Land Use Planning Solutions

Based on public input, Planning Department staff have been researching a variety of possible land use solutions to address specific challenges in Wasco County. To demonstrate that many solutions can be leveraged to address a variety of challenges, staff has created a mind map: These solutions (and challenges) are not exhaustive and represent examples of … Continue reading Land Use Planning Solutions

Oregon’s Current Workforce Gaps

The State of Oregon Employment Department recently released a report analyzing difficult to fill job openings and job vacancies in Oregon.  You can download or read the full report here: https://www.qualityinfo.org/documents/10182/13336/Oregon%27s+Current+Workforce+Gaps?version=1.1 Farm workers are in a shortlist of occupations that are increasingly difficult to fill and maintain vacancies.  This, naturally, has an impact on agriculturally … Continue reading Oregon’s Current Workforce Gaps

Economic Development and Infrastructure

Mid Columbia Economic Development District, in conjunction with a Columbia Gorge Economic Development steering committee, conducted seven regional outreach sessions in 2016 to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for counties in the Columbia Gorge region.  This includes Wasco County. The CEDS includes some basic demographic data as well as economic data that provides context for … Continue reading Economic Development and Infrastructure

Economic Development and Housing

Mid Columbia Economic Development District, in conjunction with a Columbia Gorge Economic Development steering committee, conducted seven regional outreach sessions in 2016 to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for counties in the Columbia Gorge region.  This includes Wasco County. The CEDS includes some basic demographic data as well as economic data that provides … Continue reading Economic Development and Housing

Short Term Rentals

If you take ten minutes to take our current survey you will see a question about short term vacation rentals.  We are asking for your input on vacation rentals and how you might like to use land use planning regulations to address (or not to). Short term rentals (rentals of dwelling for under 30 days, … Continue reading Short Term Rentals

Economic Development Policies

As part of our 2018 Spring Roadshow, we will be talking to communities about possible economic policies and implementation strategies to include in Wasco County 2040.  Some suggestions we received during the visioning work sessions were: Job creation through flexible and/or innovative land use planning Encourage technology networks (broadband, etc) Support home occupations by making … Continue reading Economic Development Policies

Oregon Land Use Planning Goals that Impact Wasco County

A Comprehensive Plan has to address relevant Oregon Statewide Planning Goals.  DLCD has developed a primer on state land use planning goals, and staff has modified it to focus on those that impact Wasco County with some additional detail. During the vision roadshow, we will be asking for you input on which Goals you think … Continue reading Oregon Land Use Planning Goals that Impact Wasco County

Historic Sites in Wasco County

Historic landmarks were designated in the Comprehensive Plan via an inventory and updated in 1994.  Protected by Environmental Protection District #4, these resources have additional review criteria for development applications that may impact the sites or structures. The inventory lists the following sites: 1. Oregon Trail: This east-west route was the highway to the Northwest … Continue reading Historic Sites in Wasco County

Water Conservation Public Input Results

Thank you to all participants at events and online!  We got great feedback from people on how to leverage the land use planning program to help support conservation of water resources. Results from the survey are closely aligned with what we heard at events; by in large, the community emphasized incentives and education as the … Continue reading Water Conservation Public Input Results