Urban Growth Boundary Rezoning Project

Take the online Grants Pass UGB Rezoning Survey

The survey will close on Friday, April 24, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Grants Pass Urban Growth Boundary Rezoning Forum

The Community Forum previously scheduled for Monday March 23, has been postponed. The new date and time will be posted on this page as soon as it is rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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

Property owners and Grants Pass community members will have several opportunities to participate in the UGB Rezone process:

  • The first Community Forum previously scheduled for March 23, 2020 has been postponed.
  • A second Community Forum and online survey will be held in late April and early May, 2020 to review proposed zoning district changes.
  • Final proposed zoning district changes will go through an adoption process scheduled for the summer of 2020.

Have a question? Want email updates? Contact Bradley Clark, Interim Director, at (541) 450-6061 or email Bradley Clark.

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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