The council exercises its legislative authority by adopting ordinances. The enacting clause for all ordinances must state “The City of Beaverton ordains as follows:”.
Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the council must do the following to adopt an ordinance:
(a) Publish a draft of the proposed ordinance for public inspection at least seven days before a public hearing on the proposed ordinance;
(b) Read the ordinance by title only and announce the public hearing date at a council meeting;
(c) Publish, in accordance with applicable law, the title of the ordinance in a written meeting agenda for a subsequent meeting;
(d) Hold a public hearing at a subsequent meeting;
(e) Move to adopt the ordinance at the same meeting the public hearing is held or at a subsequent meeting; and
(f) Vote whether to adopt the ordinance.
The council may adopt an ordinance at a single meeting by the unanimous approval of the council members present and voting on the matter, provided the proposed ordinance is available in writing to the public at least seven days before the meeting, unless there is an emergency. With the consent of the councilors present, the council may adopt an ordinance to address the emergency with such abbreviated notice and process as the council determines to be necessary under the circumstances.
Any substantive amendment to a proposed ordinance must be read aloud or made available in writing to the public before the council adopts the ordinance at that meeting.
After the adoption of an ordinance:
(a) The mayor must sign the ordinance.
(b) The city recorder must attest to the adoption and date of adoption of the ordinance and enter into the council minutes the vote of each council member regarding the adoption of the ordinance.
Ordinances normally take effect on the 30th day after adoption, or on a later day provided in the ordinance. An ordinance may take effect as soon as adopted or on another date less than 30 days after adoption if it contains an emergency clause.