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Multi County Code Update Project

Project Update

The materials in the sections farther down this page explain and provide information related to the original multi-county code update project, launched by DLCD in 2014. Most of the goals for the project were realized:

  • Model exclusive farm use and forest zones were developed for each region of the state
  • Four counties received considerable direct assistance with drafting zoning code amendments, resulting in hearings-ready drafts
  • Several counties received consultation assistance with preparation of amendments or auditing of needs
  • Several staff report templates were created and are now available

While the counties that received assistance contributed staff time during completion of the code update projects, they were not charged for the assistance.

DLCD is preparing to offer assistance to counties to update their farm and forest zones through the multi county code update project again for the 2015-2017 biennium. The department is working on the preparations for the renewed project, but in the meantime interested counties can begin to prepare.

A county will not need to need to apply for a Technical Assistance grant to be considered for ordinance update assistance. Like last biennium, DLCD will notify counties when and how to become a candidate.

To start getting ready now, an interested county planning department could begin discussing a local code update project with the board of commissioners. A letter or resolution supporting an code update project and the assistance from the board will be required for a county to be considered for participation in the project. The model codes are ready now, so local projects will begin as soon the consultant is selected and retained and the county is prepared.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available. The department does not anticipate major changes to the project.

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Project Summary

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 is also a significant challenge for county planning staffs.

To help address this problem, The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has reserved a portion of its grant funds for the 2013-2015 biennium to complete a project to help counties update their farm and forest land protection provisions to be consistent with state regulations. Many of the statutory and rule provisions that apply to EFU and forest zones are specific and prescriptive and, as a result, county land use regulations are very similar in many respects, with some variation reflecting different parts of the state. Counties do have some discretion, however, in certain review criteria, whether to permit certain uses, notice and review procedures, and a few other areas.

Statutory and rule requirements for EFU and forest zones apply uniformly to the state or to large regions of the state, yet county land use regulations must also reflect local needs and choices. Accordingly, this project employs a process for updating county land use regulations that involves a partnership in which DLCD and participating counties will work together in three phases as described in the scope of work below. The three phases will result in the development of several model codes and use of the model codes to update the farm and forest zone sections of several individual county zoning ordinances.

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Project Teams

  • Eastern Oregon Project Team:
    • Lake County (Darwin Johnson)
    • Morrow County (Carla McLane)
    • Umatilla County (Shane Finck)
    • Union County (Hanley Jenkins)
    • Wallowa County (Harold Black)
    • Wasco County (John Roberts)
  • Western Oregon Project Team (outside Willamette Valley)
    • Clatsop County (Jennifer Bunch)
    • Coos County (Jill Rolfe)
    • Curry County (Dave Pratt)
    • Douglas County (Keith Cubic)
    • Tillamook County (Tim Murphy)
  • Willamette Valley Project Team
    • Multnomah County (Adam Barber)
    • Washington County (Terry Lawler)
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Project Team Meetings

If you would like to be on the mailing list for meeting notices and general project updates, please e-mail your request to Katherine Daniels.

All meetings are open to the public. All county planners are encouraged to attend and participate in the team meeting for their region. Please RSVP to Katherine Daniels.


Team ​Date & Time ​Location ​Materials
​Western Oregon August 26, 2014
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

​Department of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150, Salem, Ore.

​Eastern Oregon ​September 11, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
​Sand Hollow Room
Port of Morrow Riverfront Center
2 Marine Dr. NE, Boardman, Ore.
​Willamette Valley ​September 9, 2014
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
​Angelo Planning Group
921 SW Washington, Suite 468, Portland, Ore.



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Contact Information

Katherine Daniels, DLCD Farm and Forest Lands Specialist, 503-934-0069 or katherine.daniels@state.or.us
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