The Wasco County Land Use and Development Ordinance is the regulatory document utilized by the Wasco County Planning Department to permit land use development and activities in Wasco County.

Generally, the document consists of a combination of process, state law, federal law, and rules decided by Wasco County residents and property owners during a public process.

The purposes of the Ordinance are: To promote public health, safety, convenience, and general
welfare; to reduce congestion upon the streets and highways; to prevent excessive population
density and the overcrowding of land; to provide for adequate air and light; to conserve natural
resources and encourage the orderly growth of the County; to promote safety from fire and
natural disaster; to assist in rendering adequate police and fire protection; to facilitate
adequate and economic provision for public improvements, for recreation areas, and for public
utilities and services; to conserve, stabilize, and protect property values; and to encourage the
most appropriate use of land, all in accordance with the comprehensive plan for Wasco County.