Planning and Zoning News
Backyard Chicken News!! The Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance #1357, the Marion County Backyard Chicken Ordinance, on August 12, 2015. The effective date is November 10, 2015. Ordinance #1357 establishes regulations for the keeping of chickens on residentially zoned property located in the urban growth boundary areas of Marion County.Opening on the Planning Commission!The Planning Division is recruiting to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. To maintain geographic representation, preference will be given for persons living in the St. Paul, Stayton, and Santiam Canyon areas.
Application forms are available at the Marion County Business Services Office, 555 Court St. NE, 4th floor, Salem or click here to download. Applicants should be at least 18 years old and residents of Marion County.
For more information or to receive an application by mail, contact Tami Amala, Marion County Planning Division, 503-566-4166 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expanded Provisions for Replacement Dwellings in the Exclusive Farm Use Zone - HB2746The Oregon Legislature recently passed House Bill 2746, which became effective January 1, 2014. This bill expands the provisions for replacement dwellings and intended, primarily, to enable farm properties with deteriorated dwellings to replace them even after they are no longer structurally sound. Key provisions of this bill include:
· Allows dwellings to be replaced that have or “formerly had” structural integrity, where certain requirements are met. “Formerly had” may mean that the dwelling is no longer present or that it has deteriorated to the point that it no longer has structural integrity. · The dwelling to be replaced has been assessed as a dwelling for purposes of ad valorem taxation for either the previous five years or, if the dwelling was erected sooner than that, from the time the dwelling was erected. · Provides an exception to the requirement of tax assessment as a dwelling if the dwelling was destroyed through no fault of the owner, or if the dwelling was demolished for purposes of restoration. In such cases, the dwelling must have been assessed as a dwelling until the date of destruction or demolition. · Adds siting standards for replacement dwellings for units that cannot currently meet the standards for structural integrity. Replacement dwellings for units that can currently meet these standards are not subject to these siting standards. · Changes the period in which dwellings to be replaced must be demolished, removed or converted from three months to one year, unless the structure is deemed to be unsafe or an attractive nuisance, in which case action may be required within 90 days. · Provides that permits for replacement dwellings that have lapsed are deemed valid if exercised within one year of the effective date of the bill. · Sunsets all HB2746 provisions on January 2, 2024. At that time, previous replacement dwelling provisions will be reintroduced.