Plan Amendments and Annexations

Quasi-Judicial Plan Amendments

Quasi-Judicial Plan Amendments usually involve requests to amend the land use designation of a specific property. Quasi-judicial plan amendments differ from legislative plan amendments (which are 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 hearings.

For most quasi-judicial amendments the Planning Commission is the final decision maker. When a plan amendment requires an exception to Statewide Planning Goals or involves EFU (Exclusive Farm Use), EFC (Exclusive Forest and Conservation) or AF-20 (Agriculture and Forestry - 80 acre) land, the Planning Commission makes recommendations but the Board of Commissioners makes the final decision. Hearings before both the Planning Commission and Board are required for these types of plan amendments.

The first step in the quasi-judicial plan amendment process is to talk with a county planner about the process and key issues. This information can initially be provided by phone or email. 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 discuss review criteria, potential issues and application costs in more detail, and provide application forms, a summary of requirements, and related materials.

There are two application deadlines each year, Feb. 15 and Aug. 15.

Complete applications received by Feb. 15 will typically be placed on the Planning Commission's summer hearing schedule; those received by Aug. 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 full cost of processing may be significantly more depending on the complexity of 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 Changes—also referred to as annexations—usually involve requests  made by an applicant or an applicant's representative to annex property into a service district. Service districts provide for water, sewer, recreation, law enforcement and fire protection.

Washington County Long Range Planning generally only accepts applications for annexations into service districts in the unincorporated areas of Washington County. The County does not process applications for annexations of property into cities. Applicants applying for annexation into a city can often request a service district annexation at the same time if that service district also serves the city (for example, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and Clean Water Services both serve the City of Beaverton). Combining multiple annexations into one annexation action by a city can often save the applicant considerable time and expense. Please check with the city in which you are applying for details.

Minor Boundary Change applications must be submitted with a $3,000 deposit. This payment is a deposit towards the full cost of processing the application. The full cost of processing an application may be more or less depending on the complexity of the application. The applicant will be required to sign a contract and agree to pay the total cost of processing the application.

A Metro mapping fee is also required based on acreage. The current mapping fees are as follows:

  • $150 for less than 1.0 acre
  • $250 for 1.0 to 5.0 acres
  • $300 for 5.1 to 40.0 acres
  • $400 for great than 40.0 acres

Checks for mapping fees must be made out separately and payable to Metro. Checks for mapping fees will be held at the County until the annexation is approved and sent to Metro to be mapped.

The minor boundary checklist includes necessary documents to submit with your application. Please contact Long Range Planning to request the most up-to-date Minor Boundary Change application or to set up an appointment when it’s ready to be submitted.