In preparing for the next 20 years of land use in Wasco County, understanding economic trends and employment forecasts can help appropriate needed land uses like residential and commercial.
While we work towards updating our Recreation policies, one of the sources of information we rely on is the Oregon Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) data and guidelines.
The 2019-2023 SCORP draft is available for review and comment on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department website: https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/201923SCORP.aspx
There is a space on the landing page for electronic comment or you can mail comments in. Comments are due February 7th, 2019.
Over the last year, Wasco County Planning Department staff has worked with the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfires (CPAW) team to evaluate Wasco County’s wildfire risks and determine possible land use planning strategies that can be used to reduce risk.
If you have seen our land use planning solutions mind map, you may have noticed the phrase Transfer Development Rights. Continue reading “Land Use Planning Solutions: Transfer Development Rights”
In December and January, Planning Department staff will be presenting proposed amendments to Chapters 2, 3, 6 and 9 to the Board of County Commissioners for approval. These correlate to work tasks 5-8, or land use planning incentives, agri-tourism, water resources and economic development. Continue reading “What’s Next for Wasco County 2040”
Planning staff attended the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance Summit yesterday to learn more about trends with tourism. The meeting included speakers from the agro-tourism and craft beverage sectors in Wasco County. There was also continued discussion on encouraging more traffic and tourism from Portland to head further east to reduce congestion and spread the impact.
Part of the recently approved Chapter 3 (Agricultural Land) of Wasco County 2040 is a historical review of farm land regulations and laws. The history of agricultural lands and state law are critical to understand current agricultural lands regulations in Wasco County’s Land Use and Development Ordinance.
Based on public input, Planning Department staff have been researching a variety of possible land use solutions to address specific challenges in Wasco County. Continue reading “Land Use Planning Solutions”
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: