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S-JW Jefferson Westside Special Area Zone Revised Amended
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The overarching purpose of the S-JW zone is to prevent residential infill that would significantly diminish, and to encourage residential infill that would enhance the stability, quality, positive character, livability and natural resources of the encompassed residential areas. More specifically, the purposes of this zone include:

(1) Contribute to maintaining and strengthening a high quality urban core environment with compatible commercial and residential development so that people of a variety of incomes and household compositions will desire to live close to the city center and will be able to afford to do so.

(2) Protect and maintain these healthy, established, residential areas by ensuring compatible design for residential infill development in terms of lot patterns; uses; development intensity; building mass, scale, orientation and setbacks; open space; impacts of vehicle ownership and use; and other elements.

(3) Reinforce and complement positive development patterns identified through a community process conducted by the City-chartered neighborhood association that encompasses the S-JW zone.

(4) Accommodate future growth without eroding the areas’ residential character and livability.

(5) Promote stability of the neighborhood community by maintaining a balanced mix of single-dwelling, duplex, and multi-dwelling residential development that contributes positively to the predominant residential patterns that arose as the neighborhood was built out. Prevent destabilization that would result from major residential redevelopment.

(6) Limit the density and intensity of permitted development to a level of development that does not fundamentally replace the essential character of the encompassed area (i.e., by redevelopment).

(7) Support the encompassed areas as transition areas between higher intensity residential and commercial land uses adjacent to the S-JW areas (e.g., along W. 13th Avenue and Willamette Streets to the north and east of the Jefferson neighborhood portion of the S-JW area) and lower intensity residential areas adjacent to S-JW areas (e.g., the R-1 zoned areas to the east and south of the Jefferson portion of the S-JW area), in terms of density; building mass, scale, setbacks and facades; open space; and other elements.

(8) Promote a safe, hospitable and attractive environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, including individuals of all ages and abilities, particularly by establishing development standards that do not allow automobile use to reach levels that create hazards or disincentives to pedestrian and bicycle use on local streets and alleys;

(9) Promote public safety by fostering a strong visual and social connection among living areas of dwellings that are close to one another, and between the living areas of dwellings and the public realm;

(10) Provide for a range of dwelling types, tenures, density, sizes and costs, including by encouraging the preservation of existing small lots and small, relatively lower-cost, single-dwelling, detached homes, as well as by encouraging new, smaller and relatively lower-cost, detached, single-dwellings and duplexes;

(11) Implement clear and objective standards that support the above purposes, while allowing for alternative discretionary standards to provide additional flexibility for compatible residential development.

(Section 9.3600 added by Ordinance No. 20449, enacted December 14, 2009, effective January 16, 2010.)