We currently have a survey up to find out more about how you would like to give feedback for 2019 Wasco County 2040 topics during our annual roadshow series of workshops. Continue reading “Spring 2019 Roadshow Survey”
On October 9th, a work session with the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) was held to discuss proposed updates related to work tasks 5-8. Feedback from the CAG and the public was incorporated into the draft presented before the Planning Commission on November 6th. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the Board of County Commissioners. Continue reading “Progress on Work Tasks 5-8”
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”
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. Continue reading “Historic Sites in Wasco County”
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. Continue reading “Economic Development and Housing”
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: