In 2008-2009, the City of Astoria worked on a Riverfront Vision Plan to address issues dealing with open space, land use, and transportation issues along the Columbia River. Significant public involvement opportunities were designed to gain public input. This process was initiated to plan for these issues in a comprehensive manner and to set a framework for the future of the study area. The City’s north Riverfront (Columbia River to West Marine/ Marine Drive/Lief Erikson Drive) was divided into four Plan areas of development: Bridge Vista (Port/Smith Point to 2nd Street), Urban Core (2nd to 16th Street), Civic Greenway (16th to 39th Street), and Neighborhood Greenway (39th Street to east end of Alderbrook Lagoon). A link to the Riverfront Vision Plan can be found by clicking Riverfront Vision Plan.
During the Plan development, four community-wide forums, three open houses, and numerous community meetings were held at various locations within the four Plan areas. In addition, staff and/or consultants conducted stakeholder interviews, distributed and tabulated surveys. Development of the Vision Plan was structured to gain as much public input as possible. On December 7, 2009, after holding a final public hearing, the City Council accepted the Riverfront Vision Plan. For Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the City Council set goals to “Implement Riverfront Vision Plan on a Zone by Zone Basis.”
In August 2012, the City Council approved submittal of a funding application to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to fund code writing activities for up to two areas of the Riverfront Vision Plan. The funding would be a Transportation Growth Management (TGM) grant through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). In October 2012, the City was notified that the project had been approved for funding. ODOT and the City subsequently developed a scope of work and the City Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with ODOT in August 2013 for the project.
The proposed Code Assistance Project is for the implementation phase of the Astoria Riverfront Vision Plan. Phase 1 of the project dealt with land use codes and/or new zones for the Civic Greenway Plan Area. Phase 2 of the project would develop land use codes and/or new zones for the Bridge Vista Plan Area. The consultant team identified by ODOT to work on this project is Angelo Planning Group. One of the project team members will be Matt Hastie, who was directly involved in development of the Riverfront Vision Plan. The project will include intensive public involvement held during Planning Commission work sessions. The final product will be Comprehensive Plan amendments, Development Code amendments and/or land use zoning map amendments to be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.
CIVIC GREENWAY AREA - The Planning Commission held work sessions on the Riverfront Vision Plan Implementation, dealing with Civic Greenway area. The meeting materials for those meetings are available below.
October 22, 2013
December 3, 2013
January 7, 2014
January 28, 2014
February 25, 2014
April 7, 2014 Power Point Presentation
The City Council approved the proposed amendments for the Riverfront Vision Plan, Civic Greenway area on October 6, 2014.
Riverfront Vision Plan - Ordinance
BRIDGE VISTA AREA - Work sessions on the Bridge Vista area of the Riverfront Vision Plan have been held by the Planning Commission. Documents from those meetings are available below. The Bridge Vista area is located north of West Marine Drive approximately from Portway Street to 2nd Street. The City Council will receive an update on the Riverfront Vision Plan - Bridge Vista Area at their meeting on Monday, March 16th and a tentative work session is scheduled with the Planning Commission / City Council on May 18th.
The Astoria Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan amendments, Development Code amendments and/or land use zoning map amendments on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. As this project progresses, meeting materials will be available below.
October 28, 2014 Public Notice
October 28, 2014 Memo
October 28, 2014 Power Point Presentation
November 25, 2014 Memo
November 25, 2014 Power Point Presentation
December 17, 2014 Memo
January 6, 2015 Town Hall Meeting Flyer
January 6, 2015 Power Point Presentation
January 6, 2015 Town Hall Meeting Summary
January 27, 2015 Memo
January 27, 2015 Power Point Presentation
March 16, 2015 City Council Power Point Presentation
April 7, 2015 Public Notice
April 7, 2015 Memo
April 7, 2015 Power Point Presentation
June 1, 2015 City Council Agenda, Memo, and Findings of Fact for Bridge Vista Area and Gateway Overlay Zone
June 1, 2015 Power Point Presentation
The Astoria City Council approved the proposed amendments for the Riverfront Vision Plan, Bridge Vista area on June 15, 2015. Click the following links for more information:
Ordinance No 15-03 - Development Code
Ordinance No. 15-04 - Comprehensive Plan
NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY AREA - The Planning Commission held a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Astoria, 201 39th Street to begin discussion on potential changes to the City's Development Code, Land Use and Zoning Map, and Comprehensive Plan aimed at implementing recommendations in the Riverfront Vision Plan. The Neighborhood Greenway area is located north of Lief Erikson Drive approximately from 41st Street to 54th Street.
Tentative meeting schedules for this project are: Planning Commission Work Sessions: September 1, September 16; Planning Commission Public Hearing: October 27; City Council Work Session: November 2; City Council Public Hearing November 16. As this project progresses, meeting materials will be available below.
August 20, 2015 Town Hall Public Notice
August 20, 2015 Power Point Presentation
August 26, 2015 Planning Commission Memorandum
September 1, 2015 Planning Commission Work Session Public Notice
September 1, 2015 Memorandum to City Council
September 16, 2015 Planning Commission Work Session Memorandum
October 15, 2015 DRAFT Development Code Ordinance
October 15, 2015 DRAFT Comprehensive Plan Ordinance
October 27, 2015 Public Notice
October 27, 2015 Planning Commission Staff Report
November 2, 2015 City Council Work Session / November 16, 2015 City Council Public Notice
November 16, 2015 City Council Memo and Findings of Fact for the Neighborhood Greenway Area
December 7, 2015 City Council Memo and Findings of Fact for the Neighborhood Greenway Area
The Astoria City Council approved the proposed amendments for the Riverfront Vision Plan, Neighborhood Greenway area on December 7, 2015. Click the following links for more information:
Order & Ordinance 15-09 - Development Code
Order & Ordinance 15-08 - Comprehensive Plan
Please direct questions and/or comments to Sherri Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.