Participating in land use decisions

Why should you participate in land use decisions?

Public participation is a core foundation Oregon’s planning system, and it is appropriately enshrined as the first of 19 Statewide Planning Goals that form the framework of Oregon’s planning system. Under Goal 1, all governing bodies overseeing planning activities, including city and county officials, must ensure that the public has the opportunity to be notified of and to be involved in all stages of the planning process to varying degrees depending on the type of land use change.

Public involvement often takes the form of participating in local land use hearings either through written or oral testimony. Anyone can submit comments or testimony on a land use application, regardless of how they are impacted or where they live. Community participation in the planning process provides decision-makers with additional evidence for consideration in making their decision and has the potential to impact the outcome of an application. Providing comments or testimony also preserves your ability to appeal a final land use decision if the decision-makers decide against your desired outcome.

Despite the intended central role of the public in land use planning, it can be difficult to track the countless decisions being made and to understand how and when to get involved. The resources on this page are intended to help you track what is happening in your city or county and to know how to have your voice heard on a proposed land use change.

How do you track what land use changes are being proposed in your city?

Depending on the type of land use change being proposed, a public hearing on the matter may occur before the Planning Commission (PC) and/or the Board of Commissioners (BOC)/City Council (CC). Sometimes the PC makes a final decision, and sometimes it only makes a recommendation to the BOC or CC. Reviewing agendas and minutes from these meetings can be helpful to learn about land use proposals currently being considered by your jurisdiction.

The following table provides a guide to where to find information on land use hearings and applications being considered, including through regularly scheduled meetings and online resources for tracking pending land use applications.

County or CityPublic MeetingsHow to Participate RemotelyOnline Resources
Jackson CountyPlanning Commission Regular Meeting: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 9:00am
(Upcoming events)
(Meeting minutes)

Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting:
Every Wednesday at 9:30am
(Upcoming events)
(Meeting minutes)
Livestream

Zoom link for remote participation included on agendas included with calendar events on webpage
Accela Citizen Access: Planning applications processed through this portal. Search for particular applications or review all applications submitted by entering County Code “439” in Record Number search field.

Open Planning Projects:
Supporting documents for certain land use projects currently being considered for approval
Ashland Planning Commission Regular Meeting:
2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm
(Agendas and Minutes)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm
(Agendas and Minutes)
Livestream

Zoom link for remote participation included on agenda for meetings
Map of current development proposals: Map of land use and development proposals currently being considered by the city

Butte Falls Planning Commission Regular Meeting:
1st Tuesday of every month at 7pm

City Council Regular Meeting:
3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm

Email bfcityhall@gmail.com for information on how to participate remotely
Central Point Planning Commission Regular Meeting:
1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm
(Calendar with agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 7pm
(Calendar with agendas)
Email planning@centralpoint.gov for zoom link to participate remotely in Planning commission meetings. Map and list of land use and development projects: List and map of land use and development proposals currently being considered by the city
Gold HillPlanning Commission:
Upcoming Meetings
Agendas
Recordings

City Council:
Upcoming Meetings
Agendas
Minutes
Livestream

Zoom links for remote participation included on agendas
Jacksonville Planning Commission Regular Meeting:
2nd Wednesday of every month at 6pm
(Agendas and minutes)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6pm
(Agendas and minutes)
Zoom link for remote participation included on agendas
MedfordPlanning Commission Regular Meeting:
2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 5:30pm
(Agendas and minutes)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm
(Agendas and minutes)
LivestreamNotices of Public Hearings: Notices of upcoming public hearings for the Planning Commission and City Council are posted here.
 
Map and list of current planning projects and applications: View all pending development and land use projects in the city
PhoenixPlanning Commission Regular Meeting:
(Calendar) (Agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30pm
(Calendar)
(Agendas)
Zoom details for remote participation included on agendas Current Planning & Land Use Permits Under Consideration (including notices of public hearings)
Rogue RiverPlanning Commission Regular Meeting:
4th Tuesday of every month at 6pm (Agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
4th Thursday of every month at 6pm
(Agendas)
Information for remote participation included on agendasPublic notices may be posted here but not updated frequently.
Shady Cove Planning Commission Regular Meeting:
2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 6pm (Agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 6pm (Agendas)
Zoom information for remote participation included on agendas.
TalentPlanning Commission Regular Meeting:
4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm (Agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm
(Agendas)
Zoom information for remote participation included on agendas. Must preregister to provide oral testimony remotely. Current planning applications being considered by Talent can be reviewed here.
Josephine CountyPlanning Commission:
Upcoming events

Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting:
Every Wednesday at 9am (2nd Wednesday at 5:30pm)
(Recorded meetings) (Agendas and minutes)
Livestream

Contact planninghearings@josephinecounty.gov (for Planning Commission hearings) or bcc@josephinecounty.gov (for Board of Commissioners hearings) prior to the meeting for a zoom link to participate remotely.
Applications received by the County: Notices of land use requests submitted to the County

Upcoming land use hearings: Scheduled land use hearings before both the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners are posted here, along with supporting documents
Cave Junction City Council Regular Meeting:
2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7pm (Agendas)(Recorded meetings)
Zoom information for remote participation included on agendas.
Grants PassPlanning Commission Regular Meeting:
2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6pm (Agendas)

City Council Regular Meeting:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6pm (Agendas)
MS Teams information for remote access included on agendas.Schedule and meeting materials for land use hearings