Woodburn Rural Village Policy Plan
Woodburn Rural Village Focal Point Plan Cover Page
Woodburn Rural Village Focal Point Plan
Business District Map
General Policy Statements
WD-1 New development should be planned to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of the overall quality of life in the community. Land use provisions in the Comprehensive Plan and this Focal Point Plan are intended to foster compatible development while accommodating economic and social reality and recognizing and preserving the rural heritage and landscape.
WD-2 The primary entrance into the City of Woodburn should be improved with additional landscaping, streetscaping, and pedestrian linkages. The rural village appearance of the secondary entrance corridors into the City of Woodburn should be preserved and maintained (see Exhibit 23). The City of Woodburn has one primary commercial entrance point in the city at Woodburn-Allen Springs Road (Hwy 240) at Nashville Road (31-W). This entrance needs to be improved with landscaping, streetscaping as individual commercial and industrial properties are developed. The City has two secondary entrance points at Woodburn-Allen Springs Road (Hwy 240) and the intersection of Meng Road, and Woodburn-Allen Springs Road (Hwy 240) and Three Springs Road (Hwy 884). These entrances are rural and residential in their setting and should be preserved as such. Setbacks, lot widths, landscaping and fencing and other design elements should be reviewed on any development to ensure compliance with this policy.
WD-3 Development of new recreation opportunities should be pursued and should offer linkage to the proposed Green Belt system of Warren County. The Green Belt System Master Plan for Warren County was completed in 1999. The Master Plan states that Warren County has excellent potential for full trail-head development and should be developed as a point to which people can drive and park, walk or bicycle the city streets, and enjoy local shops and restaurants, in Warren County.
Residential Policy Statements
WD-4 Infill residential development should reflect the character of the neighborhood with regard to size, scale, setbacks, and architecture. On sites that are currently vacant or that may be redeveloped, it is important that the development occur in a way that the neighborhood attributes be maintained or enhanced. In redevelopment, the footprint of the previous residence should be followed as closely as possible to ensure that new residences are well situated among existing residences. In areas where a specific architectural period is predominant, care should be given in designing new structures to not detract from the existing character.
WD-5 New residential development on sanitary public sewer of greater than 10 units should be limited in density to no more than 4 units per acre. At such time that public sewer infrastructure improvements are made to this focal point area, single-family and multi-family development will be held to a maximum density of 4 units per acre.
WD-6 All new residential development must have sidewalks, curb, and gutter. The City of Woodburn has funded several sidewalk construction projects over the past decade in an effort to provide pedestrian access throughout the City. To further this goal, all new residential development, both single and multi-family, must be developed with sidewalks, curb, and gutter on both sides of the roadway, to be installed during subdivision construction. Adding curb and gutter will facilitate the drainage system for each development as well as contribute to the maintenance of any new streets.
WD-7 All new residential development on septic tanks or septic systems must have a minimum lot size of one (1) acre. The Zoning Ordinance permits the construction single family homes on non-conforming, single lots of record, regardless of their size.
Commercial and Industrial Policy Statements
WD-8 Commercial and Industrial Development should be limited to the Woodburn Business District area designated along the 31-W corridor (see Exhibit 23). This commercial and industrial corridor also includes limited parcels on Hwy 240, but is not intended to allow the development of commercial and industrial uses into the neighborhood core of the City of Woodburn. The area designated on Exhibit 22 should carefully guide and limit the placement of these particular uses within the City Limits of Woodburn. Any development not in conformance with the Map must fully demonstrate the need for such development and how it will benefit the City of Woodburn and its residents.
WD-9 All new Commercial and Industrial Development must have sidewalks, curb, and gutter; additional buffering/landscaping and signage controls should also be incorporated within this district. The City Commission of Woodburn has set a goal to connect the commercial areas along 31-W to the residential neighborhoods in the City. Adding curb and gutter will facilitate this pedestrian connection for each development, as well as contribute to the maintenance of any new streets. Additional landscaping/ buffering setback standards and signage controls should also be installed with- in the Woodburn Business District. Sign maximums will 20' in height, with a total sign face of 100 square feet within the Woodburn Business District.
WD-10 Commercial development in areas outside of the Woodburn Business District should be limited to a neighborhood size, scale, and type (see Exhibit 23). Woodburn is recognized as a community service center for its residents and the surrounding agricultural areas. Commercial development should be designed to serve the needs of the local population. Neighborhood scale commercial services can generally be limited to 2,500 square feet, but in no case should a commercial use command more that 4,000 square feet. New commercial development should incorporate special exterior controls such as, percentage of brick and glass on storefronts and the following limited signage standards: landscaped monument-style signs with a maximum of 10' in height with total sign face not to exceed 50 square feet.
WD-11 Only selected Industrial development and uses should be allowed in the Woodburn Business District (see Exhibit 23). The predominant industrial use type in Woodburn is Light Industrial, however, there may some selected Heavy Industrial Uses that would be appropriate with the Woodburn Business District. The land use analysis determined that the City has several parcels adjacent to existing industrial lots that could be re-developed as commercial or industrial uses that compliment the existing community. The Warren County Comprehensive Plan has designated that in rural villages, new industrial uses should be located in the traditional industrial district or in newly developed industrial parks within the rural village. Industrial uses are expected to have some environmental impact, however minimal, on the community in which it locates. Noise, soil, air, and light impacts, as well as other environmental factors, cannot be easily accommodated in the rural village atmosphere. The Woodburn Business District map (Exhibit 23) has designated areas where Industrial uses may be located.