Washington County Current Planning Services receives and processes urban land use applications for those unincorporated areas located within the Urban Growth Boundary, but not within the boundary of an incorporated city (i.e. Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood, Tualatin, Banks, North Plains, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Sherwood, King City, Gaston, and Portland).
Washington County's goal within the urban unincorporated area is to provide for compact urban development while providing those urban services, transit, open space, and parks necessary to maintain and enhance the quality of life for County residents.
Urban land use applications within the Urban area of Washington County are required to be processed within 120 days of completeness, but are generally processed sooner than allowed.
18 different Land Use District classifications that identify suitable land uses are located within the Urban unincorporated area of Washington County. For a list of these land use districts and what uses are allowed within these districts, please click on the link provided below: