OAR 350-070-0085
Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Commission recognizes: that many of the matters that come before the Commission on appeal may be resolved through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation; that ADR may be a faster and less expensive process than appeal pursuant to these rules and beyond to the states’ courts; that agreements reached through ADR may be more lasting and acceptable than a decision on the merits by the Commission or the states’ courts; and, that ADR is a voluntary process.


If, after reviewing the ADR statements and evaluating the matter itself, the Executive Director believes that ADR may be successful in resolving or partially resolving the matter, then it shall initiate ADR. This subsection shall not be construed to mean that participation in settlement or ADR is mandatory.


Upon motion by any person or her own motion the Chair of the Commission shall place the appeal in abeyance or shall grant all necessary extensions of time to facilitate resolution through settlement or ADR. Should settlement or ADR be unsuccessful, the Chair of the Commission shall reinstate the matter or reset the applicable time periods.


Any oral discussion, written documents, or other record produced exclusively for the purpose of settlement or ADR, whether or not pursuant to this section, shall be confidential and not part of the record on appeal to the Gorge Commission, nor part of the Gorge Commission’s record to any reviewing court.


The Commission shall not consider, as a basis for any decision pursuant to this division, a person’s decision to not participate in settlement or ADR, or knowledge that the matter was not resolved through settlement or ADR.




If a settlement changes the proposed development or any conditions of approval, the Executive Director shall provide notice of the changes to all persons entitled to receive notice of the original application. If the changes are substantial, then the Executive Director shall conduct a complete review of the changes in the same manner as if the settlement was a new land use application.


When an appeal, or any issue in an appeal, is settled, the Commission shall not be required to review the settlement as a condition of the settlement. The Commission shall not be bound by any terms of the settlement agreement in the instant or future matters.


Upon settlement of a case, the appellant shall dismiss the appeal in accordance with 350-070-0225 (Dismissal by the Commission).

Source: Rule 350-070-0085 — Alternative Dispute Resolution, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=350-070-0085.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 350-070-0085’s source at or​.us