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Great American Eclipse, Monday, August 21

Most of the country will only see a partial eclipse but for one minute, 49 seconds this summer, Albany residents and visitors will be treated to a total solar eclipse. Millions of people are expected across the country to view the eclipse from sites located within the path of totality like Albany.

Partial eclipse begins

9:05:05 a.m. PDT

Total eclipse begins

10:17:05 a.m. PDT

Total eclipse ends

10:18:54 a.m. PDT

Partial eclipse ends

11:37:43 a.m. PDT

eclipse phases

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About a total eclipse

"This rare cosmic occurrence will turn the summer day dark, reveal stars in the daytime sky, and move the black disk of the moon to where the sun should be."

-LA Times

According to NASA, an eclipse occurs "when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body." With a total solar eclipse, "the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line ... The people who see the total eclipse are in the center of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth."

A small portion of the sun's top layer, called the corona, will still be viewable during the eclipse, and NASA and other scientists use total eclipses as an opportunity to study the corona itself.

Stay tuned for more information from the City of Albany on this year's eclipse.

Safely viewing the eclipse

You can view the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters.

There are key rules for safely viewing solar eclipses:

  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.
  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.
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The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 outline how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone. The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA).

We’ve chosen Level A as the initial target for the City of Albany, Oregon Government Website. The following information explains what we're doing to make that happen:

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We strive towards a good faith effort in complying with W3C specifications.

1.2.3: Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded), 1.2.2: Captions (Prerecorded), 1.2.1: Audio-only and Video-only (Prerecorded)

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Non-Governmental Information and Link Policy

The City of Albany links to a number of sites from outside City government. Citizens don't always know or care which agency provides a service or where to get particular information. The City provides links to these sites as a courtesy to our citizens.

The City of Albany makes decisions on what links to include on our web site, using the following guidelines:

  • Other governments and educational institutions in the state of Oregon, including individual school web sites.
  • Non-profit or public organizations that have some relationship to the City, usually contractual.
  • Utility and other service companies who have an established franchise agreement with the City.
  • Generally recognized community councils and organizations. If there is a question about the organization, the City Manager’s Office is consulted.
  • Major arts, cultural, sports, or other festivals of general interest to Albany citizens.
  • Major media outlets who are based in Albany, or regional outlets that regularly cover news stories in Albany.
  • General employment information in the Albany area.
  • Tourist information, principally from the Albany Visitors Association and Albany Downtown Association.

The City of Albany does not generally link to:

  • Corporate commercial sites; however, sites on the City's server may include links to member or sponsor organizations. The City will also include links to business sites if they are presented as part of an economic development page, directly related to City programs.
  • Individual personal home pages.
  • Generic third-party directory sites such as for internet/tv resellers and educational institutions.
  • National sites, although departments may include links to public interest associations and similar organizations.

The City of Albany does not link to:

  • Candidate sites or sites advocating a position on City or other ballot issues.


Documents submitted to the City of Albany are generally presumed to be public records subject to inspection and copying upon request.

The email address at which you receive the City Bridges e-newsletter may be used for other communications from the City of Albany but will not be provided to private parties or used for commercial purposes.


As a convenience to those who live and work here, the City links to Google Translate which provides an automated translation of the website. The tool is not perfect, and the context of the text may not be taken into account when it is translated. As a result, sometimes the translation may lose some of its intended meaning. Therefore, the City of Albany cannot guarantee the accuracy of the converted text. Where there is any question, the English version is always the authoritative version of the website.

Some items on the site may not be translated, such as images containing text, documents, maps, and web page elements. Additionally, some features on the site may not work in the translated versions. If you have any questions about information that appears on our site, please contact us.

Central Albany Code Update

Latest Updates

The City is seeking feedback on 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. Read the Central Albany Code Update (PDF file)

Project Background and Purpose

Central Albany is the heart of the community and 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 and the community.  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 has 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.  An interactive map of the study area is shown here.

Key Project Objectives

CARA has identified six key objectives to address through this development code update, focusing on the Historic Downtown (HD), Waterfront (WF), and Central Business (CB) zones:

  • Remove obstacles to housing and other development in Central Albany
  • Honing standards for attractive infill development
  • Clear, objective, easy-to-understand regulations
  • Align allowed uses with the intent for the zones
  • Set appropriate parking standards 
  • Ensure regulations are tailored based on location and context


With help from the consultant team, the City will be exploring the issues above and working to craft solutions.  The process and approximate timeline is laid out below.

Steps  Approximate Timing
1. Build a shared understanding of the identified issues through conversations with stakeholders and City officials and a detailed review of current development code regulations. July through early September 2016
2. Outline potential code solutions and seek consensus on the desired approach to addressing each issue. September and December 2016
3. Prepare drafts of the proposed development code amendments for review by City officials, stakeholders, and the public. January through March 2017
4. City Council public hearings to adopt the final changes to development regulations. April through May 2017

How to Get Involved

The City and the consultant team welcome and encourage your input and participation throughout this process.  To join the City’s “interested parties” list for this project and receive email notice of project updates and opportunities to comment, please fill out the form below.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 541-917-7550.