Comprehensive plans are the centerpiece of local planning efforts. A comprehensive plan articulates a series of goals, objectives, policies, actions, and standards that are intended to guide the day-to-day decisions of elected officials and local government staff.
Zoning establishes separate districts (zones) for different types of land use, such as commercial, residential, and industrial. These areas are shown on the city’s Zoning Map. Within each zone, standards are adopted to regulate the size, use, and location of sites and buildings. Requirements for protecting critical areas, standards for landscaping and parking, and subdividing land are also addressed. Zoning regulations adopted by the City are contained within Title 18 of the Camas Municipal Code.
Single-family Residential Zone
This zone is intended for dwellings that are typically a single dwelling or a duplex (attached dwelling). Approximately 48% of the city is zoned for single-family use. The city also allows for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on single family lots that are not otherwise prohibited by restrictive HOA covenants.
This zone is intended to provide for dwellings, such as row houses, condominiums, and apartments. It is desirable for these zones to be adjacent to parks and transportation systems (e.g., bus stops). The maximum number of units that are allowed per acre in a multifamily zone is 18 units per acre. Only 5% of the city is zoned for multifamily uses.
These zones are intended to provide services and employment primarily to residents. There are five commercial zone types, and each has a unique characteristic that can be further explored directly within our city’s zoning code, at Chapter 18.05. Commercial zones may also include residential development such as apartments as part of a mixed-use project. An example of a commercial site that includes residential development can be found at the Grass Valley Master Plan/Holland Group project on NW 20th Avenue.
Light Industrial/Business Park
This zone provides for uses, such as offices related to industrial usage, research and development, limited commercial, and associated warehousing uses. Development standards require a campus-like setting with generous landscaping and setbacks from roadways.
This zone provides for a wide range of industrial and manufacturing uses. Types of activities in this zone include assembly, manufacturing, fabrication, processing, bulk handling and storage, research facilities, associated warehousing, and heavy trucking.