Land Use Ordinances

A land use ordinance adopts, amends or repeals provisions of the Washington County Comprehensive Plan, which includes the Rural Natural Resource Plan, the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban AreaCommunity Plans, the Transportation System Plan, the Community Development Code and/or related maps, or otherwise directly governs the use of land.

The Washington County Charter establishes an annual land use "ordinance season" from March 1 - Oct. 31. All public hearings for land use ordinances must take place during this time frame. If a final decision has not been reached by Oct. 31, the Board of Commissioners (BOC) may elect to set another hearing date and time after March 1 of the following year.

For email notifications of hearings and updates for all pending land use ordinances, subscribe here. Select "Land Use Ordinance Updates" under the subheading Land Use & Transportation. To receive notices of all filed land use ordinances by U.S. Mail, complete the Annual Land Use Notice subscription form, enclose a check for the fee of $8 and mail to the address on the form.

To learn more information or to request notifications on a specific ordinance, visit the Proposed Ordinances page. The Completed Ordinances page includes historical information on specific ordinances listed by year of adoption.