Planning Commissioner Training

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Date(s) - Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Venue 252

252 Lawrence Street
Eugene, Oregon

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Saturday, May 20 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
$99 or $79 per person for groups of three or more registering at the same time.

Agenda includes:

  • What every planning commissioner needs to know. This session will cover the basics of land use planning in Oregon and the procedures and practices to make fair, defensible decision. The presentation includes:
    • A brief history of the Oregon planning program
    • State and local responsibilities
    • Comprehensive plan basics
    • Types of decisions
    • Hearing procedures
    • Ex parte contact, bias, and conflict of interest
  • Making legally-defensible findings. Good land use decisions are based on legally-defensible findings. This session will help planning commissioners understand how to apply code criteria when making land use decisions.
  • Leadership role of the planning commission. A planning Commission can have a strong influence on land use policy in its community. Come learn and share experiences where commissions led important planning projects in their communities.
  • Lunch

  • Urban Track

    • Economic Development Planning. Cities can affect their economic outlooks through comprehensive planning. This session will show you some of the tools to use and things to avoid.
    • Planning for Needed Housing. What can a city do through its comprehensive plan and zoning code to encourage construction of needed housing? Panelists will provide insights into the requirements and opportunities provided under Goal 10.


  • Rural Track

    • Farm and Forest Land. Protecting working landscapes for productive use preserves Oregon’s basic economies for now and the future. Learn how planning and zoning preserves resource use while permitting reasonable development.
    • Rural development. This session will address the criteria and procedures for approving exceptions to statewide Goals 3, 4, 11, and 14. It will also cover statewide administrative rules regarding permitted uses in rural residential, commercial, and industrial zones and unincorporated communities.

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