Land Use Law

For decades, Oregon has cultivated its extensive land use policies through nineteen statewide planning goals. These goals, appropriately labeled Goal 1 through Goal 19 and often supplemented with discretionary guidelines, are implemented through local comprehensive planning. Cities and counties are required to develop laws and ordinances that put the state’s land use plan into effect, and these local rules must be consistent with the state’s goals. Local land use decisions may be appealed to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) in Salem.

My practice of land use law is limited to select areas, so please contact me with any questions.