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Detroit City Council returns to code update

Efforts by the city of Detroit to produce a new land use and development code are in the final stages.

The City Council meets Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the code update, which has been in the city government pipeline since November of 2021. 

Councilors held public hearings on the code update on July 11 and Aug. 8, with standing-room-only crowds on hand at the Detroit Community Center because of residents’ interest in a piece of the code that covers recreational vehicles. 

“Staff will be answering questions that the council raised at the Aug. 8t meeting,” said McRae Carmichael of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council on Governments who is serving as the city planner for the project. 

The public hearing has been closed and no more testimony will be taken. Carmichael said that “the council could deliberate and make a motion or vote on the code package, or they could ask staff to bring back additional text or answer more questions.”

The code ordinance includes standards on accessory dwelling units (ADUs), setbacks, driveway aprons, vehicle and parking standards, metal roofs, airbnbs, extensions and exemptions and adds new definitions and clarifies language throughout.

But the only piece of the code work that has drawn a response from the community has been a clause that limits RVs to one per lot year-round and one additional one from April 1 to Oct. 1.

More than 25 area residents spoke on the issue at the Aug. 8 public hearing, part of the standing-room-only crowd of more than 50 people that filled the council chamber and bled into the foyer.

Residents opposing the RV ordinance were in the majority among those testifying, but the split was more even than it was at a similarly attended public hearing on July 11. 

The code package, which was recommended for approval by the city’s Planning Commission in April, has proven a severely divisive issue in town. Residents have spoken in public testimony about neighbors no longer speaking to each other as well as more confrontational encounters.

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