Conditional Use Permitting

Conditional Use Permits

Most zoning districts in Oregon Counties are open to certain unique land uses subject to the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit. While many land uses are permitted uses in a given zoning district (only requiring a zoning permit), conditional uses are reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment on a case-by-case basis because of their uniqueness and potential site specific impacts. The Board of Adjustment, after reviewing a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission, may approve a permit for such a use but apply conditions in order to mitigate these impacts.

Examples of conditional uses are: communications tower, golf course, nursery/greenhouse, and mining operation.


Amendments to Conditional Uses

Occasionally, it becomes necessary for an applicant to amend an approved conditional use permit. Such amendments are outlined in Chapter 20, Conditional Uses, and states the following:
Insignificant modifications to the approved permit are permissible upon authorization by the Director. A modification is insignificant if it has no discernible impact on neighboring properties, the general public or those intended to use or occupy the proposed development. Minor modifications to the approved permit are permissible with the approval of the Board of Adjustment. Such permission may be obtained without a formal application, public hearing or payment of fees. A modification is minor if it has no substantial impact on neighboring properties, the general public or those intended to use or occupy the proposed development. All other requests for modifications to the approved permit will be processed as new applications. New conditions may be imposed by the Board of Adjustment, but the applicant retains the right to reject such new conditions by withdrawing the request for modifications and proceeding under the terms and conditions of the original permit.

 
 
 

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