Public Works & Community Development Department

The goal of the Public Works & Community Development Department is to work with the community in achieving and maintaining a better quality of life by providing professional guidance and coordination of all land planning and development activities, and by fairly and consistently implementing the City's regulations and policies.

The Public Works & Community Development Department includes Building Codes, Codes Enforcement, Planning, and Economic Development divisions.


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Carolyn {last_name} - Community Development Administrator Photo Carolyn Johnson
Community Development Administrator

Carolyn joined the City of Coos Bay in October 2018.

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541-269-8924

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FAQs

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    × Who is responsible for obtaining permits?

    The property owner is responsible for obtaining all permits for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and manufactured dwelling setup. A contractor or family member can apply for permits on the property owner's behalf, but the permit is ultimately the property owner's responsibility.

    All electrical and plumbing permits are issued by the Oregon State Building Codes Division (BCD); the Coos Bay Field Office is conveniently located inside Coos Bay City Hall, just down the hall from Coos Bay's Building Department. Contact the BCD Coos Bay Field Office at 541-266-1098.

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    × Can we build a garage or home addition on our property?

    Whether or not you can build on your property depends on several things, including the property zoning, lot size, and the size of any existing buildings. The City of Coos Bay Municipal Code Title 17 has property development requirements that include lot coverage restrictions, which means only a certain amount of the property can be covered by structures. For example, the maximum lot coverage for for R-1 (Single Family Residential) lots is 35% and R-2 (Single Family & Duplex Residential) lots is 40%, but C-1 (Central Commercial District) does not have any coverage limitations.

    Please contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 541-269-8918 for more information and to schedule a meeting with a Planner.

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    × How do I apply for a land use application?

    The Planning Division handles land use applications. There are a number of different land use applications including annexations, variances, right-of-way vacations, conditional uses, site plan and architectural reviews, land divisions, and code or text amendments. Any type of property improvement or development may trigger a land use review so it is important to check with the Planning Division to discuss your intentions prior to starting a project.

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Ensuring the safety and structural integrity of buildings and other structures.

Building permits ensure that construction meets minimum building standards to ensure safe workmanship. You need a permit if you’re making structural, plumbing, mechanical, or electrical changes to an existing building or if you're building something new. Permits are also required for any work in the right of way (ROW), demolition, sewer connections and repairs, curb cuts, site development, and signs.

Additional information and applications.

All electrical and plumbing permits are processed and issued by the Oregon State Building Codes Division (BCD). The Coos County BCD office is located in Coos Bay City Hall, phone is 541-266-1098, fax is 541-266-1146.

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Fostering a healthy and attractive community

The Codes Enforcement Divsion is dedicated to working in cooperation with city officials, property owners and citizens to preserve the beauty and value of property and lands as well as promoting the safety, health and general well-being of all citizens and visitors to our city. Codes Enforcement provides information to the general public and to individuals affiliated with specific development projects. We investigate complaints and enforce compliance in the areas of nuisance standards, including:

We rely primarily on requirements from the City's Municipal Code, which is available online. Public health and safety are priorities as we work to gain compliance with existing code and administrative rules. We aim to provide exceptional customer service by emphasizing a cooperative, problem-solving approach with professionalism and respect.

Through education and enforcement, we work with community members to:

To report a concern, please call the Codes Enforcement Officer at 541-269-1181 extension 2267.

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Assisting the community with land use and development

The Planning Division provides a range of responsive services for the citizens of Coos Bay and the development community for matters pertaining to land development and community planning. We are the primary source for public information on development in the City. Although not all development activity necessarily requires direct involvement with the planning staff and support services, we can usually guide inquiries and questions to the right person or entity.

We implement the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Code. The Comprehensive Plan identifies the community's land use vision. The Development Code implements the community vision by identifying the regulatory side of land use and development activity. For example, we give information on where to build or add on to structures to ensure compliance with zoning, property setbacks, lot coverage, parking, and other regulations. This helps the City develop in a coordinated and organized manner that benefits not only individual property owners but adds to our community’s vitality. The Development Code is available online as Title 17 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code.

The Planning Division is responsible for project management on land use applications that propose new or modified development in the City. This includes conducting pre-application conferences, the in-take of proposed development applications, providing public notification and information on proposed development projects, reviewing projects for compliance with the adopted Development Code, making decisions or recommendations on those projects (depending on their level of review), and scheduling and conducting public hearings. Ultimately, our purpose is to guide each project through the approval process in a timely manner when all development requirements are satisfied.

The City of Coos Bay is also a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program since areas within the City have been subject to periodic flooding. We have adopted land use control measures to reduce flood hazards and assure that city residents will continue to benefit from the national program.

Collaboration with Federal and State agencies

As a local planning agency, the Planning Division can be a local resource for participation in Federal and State Planning efforts.  Currently the City is working with the State Office of Historic Preservation to share information about the National Park Service Nomination Application to the National Register of Historic Places for a Traditional Cultural Property Historic District November 2018 proposal by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw, (CTCLUSI); also known as Q’alya ta Kukwis shichidii me (Jordan Cove and the Bay of the Coos People).

The proposed Traditional Cultural Property Historic District (TCP Historic District) is a 20-square mile area following the horseshoe shape of the Coos Bay Estuary. The proposed district includes portions of Coos Bay, North Bend and Coos County. It contains 158 historic "contributing" properties associated with the history, culture, and beliefs of the Coos people, including two buildings and 156 places, or "sites.

Key dates in the nomination process include:

December 21, 2018 - Public comment period opened.

January 8, 2019 - Coos Bay Landmarks Commission reviewed the nomination document and developed an initial recommendation. 

January 17-18, 2019 - Oregon SHPO staff hosted informational meetings.

February 19, 2019 - The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Tribal Council and the City Council held a joint meeting to discuss the nomination.

February 22, 2019 - State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) reviewed of the nomination document for the proposed TCP Historic District. The SACHP recommended to forward the proposed nomination as is with no required revisions.

March 4, 2019 - Coos Bay Landmarks Commission revisited their initial recommendation and continued their meeting for additional review.

March 12, 2019 - At the conclusion of a special meeting on the matter, the City Council determined they could not support the TCP application. The Council letter to SHPO is here.  

March 15, 2019 - After an extensive second review of the TCP application at a special meeting, the Coos Bay Landmarks Commission expressed multiple concerns about the effects and administration of the proposed TCP. The Commission noted the National Park Service’s TCP criteria had been met. The Landmarks Commission to SHPO is here.   

May 10, 2019 - Requested last day to submit notarized objections to the Oregon SHPO for the proposed historic district. Any notarized objection received after this date will be forwarded to the National Park Service before they make a final decision.

May 23, 2019 - Nomination for the proposed TCP Historic District is forwarded by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to the National Park Service for a final decision.

July 2019 - Expected date that the National Park Service will make a final decision regarding listing the proposed TCP Historic District in the National Register. 

More information can be found at the State Office of Historic Preservation Web site at:

https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/NATREG/Pages/Jordan-Cove-TCP.aspx

and at https://ctclusi.org/, the CTCLUSI (Confederated Tribes) Web site.

Maps identifying City of Coos Bay locations that would be in proposed district include:

TCP Overall Map

Map 1,  Map 2,  Map 3,  Map 8,  Map 9,  Map 10,  Map 11,  Map 12,  Map13,  Map 14,  Map 15

notable projects

When the City receives large or unusual land development or land use law amendment applications, we strive to share this information with the public. Below is information on the following upcoming project applications:

Hollering Place – A multi-use land use development pre-application has been submitted by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw. (CTCLUSI) The pre-application meeting notes can be found here. The project is described at https://ctclusi.org/hollering-place. City background on the Hollering Place can be found here

Gateway Oasis II - Manufactured Home Park - A pre-application has been received for an approximately 400 space manufactured home park over 73 acres of multi-family zoned property with access from Lindy Lane. The property is generally located south of Ocean Blvd and is adjacent to the new Fed-Ex complex and Cascade Farm store to the east, Shore Pines Manufactured Home Park to the west, and Coos Bay North Bend Water Board property to the south. The pre-application notes can be found here.

Jordan Cove Application - The Jordan Cove Energy Project L.P. has applied to the City for a  Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment to the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan to 1) change the designation of approximately 3.3 acres from 52-NA to DDNC-DA; 2) change text in the Comprehensive Plan to take a reasons exception to statewide planning goal 16 to authorize the proposed map amendment; 3) an Estuarine and Coastal Shoreline Uses and Activities Permit for “New and Maintenance Dredging” in the DDNC-DA Estuarine Zone; and 4) an Estuarine and Coastal Shoreline Uses and Activities Permit to allow an accessory temporary dredge transport pipeline in the 52-NA, 53-CA, 54-DA and 55-CA Estuarine Zones. The following is a link to the application completeness letter.

The Planning Commission reviewed the project application staff report on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Planning Commission’s review is for advisory purposes; their recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council. The Planning Commission closed the public hearing (audio here) but left the record open for written comments on any issue related to the project until 5 PM on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  All comments received during the March 21-April 25, 2019 public comment period can be found here. Be Aware that some of the files are large in size and may take time to download.

There is a second open record period from Friday, April 26, 2019 to 5 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Comments during this period are limited to matters raised during March 21-April 25, 2019 public comment period.  On Thursday, May 23rd, a compilation of the comments received on the project application will be available on this web site and a Planning Commission staff report for Thursday, May 30, 2019 Planning Commission 6 PM meeting. No new testimony will be permitted, this is not a public hearing but an opportunity for the Planning Commission to review public comments. 

The City Council will hold a public hearing to accept the Planning Commission’s recommendation and review the project application on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7 PM. The staff report for the Council meeting will be on the City web site and this page by 5 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Council will receive all written comments provided to the Planning Commission and the Planning Commission minutes of March 21 and May 30, 2019.

Following the Planning Commission’s May 30 meeting, the City Council will hold public hearing to review the project application on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7 PM. 

Planners Henry Hearley and Jake Callister are available to accept your written comments at hhearley@lcog.org or jcallister@lcog.org  or  by US mail at 859 Willamette St #500, Eugene, OR 97401. All written comments will be provided to the Planning Commission and the City Council. You can see all written comments received as of March 25, 2019 here.

Henry and Jake work for the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG); the City has contracted with LCOG for planning permit processing services related to the project. They can also be reached by phone, Henry is at 541-682-3089 and Jake is at 541-682-4114. Carolyn Johnson, Community Development Administrator, can be reached at 541-269-1181 ex 2287 or cjohnson@coosbay.org

PENDING TITLE 17 DEVELOPMENT CODE AMENDMENTS

Modification to Marijuana Regulations - The Planning Commission and City Council will hold public hearings to take testimony on City initiated application 187-19-000015 for amendments to the Coos Bay Municipal Code Chapters 17.150 – Definitions, 17.335.080 - Supplemental Development standards to add criteria for Indoor Marijuana-Related businesses, and Table 17.235.020 – Table of Uses referencing marijuana related businesses. The Planning Commission public hearing will be on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers located at 500 Central Ave in Coos Bay. At this same location, the City Council public hearing to consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM the same location.

The proposed amendments will be at http://coosbay.org/departments/community-development-department on May 1, 2019.  At http://coosbay.org/government/search_agendas-minutes the Planning Commission staff report will be posted by 5 PM on Tuesday May 7, 2019 and the City Council staff report will be posted by 5 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019. The City Council’s decision may be appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals pursuant to ORS 197.830.

Comments? Contact Carolyn Johnson, Community Development Administrator at the Coos Bay Public Works and Community Development Department, City Hall, 500 Central Ave, Coos Bay or cjohnson@coosbay.org or 541- 269-1181 extension 2287.

FREQUENT LAND USE INQUIRIES

Accessory Dwellings - The City provides standards and a process for securing authorization for an accessory dwelling unit. An accessory dwelling unit is an interior, attached or detached residential structure in a single-family residential neighborhood. An application for an accessory dwelling unit begins in the Planning Division, and a building permit is also necessary. This brochure provides additional information.   

Comprehensive Plan

Volume 1;  Volume 2;  Volume 3 - Estuary Management Plan,  Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan Map,  Comprehensive Plan Map

Development Code

Development Code, Title 17 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code

Zoning Map

Applications

Land Use Development Review Pre-Application

Land Use Development Review Application

Design Standards

Empire Waterfront Settlement Design Standards

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Partners with other public and private entities to expand and diversify our local economy

Economic Development promotes and revitalizes the Downtown and Empire Urban Renewal Districts by coordinating with the city’s economic development partners to attract, retain, and promote expansion of local business opportunities, managing the façade improvement grant program, and coordinating urban renewal projects.

The goal of economic development is to create a downtown that is a quality of life asset for the entire community, bringing unique spaces, recreation, excitement, history, social opportunities and cultural resources to all residents and visitors.

Economic Development includes programs for Urban Renewal, Façade Improvement, and specific development and re-development projects.

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