Category: Land use

Oregon has citizen involvement as the first of its 19 statewide planning goals and has a statewide Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee to advise citizen involvement programs that each city, county and regional planning agency must have. However, public participation is …

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Concerns include more traffic, higher land prices, code enforcement and compliance.By Aaron Kunkler King County is on the cusp of providing legal clarity to both farmers and alcohol producers in the county after years of uncertainty, but few seem to …

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by Mateusz Perkowski Capitol Press A controversial rails-to-trails project in Oregon’s Yamhill County must be reconsidered due to potential farm impacts from pesticide restrictions, increased trespassing and food safety problems. Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has blocked the county …

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From the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. Exempt use wells can be a great option to get water where it’s needed without first applying for a permit, especially when other water supplies aren’t readily available. In part one of this …

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Protection of farmland and forestland is a long-standing land use principle in Oregon. Statewide Land Use Planning Goal 3 requires that lands with certain soil classification, lands suitable for farm use regardless of soil class, and lands necessary for farming …

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By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press An farmland conservation group is appealing an Oregon land use ruling that determined commercial events at an on-farm brewery are an allowable “subordinate” activity to agriculture. Although the Friends of Yamhill County organization succeeded in …

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By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press A plan to make rural housing development easier in Oregon’s Douglas County must be reconsidered because state land use adjudicators have determined it inadequately preserves farm and forest lands. Last year, the county authorized about …

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From Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon Exempt use wells can be a great option to get water where it’s needed without a permit, especially when other supplies aren’t readily available. An exempt use well might be a viable solution to …

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Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, involved a local ordinance that required “all cemeteries … be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours;” however, the landowner on whose property …

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The Oregon Court of Appeals last month raised a zombie city, otherwise known as Damascus, that most people thought was long buried in the municipal graveyard, creating havoc and headaches for other governments in the Portland region. The story of …

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