Land Development Process
The land development process varies between application types and location (urban, rural). The actions and procedures below provide a general overview:
- Pre-application conference
Applicants learn about Community Development Code (CDC) requirements and the County’s Comprehensive Plan. Applicants who forgo the conference are required to sign a pre-application waiver.
- Neighborhood meeting
Most urban projects require developers to host neighborhood meetings. Neighbors and property owners near the project are invited to meet developers to provide an opportunity to discuss proposals and concerns. Meeting packet
- Application submittal
We review applications within 30 days. Applicants must provide missing information and resubmit for review, if needed.
- Public notice
Public notice is required for all Type II and Type III applications. A copy of the application packet is sent to Community Participation Organizations (CPOs). When a public notice is required, the notices are sent to neighbors within the notification area (500 feet urban/1,000 feet rural) of the proposed development. People have 14 days to comment. Application flowchart Land development process brochure
- Staff reports
We issue a staff report for all applications as a part of decisions. This includes:
- Determination of how the application complies/does not comply with regulations.
- Approved applications include conditions of approval to assure compliance.
- Type I and II applications are determined by the director. This decision may be appealed to a County hearings officer for review.
- Public hearing
Type III applications and director’s decision appeals are heard at a public hearing conducted by a hearings officer. Seven days before the hearing, the staff report is issued.
- Decision/notice of decision
Following the hearing and related open record periods, the hearings officer issues a decision order that explains how the decision was reached and possible conditions of approval. The Notice of Decision is sent to those within the notification area and others who submitted comment.
There is a 12-day period where a land use decision can be appealed. The following can appeal these decisionsh
- Type I: Applicant or property owner Type I appeals are heard by the hearings officer.
- Type II: May be appealed by the applicant, property owner, CPO, or others negatively impacted by the decision. Type II appeals are heard by the hearings officer.
- Type III: Applicant, property owner, or those who submitted comments or testified at the Public Hearing. Appeals will be heard by the State of Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).
- Filing for final approval
Most Type II and Type III decisions include a final approval requirement, demonstrating the applicant is in compliance with the conditions of approval.