County Planning

ORS 215.010

As used in this chapter:


The terms defined in ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192) shall have the meanings given therein, except that “parcel”:


Includes a unit of land created:


By partitioning land as defined in ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192);


In compliance with all applicable planning, zoning and partitioning ordinances and regulations; or


By deed or land sales contract, if there were no applicable planning, zoning or partitioning ordinances or regulations.


Does not include a unit of land created solely to establish a separate tax account.


“Tract” means one or more contiguous lots or parcels under the same ownership.


The terms defined in ORS chapter 197 shall have the meanings given therein.


“Farm use” has the meaning given that term in ORS 215.203 (Zoning ordinances establishing exclusive farm use zones).


“Recreational vehicle” has the meaning given that term in ORS 174.101 (“Manufactured structure,” “recreational vehicle” defined).


“The Willamette Valley” is Clackamas, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill Counties and the portion of Benton and Lane Counties lying east of the summit of the Coast Range. [Amended by 1955 c.756 §25; 1963 c.619 §1 (1); 1985 c.717 §4; 1993 c.792 §8; 1999 c.327 §1; 2019 c.585 §19a]
§§ 215.010 to 215.190

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Non "home rule" county courts or commissions general legislative powers, (1974) Vol 36, p 1070

Chapter 215

Notes of Decisions

Published notice is adequate if property owners can reasonably ascertain that property in which they hold interest may be affected. Clackamas County v. Emmert, 14 Or App 493, 513 P2d 532 (1973), Sup Ct review denied

Statutory scheme establishing LCDC and granting it authority to establish state-wide land use planning goals does not unconstitutionally delegate legislative power where both standards (under this chapter) and safeguards ([former] ORS 197.310) exist. Meyer v. Lord, 37 Or App 59, 586 P2d 367 (1978)

Where county had not yet adopted comprehensive plan but had zoned certain portions "primarily agricultural," county had not enacted adequate interim measures to protect its agricultural land until exclusive farm use zoning was completed. Columbia County v. LCDC, 44 Or App 749, 606 P2d 1184 (1980)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Fasano v. Bd. of County Commrs., application to county governing bodies and planning commissions, (1974) Vol 36, p 960; binding effect on governmental agencies of the adoption of interim Willamette River Greenway boundaries, (1975) Vol 37, p 894

Law Review Citations

36 EL 25 (2006)


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