Land laws: Aumsville hosts regional workshop

October, 2015 Posted in Community, News

By Mary Owen

Interested in learning about city land use in your town?

“Property owners have rights and responsibilities that are governed through state wide land use laws,” Aumsville City Manager Maryann Hills said. “It is important for citizens to know what local regulations govern their land use, so they are asking permission through the land use applications process, instead of forgiveness during the enforcement process.”

The city of Aumsville will host a free regional planning workshop, sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Aumsville Community Center. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“Land use decisions are made by local citizens and business people volunteering as planning commissioners and city councilors,” Hills said. “This workshop is an outreach to train the volunteers and property owners, and help simplify complex and sometimes cumbersome land use issues.”

Hills said the city is receiving RSVPs from participants from Molalla to Jefferson.

“This is an opportunity to engage city councilors, planning commissioners and citizens in regional networking,” she said.

Open to all city officials and residents, the free training will help local governments and citizens perform land use planning in a knowledgeable, competent and legal manner, resulting in effective decisions, organizers say.

Small cities’ officials will have the opportunity to discuss the CARTS transportation study underway; marijuana regulation; and the need for any periodic regional meetings, now that the Santiam Regional Advisory Council has disbanded, Hills said.

“We hope business owners will get involved in this workshop to build relationships, confidence and trust with the land use decision makers,” she said. “Cities are looking to find the win/win in business expansion and development, and this workshop is designed to inspire and motivate community members to get involved in developing and carrying a land use process that meets that goal.”

Preregistration is not required, but organizers can better plan for food options if people call the Aumsville City Hall at 503-749-2030 to say they want to participate.

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