Planning and Development Services

Land Use & Transportation offices are open for in-person services. However, we provide most services remotely - online, by phone or via U.S. Mail - and encourage everyone to conduct business remotely whenever possible.

Customers are required to wear a facial covering (mask), practice physical distancing (at least six feet of separation) and adhere to occupancy limits.

Customers will also be asked to provide contact information for contact-tracing purposes.

Email or call 503-846-3519

  • Annexation applications: Email or mail
  • Plan amendment applications: Email or call 503-846-3519

Please conduct business remotely to mitigate the spread of COVID.


Andy Back, Division Manager

Welcome to Planning and Development Services, a division within Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT). Planning and Development Services is located in the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building and consists of three sections:

Building Services

Scott Linfesty, Building Official

We work with developers, consultants, contractors, residents and the public to ensure that construction projects in unincorporated areas of the county are permitted and constructed in accordance with federal, state and local laws and codes.

Phone: 503-846-3470
Fax: 503-846-3993

Current Planning

Stephen Shane, Principal Planner

We work with developers, consultants, residents and the public to ensure that development in unincorporated areas of the county complies with state, Metro and Washington County plans, policies and codes. We also process complaints regarding potential improper uses or conditions on property in unincorporated areas of the county.

Phone: 503-846-8761
Fax: 503-846-2908

Long Range Planning

Theresa Cherniak, Principal Planner, Community Planning

Erin Wardell, Principal Planner, Transportation Planning

Long Range Planning prepares and maintains the County's planning documents and ordinances, including the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban Area, the Rural/Natural Resource Plan, all Community Plans for urban unincorporated areas and the countywide Transportation Plan.

Phone: 503-846-3519
Fax: 503-846-4412