Government

The City of Coos Bay operates on a Council/Manager form of government with a Mayor and six Councilors, all volunteer positions, elected by the citizens.

This section of the website is designed to assist our community in finding the information you need fast.  We have included contact information for sources outside our site as well as city staff.  Here you will find forms, regulations, information on projects as well as information on meeting agendas and minutes for the councils, boards and committes that serve our community.

If you can't find it, let us know!


Most Requested Forms

  • Building Permit Application for building permit, including residential and commercial additions, alterations, and new construction
  • Animal Control Permit Application to keep animals requiring a special permit, including poultry, rabbit, pig, goat, sheep, llama, cow and equines
  • Mechanical Permit Application Application for Mechanical permit, including commercial and residential
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FAQs

  • Q:

    × Is burning allowed within the city limits?

    Burning is allowed during daylight hours only, with a responsible adult equipped with a hose and a shovel or other approved fire extinguishing tool present at all times. Residential outdoor burning within the city limits of Coos Bay does not require a permit from the fire department.

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    × Who is responsible for the improved and unimproved right of way next to my house?

    The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the improved and/or unimproved right of way adjacent to the property. The right of way must be maintained so that vegetation in not overgrown and causing a vision clearance issue, and sidewalks must be maintained and in good repair and safe condition. See Coos Bay Municipal Code Section 12.

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    × What is my property zoned?

    The Zoning Map shows the zoning for the entire city; just zoom in to find your property. You can also call the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 541-269-8918. You'll need to know the property address or, if it is an undeveloped property, some other means of identifying it such as cross streets or tax parcel information. We can help you find the answers you need. Allowed uses on a property are based on the zoning designation. Zoning definitions and descriptions are included in the Coos Bay Municipal Code, Title 17.

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Like most cities in Oregon, the City of Coos Bay utilizes the “Council-Manager” form of government. Under this system, the City Council sets policies which are then implemented by the City Manager who is selected and serves at the pleasure of the Council.
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Joe Benetti was elected as Mayor in November 2016.  He was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and he moved to Coos Bay in 1979 and started Benetti’s Italian Restaurant.  After 38 years Joe sold the restaurant and semi-retired. 

His love of the Bay Area prompted him to become involved in his community.  He wanted to give back to a community that has been so good to him.  Over the years, Joe served three terms as mayor of the City of Coos Bay, and twelve years as City Councilor. After several years out of city government, Joe successfully ran for the mayor’s spot again in November 2016.  He has served on numerous other committees.  Currently, Joe is a director on the Oregon Pacific Bank Board. He serves on the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport Commission. He is a member of Coos County Urban Renewal, Coos County Tourism Advisory Committee, and Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board. 

Term Expires 11/2020

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541-269-8912

Lucinda DiNovo was elected to the City Council in 2016.  She has lived in the Bay Area for the last 21 years.  Lucinda began her career in the gaming industry 20 years ago, and she is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mill Casino * Hotel & RV Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. 

Councilor DiNovo has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Oregon State University.  She is past President of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and she has served and continues to serve on numerous boards including the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, Board of Trustees for Coos History Museum, City of Coos Bay Budget Committee and Advisory Committee for the International Port of Coos Bay.  

Councilor DiNovo has a passion for a collaborative process in all that she does and giving back to her community through service. She enjoys the outdoors and sharing her love and knowledge of the wonders of Coos Bay-North Bend Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

Term Expires 11/2020

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541-269-8912

Drew Farmer was elected to the City Council in 2016. He has lived in Coos Bay off and on since his birth.

After he graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Personnel Specialist. Following an honorable discharge at the expiration of his contract, he returned home for a year to attend SWOCC before moving on to Portland State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.  Returning home once again, he has been employed previously as an Executive Assistant at Chuck Bracelin Transportation,  as an Employment Specialist with the Working Wonders non-profit, and is currently the director of Bay Area Enterprises. 

 His previous board experience includes sitting on the board for the Shama House non-profit, as the treasurer of the city’s Library Board, and on the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.

Term Expires 11/2020

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541-294-3916

Stephanie Kilmer was elected to the Council in November 2016.  She is a life-long resident of Coos Bay residing here with her husband and three children since graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. Councilor Kilmer returned to Coos Bay to pursue a career in broadcasting.  She held numerous positions at KCBY TV before leaving the industry to work in the billing office of Bay Cities Ambulance (previously owned by her parents).  A year later, she began working for KDCQ FM (K-DOCK Radio) where she is currently the General Manager.

Councilor Kilmer has been involved in a variety of boards and committees. She is currently serving on the Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) and Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Boards.  She also serves as the Secretary of the CBDA Foundation Board, and she is a board member of the Southwestern Alumni Association.  She serves on several committees including the Coos County Relay for Life, Bay Area Fun Festival, Cruz The Coos, and MHS Media Advisory committee.  She has also served as President of the Rotary Club and Bay Area Jaycees.

Term Expires 11/2020

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541-297-5636

Carmen Matthews was elected to Council in November 2018.  Growing up in Coos Bay, Carmen has deep roots in the area.  He graduated from Marshfield High School and Southwestern Community College and now owns and operates the 7 Devils Brewing Co. located in downtown. Councilor Matthews has served on the Parks Commission for many years and is now excited to bring his energy to the city Council.  A passion for volunteering has allowed him to connect with a large portion of the community he loves so much.  He is a past president for the Oregon Coast Music Association, and is a founding member of the local Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. 

Term Expires 11/2022

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541-269-8912

Rob Miles was elected to the City Council in 2018. He was born and raised in Coos Bay, graduating from Marshfield High School in 1985. After high school, he worked and attended college classes in Portland and Seattle. When his twin sons were born in 1993, he returned to Coos Bay because he believed then, as he does now, that it was an ideal place to raise a family. For the past 24 years he has been married to the love of his life Dena, and they have raised a blended family that includes his daughter Olivia, twin sons Jordan and Trevor, and youngest son Derek.

Rob worked at Weyerhaeuser CBX Sawmill for several years until the plant closed in the late 1990s. Following the mill closure, he attended Southwestern Oregon Community College and Linfield College studying Business Management. For the past 21 years he has worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon, working his way up to his current role in charge of Resource Development.

Term Expires 11/2022

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Sara Stephens was appointed to the Coos Bay City Council August 17, 2021. She has lived in the Bay Area for the last eight years. Sara began her career in social services 20 years ago and she is currently the Executive Director for the South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub. Stephens went to college at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and spent a semester in Rome, Italy. She is involved in numerous boards and committees including serving as the current board chair for the United Way of Southwestern Oregon, as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection, and recently served as a member on the City of Coos Bay Budget Committee.

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Construction impacts, including detours and expected delays

No traffic impacts are expected at this time. 

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2021-2023 Council Goals

Goal 1.  Working well together and working with key partners

Goal 2.  City's Water Quality Infrastructure

Goal 3.  City's Streets, Sidewalks, Parking Lots & Street Light Infrastructure

4.  Facilities

5.  Economic Development

6.  Increasing Housing Supply and Addressing Homelessness

7.  Communication Between the City and Our Citizens

8.  Parks

9.  Public Safety

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The Planning Commission functions primarily as a comprehensive planning body by proposing policy and legislation to the city council and by implementing regulations relating to the growth and development of the community.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member citizen advisory board appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission is also the decision-making authority for some land use applications. The Planning Commission holds public meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall.

Planning Commission Ordinance

Agendas & Minutes - April 2020 to current

Agendas & Minutes - March 2020 & prior

MEMBERS TERM ENDING
Patrick Terry 12/31/2023
Jim Berg - Chair 12/31/2021
Bill Davis 12/31/2022
Amy Aguirre 12/31/2022
Jeff Marineau 12/31/2021
Josh Stevens 12/31/2023
Rex Miller 12/31/2023
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Current city projects

Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2 Expansion and Upgrade

Empire Boulevard

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Projects that will be starting soon

Eastside Safe Routes to School 

The City, Coos Bay School District, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) partnered on a Safe Routes to School project to provide safer pedestrian access to and from Millicoma School. The project location extends from Millicoma School (2nd Ave.) to the Isthmus Slough Bridge. The project improvements include storm infrastructure, sidewalks, accessibility ramps, marked crosswalks, and rapid flash beacons. The City applied for and was awarded a $2 million Safe Routes to Schools grant from ODOT to partially fund the project. The project schedule is still currently being worked out with the contractor, but is expected to begin in April 2020.

4th Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Construction of the 4th Street Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project (Phase I) is also expected to begin in April 2020, which includes reconstruction of the roadway, new traffic lights, bumpouts, new pedestrian crossings including rapid flash beacons, and ADA compliant sidewalks. The project location is within the Coos Bay Urban Renewal District and extends from Commercial Avenue to Donnelly Avenue. The City has partnered with the Coos Bay North Bend Water Board for the replacement of a water main in the same area. The City intends to complete similar improvements to 4th Street from Market Avenue to Commercial Avenue and Donnelly to Elrod at a later date (Phase 2).

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Current Request for Bids, Proposals and/or Qualifications from the City of Coos Bay

Click Here to View Current RFPs or RFQs

Click Here to View current QuestCDN projects

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