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Land Development Process

Information about the land development process in Washington County and links to application and informational handouts regardless of application type or urban/rural designation.
Timeline of a Development Review Application

The land development process varies between application types and location (urban, rural). The actions and procedures below provide a general overview:

  • Neighborhood meeting
    Developers must host neighborhood meetings for most urban projects. Neighbors and property owners near the project can meet developers to discuss proposals and concerns.
  • Application submittal
    We review applications within 30 days. Applicants must provide missing information and resubmit for review, if needed.
  • Public notice
    Public notice is required for all Type II and Type III applications. Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) must receive copy of the application packet by mail. When a public notice is required, neighbors within the notification area (500 feet urban/1,000 feet rural) of the proposed development a. People have 14 days to comment.  
  • Staff reports
    We issue a staff report for all applications as a part of decisions. This includes:
    • Determination of how the application complies/does not comply with regulations.
    • Approved applications include conditions of approval to assure compliance.
    • Type I and II applications are determined by the director. This decision may be appealed to a County hearings officer for review.
  • Public hearing
    A hearings officer hears Type III applications and director’s decision appeals. Staff issues a report seven days before the hearing.
  • Decision/notice of decision (after the hearing and open record periods)
    The hearings officer issues a Notice of Decision, explaining how the decision was reached. The decision also includes possible conditions of approval. The Notice of Decision then goes to those in the notification area and those who submitted comment.
  • Appeal
    There is a 12 day period where a land use decision can be appealed.  The following can appeal these decisions:
    • Type I: Applicant or property owner. The hearings officer hears these appeals.
    • Type II: The applicant, property owner, CPO or others impacted by the decision. The hearings officer hears these appeals.
    • Type III: Applicant, property owner or those who submitted comments or testified at the Public Hearing. The State of Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) hears these appeals.
  • Filing for final approval
    Most Type II and Type III decisions include a final approval requirement, showing that the applicant meets the conditions of approval.


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