Salem Planning Commission

2021 Unified Development Code (UDC) update

The City is proposing changes to Salem's zoning and development code, known as the Unified Development Code (UDC). The proposed changes address a variety of issues that have arisen since the last update to the UDC in 2019. They include policy-related changes that respond to concerns from the community, minor housekeeping amendments, and updates to implement changes in State law.

In addition to the proposed amendments to the UDC, the zoning of specific identified properties in the downtown currently zoned RH, CO, and CR are proposed to be changed to CB to consistent with the CB zoning of other surrounding downtown properties. 

City Council deliberations

On Monday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m., the City Council will conduct deliberations on the proposed amendments. The staff report can be read here:  January 24 City Council Staff Report.

On December 6 and December 13 the City Council held public hearings to consider the proposed amendments and left the record open until January 10 for additional written comments to be provided.

Proposed amendments

Next steps
If the amendments are approved by the City Council, staff will then prepare the final ordinance which will be brought back to the Council (at a following meeting) for final appoval at second reading.  The amendments will then become effective 30 days later.

For additional information contact:

Bryce Bishop, Planner III
[email protected] / 503-540-2399

Planning Commission October 5th Recommendation

On October 5th the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the proposed amendments to the UDC and the corresponding zone change.  The Commission voted to recommend City Council approval of the proposal, subject to additional recommended revisions identified by staff and the following further revisions recommended by the Planning Commission:

  • Middle housing off-street parking.  Remove minimum off-street parking requirements for middle housing.  This applies to townhouses, two family uses, three family uses, four family uses, and cottage clusters.
  • Multi-family off-street parking.  Reduce the minimum off-street parking requirement for multiple family uses to one space per dwelling unit.
     
  • Enclosure standards for small birds.  Amend the proposed enclosure sizing requirements for poultry to specifically address the needs of small birds.  
     
  • Definition of significant tree.  Exclude Douglas fir trees with a diameter-at-breast-height (dbh) of 30 inches or greater from the proposed revised definition of significant tree under SRC Chapter 808. 

The Planning Commission's October 5 decision can be read here:  Planning Commission Decision

View the October 5 Planning Commission public hearing.

Prior work sessions

The Salem Planning Commission held a series of work sessions on the proposed changes from June to August 2021. You can read overviews of the proposed changes and the draft code language that was presented to the Planning Commission below. You can also watch recordings of work session.  Please note the documents below contain previous versions of the amendments, as some language has been updated after the work sessions. The full code amendment package included above contains the most recent proposal, which will be presented to the Planning Commission on October 5.

Overview

​The Salem Planning Commission acts as an advisory commission to the City Council and has a broad scope of concern in promoting the growth and orderly development of the City of Salem. The Commission has adopted a work plan to outline its goals for the next year.

Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. 

The Planning Commission is currently meeting virtually. You can watch the meeting LIVE on YouTube if you do not plan to provide testimony: https://bit.ly/planningpublicmeetings

You may testify at the virtual hearing by signing up in advance, no later than 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. To sign up to please email [email protected] or call 503-540-2315.

You can provide written testimony for any agenda item by emailing written testimony to the Case Manager listed for the case, the Planning Administrator ([email protected]) or the Commission's administrative staff ([email protected]). You can also mail testimony to: City of Salem Planning Division, 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 305, Salem, Oregon 97301. We recommend you email comments to ensure receipt before the public hearing.

Special membership requirements:

  • No more than one voting member may be a non-resident of the city
  • No more than two voting members shall be engaged principally in the buying, selling, or developing of real estate for profit
  • No more than two voting members shall be engaged in the same kind of business, trade, or profession

 

Authority: SRC Chapter 6

Number of members: 9

Type of appointment: City Council interview and election

Length of term: 3 years

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Salem Planning Commission bylawsDocument182 KB
Salem Planning Commission Work Plan 2018-2019Plan4390 KB
Salem UDC Proposed Zone Changes MapDocument471 KB
udc-update-additional-revisions-recommended-by-staff-2021-10Document329 KB
Member
Position
Appointment
Term
Term Expires
Casey L Kopcho01/28/20191st12/31/2022
Chane D. Griggs07/13/20152nd12/31/2023
Daisy E Goebel09/13/20211st12/31/2024
Dan Augustyn07/13/20201st12/31/2024
Ian LevinRepresentative engaged principally in the buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit07/13/20152nd12/31/2023
Lisa B Heller02/10/20201st12/31/2023
Michael K Slater02/10/20201st12/31/2023
Meetings
Jan. 31
Council Board & Commission Appointments Committee Meeting11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.Virtual Meeting

Council's Board & Commission Appointments Committee meeting

Agenda:

board-and-commission-appointments-committee-2022-01-31.pdf

Phone: 503-588-6255

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-588-6255 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Feb. 01
Salem Planning Commission5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Digital Meeting

This is a public meeting held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless cancelled. Please see the agenda for information on how to sign up and provide live public comments.

Agenda:

​Agenda

Phone: 503-540-2315

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2315 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Feb. 21
City Holiday

Some City offices closed for holiday observance.

Mar. 01
Salem Planning Commission5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Digital Meeting

This is a public meeting held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless cancelled. Please see the agenda for information on how to sign up and provide live public comments.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-540-2315

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2315 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Mar. 15
Salem Planning Commission5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.Digital Meeting

This is a public meeting held on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless cancelled. Please see the agenda for information on how to sign up and provide live public comments.

Agenda: An agenda for this meeting is not yet available.

Phone: 503-540-2315

This is an open, public meeting or public hearing at an accessible location. Special accommodations are available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Services may be requested for sign language interpretation or languages other than English. To request accommodations or services, please call 503-540-2315 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Contact us

Lisa Anderson-OgilviePlanning Administrator
Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 305
Salem OR 97301
Phone: