FAQs

It’s easy to be confused by land use laws and regulations. Each city and county in Oregon, especially Jackson County, has its own regulations that must be followed when going through the land use process. However, the answers to the following frequently asked questions are similar throughout Southern Oregon. 

If you have other land use planning questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.

FAQs

What is a feasibility?

We begin all planning projects with a feasibility. A feasibility is a type of research that is performed to determine what the best land use and planning options are for a parcel. Based on the information collected, such as Areas of Special Concern (wildlife habitat), lot legality, overlays, soils, etc., we can determine the application process that best suits your desired use.

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What are overlays?

Overlays are the land, air, and water issues that impact specific land uses for a property and can affect the planning application process. Streams, creeks, air traffic, access, and numerous other issues have a direct effect on a where a homesite can be located on a property, or if certain types of land uses will be prohibited.

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What are land use planning consultants?

Land use planning consultants are here to help you get through the planning processes with the cities and counties in Oregon. The planners at Richard Stevens & Associates, Inc. are experienced with land use applications and the permitting processes for local jurisdictions. We advise property owners on land use and planning issues, and act as a representative for the applicant with the local planning departments, and at quasi-judicial hearings. We do the appropriate research and problem-solving for land owners who are interested in obtaining land use permits for homesites, commercial uses, subdivisions, etc. through the planning departments.

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Do I qualify for a homesite on exclusive farm use or forest resource land?

Many properties do qualify for a dwelling or other development. With a feasibility, we can find out what is the best use of your land, and whether it qualifies for a homesite or other desired development.

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What can I do with my property?

This depends on the zoning of your property. Different zoning districts have different allowed uses and permitted uses. It is always best to begin with a feasibility.

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Can I do a property line adjustment?

Generally you can as long as both property owners are in agreement, the properties are legal, and you are not developing on a parcel that was too small for development prior to the adjustment. A property line adjustment can help obtain access to a parcel, which is especially helpful if access is the only issue prohibiting development of a dwelling on that parcel.

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Can I divide my property?

Yes, as long as you can meet minimum parcel size standards and frontage requirements. Each zoning district establishes minimum parcel sizes. For example, a forest resource zone requires a minimum parcel size of 80 acres. A feasibility can help determine if a property division is possible.

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Can I annex into a city?

Yes, as long as you are located within the Urban Growth Boundary.

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Can I change the zoning of my property?

Within the Cities, zoning is dependent on the Comprehensive Plan designation for each city. However, the Comprehensive Plan may be changed if you meet locational and other standards. Within the Counties, there are numerous factors to consider, but it can be done.

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