The City of Coos Bay operates on a Council/Manager form of government with a Mayor and six Councilors, all volunteer positions, elected by the citizens.

This section of the website is designed to assist our community in finding the information you need fast.  We have included contact information for sources outside our site as well as city staff.  Here you will find forms, regulations, information on projects as well as information on meeting agendas and minutes for the councils, boards and committes that serve our community.

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  • Q:

    × Is burning allowed within the city limits?

    Burning is allowed during daylight hours only, with a responsible adult equipped with a hose and a shovel or other approved fire extinguishing tool present at all times. Residential outdoor burning within the city limits of Coos Bay does not require a permit from the fire department.

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    × What GIS data is available?

    GIS Services provides data in various formats. Overlay maps of individual properties are available to the public and can be generated upon request. Overlay maps can include layers such as property lines, zoning designations, building footprints, City utilities, topography and satellite imagery. Raw GIS data files are available in various formats including; ESRI shapefiles, geodatabases and TIFF (*.tif) raster images. Please contact GIS Services at 541-269-1181 Ext. 2258 or by emailing Kevin Neff, GIS Coordinator, at for further information.

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    × Who is responsible for the improved and unimproved right of way next to my house?

    The property owner is responsible for the maintenance of the improved and/or unimproved right of way adjacent to the property. The right of way must be maintained so that vegetation in not overgrown and causing a vision clearance issue, and sidewalks must be maintained and in good repair and safe condition. See Coos Bay Municipal Code Section 12 .

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Like most cities in Oregon, the City of Coos Bay utilizes the “Council-Manager” form of government. Under this system, the City Council sets policies which are then implemented by the City Manager who is selected and serves at the pleasure of the Council.
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Joe Benetti was elected as Mayor in November 2016.  He was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and he moved to Coos Bay 38 years ago and started Benetti’s Italian Restaurant.  Originally a deli, the restaurant now is known for exquisite Italian cuisine and local seafood, and it has recently expanded into Benetti's Catering.

Though the restaurant keeps Joe extremely busy, his love of the Bay Area prompted him to become involved in his community.  He wanted to give back to a community that has been so good to him.  Over the years, Joe served three terms as mayor of the City of Coos Bay, and twelve years as City Councilor. After several years out of city government, he successfully ran for the mayor’s spot again in November 2016.

He has also served for eight years as a board member and chair of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. He served on the Governor's Revenue Restructuring Task Force, Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency, Coos Bay/North Bend Promotions Bureau, and numerous other committees.  Currently, Joe is a director on the Oregon Pacific Bank Board. He serves on the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport Commission and served as chairman. He is a member of Coos County Urban Renewal, Coos County Tourism Advisory Committee, Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board, Oregon Tourism and the Hospitality Consortium Steering Committee.

Term Expires 11/2018

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Lucinda DiNovo was elected to the City Council in 2016.  She has lived in the Bay Area for the last 21 years.  Lucinda began her career in the gaming industry 20 years ago, and she is the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Mill Casino * Hotel & RV Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. 

Councilor DiNovo has a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Oregon State University.  She is past President of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and she has served and continues to serve on numerous boards including the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, Board of Trustees for Coos History Museum, City of Coos Bay Budget Committee and Advisory Committee for the International Port of Coos Bay.  

Councilor DiNovo has a passion for a collaborative process in all that she does and giving back to her community through service. She enjoys the outdoors and sharing her love and knowledge of the wonders of Coos Bay-North Bend Oregon’s Adventure Coast.

Term Expires 11/2020

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Drew Farmer was elected to the City Council in 2016. He has lived in Coos Bay off and on since his birth.

After he graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Personnel Specialist. Following an honorable discharge at the expiration of his contract, he returned home for a year to attend SWOCC before moving on to Portland State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Returning home once again, he has been employed previously as an Executive Assistant at Chuck Bracelin Transportation, Inc., and currently works as an Employment Specialist with the Working Wonders non-profit.

 His previous board experience includes sitting on the board for the Shama House non-profit, as the treasurer of the city’s Library Board, and on the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.

Term Expires 11/2020

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Jennifer Groth was elected to the Council in 2010.  She has lived in Coos Bay with her husband and daughter since 2000.

Councilor Groth graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Economics and Political Science, then earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University.  Prior to moving to our community, she worked as a budget analyst and supervisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and she was employed by the American Funds Service Company in San Antonio as a business analyst and operations supervisor.

Since arriving in Coos Bay, Councilor Groth has become involved in the community as a Business Manager and subsequent volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, has served as the President and Vice-President of the Coos County Historical Society, as the Treasurer of the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation, the League of Women Voters, and the Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area, and as the Coordinator of the Coos Waterfront Walkway Partnership.

Term Expires 11/2018

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Stephanie Kilmer was elected to the Council in November 2016.  She is a life-long resident of Coos Bay residing here with her husband and three children since graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. Councilor Kilmer returned to Coos Bay to pursue a career in broadcasting.  She held numerous positions at KCBY TV before leaving the industry to work in the billing office of Bay Cities Ambulance (previously owned by her parents).  A year later, she began working for KDCQ FM (K-DOCK Radio) where she is currently the General Manager.

Councilor Kilmer has been involved in a variety of boards and committees. She is currently serving on the Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) and Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Boards.  She also serves as the Secretary of the CBDA Foundation Board, and she is a board member of the Southwestern Alumni Association.  She serves on several committees including the Coos County Relay for Life, Bay Area Fun Festival, Cruz The Coos, and MHS Media Advisory committee.  She has also served as President of the Rotary Club and Bay Area Jaycees.

Term Expires 11/2020

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Stephanie J. Kramer was elected to the City Council in November 2006.  Councilor Kramer has lived in the Bay Area since 2002.  She grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado where she attended Colorado State University.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Nutrition.  Stephanie and her husband Thomas moved to Coos Bay from San Diego, California where she was the general catering manager for San Diego State University.

Stephanie and her husband own the Old Tower House Bed and Breakfast, and Coos Bay Marine Towing and Salvage holding contracts with Vessel Assist/Board US.  She has been on the board and a charter member of the Concerned Citizens of Empire, is a member of the Charleston Merchants Association, and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.  She currently serves as a Council representative on Alternative Youth Activities, Boat Building Center Board, Community Coalition of Empire, and Mingus Park Pool Management Board.

Term Expires 11/2018

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Philip (Phil) Marler was elected to the Council in November 2016.  He has lived in Coos Bay since 1992, and he has been a residential real estate appraiser in the area for over 20 years.  

Councilor Marler served on the Coos Bay Planning Commission, the Coos Bay Budget Committee, and the Coos Bay Streets Task Force prior to becoming a City Councilor.  He has also been a Coos Bay Lions Club member for 23 years.  

Term Expires 11/2018


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2015/2016 Council Goals and Priorities

City’s Economic Development Goals:

1.    Using the Planning Commission complete the Development Code update and present to Council for consideration.
2.    Using the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee and URA Board members, update the Urban Renewal Plans.
3.    Update the Front Street Master Plan.
4.    Provide the Council information on becoming a "Certified Local Government" for their consideration.
5.    Evaluate and seek ways to improve the City's tourism responsibilities (tourism promotion, tourism fulfillment, tourism development, etc.) and the best utilization of room tax revenue.
6.    Evaluate possible commercial uses of the Boardwalk pavilions. 
7.    Evaluate the possible economic value and identify regulatory issues related to allowing float houses in the bay.

City’s Curb Appeal Goals:

1.    Develop a "Hwy 101 Curb Appeal Enhancement Master Plan" for Council's consideration.
       ·    Plan would include possible implementation components along with estimates for both implementation and the ongoing maintenances costs.
       ·    Enhancement options for the City's entrance / welcome signs.
2.    Draft a Weed Ordinance limited to Hwy 101 and other City main arterials for Council's consideration.
3.    Draft an ordinance prohibiting new chain link fences along Hwy 101 and / or in the downtown URA boundaries for Council's consideration.
4.    Develop an Empire "bump out" landscaping / flower enhancement proposal for Council consideration.

City’s Infrastructure Goals:

1.    Roads:
       ·    Break ground and complete the South Empire Multimodal project.
       ·    Using the Tree Board, update the Street Tree Policy & Species List for Council's consideration.
       ·    Complete the Utility Trench / Pavement Restoration Policy for Council's consideration.
       ·    Complete the Engineering Standards related to streets and sidewalks for Council's consideration.
       ·    Complete the Streets Assessment and develop a long range road restoration plan for Council's consideration.
       ·    Evaluate SDC policy and the current moratorium as it pertains to funding future multimodal road enhancements and present to the Council for consideration.
       ·    Using the Street's Task Force evaluate potential funding sources for street maintenance to include but not limited to a local gas tax, transportation utility fee, general obligation bond, increased franchise fees.

2.    Wastewater / Stormwater:

       ·    Develop Engineering Standards related to wastewater and stormwater collection systems for the Council's consideration.

       ·    Begin design plans on the following sewer and storm water infrastructure projects:

            a)    Final design for Plant 1 Digester update.
            b)   Facility Plan Amendment for Wastewater Treatment Plant 1.
            c)   Design plans for Pump Station 16
            d)   Design plans for the Mingus Park sewer replacement project
            e)   Pre and Final Design plans for Wastewater Treatment Plant 1

       ·    Begin construction on the following sewer and storm water infrastructure projects:

            a)   Wastewater Treatment Plant 2.
            b)   Salmon/Michigan Alley sewer replacement project.
            c)   Kingwood Canyon sewer replacement project.
            d)   4th, 5th, & 6th Ave sewer replacement project.
            e)   N. 8th Street sewer replacement project.
            f)   Isthmus Slough sewer force main / pipe project.
            g)   Park & Highland sewer replacement project.
            h)   S 10th Street (Blossom Gulch School) sewer replacement project.
            i)   Birch & Front storm drain replacement project.
            j)   Pump Station 1. 
            k)   Pump Station 16

       ·    Draft the following for Council's consideration:

            a)  Storm Water Management Plan
            b)  Storm Water Ordinance

3.    Parks

       ·    Using the Parks Commission, complete the Mingus Park Master Plan for Council's consideration
       ·    Using the Parks Commission, complete the Boardwalk Master Plan for Council's consideration
       ·    Pursue grant funding and/or donations to implement Parks Master Plan components as prioritized by the Council

4.    Facilities

       ·    Using the Library Facility Steering Committee to assist the City and the Library Board with the following: 

            a)   Creation of a strategic plan.
            b)    Completion of a needs assessment.
            c)    Evaluate potential location(s) for a new library facility.
           d)    Creation and implementation of a capital campaign.

Funding City Services Goals:

1.    Pursue grant funding for Public Safety equipment & training.
2.    Pursue grant funding for targeted public safety education and enforcement on crosswalks, seatbelt and DUII laws.
3.    Evaluate the City's contracting rates with local fire districts.
4.    Evaluate the City's Building Codes and Planning fees.
5.    Complete a five year Capital Improvement Plan (MCIP) to assist the Council in planning for future capital needs.  Components of the CIP would include the following:  

       a)    Wastewater / Stormwater 
       b)    Pavement 
       c)    Facilities 
       d)    Parks 
       e)    Fleet 
       f)    Technology 


The Planning Commission functions primarily as a comprehensive planning body by proposing policy and legislation to the city council and by implementing regulations relating to the growth and development of the community.

The Planning Commission is a seven-member citizen advisory board appointed by the City Council. It is the decision-making authority for many land use applications. It also makes recommendations to the City Council on land use planning issues. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall. Its meetings are open to the public.

Planning Commission Ordinance


Agendas & Minutes


Christine Coles, Chair 12/31/2019
Jim Berg 12/31/2017
Katherine Flores 12/31/2018
John Peery 12/31/2018
Jeff Marineau 12/31/2017
Chris Hood 12/31/2019
Rex Miller 12/31/2019