Urban & Rural Land Use Districts
Washington County is responsible for reviewing land use applications for both urban and rural projects.
What is the urban unincorporated area?
Land within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), but outside a city, is in the urban unincorporated area. We provide compact urban development in combination with urban services, such as transit, open space and parks to enhance quality of life. Applications are usually processed within 120 days.
What is the rural unincorporated area?
Land outside the UGB and outside a city boundary is in the rural unincorporated area. We protect farm and forest land by limiting development within rural land use districts. Applications are usually processed within 150 days.