This page will alert you of current issues and topics that are being considered that may affect land use
Three County Pilot Project
The three counties, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson have begun work on a pilot project to review the definition and designation of farm and forest lands in Southern Oregon. The is a new initiative to bring some regional diversity to the state land use program. Planning Directors from each of the Counties are heading the analysis and review of the conditions in order to develop any proposed changes. Technical advisory committies have been meeting to review existing conditions and discuss possible changes to current Farm and Forest designation and standards. The Rogue Valley Council of Governments is administering the program under the name of Southern Oregon Regional Pilot Program (SORPP). A web site has been created to monitor progress of this program. The address is www.soregionalpilot.org Meetings are being scheduled in each county to bring this program forward. A request to extend the Project has been approved and is scheduled to be completed by June 2015.
The county is revising the Development Code to reflect the changes that have occurred in state laws. The code has not been updated since 2008 and a number of items are not shown in the current code. New state laws are effective as of the date set by the state even though the county code books are not updated. Be careful about the new laws. The issue has come up regarding zone boundaries and required reports regarding forest lands.
Regional Problem Solving
Jackson County has adopted the Regional Problem Solving plan to provide additional lands for urban areas to accommodate a doubling of the Rogue Valley population in the next 50 years. Each of the cities involved with the plan have also adopted the plan. The final report was forwarded to the state and final approval has been granted. For further information visit the Jackson County web site.