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

Water Conservation and Farms

During the 2017 Vision work sessions, water was identified by the community as a priority for strategic planning.  In May and June, during our 2018 road show series, water conservation ideas or other strategies related to water resources will be a topic of discussion. The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) manages water supply needs and rights, … Continue reading Water Conservation and Farms

Land Use Planning Incentives

The Oregon Statewide Land Use Planning Goals require Comprehensive Plans to develop implementation strategies for achieving goals and policies for each Goal.  Goal 6 (Air, Water, and Land Resources Quality) is one example where there is a recommendation to use incentives to help achieve policy. In developing Wasco County 2040, the Citizen Advisory Group and … Continue reading Land Use Planning Incentives

Agri-tourism and Wasco County 2040

During the 2017 Wasco County 2040 Visioning roadshow and public outreach, Planning staff and the Citizen Advisory Group asked community members, property owners, and stakeholders for input on amending land use planning regulations to allow for more opportunities for agri-tourism events and activities. In 2011, Senate Bill 960 allowed counties to adopt new provision, in … Continue reading Agri-tourism and Wasco County 2040

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