Land Use Glossary

Common Terms

This glossary contains some of the more common terms related to land use.

Adjustment – A minor deviation from land development standards in the Development Code, granted through an administrative review process.

Annexation – The process of expanding the city boundaries to bring adjacent territory under the jurisdiction of the city.

Appeal – The process of having a land use decision by the Director, Planning Commission, Traffic Commission, or Hearings-Officer reviewed by the City Council. Decisions on land use cases by the City Council may be appealed to the State Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement (BCCI) – A citywide organization related to the city's Neighborhood Program (see NAC) that originally was designed to foster citizen participation in the city's land use process. BCCI consists of representatives from the individual Neighborhood Association Committees (NACs) and at-large members appointed by the Mayor. The Commission serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas between citizens of Beaverton and the Beaverton City Council, in an effort to increase citizen participation in city government.

Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance 1800) – The primary planning document guiding land use patterns and development in Beaverton. Any change in the plan is subject to the review of neighboring jurisdictions. The plan must conform to the land use planning goals of the state and must periodically go through a formal review and approval process with the state’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

Comprehensive Plan Map – A primary component of the Comprehensive Plan, which shows the geographic pattern of the land uses as defined in the Comprehensive Plan. An amendment to the Plan map requires a Type III Public Hearing process and a decision by the Planning Commission.

Conditional Use – A land use, which the Development Code permits only after a public hearing and inclusion of appropriate conditions or limitations on the use and development of the land. This occurs when the land use is not an outright allowed use of land in that zone.

De Novo Hearing – A public hearing, or as part of an appeal in which all evidence and comment (previously given or new) is accepted for consideration, without regard as to what evidence has already been presented.

Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) – The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is a state organization, which provides the staff support to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and reviews city and county land use policy and regulations to ensure that they conform to state statute. (See also LCDC.)

Ex Parte Contact – Any contact outside of the public hearing in a land use case by a member of the decision making body and someone wishing to directly or indirectly influence the outcome of the case. Such contact must be declared. These provisions do not apply to legislative and policy issues in land use, such as citywide code amendments.

Facilities Review Committee – A committee consisting of representatives from various city departments and divisions that deals with land use matters. The committee is chaired by the Director and includes the city Engineer, Traffic Engineer, Public Works Director, Police Chief, and Fire Chief. These members comprise the voting members. In addition, service districts such as Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, water districts, Beaverton School District and NAC representatives participate in an advisory role. The committee defines conditions relating to municipal facilities that must be met in order for an application to be approved.

Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) – The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) is a state commission that oversees land use planning throughout the state (See also DLCD).

Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) – A state board that has the authority to review appeals of land use cases decided by the City Council.

Metro – The tri-county (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties) regional government providing transportation and land use planning services and overseeing regional garbage disposal, recycling and waste reduction programs; managing regional parks and greenspaces, the Oregon Zoo, as well as overseeing the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission.

Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) – The City of Beaverton is divided into several regions, each of which has a neighborhood association. Residents, land owners, business owners (and others) are automatically members of the corresponding neighborhood association. The Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) has a board that serves as the governing body for the neighborhood association. The NACs are intended to serve in an advisory capacity to the city's elected and appointed officials (See also BCCI).

Neighborhood Review Meeting – A meeting held by the potential land use applicant with the neighboring property owners, residents and businesses, as well as representatives from the NAC(s) that are within a 500-foot radius of the properties boundaries. These meetings are held only for potential applications that will be of Type 3. Oregon Land Use Act of 1973 (Senate Bill 100) – Legislation that put in place the framework necessary to implement and govern statewide land use planning started with Senate Bill 10 passed in 1969. The act established the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), created the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), and required all cities and counties to prepare and adopt Comprehensive Plans consistent with statewide goals.

Partition – The division of a parcel of land less than four parcels. The city's Development Code governs partitions.

Pre-Application conference (Pre-App) – The city provides for the informal review of development proposals and concepts with a Pre-Application Conference. The Pre-App is not mandatory, but it is encouraged by the city in order to provide an early review of issues, concerns and to advise the potential applicant of the application process that will apply when a formal application is submitted. City staff provide a follow-up letter to the applicant containing the comments described at the meeting or otherwise determined to be useful.

Planned Unit Development (PUD) – A type of development (usually residential) in which the Development Code allows more flexibility of development standards than in a conventional subdivision. A PUD can occur in any zone.

Planning Commission – An advisory body of seven members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council to consider land use policy issues and the orderly growth and development of the city. The Planning Commission holds public hearings and renders decisions on specific conditional uses and zone changes that require a Comprehensive Plan change. The Commission also may hold public hearings on annexations, land divisions and proposed changes in the city's Comprehensive Plan or land use ordinances, and makes recommendations to the City Council on these issues.

Public Hearing – A formal proceeding before the Planning Commission or City Council in which the public is invited to testify. Notice must be given of the hearing, and a formal record of the hearing is made. Decisions involving specific land use cases, land use policies or legislative ordinances have a prescribed appeal process.

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) – A document established by Metro that sets the overall policy framework for regional transportation policy and includes specific objectives and an implementation plan to be followed by Metro members. The plan is an implementing measure of the Metro 2040 Growth Concept.

Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) – Legislation passed in 1969, which required cities to develop comprehensive land use plans due to concern over the loss of farmland and forests to urban growth. In addition, the first ten statewide planning standards were established. The development of these plans did not get under way in earnest until 1973 when further legislation was passed in the form of the Oregon Land Use Act of1973 (Senate Bill 100).

Staff Report – A document that contains the review of land use applications by city staff. For development review applications, a staff report contains the staff analysis of development proposals, conclusions and findings for the proposal's conformance to the applicable criteria for approval. Most staff reports are required to be published seven days in advance of a Type III public hearing or a Type II decision.

Standing – The legal designation of those individuals or groups who are entitled to receive notification of a pending land use case, to receive notice of the decision or to file an appeal of the decision. The term also applies to those who are legally entitled to initiate a land use action. Neighborhood Association Committees or NACs have standing to be notified in all cases within their boundaries. The area of notification of property owners varies, depending on the type of land use case.

Subdivision – The division of a parcel of land into at least four lots. The city ordinance governing this process is contained in the Development Code.

Testimony – Formal statements made at a public hearing before an official body deciding an issue or a land use case. Testimony may be either presented in writing or orally prior to the close of a public hearing. Public hearings usually, but not always, close the same date that they open.

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) – An outer boundary of future urban development in the Portland metropolitan area. Land within this boundary is planned for eventual development and the provision of sewer, water, streets and other public facilities.

Urban Growth Management Functional Plan (UGMFP) – The UGMFP is a regional plan established by Metro, that sets a framework for implementation of regional land use goals and objectives to be followed by counties and cities, including Beaverton. The plan contains mandatory requirements to implement the Metro 2040 Growth Concept that are established as "Titles." The UGMFP is designed, in part, to implement the goals established by the Department of Land Use and Conservation and Development (DLCD).

Variance – An allowable deviation from the strict application of land development standards in the Development Code. The Code allows for unique Design Variances. Administrative Type II processing is allowed for some variances, if less than 10% from any one requirement.

Zone Change – The reclassification of land from one land use zoning designation to another. A zone change requires a Public Hearing process with a decision by the Planning Commission.

Zoning – A system of grouping similar or compatible land uses into geographic areas called "zones" or "zoning districts." The city ordinances governing these land uses are referred to as the Development Code.

Zoning Map – A map that shows the locations of land use zoning districts in the city.