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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.
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Most Requested Forms
× When do I need a Business License?
Business licenses are required for any business conducting business within the city limits of Coos Bay or with another business or person who is within the city limits of Coos Bay. Call the Public Works Department at (541) 269-8918 for more information and/or the Forms page to download a license appliation.
× 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. Additionally, sidewalks must be maintained and in good repair and safe condition per Section 12.10.020 of the Coos Bay Municipal Code.
× What is my property zoned?
For additional information, please contact the Planning Division of the Community Development Department at 541-269-8918. Allowed uses on a property are based on the zoning designation.
Mayor and City Council
Crystal Shoji Mayor
Mayor Crystal Shoji has been the owner of Shoji Planning, LLC located in downtown Coos Bay since 1996. A graduate of Western Oregon University, she is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a certified facilitator. She consults with organizations and individuals throughout Southwestern Oregon, and she has assisted numerous local groups in organizing for the future.
Prior to establishing Shoji Planning, LLC, Mayor Shoji was the executive director of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce for eleven years, a local government planner and citizen coordinator, and an educator. She is currently active in the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Coos Bay North Bend Rotary Club assisting with numerous cultural and civic endeavors throughout the community. In the past, she was recognized as a Delta Kappa Gamma Society Coos Bay person of achievement and an Oregon Chamber Executive of the Year.
Mayor Shoji is committed to the citizens of Coos Bay. “The City of Coos Bay is a wonderful place with a “can do” spirit,” she said. “We pull together to achieve our goals.”
Term Expires 11/2016
Fred Brick Councilor
I was born in Owatonna, a small town in southern Minnesota with a number of similarities to Coos Bay. My family owned a furniture store/funeral home, a very common combination in the Midwest. After graduating from Owatonna High School, I moved to St. Paul to attend University of Saint Thomas majoring History/Social Studies/Education and then went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota getting my Masters in History with a minor in Political Science and then finishing my coursework for my PhD (ABD).
While finishing my graduate work, I worked in property management, an experience which reinforced my desire to be a history professor. I came to Coos Bay to teach History and Political Science at Southwestern Oregon Community College eighteen years ago. In addition to my duties at SWOCC, I have been on the SCESD Board, the Harding Learning Center Site Council, the previous president of our faculty union at the college, and involved in numerous other public activities
I never thought I would be a dad. I met and married my beautiful wife, Kim, a Coos Bay native, who had two precocious children from a previous marriage, and I became an instant step-dad. Our family quickly expanded when Kim gave birth to our daughter, Hayden. Our five year old nephew became a part of our family soon after. Not thinking that our family was quite complete and seeing the need for foster families in our area, we became foster parents and a temporary home for more than 20 children over the next few years. The adoption of three special needs children brought our grand total to seven. That is the shortened version of how I became a dad to seven children in less than seven years.
My family is my life’s work. I often tell my students and colleagues that teaching is a vacation for me. I love my family, job, and home; and that is why I want to help make Coos Bay more prosperous, family and youth friendly, while supporting growth, education, and keeping the South Coast that special place that thousands visit every year.
Term Expires: 11/2016
Mark Daily Councilor
Mark Daily was elected to the City Council in November 2012. Councilor Daily was originally elected and served on the Council from 2006 – 2010. Prior to serving on the Council, Councilor Daily served six years on the City’s Planning Commission. Councilor Daily attended both San Diego State University and Southern Oregon University Colleges.
Councilor Daily, his wife Gina, and their two sons moved to Coos Bay in 1998. Together they own and operate the Outdoor In and Coast Karate. Councilor Daily is a member of the Downtown Association and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Term Expires 11/2016
Jennifer Groth Councilor
Jennifer Groth was elected to the Council in 2010. She has lived in Coos Bay with her husband and daughter since 2000.
Councilor Groth graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Economics and Political Science, then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University. Prior to moving to our community, she worked as a budget analyst and supervisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and she was employed by the American Funds Service Company in San Antonio as a business analyst and operations supervisor.
Since arriving in Coos Bay, Councilor Groth has become involved in the community as a Business Manager and subsequent volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, has served as the President and Vice-President of the Coos County Historical Society, as the Treasurer of the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters, and the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area, and as the Coordinator of the Coos Waterfront Walkway Partnership.
Term Expires 11/2018
Stephanie Kramer Councilor
Stephanie J. Kramer was elected to the City Council in November 2006. Councilor Kramer has lived in the Bay Area since 2002. She grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado where she attended Colorado State University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition. Stephanie and her husband Thomas moved to Coos Bay from San Diego, California where she was the general catering manager for San Diego State University.
Stephanie and her husband own the Old Tower House Bed and Breakfast, and Coos Bay Marine Towing and Salvage holding contracts with Vessel Assist/Board US. She has been on the board and a charter member of the Concerned Citizens of Empire, is a member of the Charleston Merchants Association, and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as a Council representative on Alternative Youth Activities, Boat Building Center Board, Community Coalition of Empire, and Mingus Park Pool Management Board.
Term Expires 11/2018
Thomas Leahy Councilor
Tom visited Coos Bay in 1974; and at that time, decided to stay here because of all the natural beauty and the small town atmosphere. Tom was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and he received his college education at St. Cloud State University earning a degree in Elementary Education and Science. He was hired by Coos Bay School District and served as Principal at Milner Crest, Assistant Principal at Marshfield, Director of Special Programs and an elementary teacher. He earned his graduate degree at the University of Oregon in Administration.
Tom retired in 2003; and since that time, he has continued to be "civic-minded" through volunteering for the community and its' citizens. He is a Founding Member of the Coos Bay Boat Building Center, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Bay Area Rotary Club.
Currently, he is Director of Tall Ship Days and is active with the Concerned Citizens of Empire. He is an avid local historian and his particular focus is the Tall Ships built in our community.
Term Expires 11/2018
Mike Vaughan Councilor
Councilor Vaughan filled a vacancy that occurred in May of 2011, Councilor Vaughan was later appointed by a unanimous vote of the current council, sworn in and sat down for his first council meeting June 7, 2011.
Councilor Vaughan has served on the City’s Design Review Committee, Parks Commission, and Coos County Weed Advisory Board forming a volunteer group to systematically eradicate invasive plant species in the community.
Councilor Vaughan earned a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 1992. He has operated Mike Vaughan Landscape Design office since then designing residential & commercial landscapes as well as urban planning here in the community. The Vaughan family has been in the Coos Bay/North Bend community for over 100 years participating in civic and governmental affairs and the timber industry.
Term Expires 11/2016
Links to each department's section.
Annual Reports can be found at the below links.
Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) 457.460 requires a financial impact statement from the Urban Renewal Agency be filed with the City Council by January 31st of each year. The annual reports are in addition to the Urban Renewal budgets which are adopted after a public budget process, a public hearing before the Urban Renewal Agency, and in addition to the annual Urban Renewal Agency Audit.
Components of the financial report include:
► The amount of money received during the preceding fiscal year and the indebtedness incurred.
► The purposes and amounts for which money received, including indebtedness, were expended during the previous fiscal year.
► An estimate of money received in the current fiscal year, including indebtedness.
► A budget identifying the purposes and estimated amounts to be received for the current fiscal year and how funds are to be expected.
► An analysis of impacts, if any, of carrying out the plan for all taxing authorities for the preceding year.
2015/2016 Council Goals and Priorities
City’s Economic Development Goals:
1. Using the Planning Commission complete the Development Code update and present to Council for consideration.
2. Using the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee and URA Board members, update the Urban Renewal Plans.
3. Update the Front Street Master Plan.
4. Provide the Council information on becoming a "Certified Local Government" for their consideration.
5. Evaluate and seek ways to improve the City's tourism responsibilities (tourism promotion, tourism fulfillment, tourism development, etc.) and the best utilization of room tax revenue.
6. Evaluate possible commercial uses of the Boardwalk pavilions.
7. Evaluate the possible economic value and identify regulatory issues related to allowing float houses in the bay.
City’s Curb Appeal Goals:
1. Develop a "Hwy 101 Curb Appeal Enhancement Master Plan" for Council's consideration.
· Plan would include possible implementation components along with estimates for both implementation and the ongoing maintenances costs.
· Enhancement options for the City's entrance / welcome signs.
2. Draft a Weed Ordinance limited to Hwy 101 and other City main arterials for Council's consideration.
3. Draft an ordinance prohibiting new chain link fences along Hwy 101 and / or in the downtown URA boundaries for Council's consideration.
4. Develop an Empire "bump out" landscaping / flower enhancement proposal for Council consideration.
City’s Infrastructure Goals:
· Break ground and complete the South Empire Multimodal project.
· Using the Tree Board, update the Street Tree Policy & Species List for Council's consideration.
· Complete the Utility Trench / Pavement Restoration Policy for Council's consideration.
· Complete the Engineering Standards related to streets and sidewalks for Council's consideration.
· Complete the Streets Assessment and develop a long range road restoration plan for Council's consideration.
· Evaluate SDC policy and the current moratorium as it pertains to funding future multimodal road enhancements and present to the Council for consideration.
· Using the Street's Task Force evaluate potential funding sources for street maintenance to include but not limited to a local gas tax, transportation utility fee, general obligation bond, increased franchise fees.
2. Wastewater / Stormwater:
· Develop Engineering Standards related to wastewater and stormwater collection systems for the Council's consideration.
· Begin design plans on the following sewer and storm water infrastructure projects:
a) Final design for Plant 1 Digester update.
b) Facility Plan Amendment for Wastewater Treatment Plant 1.
c) Design plans for Pump Station 16
d) Design plans for the Mingus Park sewer replacement project
e) Pre and Final Design plans for Wastewater Treatment Plant 1
· Begin construction on the following sewer and storm water infrastructure projects:
a) Wastewater Treatment Plant 2.
b) Salmon/Michigan Alley sewer replacement project.
c) Kingwood Canyon sewer replacement project.
d) 4th, 5th, & 6th Ave sewer replacement project.
e) N. 8th Street sewer replacement project.
f) Isthmus Slough sewer force main / pipe project.
g) Park & Highland sewer replacement project.
h) S 10th Street (Blossom Gulch School) sewer replacement project.
i) Birch & Front storm drain replacement project.
j) Pump Station 1.
k) Pump Station 16
· Draft the following for Council's consideration:
a) Storm Water Management Plan
b) Storm Water Ordinance
· Using the Parks Commission, complete the Mingus Park Master Plan for Council's consideration
· Using the Parks Commission, complete the Boardwalk Master Plan for Council's consideration
· Pursue grant funding and/or donations to implement Parks Master Plan components as prioritized by the Council
· Using the Library Facility Steering Committee to assist the City and the Library Board with the following:
a) Creation of a strategic plan.
b) Completion of a needs assessment.
c) Evaluate potential location(s) for a new library facility.
d) Creation and implementation of a capital campaign.
Funding City Services Goals:
1. Pursue grant funding for Public Safety equipment & training.
2. Pursue grant funding for targeted public safety education and enforcement on crosswalks, seatbelt and DUII laws.
3. Evaluate the City's contracting rates with local fire districts.
4. Evaluate the City's Building Codes and Planning fees.
5. Complete a five year Capital Improvement Plan (MCIP) to assist the Council in planning for future capital needs. Components of the CIP would include the following:
a) Wastewater / Stormwater
The Coos Bay Downtown Urban Renewal Plan and Report were adopted in 1988.
The Coos Bay Downtown Urban Renewal Plan and Report were adopted in 1988 in accordance to Oregon state law. The Downtown District begins at the north city limits and runs between the navigation channel and Highway 101 south and southeast toward the city's core area. The district's boundaries proceed south until they come nearly in line with the industrial property located in Eastside. The eastern boundary then turns east to include the industrial-commercial lands in the Eastside area. The westerly boundary proceeds west to include the downtown core area which was a part of the first Urban Renewal Plan and also includes several blocks of transportation corridor immediately west of the core area. The eastern and western urban renewal area boundaries begin to come together in the southern portion of the city and extend to the south city limits along Coalbank Slough.
The Downtown Plan classifies potential urban renewal projects in three general, broad categories:
- Waterfront Development
- Core Area Revitalization
- Streets and Infrastructure
The Empire Urban Renewal Plan and Report were adopted in 1995.
The Empire Urban Renewal Plan and Report were adopted in 1995. The district in general borders the bayfront adjacent to Empire Blvd from Wisconsin Avenue north to the shoreline. At the intersection of Empire Blvd and Newmark Avenue, east on either side of Newmark Avenue to the intersection with Ocean Blvd, east to the property line between Norman Avenue and LaClair Street. The objectives of the Empire Plan are to improve the function, condition, and appearance of the urban renewal area and eliminate existing blight. Project categories:
- Waterfront Development
- Empire Blvd. and Bayfront Improvements
- Improve Primary Commercial Area