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The Salem Area Comprehensive Plan has been updated! The City Council adopted the updated plan and associated changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map, zoning map, and zoning code on July 25, 2022. These changes, which resulted from the Our Salem project, became effective on August 24, 2022.
Our Salem Project Takes Effect
To view the updated Comprehensive Plan in English and Spanish, use the links below.
To view the changes to the Comprehensive Plan Map and zoning map, use the interactive maps below. The changes are shown in the layers called "Adopted Our Salem Comprehensive Plan Designations" and "Adopted Our Salem Zoning Designations." You can also view just the changes to the maps in the PDFs below.
- Interactive Comprehensive Plan Map
- Interactive Zoning Map
- Zoning Map changes (PDF)
Changes to the zoning code have been incorporated into the Salem Revised Code online.
The City is now working on a variety of projects to implement and advance the goals and policies in the updated Comprehensive Plan. To follow these projects, sign up to get email updates.
Technical Advisory Committee
A technical advisory committee is advising staff. The committee has 15 members. The committee includes staff from City of Salem departments, area jurisdictions, and partner agencies.
The committee provides technical expertise on project deliverables and guidance on work tasks. The committee is responsible for representing and relaying information about the project to their respective City departments, jurisdictions, or agencies.
Government to Government
We are collaborating with other governmental agencies, tribal governments, and other agencies on the Our Salem project. They are providing input and coordinating planning efforts.
- City of Keizer
- Marion County
- Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments
- Polk County
- Salem-Keizer School District
- Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
- Confederated Tribes of Siletz
- Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Community Groups and Organizations
We have been fortunate to be able to engage with a wide variety of organizations, groups, and agencies throughout the Salem area. The City's boards and commissions have also participated. Many of the organizations and groups have invited us to attend their meetings and events, and many community leaders have taken the time to talk with us.
- 350 Salem
- Active Transportation Network
- American Association of University Women
- Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
- Capital Planning Commission
- Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization
- Center 50+ Advisory Commission
- Chapman Hill Elementary School
- Chemeketa Community College
- Community and Partners of East Salem
- Crossler Middle School
- Downtown Advisory Board
- Downtown Rotary
- East Lancaster Neighborhood Association
- East Salem Rotary
- Edgewater Partners
- Enlace Community Development Project
- Faye Wright Neighborhood Association
- Salem Community Markets
- Friends of Center 50+
- Grant Neighborhood Association
- Grant Community School Parent Club
- Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties
- Houck Middle School
- Human Rights Commission
- Just Walk Salem Keizer
- Kalapuya Elementary School Parents' Club
- La Casita
- Lansing Neighborhood Association
- Latino Business Alliance
- LUS (Latinos Unidos Siempre)
- League of Women Voters
- Marion County Health and Human Services
- Mayor's International Council
- McKay Islander Club
- Micronesian Islander Community
- Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS
- Morningside Neighborhood Association
- National Association of Women in Construction
- North Gateway Redevelopment Board
- North Lancaster Neighborhood Association
- North Neighborhoods
- North East Salem Community Association
- Northeast Neighbors Neighborhood Association
- Northwest Senior and Disability Services
- Oregon Marshallese Community
- PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste)
- Rotary of South Salem
- Safe Routes Partnerships
- Salem Area Chamber of Commerce
- Salem Art Commission
- Salem Citizens Advisory Traffic Commission
- Salem City Club
- Salem Cultural and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board
- Salem Environmental Education
- Salem for Refugees
- Salem Keizer Collaboration
- Salem Keizer NAACP
- Salem Keizer Public Schools Community Transition Program
- Salem Keizer Public Schools Indian Education Parent Advisory Committee
- Salem Kiwanas
- Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
- Salem Public Library Advisory Board
- SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation)
- South Central Association of Neighbors
- South Gateway Neighborhood Association
- South Salem Connect
- South Salem High School Leadership Classes
- Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association
- Southwest Association of Neighbors
- Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association
- Sunrise Rotary
- United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley
- Washington Elementary School
- West Salem Business Association
- West Salem Neighborhood Association
- West Salem Service Integration Team
- West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board
- Willamette University
There are many different ways you can participate in the Our Salem project. We will host public workshops, have tables at community events, conduct stakeholder interviews, send out surveys, and partner with local organizations.
If you want us to attend your neighborhood or organization’s meeting or event, please contact Eunice Kim at email@example.com or 503-540-2308. You can also sign up to get project updates via email, and you can always contact Eunice Kim with any questions or comments.
A consultant team led by Fregonese Associates is providing technical expertise.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee
A stakeholder advisory committee advised staff during the first phase of the Our Salem project. It had 15 members. The committee consisted of Salem officials and representatives from partner jurisdictions, neighborhood associations, and other organizations.
- Elected Officials: The committee included two Salem City Councilors appointed by the Mayor, two Salem Planning Commissioners appointed by the Planning Commission President, and one elected official each from Keizer, Marion County, and Polk County. The officials from Keizer and the two counties were selected by their own jurisdiction. We included them because this project covers Salem's portion of the urban growth boundary, which goes beyond Salem city limits. Changes to the Comprehensive Plan impact the broader area, so coordination is important, and in some cases, required.
- Neighborhood Associations: Land use chairs from three neighborhood associations were on the committee. The land use chairs were from neighborhoods located in southeast, northeast, and inner portions of Salem. These are areas that were not represented by the two City Councilors on the committee, which generally represented West Salem and South Salem. We selected the neighborhood representatives to try to achieve geographical representation in the city after the Councilors were selected.
- Agencies and Organizations: The committee included representatives from several agencies and organizations, including Cherriots, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties, Salem 350, and Enlace Cross Cultural Community Development Project. Most of the representatives were selected by their own organization or agency.
The committee was a non-voting committee. It provided a forum to understand differences and shared values among the participants for mutual gains. The public was be invited to attend and participate in all committee meetings.
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan for future growth and development in the Salem area that aims to meet the needs of current and future residents.
The plan has goals, policies, and maps that shape everything from where multifamily housing is built to how our street system is designed to how our natural resources are protected.
Simply put, it represents the community's vision for future growth.
Why is the City doing this project?
The community identified a need to develop a vision for growth and development as part of the strategic planning process in 2017.
The Comprehensive Plan has not been updated altogether in decades. It may not reflect the community's vision for the future. This project is an opportunity to better understand Salem and how the community wants to grow over the next couple decades.
The City Council approved funding for this project in 2017.
- Phase 1: Evaluate existing conditions and how Salem could grow.
- Phase 2: Establish a community vision for future growth.
- Phase 3: Update the Comprehensive Plan to implement the community’s vision.
What happened during the first phase of the project?
A lot happened but not visioning. The first phase focused on data, indicators, and scenarios.
- Data: We worked with a consultant team and others to collect and analyze information related to the built environment. This included looking at our housing stock, parks, jobs and businesses, development patterns, streets, and more. We also completed a greenhouse gas inventory to better understand the community's impact on the environment.
- Indicators: Using all of this data and input from the community, measures – or indicators – were selected to evaluate the current state of Salem. We answered questions like: How livable are our neighborhoods? How strong is our economy? How sustainable is our community? Indicators included things like housing affordability, proximity to parks, average wages, tree canopy, and bicycle and pedestrian use.
- Scenarios: Once we knew how we were doing now, we created different scenarios for how Salem could grow over the next 20 years under current policies. We used the same indicators to evaluate and compare these future scenarios. We created a report card to help answer the question: Are we headed in the right direction?
The results of the first phase of work will inform the next phase, community-wide visioning.
If phase one – Our Salem: Today – did not include visioning, what decisions were made during the first phase?
There were two decision points during phase one. At both of these points, we asked the public for input.
- What indicators should we use to evaluate the city? We asked the community to select indicators to evaluate Salem as it is today and as it could be in the future under our existing policies.
- Given the results of the analysis, is Salem heading in the right direction? At the end of this first phase, we brought the results of the evaluation to the community and City Council. The results were in the format of a report card and helped answer the question: Are we heading in the right direction?
What were the results of the first phase?
The first phase resulted in a report card that evaluates whether we're heading in the right direction given current policies.
It also resulted in a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory . All this work is informing the visioning phase of the Our Salem project.
Check out this story map to see what we did and what we learned in phase one.
Is the City developing a climate action plan as part of this project?
The 2017 Strategic Plan recommends developing a climate action plan, but was not funded as part of the Our Salem project. The City Council voted in June 2019 to provide $50,000 for work on a climate action plan. Work on the climate action plan has begun, and collaboration between that work and the Our Salem project continues.
- Greenhouse Gas Inventory: The City developed a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, as called for in the 2018 Council Policy Agenda. This inventory was incorporated into the first phase of the Our Salem project. We did this because the built environment – buildings, related transportation networks, etc. – affects GHG emissions, and the results of a GHG inventory can and should inform larger discussions about how and where Salem should grow in the future.
- Goals and Policies: We expect to update the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan as part of the Our Salem project. The updated goals and policies will address GHG emissions, particularly as they relate to transportation and the built environment. Environmental actions that are not related to the built environment fall outside of the purview of the Comprehensive Plan.
What is the second phase – visioning – all about?
It's about developing the community's vision for the future. We have been conducting community-wide visioning since the summer of 2019. This means we have been out and about, talking to the community about future growth and development in Salem. We've been asking people: What thoughts, concerns, and ideas do you have for the future?
We've done this outreach in a variety of ways, including public workshops, outreach at community events, stakeholder interviews, virtual meetings, surveys, and more. In June, we had a Facebook live event on the City's Spanish Facebook page where we answered questions about the Our Salem project in Spanish. You can watch the Facebook video here.
What were the scenarios that were developed in the visioning phase?
We developed four scenarios during the visioning phase. They were essentially different options for how the Salem area could grow in the future. The scenarios focused on land use.
What is the vision that resulted from the visioning phase?
You can read the Our Salem Vision below. The City Council accepted the Vision on March 8, 2021.
The Vision includes broad goals and a map that depict how the community wants the Salem area to grow. It provided the high-level framework for all of the detailed work.
What happened at the work session on the Our Salem project?
On October 18, 2021, staff presented the draft Comprehensive Plan to the City Council and Planning Commission at a joint work session. Staff also presented the associated maps and code changes that have resulted from the three-year Our Salem project. You can watch recordings of the work session:
How did the Planning Commission vote on the project?
The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 to recommend approval of the Our Salem project with the following revisions:
- Remove the proposed map changes at 3094 Gehlar Road NW
- Extend the proposed Mixed Use-II zone at 3486 and 3266 Orchard Heights Road NW to the properties' southern boundaries
- Rezone 2916 Orchard Heights Road NW to Mixed Use-II as opposed to Multiple Family Residential II
- Revise three housing policies to include low-income and public housing
How did the City Council vote on the project?
The City Council voted to approve the Our Salem project on Monday, July 11, 2022 with the following revisions:
- Remove the proposed neighborhood hub on Brown Road NE
- Remove the proposed map changes north of Orchard Heights Road NW (west of Grice Hill Park)
- Only rezone the northern half of the properties at 3486 and 3266 Orchard Heights Road NW to Mixed Use-II
- Rezone 255 College Drive NW to Single Family Residential as opposed to Multiple Family Residential-I
- Direct staff to schedule a separate public hearing to consider rezoning properties along Commercial Street SE roughly between Superior Street and McGilchrist Street to Mixed Use-II
- Direct staff to address traffic issues on Wallace Road NW - including the Congestion Relief Task Force recommendations - in the upcoming update to the Salem Transportation System Plan
The City Council held second reading of the Our Salem ordinances on July 25, 2022.