OAR 123-650-0600
Zones Allowed per Jurisdiction

Enterprise zone designations, re-designations and boundary changes are subject to negative determinations under ORS 285C.074 (Documentation for zone designation or redesignation to be submitted to department) and 285C.117 (Documentation for zone boundary change to be submitted to department), if needlessly redundant, in that:


Whenever practical, would-be Sponsoring Government(s) are strongly encouraged to join together with other city, port and county cosponsors through mutual re-/designations and boundary changes, in order to:


Complement the standards under ORS 285C.120 (Zone boundary change restrictions when county ceases to be sparsely populated)(2)(b) as addressed in OAR 123-650-1100 (Extended Rural Distances)(5);


Make the most of limited resources among agencies, especially at the local level, for administrating and marketing every enterprise zone in the pursuit of business development; and


More generally raise visibility and foster intercommunity collaboration around regional economic development.


Cities shall actively explore cosponsoring an enterprise zone, as allowable by OAR 123-650-0700 (Rural and Urban Designations) to 123-650-1100 (Extended Rural Distances), if both cities are interested in including area inside a zone, or if one already sponsors a zone and the other is so interested, and their respective urban growth boundaries (UGBs) are separated:


By 5 miles or less in any case; or


In the case of a rural zone in sparsely populated counties:


By 15 miles or less; or


By more than 15 miles for any city with a population of 2,000 or less, based on the most recently available estimate from the Portland State University Population Research Center, whenever the waiver described in OAR 123-650-1100 (Extended Rural Distances)(4) is feasible and appropriate.


The obligation in section (2) of this rule extends equivalently to ports or counties that are cosponsors or would-be Sponsoring Governments, including but not limited to areas outside of UGBs being brought into an enterprise zone that is (also) sponsored by one or more cities.


Specifically for purposes of ORS 285C.066 (Department may adopt certain rules)(2), only one enterprise zone may:


Exist at any one time inside the UGB of any city, whether or not it sponsors the zone, except that two zones are allowed inside the UGB of a city with a population of 100,000 or more, based on the most recently available estimate from the Portland State University Population Research Center.
(b) Be designated per county for a zone containing solely unincorporated territory, as sponsored by the county or a port in that county but not by any city. The Department may still allow an exception to this subsection if finding that the second or third such zone in the county:
(A) Is located in a rather distant and different part of that county;
(B) Comprises near areas in another county; or
(C) Would serve one or more exigent business development opportunities, and that distances within the county or other factors render other options impractical or counterproductive.

Source: Rule 123-650-0600 — Zones Allowed per Jurisdiction, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=123-650-0600.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 123-650-0600’s source at or​.us