Planning and Zoning News
Openings on Marion County Planning Commission Join a group of people who can affect what gets built -- and what doesn’t -- next to cities, near a favorite fishing hole, along I-5 and the Willamette River, in the fields and orchards, and all the way up to the Santiam Pass.
The nine-member Marion County Planning Commission has two vacancies to be filled by residents interested in shaping land use policies and development. To maintain geographic representation, preference will be given for persons living in the St. Paul, Stayton, and Macleay areas. Members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to serve four-year terms. The commission usually meets once a month on the first or third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the County Hearing Room, 1115 Commercial St. NE, Salem. The commission reviews subdivision applications, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and zone code, and special projects with recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for action.
Application forms are available at the Marion County Business Services Office, 325 13th St. NE, Salem or online at volunteer.co.marion.or.us/. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and residents of Marion County. For more information or to receive an application by mail, contact the Business Services Office, 503-588-7990, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remapping Mill Creek Floodplain near TurnerThe Army Corps of Engineers has hired a contractor to begin remapping the Mill Creek floodplain in Turner and in the county to the southeast of Turner from the city limits to Mill Creek Road. After the flood in January 2012, concerns were raised regarding flooding that had occurred did not match mapped floodplains. The City of Turner has asked the federal government for help in remapping the Mill Creek floodplain.
The Corps will use existing data regarding the amount and timing of water with greatly improved topographic data to make the new maps. The existing floodplain is attached to this email as a PDF map. In the near future, a letter will be sent to property owners in the area notifying them that surveyors may request entrance to their property to take measurements for the remapping.
Marion County Emergency Management and Planning Division are monitoring this project to ensure that the county's interests, and those of our citizens, are taken into account throughout the process. Once the remapping is done, it will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will review the project results and, if accepted, make it the official map of the floodplain in the Turner area. The City of Turner and the Marion County Board of Commissioners are also required to review and then adopt the revised maps.
Marion County Planning staff will also be working with county residents to identify concerns about property floodplain status in the existing and revised floodplains. This process will include at least one community meeting and provides an appeals process. For more information about the FEMA adoption process, estimated to take at least six months, click on the link below.
For more information, contact Brandon Reich, Senior Planner, Marion County Planning Division.
Click here to view a PDF version of the existing floodplain. Click here to view draft map showing area outside Turner, in Marion County, to be mapped. Click here to view a PDF version of the "FEMA Adoption Process."