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Urban & Rural Land Use Districts

Washington County is responsible for reviewing land use applications for both urban and rural projects.   

Urban Land Use graphicWhat 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.   


Rural Land Use graphicWhat 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.

What are the urban and rural districts?
Review the land use district summary and Community Development Code (CDC) for more detailed information.