Downtown Milwaukie is the heart of the community. The Planning Department is charged with applying the "Downtown Plan," which includes a number of adopted plans and policies that guide development in downtown Milwaukie.
Those policies apply to all properties within the "downtown zones," which include the Downtown Storefront (DS); Downtown Commercial (DC); Downtown Office (DO); Downtown Residential (DR); and Downtown Open Space (DOS) zones. The section of the Zoning Ordinance that applies to the downtown zones is MMC 19.312 Downtown Zones.
In order to make sure that development in downtown Milwaukie implements the community's vision, the Planning Department applies the following regulations to downtown development:
These Design Guidelines and Design Standards ensure that development in downtown Milwaukie is held to a higher standard than in other parts of the City and provides an attractive environment for business owners, residents, and visitors.
Development Standards apply to any type of use or development in the downtown zones.
Design Standards apply to all new construction and exterior alterations in the downtown area, often in conjunction with the Design Guidelines as part of Design Review. Design Review applies to all new changes to buildings and/or properties in the downtown zones involving exterior maintenance and repair, minor exterior alterations, and major exterior alterations (see below for more information about what these are). The Design Guidelines are "discretionary standards," which means that is more than one way to meet them.
Per Milwaukie Municipal Code (MMC) Subsection 19.312.7 Design Review, the types of development that are subject to design review include:
Includes refurbishing, painting, and weatherproofing of materials, and in-kind restoration or replacement of damaged materials. Does not include the placement of signs. These types of development are subject to design review only if a building permit is required.
Include, but are not limited to, application or installation of finish building treatments, including windows and other glazing; doors, lintels, copings, vertical and horizontal projections including awnings; and exterior sheathing and materials. Does not include the placement of signs.
Include, but are not limited to, demolition or replacement of more than 25 percent of the surface area of any exterior wall or roof; and floor additions that exceed 250 square feet.
New buildings being constructed downtown.
Design Review Application Types
Exterior maintenance and repair and minor exterior alterations are subject to Type I staff-level design review. This review is usually conducted when a building permit is submitted.
Major exterior alterations and new construction are subject to Type III design review, which requires a meeting with the Design and Landmarks Committee (DLC) and a hearing before the Planning Commission.
For additional information about downtown Design Review and whether it is applicable to your project, please refer to the documents below or contact the Planner on Duty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-786-7630.