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.

Oregon Land Use Planning Online Training (external link) Created by DLCD to assist Planning Commissioners, staff and the general public who are looking for a better understanding of Planning in Oregon.

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

State of Oregon (external link)

Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (external link)

League of Oregon Cities (external link)

American Planning Association (external link)

American Planning Association, Oregon Chapter (external link)

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

Oregon Government Ethics Law (PDF)- A Guide for Public Officials

AICP Code of Ethics (Word) - Code of Ethics for the American Institute of Certified Planners

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

Land Use Hearing Opening Statement (PDF) - Summary of the hearing process

Hints for Testimony (PDF) - Helpful Hints for Providing Effective Testimony in writing or at a public hearing

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

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

How to Draft Findings (PDF)

Land Use Law Handbook: Legislative vs Judicial (PDF)

More on Legislative vs Quasi-Judicial Decisions (Word)

ORS 197.763: Conduct of Land Use Hearings (Word)

Local Planning Digest (PDF) - an overview of Oregon's land use planning system from 1986, still relevant today.