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2021 Legislative Session May Impact Oregon Land Use Laws

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By: Will Van Vactor

A number of proposed bills for the 2021 legislative session, if passed, may impact Oregon land use laws. Below is a summary of some of the proposed bills.

  • HB 2488 seeks to revise Oregon land use laws to include environmental justice goals. .
  • SB 385 and SB 391 seek to authorize counties to allow owners of rural residential property to construct one accessory dwelling unit (ADU).
  • In response to the devastating wildfires from last summer, SB 465 would provide additional time to reestablish nonconforming uses damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.
  • Regarding water rights, SB 661 exempts would exempt certain surface water from requirement to obtain water right permit or certificate. 
  • And SB 662 establishes criteria for determining existence or lack of new ground water use impairment or interference with water right having earlier priority date.

The above a just a sampling of the some of the proposed legislative changes that may impact land use in Oregon. The links provided should allow you to check on the status of bills noted in this post. Feel free to give us a call to discuss if you have question about how proposed legislation may impact how you.

Above photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

Van Vactor Law LLC is a land use and real estate law firm based in Oregon. Please call us at 541.640.7780 or email us at to see if we can be of assistance for your legal needs.


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