City Planning and Zoning
Powers and duties of commission
(1)Except as otherwise provided by the city council, a city planning commission may:
(a)Recommend and make suggestions to the council and to other public authorities concerning:
(A)The laying out, widening, extending and locating of public thoroughfares, parking of vehicles, relief of traffic congestion;
(B)Betterment of housing and sanitation conditions;
(C)Establishment of districts for limiting the use, height, area, bulk and other characteristics of buildings and structures related to land development;
(D)Protection and assurance of access to incident solar radiation; and
(E)Protection and assurance of access to wind for potential future electrical generation or mechanical application.
(b)Recommend to the council and other public authorities plans for regulating the future growth, development and beautification of the city in respect to its public and private buildings and works, streets, parks, grounds and vacant lots, and plans consistent with future growth and development of the city in order to secure to the city and its inhabitants sanitation, proper service of public utilities and telecommunications utilities, including appropriate public incentives for overall energy conservation and harbor, shipping and transportation facilities.
(c)Recommend to the council and other public authorities plans for promotion, development and regulation of industrial and economic needs of the community in respect to industrial pursuits.
(d)Advertise the industrial advantages and opportunities of the city and availability of real estate within the city for industrial settlement.
(e)Encourage industrial settlement within the city.
(f)Make economic surveys of present and potential industrial needs of the city.
(g)Study needs of local industries with a view to strengthening and developing them and stabilizing employment conditions.
(h)Do and perform all other acts and things necessary or proper to carry out the provisions of ORS 227.010 (Definition for ORS 227.030 to 227.300) to 227.170 (Hearing procedure), 227.175 (Application for permit or zone change) and 227.180 (Review of action on permit application).
(i)Study and propose such measures as are advisable for promotion of the public interest, health, morals, safety, comfort, convenience and welfare of the city and of the area within six miles thereof.
(2)For the purposes of this section:
(a)“Incident solar radiation” means solar energy falling upon a given surface area.
(b)“Wind” means the natural movement of air at an annual average speed measured at a height of 10 meters of at least eight miles per hour. [Amended by 1975 c.153 §3; 1975 c.767 §4; 1979 c.671 §3; 1981 c.590 §8; 1987 c.447 §118]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Fasano v. Bd. of County Commrs., application to city governing bodies and planning commissions, (1974) Vol 36, p 960