2013 ORS § 196.110¹
Land use regulation in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

(1) Notwithstanding any provision setting forth criteria or conditions for approval of a permit or requiring action by the county in ORS chapter 92, 195, 196, 197 or 215 or in a local ordinance or charter, a county may deny any permit or otherwise refuse to take any action that is inconsistent with the purposes and standards as provided in sections 3 and 6(d) of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663, or the scenic area management plan adopted pursuant to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663. When taking action on a permit application, a county shall follow procedures consistent with the procedures set out in ORS 215.402 (Definitions for ORS 215.402 to 215.438 and 215.700 to 215.780) to 215.438 (Transmission towers) and shall comply with the time limitations set out in ORS 215.427 (Final action on permit or zone change application). The authority of a county to deny a permit or otherwise take action under this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other authority for denial that may be exercised by the county pursuant to the provisions of ORS chapters 195, 196 and 197. Any action of a county taken pursuant to this subsection shall be appealed to the Columbia River Gorge Commission as provided in section 15(a)(2) of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a state agency may not take action that must be reviewed for compatibility with an acknowledged comprehensive plan or land use regulation in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area until the agency determines through written findings that the action is consistent with the purposes and standards as provided in sections 3 and 6(d) of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663, and the interim guidelines or the scenic area management plan.

(3) A state agency may seek any of the administrative or judicial remedies or participate in any proceeding provided by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663.

(4) The provisions of ORS 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities) do not apply to the Columbia River Gorge Commission. [1987 c.856 §2; 2003 c.181 §1]