Develop in the Willamette Greenway

Development near the Willamette River is regulated to protect the river corridor and encourage compatible uses. If you want to develop, change a use, or intensify a use near the river, you should talk to a planner to determine if you need to apply for a Willamette Greenway development permit. The permit process ensures that all proposed changes to a site are consistent with the Greenway Plan and other City standards and regulations.

Step 1: Determine the permit type

There are two types of Willamette Greenway development permits:

  • Class 1 Willamette Greenway development permit: The Class 1 permit is required for any development or change of use within the Willamette Greenway (the boundary of which is the same as the Willamette Greenway Overlay Zone), but outside the Compatibility Review Boundary. The Compatibility Review Boundary is the area within the Willamette Greenway Overlay Zone that is also within 150 feet of the ordinary low water line of the Willamette River.

  • Class 2 Willamette Greenway development permit: The Class 2 permit is required for any development or change of use within the Compatibility Review Boundary.

Step 2: Review the approval type requirements

Download the application packet for your approval type from the list below to get the necessary application requirements.

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Step 3: Submit your land use application

After reviewing your application requirements, you are ready to submit your land use application.

Contact us

Permit Application Center Planning Desk
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 320
Salem OR 97301
Mailing address:
555 Liberty ST SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
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