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The Albany City Council adopted the SAAP on February 13, 2013, and amended the Albany Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map and the Albany Development Code.

The South Albany Area Plan (SAAP) represents the culmination of a 1.5 year planning project that presents the community vision for South Albany, Albany's largest undeveloped area.

It sets the direction for future growth and development in this area including zoning and land use, streets and highways, railroads, natural areas and wildlife along Oak Creek, neighborhood services, and development standards. Additionally, the SAAP identifies how much development can be approved before the realignment of Ellingson Road is required. 

South Albany Area Plan


  • Purpose of Project
  • Study Area
  • Document Contents
  • Planning Process

Existing and Future Conditions

  • Planning Area Context
  • Past Planning in South Albany
  • Existing Land Use Conditions
  • Existing Transportation Conditions
  • Market Analysis Summary
  • Buildable Lands Analysis

South Albany Area Plan

  • Overview
  • Vision and Plan Objectives
  • Organizational Framework
  • Streets Framework
  • Trails Framework
  • Park and School Concept
  • Land Use Plan


  • Comprehensive Plan and Zoning
  • Transportation System Plan
  • Funding Strategy

South Albany Area Plan Appendix

Appendix A – Task 1: Project Kick-off

  • Project Description and Planning Process
  • Project Kick-off Meeting Summary
  • Stakeholder Interview Summary
  • Project Web Site:
  • Project Memo 1: Vision Elements and Evaluation Criteria
  • Revised Project Memo 1: Vision and Plan Objectives

Appendix B – Task 2: Existing and Future Conditions

  • Project Memo 2: Existing and Future Conditions
  • Technical Memo: Existing and Future Transportation Conditions
  • Technical Memo: South Albany Public Facilities
  • Revised Technical Memo: Assessment of Environmental Conditions
  • Technical Memo: South Albany Area Plan Archeological Research
  • Revised Project Memo 3: Market Analysis

Appendix C - Public Event #1

  • Workshop 1 Summary Report – January 2012

Appendix D - Land Use and Transportation Alternatives

  • Team Meeting Summary
  • Team Workshop Summary
  • Buildable Lands Memorandum
  • Alternatives
  • Technical Memo: Alternatives Consideration of Environmental Constraints
  • Summary of Comments from TAC and PAC

Appendix E - Public Event #2 and Preferred Alternative

  • Workshop 2 Summary Report
  • Revised Project Memo 4: Preferred Alternative

Appendix F - Plan Implementation

  • Revised Project Memo 5: South Albany Area Plan Outline
  • Revised Project Memo 6: 2010 TSP Amendments
  • Revised Project Memo 7: Comprehensive Plan Amendments
  • Revised Project Memo 8: Development Code Amendments
  • Revised Project Memo 9: Funding and Implementation

Appendix G - Public Event #3

  • Workshop 3 Summary Report

Appendix H - Plan Adoption and Code Amendment Recommendations

  • Presentation for Planning Commission hearing
  • Presentation for City Council hearing

Study Area

The study area is generally all lands between Interstate 5 on the east and Highway 99 on the west, and vacant lands surrounding Oak Creek on the north, then south to the Urban Growth Boundary.

Project Team

City of Albany Community Development

  • Greg Byrne, Community Development Director
  • Heather Hansen, CFM, Planning Division Manager
  • Anne Catlin, Lead Long Range Planner
  • Tari Hayes, Administrative Assistant

SAAP Project Advisory Committee

  • Kelly Albers, Bike-Ped Commission
  • Mark Azevedo, Albany Tree Commission
  • Bill Coburn, Albany City Council
  • Bill Draper, Albany Democrat Herald
  • Dave Faller, Albany Planning Commission
  • Glenda Fleming, Albany Planning Commission
  • Mark Grenz, Representing Larry Epping
  • Jim Huckestein, LBCC
  • Julie Jones, GAPS Board
  • Sharon Konopa, Mayor, City of Albany
  • Tom Krupicka, Tom's Garden Center
  • Jason Lafferty, Sno Temp Cold Storage
  • Gail Langellotto, Resident
  • Ron Litwiller, Mennonite Village
  • Seaton McLennan, Mayor, City of Tangent
  • Greg Roe, United Way of Linn County
  • Eirik Thorsgard, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Matt Wellner, Metropolitan Land Group

SAAP Technical Advisory Committee

  • Russ Allen, Greater Albany Public Schools
  • Tara Davis, Calapooia Watershed
  • John Detar, ODOT Region 2
  • Wes Hare, City of Albany City Manager
  • Ed Hodney, City of Albany Parks & Recreation Director
  • Ron Irish, City of Albany Public Works
  • Doris Johnston, Pacific Power
  • David Martineau, City of Albany Community Development
  • Robert Melbo, ODOT Rail Division
  • Ed Moore, Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
  • Kip Much, NW Natural
  • Jim Noyes, ODFW
  • John Pascone, AMEDEC
  • Kate Porsche, City of Albany Urban Renewal Manager
  • James Ramseyer, Consumer Power, Inc.
  • Mark Russell, Albany & Eastern Railroad
  • Mark Shepard, City of Albany Public Works Director
  • Dustin Smith, Bonneville Power
  • Robert Wheeldon, Linn County Planning & Building Department

Consultant Team

  • Joe Dills, AICP – Otak, Inc.
  • Martin Glastra van Loon– Otak, Inc.
  • Darrin Stairs, P.E. – Otak, Inc.
  • Susan Wright, P.E. - Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
  • Mark W. Hynson, PWS - Mason Bruce & Girard, Inc.
  • Lorelei J. Juntunen – ECONorthwest
  • Nick Popenuk– ECONorthwest
  • Kathryn Toepel, PhD, RPA - Heritage Research Associates

Project Objectives

The City’s goals were to lay the framework to create a vibrant new community that will be appealing to residents and businesses seeking new sites. The project objectives were to.

  • Identify feasible patterns of land uses that are consistent with the City's goals for urbanization and environmental protection. 
  • Consider the capacity of existing, planned, and needed infrastructure facilities to serve the new development in a logical and orderly manner. 
  • Identify transportation facilities needed for circulation of motor vehicles and people walking and cycling. 
  • Provide rail service to industrial properties by protecting existing and future right-of-way for service to industrial properties. 
  • Reduce reliance on automobiles for short trips within the area, and between the area and surrounding development. 
  • Establish alignment and design standards for the Oak Creek Parkway to create a street that defines the southern edge of open space along Oak Creek, provides accessibility to parks and recreation facilities and that is integrated with surrounding development and other transportation facilities; prepare recommendations for low-impact development for environmentally-sensitive areas within the vicinity of Oak Creek.

Project Background

The City Council authorized the application for a Transportation and Growth Management Grant from the State of Oregon to assist in funding a South Albany Area Plan in 2010. In June 2011, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) notified the City that we had received the grant of $178,000, to be paid directly by ODOT to the consulting team jointly selected by the City and ODOT. The consulting team assisting in the project included transportation experts, economists, natural resource specialists and outside planners.

Community Development staff, working with ODOT and the consultant, developed the scope of work around the following issues:

  • The impact of Oak Creek on extending streets and utilities;
  • Preservation of significant natural resources;
  • Options for land use and zoning, including neighborhood commercial;
  • Design standards for streets and storm water facilities;
  • Coordination with ODOT on major transportation corridors, both highways and rail;
  • The high probability of significant archaeological resources.

The process kicked off in July, 2011. Stakeholder interviews were held with property owners, business owners, representatives from several city commissions,  ODOT, and Native American tribes in order to obtain initial information regarding issues, problems, opportunities, and aspirations related to the initiation of the conceptual master planning process for South Albany Area Plan. The interviews were part of a larger information gathering process that includes field work, review of related plans, studies and policies, and discussions with the City of Albany staff and representatives of other agencies.

Members of the public attended 2 workshops and an open house to offer their opinions and suggestions. Technical and project advisory committees included representatives from city departments and outside agencies with an interest in the outcome, or expertise to share.

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