The amendments were adopted by Council on October 2, 2012, and are effective as of December 1, 2012.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For list of the most common questions about this project see our Residential Development Standards FAQ sheet here.
This project reviewed the policies that shape the design and types of new and expanded single- and multifamily development, with the goal of creating a better set of standards that do not inadvertently discourage investment but result in a higher level of quality when projects are built. These proposed regulations only apply to new construction (“infill” development), new accessory dwelling units (“granny flats” or “mother-in-law units”), and expansions of existing homes or garages. They also allow new types of sustainability-related structures, such as water cisterns and solar panels. The new rules are not retroactive.
The key goals of this project are to ensure that every new residential building in Milwaukie is a good neighbor; to respond to changing housing and demographic needs; and to streamline and clarify existing regulations. City staff has heard from the people applying for permits that our current code is confusing or not in line with current housing needs and trends. Staff has also heard from the community that much of the new housing (both single family and multifamily housing) being built in Milwaukie does not “fit” the character of the surrounding neighborhood. As a result, in 2009, City Council and Planning Commission directed staff to evaluate and improve the regulations that apply to residential development.
PRIMARY CHANGES TO EXISTING STANDARDS
PROJECT SCHEDULE AND OUTREACH
The project kicked off in January 2011, and was approved by Council on October 2, 2012. A summary of the public outreach and involvement is provided here.
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Ryan Marquardt, Senior Planner