Plan Amendments & Minor Boundary Annexations
Quasi-Judicial Plan Amendments
Quasi-Judicial Plan Amendments usually involve requests to amend the comprehensive plan map and land use designation for a specific parcel. Quasi-judicial plan amendments differ from legislative plan amendments (i.e. land use ordinances) in that they involve a limited number of parcels; legislative map amendments affect a large number of parcels or all parcels of land similarly designated.
Amendments can involve a change to either the Rural/Natural Resource Plan or urban Community Plans. Quasi-judicial plan amendments are processed through a Type III procedure (public hearing before the Planning Commission and sometimes the Board of Commissioners). They are subject to the rules and procedures in ORS 197.763 for public notice and hearing procedures. In most cases the Planning Commission is the final decision maker.
In cases where a plan amendment requires an exception to Statewide Planning Goals or involves a map change affecting the EFU (Exclusive Farm Use), EFC (Exclusive Forest and Conservation) or AF-20 (Agriculture and Forestry 20 acre) Districts, the Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners rather than making a final decision. In these cases, a minimum of two hearings are required, one before the Planning Commission and one before the Board.
The first step in the quasi-judicial plan amendment process is to talk with a county planner about the process and potential issues. This information can easily be provided over the telephone. If a person then decides to submit an application, the planner will schedule a pre-application conference. During the pre-application conference, the planner will provide more detailed information about potential issues and review criteria to be addressed, an estimate of application costs, written handouts and application forms, and a written summary of the topics discussed.
There are two application deadlines each year, February 15 and August 15.
Complete applications received by February 15 will typically be placed on the Planning Commission's summer hearing schedule; those received by August 15 will usually be scheduled for a fall or winter hearing. An application cannot be scheduled for a hearing until it is deemed complete and accepted by the county.
As of July 2009, an initial deposit of $3,500 must be submitted with the application. This payment is a deposit towards the full cost of processing the application. The applicant will be required to sign a contract and agree to pay the total cost of processing the application.
Minor Boundary Annexations
Minor Boundary Annexations usually involve requests of an applicant/applicant's representative to annex into a service district. Service Districts include, water provision, sewer, recreation, law enforcement and fire protection.