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Land Use Review Decision Recording Process


June 19, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Land Use Review Decision Recording Process

Effective June 9, 2017 – The Land Use Services Division is changing the process for how approved land use reviews get recorded with Multnomah County. Instead of requiring applicants to record decisions after a land use review has been approved, land use services staff will be working directly with the county to record decisions. This includes paying for the cost of the recording. This costs ranges from $56 to over $100 per land use review. This will be a cost savings for applicants, save time from having to go to the county recorder office and eliminate a step that was required before applying for a construction permit. This change will also reduce staff time that was taken to reissue lost recording documents or to explain the confusing process to applicants new to the process.

Projects may or may not require a land use review depending on the zoning at the site, and the uses or developments that are proposed. Land use reviews are required when the zoning code "triggers" a review for a specific use or development project. Regulations directing a proposal to a land use review can be found in the base zones, overlay zones, plan districts, and other sections of the zoning code, as well as within conditions of approval from past land use approvals at the site. Most review "triggers" are located in the zoning code chapter addressing a particular topic.

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