Urban Growth Boundary Rezoning Project


Virtual Community Forum

Tuesday, August 4th at 6pm
Details below under "Get Involved"

Project Overview

The City of Grants Pass has initiated a process to rezone approximately 675 acres of rural, county-zoned properties to city urban zoning districts that implement the city’s adopted Comprehensive Plan districts for those properties. These areas are currently within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), but outside of city limits. This is a much-anticipated step in achieving the community’s goal to expand the city’s buildable land inventory.

Rural Residential Zoning in the UGB

Get Involved

Thanks to everyone who took the recent online survey to share their thoughts about the factors that impact which City of Grant Pass zoning districts are applied in the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). A summary of survey responses and the results of the February 10 Roundtable discussions can be found below.

Summary Responses (PDF)

Virtual Community Forum

The city is hosting a Virtual Community Forum for the UGB Rezone Project on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 6pm. The meeting will begin with an overview of the project purpose and process followed by a presentation of proposed rezoning for the project area. Following the presentations, forum participants can ask questions and provide comments during a Q&A session.

You can sign up for the virtual forum by contacting the Community Development Department front desk at (541) 450-6060 or by e-mailing cnealon@grantspassoregon.gov. Your name and contact information will be added to a list of people who will receive an email with a link to the virtual forum as the date approaches. The link also will be posted to this webpage on the day of the forum. For those who cannot participate live, a video recording of the forum will be posted to this webpage.

There are several ways that people can provide comments on the proposed UGB rezoning:

  • Take the online survey. A new survey link will be posted to this project webpage the day of the virtual forum. (Note: this survey will be different than the one that closed in April.)
  • Share your comments by phone, video conference, or in-person by scheduling a meeting with City planners. Multiple 30-minute meeting slots are available to speak with planners at City Hall on either August 5th or August 6th. The in-person meetings will be held in conference rooms where social distancing can be safely practiced. There is a maximum of 5 people per meeting (not including City staff).

The public comment period will last approximately two weeks after the August 4th virtual community forum.

Process Notes

Following the virtual community forum and public comment period, the City will consider community comments when preparing revised rezoning maps.  Revised zoning district changes will then go through an adoption process scheduled to begin in fall 2020. Interested community members will have an opportunity to provide comments at all public hearings. A schedule of those hearings will be posted to this webpage as dates are confirmed.

Have a question? Want email updates? Contact Bradley Clark, Principal Planner, at (541) 450-6061 or email bclark@grantspassoregon.gov.

About the Project

In 2014, the City of Grants Pass expanded the UGB to accommodate forecasts for increased growth and population. With that expansion, there are approximately 1,600 acres of land currently within the UGB, but outside of city limits. Some of these properties already have been zoned for urban development, consistent with a joint city-county agreement that permits urban rezoning of rural lands within the UGB to better facilitate the transition from rural to urban development. The city-county agreement does not require that lands be annexed to the city prior to application of urban zoning. There are approximately 675 acres remaining within the UGB that still have rural, county zoning and have not been rezoned or annexed for urban-level development.

The City is initiating a process to rezone all the existing rural properties from rural to urban zoning districts that implement the city’s adopted Comprehensive Plan designations for those properties.  The Comprehensive Plan includes employment, commercial, and residential designations for these various properties, including residential development at low, moderate, high and high-rise densities. Each Comprehensive Plan designation has one or several corresponding city zoning

Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Districts

This table shows the comprehensive plan designations and the applicable zoning districts for each designation.
Comprehensive Plan Designation Zoning District
Low Density Residential (LR) R-1-12
Moderate Density Residential (MR) R-1-6
High Density Residential R-3 (R-3-1)
High Rise Density Residential (HRR) R-4-1
Commercial (COMM) Neighborhood Commercial (NC)
General Commercial (GC-1)
General Commercial (GC-2)
Office Residential (OR)
Employment (EMP) Business Park (BP)
Park (IP)
Industrial (I)

UGB Rezone Subareas

For ease of discussion, the city is using four UGB Rezone subareas.

UGB Rezone Subareas - Images

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Contact Us

  1. Bradley Clark
    Interim Director

    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526
    Ph: 541-450-6060

    Planning Consultation Hours

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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