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Residents sought for new group to review Albany land development code

The Albany City Council is looking for a resident from each City Council ward to serve on a community task force to take a new look at the Albany Development Code. 

The development code governs how land is developed and used in Albany, addressing how and where uses are allowed, how they will look, and how they might affect neighboring properties. The code affects every property in Albany. 

The task force will be made up of the three Albany residents and others who work in land use, building design and construction, and land development. They will be asked to recommend improvements to the code by focusing on: 

  • Review procedures to create clear-and-objective and discretionary review options; 
  • Building and site design standards;
  • Standards for buffers and transitions between uses; 
  • Parking requirements, especially for multi-family development;
  • Land division standards and procedures; and
  • Impacts to housing options.

The project will build upon earlier community planning efforts; will affect how development applications are reviewed; and should give developers more certainty and flexibility than the current code provides.

Ward representatives need no particular expertise other than willingness to actively participate and should expect to consider a variety of ideas and perspectives.

The group’s work will take about two years, starting in September 2018. If you’d like to serve, fill out an application at and return by July 31, 2018, to:  Holly Roten, City Manager’s Office, Albany City Hall, P.O. Box 490, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany, Oregon, 97321. Applications may also be signed, scanned in, and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..