The Wasco County Planning Department, Planning Commission, and Board of Commissioners have identified the need to update our Comprehensive Plan. Since its adoption in 1983, the Comprehensive Plan has served as the vision document that informs our Land Use and Development Ordinance and how we implement state and local land use regulations to achieve that vision. Over the years, the Comprehensive Plan has had some revisions while many portions of the document have remained unchanged. This means much of our primary long-range planning document – our vision and goals document – is more than thirty years old.
To best serve our community and create the most sustainable future for Wasco County, the Planning Department staff envisions drafting a new Comprehensive Plan that captures not only where we have been and where we are now, but where we would like to go. A large part of that work involves you – community members and stakeholders – to help craft a path forward.
In January 2017, Wasco County was approved by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to enter Voluntary Periodic Review. This is a state defined three year maximum process to update our Comprehensive Plan. During the three years, we submit tasks that have been identified on our workplan. This includes submitting recommended revisions to our goals and implementation tools/strategies.
Over the next three years, residents and businesses will be invited to participate in workshops, townhalls, and later public hearings as we shape your visions into land use policy and implementation tools/strategies. Currently, you can help us shape the scope of work by participating in a quick visioning survey. In April, we are having a meeting to discuss a variety of plan updates, including Wasco County 2040. Then, beginning in May, we will be touring the County for a “roadshow” to talk about the process, and get some initial input on the changes you would like to see to Wasco County land use planning policy and implementation to help us achieve a shared vision of the future.
Stay tuned for more updates, and get involved! Whether its writing us a letter, sending an email, attending one of the meetings, or taking our survey, as much information as we can compile from the public will help us determine what are the most important topics to spend time on over the next three years.