Work Tasks 1-11 have been sent to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development for their approval. To review the approved chapters and see pending chapters, please visit the Wasco County 2040 adopted and pending chapters page. Some of these chapters will get additional edits before the end of the process.
The next several work tasks are being prepared for a Board of County Commissioner hearing on December 4th, following an open house in September, a Citizen Advisory Group work session on October 1st and a Planning Commission hearing in November. Many of these tasks focus on Goal 5 work; this includes an analysis of protections for the federally designated Wild and Scenic White River and an update to aggregate resource protection process. Staff is also proposing to update Chapter related to natural hazards, public facilities and services, and energy conservation planning.
Following this latest series of updates, staff and the Citizen Advisory Group will tackle the remaining work tasks for Wasco County 2040. We are scheduled to finish updating the Comprehensive Plan by the end of summer 2020. Staff anticipates hosting a series of roadshow events sometime in February to discuss sensitive wildlife habitat, recreation and forest lands. We encourage you to submit your comments about any of these topics.
To increase opportunities for engagement, Planning staff has added a poll feature to Wasco2040.com. We hope these quick, fun polls will engage community members short on time but still interested in participating. Look for them in different topic blog posts. The blog post should offer context to each poll question, and will often correspond to work we are doing in surveys and at our events.
At any time during the process you can submit comments, mail or email us comments, get notifications about upcoming events or news, or follow us through the blog or social media. Your participation and feedback is critical to helping us craft a vision for Wasco County 20 years into the future.