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April 2, 2015

April 1 was the deadline to appeal DLCD’s Order 001865, which approved the work products adopted by the City of Grants Pass and Josephine County. No appeals were filed. The adopted work products are now final and in effect.
March 12, 2015

On March 11, 2015, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) issued Order 001865 approving the work products adopted by the City of Grants Pass and Josephine County, which were submitted to DLCD on December 10, 2014.  The submittal included the Grants Pass UGB expansion, Grants Pass Urban Reserve designation, supporting comprehensive plan and development code text and map amendments and intergovernmental agreements, and an amended Josephine County coordinated population forecast. 

December 4, 2014
The Grants Pass City Council and Josephine County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on November 12 and verbally approved the final work products.

On November 12 and December 3, both bodies completed the remaining actions needed for their final approval through adoption of the following ordinances and resolutions, and their Findings of Fact, which comprise the written decision.

Josephine County Coordinated Population Forecast
All Other Items Notice of the adopted work products will be submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for their review and mailed to parties who requested notice of the decision or provided testimony.  There is a period during which parties can file objections.  Once DLCD has made a formal determination of consistency with applicable state law, the updated plans are 'Acknowledged'.
October 24, 2014
On October 22, the Urban Area Planning Commission approved their Findings of Fact, which is their written recommendation to the Grants Pass City Council and Josephine County Board of Commissioners.
The joint public hearing of the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for November 12 (see below) to consider these recommendations and public testimony.
October 9, 2014
On Monday, October 6, the Rural Planning Commission held the public hearing to consider the update to Josephine County Coordinated Population Forecast. They recommended approval of the proposed amendment.

On Wednesday, October 8, the Urban Area Planning Commission held the public hearing to consider all of the other proposed work products (see below). They recommend approval of each of the proposals, with some recommended revisions.  Their written findings and recommendation will also reflect the recommended revisions and will be available after their October 22 meeting.

The joint public hearing of the City Council and Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for November 12 (see below) to consider these recommendations and public testimony.
October 2, 2014
Links to the meeting pages for the public hearings have been added to the hearing dates below so you can access the meeting pages and materials directly from this page when they are posted online.

Meeting materials are available a week before the meeting, and they are typically posted online the Thursday or Friday before the meeting.  In addition, work products for this project are also available on this page well in advance of the inclusion with materials posted for a specific meeting date.
September 18, 2014
In May, the Grants Pass City Council and Josephine County Board of Commissioners adopted resolutions providing direction for the draft work products. Based on this direction, the remaining draft work products were prepared. The draft work products were submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) with a 'Notice of Proposed Amendment' in August. That is the first step in initiating the local public hearing process.

Open Houses and Public Hearings have been scheduled. On September 18, public hearing notices were mailed to affected properties and surrounding properties within a 250' notice area. Additional notices will be published in the newspaper and sent to interested parties.


Public Hearing Notices and Maps:
Proposed Urban Growth Boundary and Urban Reserve: Proposed Comprehensive Plan & Zoning Map Amendments and Overlay in current UGB: Interested Parties Mailing: Informational Open Houses with Staff:
These open houses are to provide an update on the draft work products and proposals. They are informational only. No testimony will be taken, and no recommendations or decisions will be made at the open houses. There won't be a formal presentation, so come any time between 6-8 pm. Materials will be on display to review at your own pace, handouts will be available, and staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Meeting:
Informational Open House with Staff
Subject: All Work Products, see list
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: Come any time between 6-8 pm
Location: Grants Pass City Council Chambers
101 NW A Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Meeting:
Informational Open House with Staff
Subject: Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map Amendments and Overlay in Current UGB
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: Come any time between 6-8 pm
Location: Grants Pass City Council Chambers
101 NW A Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Public Hearings:
These public hearings are where the review bodies consider the draft proposals and public testimony and make their recommendations and decisions. Public testimony can be provided at these public hearings or submitted in advance.

You may provide written testimony to city offices in advance of the hearings, any time between now and 5:00 pm on the hearing date. It will be entered into the record and provided to the review body. You may provide written and/or oral testimony at the hearings. Oral testimony is typically limited to three minutes per person. If you have extensive testimony, you may wish to provide more detailed written testimony and summarize it during oral testimony.

The review bodies will receive and consider testimony. These are not informational question and answer meetings, so please do not expect to present questions from the podium and receive a response to questions from the review bodies at that time. If you have questions about the proposals, please contact staff before or after the meetings, and/or attend the informational open houses. At the hearings, after the public testimony has been taken and during their deliberations, the review bodies may have their own questions and may also ask staff to address questions that came up during public testimony to assist with their deliberations and decision making.

Meeting:
Rural Planning Commission Public Hearing
Subject: County Coordinated Population Forecast Update
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: Anne Basker Auditorium,
604 NW 6th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Meeting:
Urban Area Planning Commission Public Hearing
(for recommendations to City Council and Board of County Commissioners)
Subject: All Work Products other than County Coordinated Population Forecast, see list
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Grants Pass City Council Chambers
101 NW A Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Draft Work Products and Proposals:
Materials and larger maps are also available at the Parks & Community Development Department, Room 201 of the Grants Pass Municipal Building, 101 NW A Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
June 2, 2014
On May 21, the City Council adopted Resolution 14-6198 (PDF) providing direction to staff for the urban growth planning work.

On May 28, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2014-021 (PDF) in concurrence.

The resolutions outline the City Council’s and the Board’s draft proposal. They further direct staff to prepare the draft work products based on this direction, submit the draft proposal to DLCD to start the public process, to schedule informational open houses and public hearings, and provide notice of those meetings. The filing with DLCD is estimated to occur in July, with open houses and public hearings to follow during the summer and fall.
April 29, 2014
On April 28, the City Council and Josephine County Board of Commissioners held their regular quarterly joint work session. The urban growth planning work was on the agenda. The Board of Commissioners provided an April 28 Letter of Concurrence (PDF) with the proposal outlined in the February 7 memo (PDF) from the City to the County.

After a brief informational update and presentation (PDF), the City Council and Board of Commissioners discussed the proposal and decided to consider an additional revision, which is summarized in an April 29 memo (PDF). The resolution to formalize the City Council's direction is scheduled for their May 21 meeting. The Board of Commissioners will schedule a similar resolution for May.
April 2, 2014
Consideration of the draft resolution (PDF) originally scheduled for the March 19, 2014 City Council meeting has been continued indefinitely pending concurrence from the Josephine County Board of Commissioners.
February 10, 2014
The work session originally scheduled for January 13 was canceled, but the City Council held work sessions on January 27 and February 3 to review and discuss the draft recommendations. The Josephine County Board of Commissioners provided a January 23 letter (PDF) with comments about the draft recommendations, which was reviewed and discussed by the City Council.

At the February 3 work session, the City Council agreed on revisions to the draft recommendations. They directed staff to prepare a memo to Josephine County outlining the revisions for their draft proposal.

The City Council will formalize their draft proposal by resolution, tentatively scheduled for March 19, 2014. This would direct staff to prepare the revised draft and prepare the necessary updates to the planning documents that reflect this direction and the draft proposal. Once a resolution for a draft proposal has been adopted and the necessary planning document draft updates have been prepared accordingly, the City and County will need to coordinate on dates for a public hearing process.

Notice of the draft proposal would then be submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to begin the formal local public hearing process, including notice, review, comment, potential revisions, and adoption. If there is concurrence for a draft proposal at the March 19 meeting, public hearings would be scheduled to begin sometime in the late spring or early summer for consideration of the draft proposals and adoption of final work products
December 17, 2013
The work session scheduled for December 9 and 16, noted below, were cancelled. At this time, a City Council work session is now scheduled for January 13, 2014, and a joint City Council / Board of Commissioners work session is now scheduled for January 27, 2014, to review and discuss the draft recommendations and feedback. The City Council meeting to consider a resolution for a draft proposal, originally scheduled for January 15 as noted below, has also been cancelled, and a joint City Council / Board of Commissioners meeting is now scheduled for March 19, 2014.

The City Council and Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution at the March 19 meeting, providing their concurrence or revisions to the draft recommendations. These will become the City Council and Board of Commissioners draft proposals. Notice of their draft proposals will then be submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to begin the formal local public hearing process, including notice, review, comment, potential revisions, and adoption.

If draft proposals are identified by resolution at the March 19 meeting, public hearings would be scheduled to begin sometime in late spring or early summer for consideration of the draft proposals and adoption of final work products.
November 12, 2013
At a joint workshop on October 28th, the Grants Pass City Council and Josephine County Board of Commissioners reviewed recommendations for the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion and Urban Reserve, and associated intergovernmental agreements, plan amendments, and development code amendments.

At their November 12th workshop, the City Council agreed to a schedule to review and discuss the recommendations and provide direction. Work sessions are scheduled for December 9th and tentatively for December 16th. The City Council will consider a resolution at their January 15, 2014 meeting, providing their concurrence or revisions to the above recommendations. This will become the City Council's draft proposal. A similar schedule will be established with the Board of Commissioners. Notice of their draft proposals will then be submitted to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to begin the formal local public hearing process, including notice, review, comment, potential revisions, and adoption.

Background Materials - October 28, 2013 Workshop, with November 12, 2013 Updates
  1. Summary and Overview
    1. Action Items Overview and Summary (PDF)
  2. Population Forecast
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. County Coordinated Forecast Table (PDF)
  3. Comprehensive Plan Text Amendments - "Needs" Element Updates
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. Land Supply and Needs Information Graphics (PDF)
    3. Resolution 13-6075 (PDF)
  4. Upzoning of Lands in Current UGB
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. Map with Table (PDF)
    3. March 20, 2013 Motion (PDF)
  5. Policy - Timing of Rural to Urban Rezoning for UGB Expansion Areas
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
  6. UBG and Urban Reserve - Boundaries and Plan Maps
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. Maps (PDF)
    3. Employment Area Allocation Alternatives Table (PDF)
    4. Employment Area Allocation Alternatives Maps (PDF)
    5. Area H1: 3-20-2013 email from Rich Ward and Map (PDF)
    6. Area A2: 10-26-2013 Memo from Mike Thornton (PDF)
    7. Area G: 5-23-2013 Letter to Larry Bayless (PDF)
  7. Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) - UGB Expansion Areas and Urban Reserve
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. UGB Expansion Areas Interim IGA 10-24-2013 Draft (PDF)
    3. Summary of IGA for Urban Reserve and State Law (PDF)
    4. Urban Reserve IGA 10-24-2013 Draft (PDF)
  8. Comprehensive Plan Amendment - UGB Inclusion Criteria
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. Draft Amendment (PDF)
  9. "Efficiency Measures" - Development Code Amendments
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. List of Measures (PDF)
    3. Code Assistance Project 12-2012 Final Draft (PDF)
  10. Miscellaneous Information
    1. Summary Sheet (PDF)
    2. Population and Housing Information Graphics (PDF)
PowerPoint Presentations
June 13, 2013
In January 2013, the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) issued a new draft Long-Term Population Forecast for Oregon and its Counties, the first they issued since 2004. They issued their final forecast in March.

In March the Grants Pass City Council considered a resolution and decided to continue the UGB planning work using a new population forecast for Grants Pass based on OEA's new forecast for Josephine County. They also decided on a scope of work to undertake using the new forecast. The scope of work included planning for the 20-year UGB and also identifying an Urban Reserve boundary for an additional 10-year period. In short, an Urban Reserve is the area the UGB grows into in the future, but retains rural zoning until there is a need to include some or all of those lands within the UGB through future public hearings. With the new forecast, the area needed for 30 years for the UGB plus the Urban Reserve would be somewhat smaller than the areas previously recommended for inclusion in the UGB.

At a joint workshop with the Josephine County Board of Commissioners on April 22, Councilors expressed interest in reconsidering the scope of work associated with the Urban Reserve. State law allows for, but does not require, infrastructure planning for an Urban Reserve area. In their initial decision on March 20, the scope of work approved by the City Council for the Urban Reserve would only designate a boundary.

On May 15, the City Council adopted Resolution 13-6075, which revised the scope of work to also include infrastructure planning for the Urban Reserve, and the conceptual land use planning for the Urban Reserve necessary to develop the infrastructure plans.

On May 22, the Josephine County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2013-032 in concurrence. Staff will draft amendments to the previously adopted Comprehensive Plan consistent with this direction, and work will continue with new draft UGB / Urban Reserve alternatives for consideration and direction by the City Council and Board of Commissioners.

Background Materials