OAR 123-650-0700
Rural and Urban Designations

As defined under ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250), an enterprise zone is categorized as either ‘rural’ or ‘urban’ under ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250)(18) or (22), such that:


As used in ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250)(22), “regional or metropolitan urban growth boundary” means the UGB encompassing:


The principal Oregon city or cities of a federally established metropolitan statistical area (MSA), according to the most recent delineation of such statistical areas by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the U.S. Government; and


Any other city that jointly undertakes comprehensive planning with such a city to determine their mutual UGB.


Subject to change in the federal delineation of MSAs in Oregon or their principal cities or in joint arrangements for inter-city planning, section (1) of this rule currently pertains to the UGBs for:


Albany and Lebanon;






Eugene and Springfield;


Grants Pass;




Portland and Hillsboro with all other cities inside the Metro UGB; and


Salem with Keizer.


An enterprise zone may be neither designated, re-designated nor amended to include areas both inside and outside a regional or metropolitan urban growth boundary, based on the circumstances described in section (1) or (2) of this rule at the time that the Department receives the local sponsor advisory under ORS 285C.078 (Notification to department of intent to make designation of enterprise zone or zone or city for electronic commerce) or boundary change documentation under ORS 285C.117 (Documentation for zone boundary change to be submitted to department).


The rural/urban category of any existing enterprise zone may switch according to a change in the circumstances described in section (1) or (2) of this rule, as determined by the Department, including but not limited to local sponsor preference, provided the zone boundary is not intersected as described in section (5) of this rule.


If a UGB amendment, a change described in section (4) of this rule, or some other occurrence causes a regional or metropolitan urban growth boundary to intersect an existing enterprise zone boundary, the zone’s categorization as either urban or rural shall remain as it is. If a subsequent modification or occurrence situates the zone entirely outside or inside of that boundary, then the zone’s categorization as rural or urban may switch accordingly at that time.

Source: Rule 123-650-0700 — Rural and Urban Designations, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=123-650-0700.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 123-650-0700’s source at or​.us