Industrial and employment uses in listed counties
- economic opportunity analysis
(1)As used in this section:
(a)“Economic opportunity analysis” means an analysis performed by a county that:
(A)Identifies the major categories of industrial uses or other employment uses that could reasonably be expected to expand or locate in the county based on a review of trends on a national, state, regional or county level;
(B)Identifies the number of sites by type reasonably expected to be needed to accommodate the expected employment growth based on the site characteristics typical of expected uses;
(C)Estimates the types and amounts of industrial uses and other employment uses likely to occur in the county based on subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph and considering the county’s economic advantages and disadvantages, including:
(i)Location, size and buying power of markets;
(ii)Availability of transportation facilities for access and freight mobility;
(iii)Public facilities and public services;
(iv)Labor market factors;
(v)Access to suppliers and utilities;
(vi)Necessary support services;
(vii)Limits on development due to federal and state environmental protection laws; and
(viii)Educational and technical training programs;
(D)Assesses community economic development potential through a public process in conjunction with state agencies and consistent with any categories or particular types of industrial uses and other employment uses desired by the community as identified in an existing comprehensive plan;
(E)Examines existing firms in the county to identify the types of sites that may require expansion;
(F)Includes an inventory of vacant and developed lands within the county designated for industrial use or other employment use, including:
(i)The description, including site characteristics, of vacant or developed sites within each plan or zoning district; and
(ii)A description of any development constraints or infrastructure needs that affect the buildable area of sites in the inventory; and
(G)Identifies additional potential sites for designation and rezoning that could reasonably accommodate expected industrial uses and other employment uses that cannot be met by existing inventories.
(b)“Industrial use” means industrial employment activities, including manufacturing, assembly, fabrication, processing, storage, logistics, warehousing, importation, distribution and transshipment and research and development.
(c)“Listed county” means Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Lake, Malheur, Sherman, Union, Wallowa or Wheeler County.
(d)“Other employment use” means all nonindustrial employment activities, including small scale commercial use, wholesale, service, nonprofit, business headquarters, administrative, governmental or employment activities that serve the medical, educational, social service, recreational or security industries and that occupy retail, office or flexible building types of any size or multibuilding campuses.
(e)“Reasonably be expected to expand or locate in the county” means that the county possesses the appropriate locational factors for the use or category of use.
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(A)“Small scale commercial use” means the low-impact use of land primarily for the retail sale of products or services, including offices.
(B)“Small scale commercial use” does not include use of land for factories, warehouses, freight terminals or wholesale distribution centers.
(2)A listed county that has adopted an economic opportunity analysis as part of its comprehensive plan may amend its comprehensive plan, land use regulations and zoning map to designate not more than 10 sites outside an urban growth boundary that cumulatively total not more than 50 acres of land if the sites were identified in any economic opportunity analysis as additional potential sites for industrial uses or other employment uses in order to allow for industrial uses and other employment uses without requiring an exception under ORS 197.732 (Goal exceptions) to any statewide land use planning goals related to:
(b)Forest use; or
(3)A county may not designate a site under subsection (2) of this section:
(a)On any lands designated as high-value farmland as defined in ORS 195.300 (Definitions for ORS 195.300 to 195.336);
(b)Unless the county complies with ORS 197.714 (Cooperation of county and city concerning industrial development); and
(c)If any portion of the proposed site is for lands designated for forest use, unless the county:
(A)Notifies the State Forester in writing not less than 21 days before designating the site; and
(B)Cooperates with the State Forester in:
(i)Updating and classifying wildland-urban interface lands in and around the site;
(ii)Taking necessary steps to implement or update the wildland-urban interface fire protection system in and around the site as described in ORS 477.027 (Establishment of classes of wildland-urban interface); and
(iii)Implementing other fire protection measures authorized by the State Forester.
(4)A county may not amend its comprehensive plan, land use regulations or zoning map under this section to allow a use that would conflict with an administrative rule adopted for the purpose of implementing the Oregon Sage-Grouse Action Plan and Executive Order 15-18. [2019 c.170 §2; 2021 c.592 §41]
Section 197.716 — Industrial and employment uses in listed counties; economic opportunity analysis,