Land Use Rules
About Land Use in Beaverton
The rules that govern the process for land use applications are not just decided by the City of Beaverton. History on the development of these rules can be found in State Land Use History. The rules that are used in the land use application process are found in two documents: the Comprehensive Plan and the Development Code.
Local jurisdictions are empowered by the Oregon State Legislature to enact legislation to implement and administer the statewide land use goals and guidelines, and to fine-tune them to address local issues and concerns. Each jurisdiction accomplishes this by establishing Comprehensive Plans and land use regulations that are acknowledged by the state as being consistent with the statewide program. The Comprehensive Plan incorporates the land use categories and housing and job targets set by the Metro Council for our city through the regional planning process. Copies of the Comprehensive Plan can be found at City Hall, at the Beaverton Library, and at www.beavertonoregon.gov/461/Comprehensive-Plan.
In conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan, the city has developed regulations to implement the Comprehensive Plan. These regulations are compiled in the Development Code. While the Comprehensive Plan describes general land use categories, the Development Code has more detailed descriptions of its categories, called zoning districts. The Development Code also specifies what uses are allowed and prohibited in each zone, and is intended to cover almost all types of land use issues that may arise. The Development Code defines zoning for land within the city and specifies procedures for various land use matters, including development, annexation, and modification of land usage. Given the breadth of issues the Development Code addresses, the procedures defined are fairly complex. Copies of the Development code can be found at City Hall, at the Beaverton Library, and at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/463/Development-Code.
The Development Code also includes the approval criteria for development applications. These criteria are important to Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs) when scrutinizing development applications in the community. The way the applicant, city staff, property owners and citizen participants address the applicable approval criteria in the Development Code during the development review and/or public hearing process affect the ultimate project that may be built in your neighborhood. The mechanics of the development process are described in Land Use Process.