Wasco County 2040’s annual spring roadshow series is winding down with one, new event scheduled for next week:

Tuesday, April 9th
Dufur School cafeteria

The events are part of our annual road show where we tour the County to talk about Work Tasks for the year.  In 2019, our work plan includes updates to housing policies.

As part of this conversation, staff has presented some possible land use planning solutions to allow for more parcel size flexibility and increase development opportunities.

While we heard from members of the public the interest in changing the minimum parcel size for zones like Exclusive Farm Use, state law prohibits a reduction.   Instead, we have developed a variety of possible modifications to our zoning map that could increase opportunities for residential and economic development.  For some history on the EFU minimum parcel size, please see our handout: Wasco County and EFU Minimum Parcel Size.

We invite community members to attend and participate in our small group discussions and exercises and share your opinion about these land use planning solutions.

If you can’t make the final meetings, we encourage you to submit comments and explore this site for more information on the updates and progress with Wasco County 2040.

May 7th we will be having a Planning Commission hearing on Work Tasks 9 and 11, the aggregate and historical/cultural/archaeological inventories and transportation.  That evening we will also have a Citizen Advisory Group meeting to review all the input from our roadshow event series and draft policies and implementation recommendations for review by the Planning Commission on June 4th.

Results from the roadshow event series will be available in our 2019 Wasco County 2040 Outreach Report which will be available via the project website mid April.