Planning Commission Materials

The information provided in this link is primarily for Planning Commission (member) use and training, but it may be helpful for any community member.

The general public is discouraged from contacting Planning Commissioners directly regarding any item scheduled for a public hearing. 

All information relating to a Planning Commission agenda item should be forwarded to Planning Department staff, who will then forward it to all Commission members.

If you wish to submit printed information to the commission less than seven days prior to a scheduled meeting, please present it as testimony at the hearing.  If you are bringing printed materials or any other evidence for presentation to the Commission, please bring a minimum of ten copies for distribution to all Commission members and City staff for the record.  Please include your name and mailing address on any information submitted.

Planning Commission Training Manual (2006), used with permission through OCPDA.

State of Oregon  

Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development  

League of Oregon Cities  

American Planning Association  

American Planning Association, Oregon Chapter  

An Introductory Guide to Land Use Planning for Small Cities and Counties in Oregon- Produced by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development

Oregon Government Ethics Law- A Guide for Public Officials

AICP Code of Ethics- Code of Ethics for the American Institute of Certified Planners

Making Ethical and Defensible Planning Decisions- Powerpoint presentation (in pdf) from Purdue University Land Use Team

Opening Statement- Summary of the hearing process

Hints for Testimony- Helpful Hints for Providing Effective Testimony

Sign-In Sheet- You will be asked to fill in this form at the hearing so that we may send notices as required by law

How to Make a Decision from Start to Finish (DOC)

How to Draft Findings 

Land Use Law Handbook: Legislative vs Judicial  

More on Legislative vs Quasi-Judicial Decisions  

ORS 197.763: Conduct of Land Use Hearings

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