On August 8, 2018 staff and the Board of County Commissioners received notice that the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) had approved work tasks 1 and 2, chapters 1 and 2 of Wasco County 2040. To review the approved chapters and see pending chapters, please visit the Wasco County 2040 adopted and pending chapters page.
The Planning Commission heard and approved amendments to Chapter 3 on September 4th. The Board of County Commissioners heard and approved amendments on October 3rd and 17th. Work task 3 (Chapter 3) is due to DLCD by the end of November.
We had a successful round of outreach events in May and June of 2018, and couple with survey and other feedback mechanisms, to make amendments and recommendations for work tasks 5-8. Staff and the Citizen Advisory Group held a work session on October 9th to make edits to proposed chapters. Staff reports and proposed amended chapters were available here and on the Wasco County website on September 28th.
A hearing on amendments related to work tasks 5-8 was held on November 6th and the Planning Commission recommended approval to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC heard the proposed amendments in December and January and voted to approve the amendments. Staff sent the proposed amendments to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for acknowledgment on February 22nd.
The Citizen Advisory Group and the Planning Department staff held a series of work sessions and roadshow events in March 2019 to work through work tasks 9-11, which include aggregate and historical inventories, transportation, housing, and flexible minimum parcel sizes. May 7th was be the first hearing on Work Tasks 9 and 11, and June 4th was the first hearing on Work Task 10. Work Tasks 9 and 11 were presented to the Board of County Commissioners beginning in June and Work Task 10 was heard by the Commissioners in July. Work Tasks 9-11 will next be sent to DLCD for acknowledgment.
The next several work tasks are being prepared for a public open house sometime in September. Many of these tasks focus on Goal 5 work. Much of the work is administrative, assuring references to data and other resources are up to date, but a few work tasks will include in depth analysis on the resource and what protections may be required to be consistent with state law. Topics will be shared over the next few months to provide some context for the September open house.
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.