City Boundary Changes

ORS 222.897
Study and plan for alleviation of health danger by city

  • procedure if city fails to act


Upon receipt of a certified copy of the findings of the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 222.880 (Oregon Health Authority order or finding), the city council shall cause a study to be made and preliminary plans and specifications developed for the sanitary, water or other facilities necessary to remove or alleviate the conditions causing a danger to public health. The council shall prepare a schedule setting out the steps necessary to put the plan into operation and the time required for each step in the implementation of the plan. A copy of the plans and specifications and the time schedule shall, in the case where the danger to public health is caused by impure or inadequate domestic water, be submitted to the authority and in all other cases to the Environmental Quality Commission.


If the city within 90 days, fails to complete the requirements in subsection (1) of this section, the authority shall conduct the necessary studies and prepare plans and other documents required for the consideration of the proposal and the final determination of the proceedings. The expense of the study and preparation of the plans and other documents shall be paid by the city upon vouchers properly certified by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority. [1975 c.639 §12; 2009 c.595 §189]
§§ 222.850 to 222.915

Notes of Decisions

These provisions authorizing the state Health Division to order annexation to a city or territory within which there exist conditions dangerous to the public health do not constitute an unlawful delegation of legislative power. Kelly v. Silver, 25 Or App 441, 549 P2d 1134 (1976)

These sections apply even though an area is served by an existing sanitary district. West Side Sanitary Dist. v. Health Div., 42 Or App 755, 601 P2d 858 (1979), aff'd as modified 289 Or 417, 614 P2d 1151 (1980)

As agency actions under these sections do not involve decisions concerning land use, ORS 197.180, requiring adherence to state-wide planning goals in planning and other actions by state agencies, is inapplicable. West Side Sanitary Dist. v. Health Div., 42 Or App 755, 601 P2d 858 (1979), aff'd as modified 289 Or 417, 614 P2d 1151 (1980)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Territory separated into two parcels as eligible for health hazard annexation, (1980) Vol 41, p 195

Chapter 222

Notes of Decisions

Provisions of this chapter do not require final decisions on small tract annexations to be made in quasi-judicial proceedings rather than by popular vote. Stewart v. City of Corvallis, 48 Or App 709, 617 P2d 921 (1980), Sup Ct review denied


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