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The Albany Development Code governs how land is developed and used in Albany. The code addresses how and where different types of uses are allowed, what development should look like, and how development may affect neighboring properties. It affects every property in the city of Albany. Much of the code was written many years ago and has been modified over time as Albany has changed. The resulting code is complicated and can be confusing.

The City did an audit of the Development Code in 2017. The audit included interviews with the development community, the Planning Commission, and the City Council, and resulted in a list of priority projects to update the code that were approved for funding beginning in July 2018.

The City has partnered with Angelo Planning Group, Portland, to complete this effort.

Focus Areas

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

September 2018 - June 2019

  • Review process
  • Multi-family housing
  • Infill standards
  • Other housing types

July 2019 - June 2020

  • Commercial development
  • Other non-residential development

July 2020 - June 2021

  • Land divisions
  • Non-conforming development

When complete, the updated code should:

  • Provide more certainty for developers
  • Bring quicker decisions
  • Increase flexibility
  • Be consistent with State requirements
  • Better reflect current community goals and values
  • Open up development of affordable housing

ADC Amendments Task Force

The ADC Amendments Task Force is guiding the update project. The task force is made up of Albany residents as well as individuals who work in land use, building design and construction, and land development. The task force will make code amendment recommendations to the Planning Commission and, ultimately, the City Council. Task force meetings are open to the public.

To learn more about the task force, view meeting materials, or listen to audio recordings of meetings, click:

Learn more about the ADC Amendments Task Force