Goal 14 of the Oregon State Land Use Planning program is Urbanization, which guides land use plans and planners towards creating "orderly and efficient transition(s) from rural to urban land use" and gives some general guidance on urban area expansions. Staff has heard from community leaders and members concerns about urban area expansion for many … Continue reading Expanding UGBs: Urbanization
Planning staff gets frequent inquiries from people interested in building homes, secondary homes, or using their homes to supplement their income by renting out all or a portion of it. Staff has developed an infographic that talks about some of the popular alternative housing types and what we can/can't approve: Rural planning in Oregon differs from … Continue reading Housing Alternatives
The Wasco County Planning Department talks to hundreds of people every month about a variety of land use planning issues. Most calls, emails, and visits are related to the administrative process (questions about applications, fees, etc) and general zoning and development questions (what a property's zone is and what the zone means for development, for … Continue reading Wasco County Planning By the Numbers
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.
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