Apply for Planned Unit Development

A planned unit development (PUD) provides a means to develop property with greater latitude in site development standards, common areas, and open space than is allowed through traditional zoning. The standards for planned unit developments assure well planned and harmonious development, and provide for increased amenities in the development of residential uses within certain zones. Planned unit developments may be approved with or without a land division.

Approval of a planned unit development is a multi-step process. The first step is the approval of a planned unit development tentative plan.  The second step is the approval and recording of a planned unit development final plan.

Requirements pertaining to planned unit developments are contained in Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 210.

An application for a PUD tentative plan is processed as a Type III Procedure under Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 300.

Process

  • Pre-application conference. You must request a pre-application conference as the first step in the process of applying for a planned unit development tentative plan. Please indicate on your request form whether you are considering applying under the planned unit development process. Within 7 days following the pre-application conference on a planned unit development, staff will notify the neighborhood association where the property is located about your proposal and the location, size, and general development concept.

  • Application. You must submit all required items listed in the application checklist section below to the Permit Application Center.

  • Completeness review. Staff reviews your application for completeness.

    • If the application is not complete, you will be notified as to what information is missing and will have 180 days to submit the additional information.

    • If all of the required information is submitted and the application is considered complete, a notice, indicating a public comment period of 14 days, is sent out to the you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • You may track the status of your application online at the City of Salem permit tracking webpage.

  • Public comment period. Once the required information is submitted and the application is deemed complete:

    • Staff sends a notice of proposal to the applicant, property owner(s), neighborhood association, and all property owners within 250 feet, indicating a public comment period of 14 days.

    • Staff also prepares signs for the applicant to post along the street frontage(s) of the property for 10 to 14 days prior to the 14-day public comment period.
  • Public hearing. The Salem Planning Commission holds the public hearing. At the hearing, staff presents the staff report. This is followed by testimony from the applicant, neighborhood association representative, proponent(s), opponent(s), and rebuttal.

  • Decision. The Planning Commission makes a decision to approve or deny your application depending on whether or not the proposal meets the applicable criteria.

    • Staff sends a copy of the decision (noting the 15-day appeal period) to you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and to all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • If no one decides to appeal the decision and the City Council does not initiate review of the application, the PUD tentative plan decision becomes effective.

  • Construction and final approval. If the PUD tentative plan is approved, you must construct all required improvements, comply with required conditions of approval, and submit a PUD final plan for review and approval.

Application Checklist

You need to apply in person at the Permit Application Center, bringing the following:

  • Completed land use application form. The application form must be signed by the:

    • Applicant(s)

    • Property owner(s)

    • Duly authorized representative(s).

    • If the applicant and/or the property owner are a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you must also provide a list of all members of the LLC with your land use application.

  • Application fee. You must pay the application fee when you file your application.

  • Recorded deed/land sales contract with legal description. You must submit a copy of the recorded deed/land sales contract of your total contiguous ownership.

  • Trip Generation Estimate form. You must complete a TGE form and submit it to the Traffic Engineering section of the Public Works Department (Room 325). Staff will decide whether or not a Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) is necessary.

    • If a TIA is not required, you must submit the completed and approved TGE form with your application.

    • If a TIA is required, the TIA must be completed and approved by Public Works prior to completion of all land use applications.

  • Written statement. You must provide a written statement that describes your proposal and how it meets the criteria for a PUD tentative plan [SRC 205.010(d)]:

    • Your PUD tentative plan complies with the standards of SRC Chapter 205 and all applicable provisions of the Unified Development Code (UDC).

    • The PUD tentative plan provides one or more of the following:

      • Common open space that will be improved as a recreational amenity and that is appropriate to the scale and character of the PUD considering its size, density, and the number and types of dwellings proposed. Examples of recreational amenities include, but are not limited to:

        • Swimming pools
        • Golf courses
        • Ball courts
        • Children’s play areas
        • Picnic and barbeque facilities
        • Community gardens
      • Common open space, which may be landscaped and/or left with natural tree cover, that is permanently set aside for the passive and/or active recreational use of the residents of the PUD and that is appropriate to the scale and character of the PUD considering its size, density, and the number and types of dwellings proposed. Examples of passive and/or active recreational use include, but are not limited to:

        • Community gardens
        • Commons
        • Private parks
      • Common open space that will preserve significant natural or cultural features

      • Unique or innovative design concepts that further specific identified goals and policies in the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan.

    • If a retail service area or a convenience service area is proposed, the area is designed to:

      • Adequately provide for privacy and minimize excessive noise on adjacent uses

      • Provide for adequate and safe ingress and egress

      • Minimize the impact of vehicular traffic on adjacent residential uses.

  • Tree inventory and tree conservation plan. You must complete and submit a tree inventory on a form as provided by the Director and, if required under SRC Chapter 808, a tree conservation plan.

  • Geological assessment or geotechnical report. You must submit a geological assessment or geo-technical report if required by SRC Chapter 810.

  • Elevation drawings. Elevation drawings of all typical proposed buildings or structures, other than single family dwellings. The drawings should be accurate and to scale but need not be final working drawings.

  • Unique or innovative design concepts. If unique or innovative design concepts will be employed, a written description and conceptual drawings illustrating the concepts, along with an identification of the specific goals and policies in the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan that will be furthered through use of such concepts, and an explanation of how the goals and polices will be furthered.

  • PUD tentative plan. You must submit two copies of the PUD tentative plan. One copy must be either 22 inches or 24 inches by 36 inches, and the other copy should be reproducible and no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. The plan must include the following information:

    • Title Block Area that indicates:

      • The type of application (i.e., "Planned Unit DevelopmentTentative Plan")

      • The names and addresses of the applicant

      • The names and addresses of the professional engineers or surveyors responsible for preparing the plan, the township, range and section of the subject property

      • Scale and north arrow

    • Site topography, in sufficient detail to determine the grades and character of the site as it relates to the proposed improvements and to the adjacent area.

    • The proposed location, layout, and widths of all streets and sidewalks, and whether they will be public or private.

    • The location, layout, surfacing, and landscaping of all off-street parking areas.

    • Property boundary lines.

    • Proposed lot or parcel lines, if lots or parcels will be created.

    • The location of existing and proposed City infrastructure.

    • The location of all existing and proposed easements.

    •  If an outdoor storage area is proposed, a landscaping plan for the area that includes the location of existing trees and an indication whether they are to be retained or removed.

    • If a convenience service area or retail service area is proposed, a landscaping plan for the area that includes the location of existing trees and an indication whether they are to be retained or removed.

    • If common open space is proposed, the particular uses to which the common open space will be put.

    • Areas proposed for parks, scenic ways, playgrounds, schools, public buildings, and other similar activities and whether such areas are to be public or private.

    • If the PUD is to be constructed in phases, an indication of the area of each phase, the sequence of construction, and the area and location of any common open space that will be provided with each phase.

    • Except for lots or parcels that will contain single family dwellings, for each existing or proposed building or structure on the site.

    • The location and size of the building or structure.

    • The intended use of the building or structure, including, but not limited to, convenience service areas, retail service areas, and boat and recreational vehicle storage areas; and

    • The number of dwelling units in any residential building other than a single family dwelling.

    • The location of all buildings on abutting properties.

If the PUD tentative plan is approved, you must construct all required improvements, comply with required conditions of approval, and submit a PUD final plan for review and approval.

An application for a PUD final plan is processed as a Type II Procedure under Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 300.

Process

  • Application. You must submit all required items listed in the application checklist section below to the Permit Application Center.

  • Completeness review. Staff reviews your application for completeness.

    • If the application is not complete, you will be notified as to what information is missing and will have 180 days to submit the additional information.

    • If all of the required information is submitted and the application is considered complete, a notice, indicating a public comment period of 14 days, is sent out to the you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • You may track the status of your application online at the City of Salem permit tracking webpage.

  • Public comment period. Once the required information is submitted and the application is deemed complete:

    • Staff sends a notice of proposal to the applicant, property owner(s), neighborhood association, and all property owners within 250 feet, indicating a public comment period of 14 days.

    • Staff also prepares signs for the applicant to post along the street frontage(s) of the property for 10 to 14 days prior to the 14-day public comment period.
  • Decision. The Planning Administrator makes a decision to approve or deny your application depending on whether or not the proposal meets the applicable criteria.

    • Staff sends a copy of the decision (noting the 15-day appeal period) to you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and to all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • If you decide not to appeal the decision the PUD final plan decision becomes effective.   

Application Checklist

You need to apply in person at the Permit Application Center, bringing the following:

  • Completed land use application form. The application form must be signed by the:

    • Applicant(s)

    • Property owner(s)

    • Duly authorized representative(s).

    • If the applicant and/or the property owner are a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you must also provide a list of all members of the LLC with your land use application.

  • Application fee. You must pay the application fee when you file your application.

  • Recorded deed/land sales contract with legal description. You must submit a copy of the recorded deed/land sales contract of your total contiguous ownership.

  • Written statement. You must provide a written statement that describes your proposal and how it meets the criteria for a PUD final plan [SRC 205.010(d)]:

    • Your PUD final plan complies is in substantial conformance with the PUD tentative plan.

    • The conditions of approval on the PUD tentative plan have been met.

    • The articles of the home owners association satisfy the standards set forth in SRC 210.055(b).

    • For PUDs with a land division, SRC 205.035(c)(6) has been met. If the PUD does not include a land division, the City Engineer has determined that each building or structure on the PUD final plan can be adequately served by the following City infrastructure and private improvements:

      • A domestic water supply

      • A sanitary sewage disposal system

      • Streets improved to the extent that adequate paved access is provided to each building or structure

      • A storm water discharge system

      • Fire hydrants installed to fire code standards

    • The owner has entered into an improvement agreement with the City providing that any improvements required to be constructed which are not complete at the time of submission of the PUD final plan will be completed within 18 months of PUD final plan approval, and the owner has furnished sufficient performance security, as provided in SRC 110.100, to ensure completion of the improvements. The time within which the improvements must be completed may be extended for one additional 6-month period, subject to prior written approval from the Director.

    • If applicable, the applicant has executed a fee-in-lieu agreement pursuant to SRC 200.499200.420.
  • Unique or innovative design concepts. If the PUD tentative plan included unique or innovative design concepts, a written description and drawings illustrating the concepts.

  • Home Owners Association articles. A copy of the articles of the home owners association.

  • Evidence of Conformance with conditions of approval. Evidence that conditions of approval established as part of PUD Tentative Plan approval have been met.

  • PUD final plan. You must submit two copies of the PUD final plan. One copy must be either 22 inches or 24 inches by 36 inches, and the other copy should be reproducible and no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. For PUD plans that include a land division, the PUD final plan shall include the information identified below and shall be in the form required for final plats under SRC Chapter 205 and ORS 92. The plan must include the following information:

    • Title Block Area that indicates:

      • The type of application (i.e., "Planned Unit Development Final Plan")

      • The names and addresses of the applicant

      • The names and addresses of the professional engineers or surveyors responsible for preparing the plan, the township, range and section of the subject property

      • Scale and north arrow

    • The location, layout, and widths of all streets and sidewalks, and whether they are public or private.

    • The location, layout, surfacing, and landscaping of all off-street parking areas;

    • The location of all easements.

    • If approved in the PUD tentative plan, the location of any convenience service area, retail service area, or outdoor storage area.

    • The location of any common open space and the particular uses to which the common open space will be put.

    • The location of areas proposed for parks, scenic ways, playgrounds, schools, public buildings, and other similar uses and whether such areas are public or private.

    • For each existing or proposed building or structure on the site, other than single family dwellings:

      • The location and size of the building or structure.

      • The intended use of the building or structure, including, but not limited to, convenience service areas, retail service areas, and boat and recreational vehicle storage areas.

      • The number of dwelling units in any residential building other than a single family dwelling.

Once you have final plan approval, you will work with the  City’s Public Works Department and your land surveyor to finalize your land survey and record your plat.

Learn how to finalize your land survey

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