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About LUBA

Mission Statement

Prior to LUBA's creation, land use appeals were heard by the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and the circuit courts. LUBA was created to simplify the appeal process, speed resolution of land use disputes, and provide consistent interpretation of state and local land use laws. The tribunal is the first of its kind in the United States.

Performance Measures

LUBA developed performance measures 1, 3, and 4 in 1994 to track key statutory directives to (1) resolve land use appeals quickly, (2) resolve all issues in an appeal if possible, and (3) resolve land use appeals correctly. In 2001, LUBA added performance measure 2 to track a statutory requirement enacted that year that LUBA resolve record objections within 60 days of receipt. In 2007, LUBA added performance measure 5 to track customer service satisfaction.

LUBA's reporting year is based on the fiscal year. Annual performance measure reports track performance from July 1 to June 30.

2021-22 Annual Performance Progress Report


2021-23 Legislatively Adopted Budget

2023-25 Agency Requested Budget

Board Members

The Board consists of three members who are each appointed by the Governor to serve four-year terms. The appointments are confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. The Board Members must be members of the Oregon State Bar.

Melissa M. Ryan, Board Chair
Term:  09/25/2022 - 09/24/2026
B.A., Boston College (1991); J.D., University of Wyoming (1998); member of the Oregon State Bar since 1998. Prior to joining LUBA in 2006, Ms. Ryan was in private practice with a firm in Portland.

Michelle Gates Rudd, Board Member
Term:  03/01/2019 - 02/28/2023
B.S., Stanford University (1985); J.D., University of California, Berkeley (1994); Master of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley (1994); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2000. Prior to joining LUBA, Ms. Rudd was in private practice with a firm in Portland.

H. M. Zamudio, Board Member
Term: 09/19/2022 - 09/18/2026
B.S., University of Oregon (2006); J.D., Vermont Law School (2011); member of the Oregon State Bar since 2012. Prior to joining LUBA, Mx. Zamudio was a judicial law clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals and was in private practice with a firm in Medford.