Rural Oregon and Employment

This month, the State of Oregon Employment Department published a 44 page report on the status of employment and recession recovery in rural Oregon.  By their definition, Wasco County is included in list of counties analyzed. Wasco County fares significantly better than many other rural counties in terms of job gains since the pre-recession (2007) … Continue reading Rural Oregon and Employment

Expanding UGBs: Urbanization

Goal 14 of the Oregon State Land Use Planning program is Urbanization, which guides land use plans and planners towards creating "orderly and efficient transition(s) from rural to urban land use" and gives some general guidance on urban area expansions. Staff has heard from community leaders and members concerns about urban area expansion for many … Continue reading Expanding UGBs: Urbanization

Housing Alternatives

Planning staff gets frequent inquiries from people interested in building homes, secondary homes, or using their homes to supplement their income by renting out all or a portion of it.  Staff has developed an infographic that talks about some of the popular alternative housing types and what we can/can't approve: Rural planning in Oregon differs from … Continue reading Housing Alternatives

Wasco County Planning By the Numbers

The Wasco County Planning Department talks to hundreds of people every month about a variety of land use planning issues.  Most calls, emails, and visits are related to the administrative process (questions about applications, fees, etc) and general zoning and development questions (what a property's zone is and what the zone means for development, for … Continue reading Wasco County Planning By the Numbers

Causes of Current Housing Shortage

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has crunched the data and produced an interesting report on some of the primary causes of the current statewide housing shortage...and the answer may surprise you.

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

Oregon Tourism and Wasco County

Planning staff participated in a series of events sponsored by Travel Oregon in 2016. This series was focused on rural tourism, and ways to improve outreach, coordination, marketing, and more in the Gorge and Eastern Oregon. Wasco is split into two regions according to Travel Oregon.  The majority of the county is in the Central … Continue reading Oregon Tourism and Wasco County

Wasco County Park Inventory

Wasco County has a variety of recreation facilities, including camping, hiking, fishing and horseback riding parks. Staff has developed a draft update to the Wasco County Parks inventory listed in the original Comprehensive Plan. WascoCountyParksInventory We used this data to help us tell the story of recreation in Wasco County: Because we were using the … Continue reading Wasco County Park Inventory

April 11th Meeting Update

There was a great attendance for our kick off public meeting on April 11th and many residents and business owners offered their feedback about their visions for Wasco County and what they would like to see moving forward. Some of the concerns expressed by attendees included: water availability for agriculture and residential uses, agriculture minimum … Continue reading April 11th Meeting Update

Survey Results to Date

Thank you to all the citizens who have taken the 10-15 minutes to take our  visioning survey. We wanted to share some initial results to give you an idea of the great feedback we are already receiving: 89% of respondents feel positive about the future of Wasco County. 67% want to continue to encourage single … Continue reading Survey Results to Date