West Salem Business District

Aerial view in West Salem

Aerial view in West Salem

© 2015 Ron Cooper

​Action Plan

The West Salem Business District Action (Action Plan) spanned from January 2014 to December 2015 with the purpose of engaging West Salem residents and business community, multiple city departments, engineering and planning consultants, and state and regional experts to identify the local transportation improvements and zoning refinement needed to encourage private development.

The Action Plan complements the Edgewater Transportation, Safety, and Access Improvements Project and the Salem River Crossing (The Third Bridge). The Action Plan was recommended by the West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board and approved by the City of Salem Urban Renewal Agency Board on December 14, 2015. The agency board also agreed to further understand the transportation recommendations and associated costs through the transportation feasibility study.

Transportation Feasibility Study

The West Salem Business District Transportation Feasibility Study concluded in November 2016. The study evaluated the undercrossing of Wallace Road NW at 2nd Street NW and accompanying local street connections and determined them to be feasible. Concerns exist related to local street connections adjacent to area businesses and Wallace Marine Park, as well as the financial cost of an undercrossing. Additional analysis is likely prior to further design. A grade separated crossing of Wallace Road NW at 2nd Street NW is necessary for safe multimodal connectivity and to permit blighted areas of West Salem to redevelop.

Zoning Code Clean-up Project

The West Salem Business District Zone Code Clean-up will streamline regulations in certain areas along Edgewater Street NW, 2nd Street NW, and Wallace Road NW by removing overlays, and creating single zones that contain more flexibility for commercial and mixed-use development. The zone code clean-up seeks to implement the land use recommendations from the action plan, and it is consistent with earlier studies of the area.

Dec. 02
West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board Meeting7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.To Be Determined

Advises the Agency Board on conservation, rehabilitation, and redevelopment matters within the West Salem Urban Renewal Area.



Phone: 503-588-6178

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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 503-588-6178 at least two business days prior to the meeting.

Dec. 25

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.


West Salem Business District

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Tory BanfordProject ManagerUrban Development Department
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350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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