Causes of Current Housing Shortage

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has crunched the data and produced an interesting report on some of the primary causes of the current statewide housing shortage...and the answer may surprise you.

Oregon Land Use Planning Goals that Impact Wasco County

A Comprehensive Plan has to address relevant Oregon Statewide Planning Goals.  DLCD has developed a primer on state land use planning goals, and staff has modified it to focus on those that impact Wasco County with some additional detail. During the vision roadshow, we will be asking for you input on which Goals you think … Continue reading Oregon Land Use Planning Goals that Impact Wasco County

Oregon Tourism and Wasco County

Planning staff participated in a series of events sponsored by Travel Oregon in 2016. This series was focused on rural tourism, and ways to improve outreach, coordination, marketing, and more in the Gorge and Eastern Oregon. Wasco is split into two regions according to Travel Oregon.  The majority of the county is in the Central … Continue reading Oregon Tourism and Wasco County

Wasco County Park Inventory

Wasco County has a variety of recreation facilities, including camping, hiking, fishing and horseback riding parks. Staff has developed a draft update to the Wasco County Parks inventory listed in the original Comprehensive Plan. WascoCountyParksInventory We used this data to help us tell the story of recreation in Wasco County: Because we were using the … Continue reading Wasco County Park Inventory

April 11th Meeting Update

There was a great attendance for our kick off public meeting on April 11th and many residents and business owners offered their feedback about their visions for Wasco County and what they would like to see moving forward. Some of the concerns expressed by attendees included: water availability for agriculture and residential uses, agriculture minimum … Continue reading April 11th Meeting Update

Survey Results to Date

Thank you to all the citizens who have taken the 10-15 minutes to take our  visioning survey. We wanted to share some initial results to give you an idea of the great feedback we are already receiving: 89% of respondents feel positive about the future of Wasco County. 67% want to continue to encourage single … Continue reading Survey Results to Date

Wasco County Farm Subsidies

One of the things we wanted to understand, in preparing for the Comprehensive Plan update, was how some farmland in Wasco County is currently being used and how that may change in the future. A critical program for conserving land and habitat is through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  In 2016, land enrolled in the … Continue reading Wasco County Farm Subsidies

Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

One of the projects we are working on in tandem with the Wasco 2040 update is a mandatory update to the Wasco County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP).  One of the prior tasks listed in the NHMP was for an update to the Comprehensive Plan.  Similarly, in looking at our Environmental Protection Districts and Wildfire … Continue reading Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Population Forecast for Wasco County

In 2016, the Population Research Center at Portland State University developed a series of forecast for future population changes for Wasco County through 2066.  The full study is available on their website  for download here. Based on their models, Wasco County is predicted to grow by over 4,000 people over the next 19 years and … Continue reading Population Forecast for Wasco County

New Lots in Resource Zones (Farm & Forest)

In trying to understand how our land use planning policies and rules have impacted development and growth to date, staff analyzed existing data.  One of the key issues we wanted to understand was growth potential based on our current regulations. The infographic below demonstrates, based on our current zoning designations and rules, the potential new … Continue reading New Lots in Resource Zones (Farm & Forest)