Legislative findings related to nonfarm dwellings
(1) The Legislative Assembly declares that the creation of small parcels for nonfarm dwellings in exclusive farm use zones introduces potential conflicts into commercial agricultural areas and allows a limited number of nonfarm dwellings in exclusive farm use zones. To protect the state’s land base for commercial agriculture from being divided into multiple parcels for nonfarm dwellings while continuing to allow a limited number of nonfarm dwellings on less productive agricultural land not suitable for farm use, it is necessary to:
(a) Limit the incremental division of lots or parcels larger than the minimum size established under ORS 215.780 (Minimum lot or parcel sizes) into smaller lots or parcels for the purpose of creating new nonfarm dwellings; and
(b) Allow a limited number of lots or parcels equal to or less than the minimum size established under ORS 215.780 (Minimum lot or parcel sizes) to be partitioned into not more than two parcels unsuitable for farm use and eligible for siting nonfarm dwellings under ORS 215.284 (Dwelling not in conjunction with farm use).
(2) The amendments to ORS 215.263 (Land divisions in exclusive farm use zones) by section 3, chapter 704, Oregon Laws 2001, address the partition of land within an exclusive farm use zone to create parcels smaller than the minimum size established under ORS 215.780 (Minimum lot or parcel sizes) for the purpose of siting dwellings not provided in conjunction with farm use in eastern Oregon, as defined in ORS 321.805 (Definitions for ORS 321.805 to 321.855), and in western Oregon, as defined in ORS 321.257 (Definitions for ORS 321.257 to 321.390). [2001 c.704 §2; 2003 c.621 §69]
Note: 215.262 (Legislative findings related to nonfarm dwellings) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 215 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
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