The West Linn City Council voted to adopt minor changes to the city's Community Development Code (CDC) during its Sept. 26 meeting.

The CDC highlights city regulations. It includes information on zoning districts, development plan review processes, environmental management and special area plans.

To keep it up to date, the city periodically amends the code. Such changes may include clarifications, fixing errors or formatting and streamlining its flow. The purpose of the amendments is to create a more understandable and coherent document for all users.

According to Senior Planner Chris Kerr, the most recent changes to the code include removing a lot of internal inconsistencies and the creation of a definitions chapter.

'It's vital these terms are very specifically defined,' Kerr said.

Now, all defined terms are located in chapter two instead of being spread throughout the large document.

Some definitions were refined and terminology was corrected in chapter 28. Building code height standards were all placed into one chapter and the noise regulation was made consistent with city code.

To review the code, visit

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