hearing is accessible to the disabled. If you need special accommodations to attend or participate, please notify the Human Resources Department in advance by calling 541-917-7500.

How do I provide comment on the proposal?

All testimony and evidence must be directed toward the approval standards for the application listed in this notice.  Failure to raise an issue by letter, or in person, before the close of the record or the final evidentiary hearing, or failure to provide statements or evidence with sufficient detail to allow the Planning Commission and City Council an adequate opportunity to respond to each raised issue, precludes an appeal based on that issue.