The proposed zoning and land use code changes that are part of the River Road-Santa Clara Special Area Zone include a Willamette River Greenway Overlay which uses development standards and a blend of open spaces, landscape, and development standards to provide a buffer between the Greenway and development, to protect wildlife and habitat, and enhance public access and connections to the river. This overlay would apply to properties proposed to be part of the River Road- Santa Clara Special Area Zone that fall within the previously adopted boundaries of the Willamette River Greenway. See the Draft Proposed Zoning Map.
The key differences to note between standards included in the proposed overlay compared to the in-progress citywide Willamette River Greenway Code Amendments, include:
- Applies to all development (not just housing)
- Limits building height with proposed zoning
- Increased setback (50’ instead of 40') for building façade maximum length
- Increased public access requirement (300’ instead of 500’)