Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) cannot approve new land division and development applications for residential projects that will impact areas mapped as Wildlife Habitat per a stay issued by the state Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) effective May 4. As of Nov. 6, the stay will only apply to areas within the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). It will be removed once the County adopts new regulations and those become effective. Adoption of new regulations is expected by Oct. 1, 2024. See FAQs.
The stay stems from a petition filed with LCDC, asking LCDC to direct the County to update its development standards for housing to be clear and objective, in compliance with a statutory provision (ORS 197.307, as amended by 2017 legislation) designed to increase housing development. Under the ruling from the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), the county is undergoing a Goal 5 process to address protection of Significant Natural Resources (SNR), which will take about 18 months.
We are already working to update our provisions protecting significant natural resources in Washington County. The stay prevents us from approving residential applications that might affect mapped Wildlife Habitat areas until this work is completed. As per an enforcement order issued with the stay, we must complete this work by Oct. 1, 2024.
Community plans reflect the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban Area policies and strategies. Requirements and standards are applied to development applications including, land divisions and new development.
Pre-application conferences are strongly encouraged for proposed developments on with mapped SNRs. Complete the form to schedule an appointment.