Marion County Planning Commission
What is the Planning Commission all about?
The Planning Commission consists of nine members, each serving a four-year term, representing a balanced geographic distribution and variety of interests. Members are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners.
The Planning Commission meets an average of 6-7 times each year on the first and/or third Tuesday of the month at
6:30 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners' Senator Hearing Room, first floor of the Courthouse Square Building, 555 Court St. NE, Salem.
The Planning Commission reviews subdivisions, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances, and assist the Board of Commissioners in developing long-range land use plans for Marion County. Members serve without pay.
Carla Mikkelson, Chair
Dennis Person, Vice Chair
Staff Liaison: Tami Amala, (503) 588-5038 email:
No meetings are scheduled at this time
Submitting Testimony or Requesting Information via Email
We strongly advise you
not to submit testimony or comments, request information on a case going to hearing, or any other time-sensitive requests via email. It is possible the county's security software will prevent an email from reaching us. Also, there can be technical issues that slow delivery of email. If you email any testimony or comments to our office prior to a hearing, please confirm the email has been received by calling our office at (503) 588-5038.
If you have questions or are requesting information on a particular case, please call our office and ask to speak to the person assigned to that case. We strongly advise you not to email staff the day of a hearing requesting information.
It is important to note that any form of communication (fax, email, etc.) sent and/or received after close of business at 4:00 p.m. may not be included in any hearing occurring on the same day.
Appearing Before the Planning Commission
Notice of a public hearing before the Planning Commission is mailed at least 10 days prior to the hearing. If unable to attend, written testimony is accepted. Testimony from interested citizens is encouraged at all public hearings.
If you wish to testify or receive the Planning Commission's decision you must complete the "Sign-In Sheet" available at the public hearing. When called to speak, come forward to the table, give your name and address, and make your statement. Planning Commission members may ask questions to clarify your comments. If you have written testimony that was not presented to the Planning Division before the hearing, you should sign up to speak and submit it at that time. Briefly explain the main points rather than read your written testimony.
The Planning Commission Chair will conduct the hearing as follows:
Planning staff will present a report and recommendation.
Representatives from other governmental agencies or departments may provide comments.
The applicant or representative will then present testimony in favor of the application.
Citizens in favor of the proposal will be asked to present comments.
Citizens against the proposal will be asked to present comments.
Citizens with general comments will be asked to present comments.
The applicant (or representative) will then be given an opportunity for rebuttal.
Unless the Planning Commission continues the hearing, or leaves the record open for additional written testimony, the public hearing will be closed. No further testimony or comments will be allowed once the hearing is closed.
The Decision-Making Process:
The Planning Commission will review the application, Planning Division file, evidence presented, and testimony given. A decision can be expected at the conclusion of the public hearing, unless the case is continued.
Notice of the decision will be sent to the applicant, persons providing written testimony, and persons listed on the "Sign-In Sheet".
The Planning Commission's decision can be appealed to the Marion County Board of Commissioners. Details of the appeal process are included in the decision or are available from the Planning Division.
The Board of Commissioners will accept or deny an appeal. If an appeal is accepted, a public hearing will be scheduled before the Board of Commissioners, or the Board may refer the case to a Hearings Officer for rehearing.
For information on a case or the Planning Commission, contact the Planning Division at (503) 588-5038. Land Use cases may be reviewed at the Planning Division, 5155 Silverton Rd. NE, Salem.