Chapter 2 of the Land Use and Development Ordinance (LUDO) provides the procedures for processing development applications and other land use actions by the Wasco County Planning Department. These are the review procedures staff follow when making land use decisions or taking other actions, and are necessary for the work of permitting land uses, development and activities.
Staff conducted an audit of this Chapter in 2019. Through that process, staff developed a revised Chapter that offers more transparency for the nexus with state law, clearer criteria and process, and new charts for accessibility. The Chapter was reviewed by a consulting land use attorney to ensure it is consistent with state law and parliamentary procedure.
Although significant changes are proposed to the content, including formatting and new wording, the impact of the revisions should be minimal. Instead, Planning staff intends this Chapter to be easier to read and follow, making the process for permitting or hearings easier to understand.