Residential Districts Review Code Public Input: Oct 21, 2008

10/21/2008 - 6:30pm

City of Gresham Residential Districts Review Code Changes May Effect Your Property Value. Public Input: Oct 9-22, 2008. Hearings to begin soon!

Public Input: Oct 9-22, 2008
Transition Residential Districts, Increased Residential Intensity, and New Lot Size Standards May Effect Your Property Value. Hearings to begin soon!

City of Gresham Comprehensive Planning is holding several community forums to solicit neighborhood input on two projects: the Residential Districts Review and Natural Resources/Title 13.

Meetings schedule:

  • Oct 09: 6:30PM, Centennial High School cafeteria
  • Oct 14: 7:00PM, Coalition of Gresham Neighborhood Associations, City Hall
  • Oct 20: 6:30PM, Powell Valley Elementary, 4825 S.E. Powell Valley Road, Gresham
  • Oct 21: 6:30PM, Hartley Elementary, 701 N.E. 185th Place, Portland
  • Oct 22: 7:00PM, Kelly Creek Neighborhood Association, Gordon Russell, 3625 E. Powell Valley Road, Gresham

Natural Resources/Title 13 project

The City’s Natural Resources/Title 13 project proposes to change the Development Code regulations to better protect streams, wetlands and publicly owned upland habitat. The proposed amendments comply with Title 13 of the Metro Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. A new Habitat Conservation Area overlay district and map are being proposed to replace Gresham’s existing natural resources overlays. (Contact: John Pettis, Associate Planner, 503-618-2778 or email; or visit

Residential Districts Review project

The City’s Residential Districts Review project proposes map and code changes that will direct more intense housing (such as apartments and condominiums) to the appropriate locations within the City and promote compatibility between existing neighborhoods and new residential development. They also will help preserve the character of many of the City’s existing larger-lot neighborhoods. (Contact: Brian Martin, Associate Planner, 503-618-2266 or email

The proposed map and code changes would:

  • Create two new land use districts (including changes to Article 4 of the Development Code):
    • LDR-7: Low-Density Residential-7: Mostly single-family residential uses with a minimum lot size of 7,000 square feet. This district is proposed to be applied in and around existing larger-lot neighborhoods.
    • TR: Transition Residential: Mix of single-family residential, duplexes on corner lots, and townhomes. This district is proposed to be applied in certain locations to provide a transition between more intense areas (such as commercial or multi-family areas or busy streets) and less intense areas (such as single-family neighborhoods).
  • LDR-5: Rename Low-Density Residential (LDR) to Low-Density Residential-5: This would retain the existing development rules (such as a minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet) while changing the name to distinguish it from LDR-7.
  • Eliminate the Perimeter Lot Size Compatibility Standards (Article 6.0212 in the Development Code): The standards now require perimeter lots in some new developments to be similar to adjacent existing lots. This provision would be eliminated because similar lots are achieved through the LDR-7 district.

Hearings to begin soon

Both the Residential Districts Review and Natural Resources/Title 13 projects are progressing into the hearing phase to change the city’s Development Code. For more information, please visit

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