Deschutes County is considering weakening its code to allow property owners in violation of county code to further develop their property. Now is the time to let the County know that you do not support giving this benefit to code violators!
Deschutes County has limited resources to enforce the local laws set in place by the community in order to maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by Central Oregonians. Before 2015, Deschutes County treated landowners who had egregious code violations on their properties the same as law-abiding citizens. This set up a situation in which there was little incentive to follow local laws and in many cases disadvantaged those who were doing the right thing.
County Commissioners fixed this by adopting a code enforcement provision in 2015 based on examples from other Oregon counties and recommendations from a community advisory group. Now, the County wants to weaken the code enforcement provision it put in place after an application for a marijuana retail dispensary in Tumalo was denied due to existing code violations.
Last summer, the county initiated a review of the recently implemented code enforcement policy and is considering allowing properties with code violations to be able to obtain land use permits. We believe this change is unnecessary and would undermine the rule of law in Deschutes County.The code enforcement policy is working the way it was intended to work. The county should not weaken its policy to allow code violators to get away with violations while law-abiding citizens follow the rules set in place by the community.
The Deschutes County Planning Commission is holding a hearing on this issue on Thursday, January 11th. Your comments to the Planning Commission will help ensure the County does not treat code violators the same as law abiding citizens.
Attend the hearing and/or send an email to PlanningCommission@deschutes.org.