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Multi County Code Update Project

Project Update - September 2017

Code update services are being offered for the 2017-2019 biennium. Angelo Planning Group will continue to provide planning consultant services for this project. Consultant services may include: review of existing ordinances for compliance with state statute and rule, drafting ordinance amendments, and facilitating adoption including attendance at a public hearing. Counties are encouraged to contact Tim Murphy, Farm and Forest Lands Specialist, at 503-934-0048 or timothy.murphy@state.or.us to discuss their specific needs.

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Project Background

As statutes and rules affecting exclusive farm use (EFU) and forest zones are periodically amended, counties typically update their land use regulations for consistency with those amendments. When counties do not update their regulations, they are required instead to directly apply statutory and rule requirements. A number of counties have been unable to keep current with these changes, often lacking sufficient staff resources to do so. Yet, because of the complexity of state laws involving EFU and forest zones, the direct application of these changes can be a challenge for county planning staffs to administer.

To address this issue, DLCD allocated a portion of its grant funds from 2013 through 2019 to help counties update their farm and forest zones for consistency with state regulations. Since 2013, DLCD has provided assistance to 14 counties including: Benton, Clatsop, Coos, Curry, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Morrow, Union and Wasco.

The model zones were developed based with input from three project teams consisting of 13 county planners. State regulations vary by region, so separate codes were developed for eastern Oregon, western Oregon, and the Willamette Valley. The model codes include statute and rule requirements as well as suggested discretionary language developed by the project teams.

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Model Zones and User's Guide

Current model zones for each region are provided below. The User's Guide provides information on the model zones as well as guidance for counties intending to update their resource zones.

DLCD will update the model zones as necessary to reflect new amendments to statue and rule. A list of updated sections will be provided so counties can quickly identify necessary amendments to their ordinances.

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For More Information

Contact Tim Murphy, DLCD Farm/Forest Lands Specialist, at 503-934-0048 or timothy.murphy@state.or.us
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