The Silverton Planning Commission was created in 1942 by Ordinance No. 331. The powers, scope, and duties of the Planning Commission have changed over time by the adoption of other city ordinances. In addition to city ordinances, the responsibilities of the Planning Commission are governed by state law, which are codified in Chapter 227.030 of the Oregon Revised Statutes.


The Silverton Planning Commission is a seven-member body appointed by the mayor with approval of the City Council. By city ordinance, five of the seven members must reside inside the city limits and not more than two members may be chosen from qualified persons who reside within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) of the City of Silverton.

Powers & Duties

The powers and duties of the Planning Commission are to recommend and make suggestions to the City Council and to all other public authorities concerning the laying out, widening, extending, parking, and locating of streets, sidewalks, and boulevards; the establishment of setback lines; the relief of traffic congestion; the betterment of housing and sanitation conditions; and the establishment of zones and districts limiting the use, height, area, and bulk of buildings and structures.

Additionally, the commission will recommend to the City Council and all other public authorities plans for the regulation of the future growth, development, and beautification of the city in respect to its public and private buildings and works, streets, parks, grounds, and vacant lots, and plans consistent with the future growth and development of the city in order to secure to the city and its inhabitants, sanitation, proper service of public utilities, and transportation facilities.

The commission will also do and perform any and all other acts and things necessary or proper to carry out the provisions of Chapter 2.08 of the Silverton Municipal Code. In general, the commission's role is to study and propose such measures as may be advisable for the promotion of the public interest, health, morals, safety, comfort, convenience, and welfare of the city.