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Oregon City officials ask public to weigh in on allowed uses through concept plan

COURTESY PHOTO - Beavercreek Road Concept Plan is shown here. As a way to expand employment opportunities, Oregon City officials are considering whether to expand home-occupation uses, also known as cottage manufacturing/industry, within residential areas of the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan.

City planners are reaching out to neighbors, property owners, builders, business owners and others interested in the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan to get additional feedback.

The plan envisions creating a 453-acre multi-use community linking Clackamas Community College, Oregon City High School and adjacent neighborhoods.

Home occupation currently is allowed in all city residential zoning districts if the business is conducted as a secondary use so that there is no audible, visual or other appearance of a business within the home.

Home occupation/cottage industry zoning could be expanded in the residential portions of the Beavercreek Road Concept Plan area to allow limited retail on site, outdoor storage, outdoor work and an increased percentage of dwelling units used for business.

Members of the public are invited to complete a survey on the topic by Oct. 11 at orcity.org/planning/webform/beavercreek-road-concept-plan-cottage-industry-expanded-home-occupation-options. Oregon City's planning commissioners will discuss survey results at their Oct. 14 meeting.


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