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Zone Definitions

In relocating your business to Ashland or moving your business within the City limits there are some important considerations to take in terms of physical business location.  The following are Ashland’s zones with direct links to the individual zone’s permitted, special permitted  and conditional uses, defined as:

  • Permitted use- the targeted use for the specified zone.

  • Special Permitted use- Special Permitted uses are like Permitted uses though there may be an objective restriction or limitation to the listed use.​

  • Conditional use- In addition to the permitted uses in each zone, most zoning districts allow certain commercial uses as a conditional use.  Each proposed use is reviewed on an individual basis and the applicant must describe and show how their specific use relates and is compatible with the target use of the zone.

All land use zoning districts in Ashland allow some level of business activity.  Single Family Residential zones (WR, RR, R-1) limit businesses to home occupations (AMC 18.94).  Multi-Family zones (R-2, R-3) allow a specified range of business uses as conditional use permits with most of the standard business activities occurring in the commercial and employment zones (C-1, E-1, M-1, CM)

Single Family Residential Zones

Woodland Residential District- The purpose of the W-R district is to stabilize and protect the steep and forested areas within the City. Application of the zone will ensure that the forest, environmental erosion control and scenic values of these areas are protected from incompatible development which could result in a degradation of their values. Click here for Permitted Uses. Click here for Conditional Uses.

Residential-Rural-  The purpose of the RR district is to stabilize and protect the rural residential characteristics of areas which, because of topography, level of services, or other natural or development factors are best served by a large lot designation. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses.     

Residential-1- The purpose of the R-1 district is to stabilize and protect the suburban characteristics of the district and to promote and encourage a suitable environment for family life. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses.


Multi-Family Zones

Residential-2- This district is designed to provide an environment suitable for urban living. The R-2 district is intended for residential uses and appurtenant community services. This district is designed in such a manner that it can be applied to a wide range of areas due to the range of residential densities possible. In addition, when appropriately located and designed, professional offices and small home-oriented commercial activities designed to attract pedestrians in the Railroad District are allowed. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses.  

Residential-3-  This district is designed to provide the type of environment suitable for urban living. The R-3 district is intended for residential uses and appurtenant community services. This district is designed in such a manner that it can be applied to a wide range of areas due to the range of residential densities possible. In addition, when appropriately located and designed, professional offices are allowed.  Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses.  


Commercial & Employment Zones

Commercial-1-  This district is designed to stabilize, improve and protect the characteristics of those areas providing commercial commodities and services. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Special Permitted Uses.​ Click here for Conditional Uses.

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Employment-1- The district is designed to provide for a variety of uses such as office, retail, or manufacturing in an aesthetic environment and having a minimal impact on surrounding uses. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Special Permitted Uses.​ Click here for Conditional Uses.  

Industrial District- M-1- This district is designed to encourage sound industrial development in the City by providing a protective environment exclusively for such development. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses

The Croman Mill zone is a large parcel of land in south Ashland that has its own set of design elements, Permitted Uses, Special Permitted Uses and Conditional Uses. The redevelopment plan for this site was passed by the Ashland City Council in August, 2010. For the redevelopment plan, click here. For the Croman Mill site specific land use code including design standards and usage, click here.


Special Zones:

Southern Oregon University- This district is designed to provide for the unique needs of SOU as a State educational institution functioning within the planning framework of the City. It can be applied to all areas now or hereinafter owned by the State of Oregon acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education and Southern Oregon University and located within the SOU boundary, as shown on the SOU Plan, adopted by SOU and approved by the City. (ORD 2951, 2008) (ORD 2951, 2008; ORD 3015, 2010) Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses

Health Care Service- This district is designed to provide the type of environment suitable for the development of health related services and residential uses, and related activities, while reducing the conflicts between uses through appropriate design. Click here for Permitted UsesClick here for Conditional Uses

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