OAR 123-623-3000
S.I. ZONES — Geography, Duration and Jurisdictions


There is no limit to the number of SIZs under ORS 285C.623 (Strategic investment zones), for which any County may seek designation on one or multiple occasions.


The Commission may designate an SIZ that is entirely or partially inside one or more cities that also seek designation as parties with the County to a joint request. The County and any such city do thereby jointly cosponsor the SIZ and are its “sponsor” or “cosponsors.”


An SIZ may cover the entire (unincorporated) territory of the County, or it may be as small as a single parcel of land, on which development of an eligible project can feasibly take place, but any SIZ must:


Be entirely contiguous;


Consist of area only in the territory of a single County;


Encompass land exclusive of land inside any other existing SIZ; and


Contain only rural area if including any rural area under ORS 285C.600 (Definitions for ORS 285C.600 to 285C.635)(5) and section 2, chapter 518, Oregon Laws 2015, consistent with OAR 123-623-1100 (Definitions)(11) and 123-623-1115 (Grandfathered Rural Areas).


Once designated, an SIZ does not expire and may be neither terminated nor geographically amended.


In determining the area to include in a proposed SIZ, local governments shall consider plans and potentialities for city annexations and projections for city population growth, in order to minimize the probability of the following occurrences, which would nevertheless not interrupt the existence or operation of the SIZ:


A city that does not sponsor the SIZ annexes territory inside of it; or


A city, whose urban growth boundary (UGB) crosses the area of the SIZ, increases in population to 40,000 or more, in the case of an otherwise rural SIZ. (An Approved Project, for example, inside such an UGB is an Urban Project, if official release of the latest decennial U.S. Census count occurs before the Department receives the Application)

Source: Rule 123-623-3000 — S.I. ZONES — Geography, Duration and Jurisdictions, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=123-623-3000.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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