VOTE: YES – Governor Signed
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB3245
This bill allows city governing body to authorize planning commission or hearings officer to conduct hearings and make decisions on applications for amendments to city comprehensive plan. Authorizes appeal of decision to city governing body.
Specifies authorization may not apply to any plan map amendment requiring exception to statewide planning goal pursuant to ORS 197.732; any lands designated under statewide planning goal addressing farm or forestlands; or expansion of urban growth boundary. Removes provision for aggrieved party to appeal decision; generally allows appeal of decision to city governing body.
Helps to expedite the process by cutting out inefficiencies. This bill provides a necessary clarification for unified map jurisdictions and streamlines a convoluted permit approval process