The City of Grants Pass has initiated a process to rezone approximately 61 acres of rural, county-zoned properties to city, urban zoning districts along a portion of Allen Creek Road in southern Grants Pass. These properties are currently within the city’s Urban Growth Boundary (UBG), but outside of the city limits. The joint city-county agreement does not require that lands be annexed to the city prior to application of urban zoning. This project seeks to rezone property without annexation.
The Allen Creek Road Rezone project is consistent with Oregon Goal 10 and the City’s Comprehensive Plan Goal 9 to address future growth and current housing needs, as well as achieving the community’s goal to expand the city’s buildable land inventory. Future city zoning districts for properties within the project area are intended to help provide adequate housing capacity and encourage increased residential zoning density near amenities.
Properties within the rezone project area are designated in the Comprehensive Plan as Medium Density and High Density Residential. The predominate current zone within project area is county Rural Residential 5 (RR5).
In early January, the City Council reviewed three potential rezone scenarios recommended by the Housing Advisory Committee and Urban Area Planning Commission for inclusion in a new Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) to be prepared by David Evans & Associates (the City’s transportation consultant). The TIA will help determine residential density levels and future transportation infrastructure improvements in the area, resulting in a final draft rezone map.
In 2020, the city initiated a rezone project of all rural properties located within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). However, due to concerns from ODOT about conformity with the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule, this project has been modified to include only the properties along Allen Creek Road between Harbeck and Denton Trail.
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