County develops planning commission rules
Even though the cliché 'Better late than never' has been overused for decades, there are times when it's appropriate.
The Clackamas County Planning and Zoning Division is in the process of establishing rules and regulations governing the administration of a county planning commission.
The process will continue until 10 a.m. March 22, at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, when the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing and discuss the proposition and render final judgment.
What is remarkable in this process is that Clackamas County has operated a planning commission for nearly 60 years - since 1955.
State laws provide for county commissions in each county, and that was the basic authority on which the first commission was formed.
Principal Planner Jennifer Hughes recently noticed the omission of administrative rules in Clackamas County, and a process was designed so the county could formally adopt and administer its planning commission.
But first the current planning commission will hold a public hearing on the ordinance at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Development Services Building auditorium, Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.
Any county resident may speak to the group on the topic, Hughes said.
Forming the nine-member panel is an add-on to a zoning and development ordinance that includes another topic: authorizing zoning districts for uses not named, but similar to those named in the county code.
The seven-paragraph portion of the ordinance relating to a planning commission covers rules, responsibilities and tasks for members of the group, which is appointed by the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners.
The planning commission is the county's land-use advisory body to the board of commissioners, but no more than two members may be engaged in or connected with real estate.
Also restricted is the number of members of the same profession on the planning commission, with the limit set at two people.
'The proposal does not include significant changes to the way the commission is currently structured,' Hughes said. 'Except to establish May 1 as the beginning date for all terms and to require terms to be staggered as evenly as possible over a four-year cycle.'