2017 ORS 222.460¹
Procedures for withdrawal of territory
  • contents of resolution
  • hearing
  • election
  • taxes and assessments

(1) Except as expressly prohibited by the city charter, when the legislative body of a city determines that the public interest will be furthered by a withdrawal or detachment of territory from the city, the legislative body of the city, on its own motion, may order the withdrawal of territory as provided in this section.

(2) A withdrawal of territory from the city shall be initiated by a resolution of the legislative body of the city.

(3) The resolution shall:

(a) Name the city and declare that it is the intent of the legislative body of the city to change the boundaries of the city by means of a withdrawal of territory;

(b) Describe the boundaries of the affected territory; and

(c) Have attached a county assessor’s cadastral map showing the location of the affected territory.

(4) Not later than 30 days after adoption of the resolution, the legislative body of the city shall hold a public hearing at which the residents of the city may appear and be heard on the question of the withdrawal of territory. The legislative body of the city shall cause notice of the hearing to be given in the manner required under ORS 222.120 (Procedure for annexation without election) (3).

(5) After receiving testimony at the public hearing, the legislative body of the city may alter the boundaries described in the resolution to either include or exclude territory. If the legislative body of the city still favors the withdrawal of territory pursuant to the resolution, as approved or modified, it shall enter an order so declaring. The order shall set forth the boundaries of the area to be withdrawn. The order shall also fix a place, and a time not less than 20 nor more than 50 days after the date of the order, for a final hearing on the resolution. The order shall declare that if written requests for an election are not filed as provided by subsection (6) of this section, the legislative body of the city, at the time of the final hearing, will adopt a resolution or ordinance detaching the territory from the city.

(6) An election shall not be held on the question of withdrawal of the affected territory from the city unless written requests for an election are filed at or before the hearing by not less than 15 percent of the electors or 100 electors, whichever is the lesser number, registered in the territory proposed to be withdrawn from the city.

(7) At the time and place set for the final hearing upon the resolution for withdrawal, if the required number of written requests for an election on the proposed withdrawal have not been filed, the legislative body of the city shall, by resolution or ordinance, declare that the territory is detached from the city.

(8) If the required number of requests for an election are filed on or before the final hearing, the legislative body of the city shall call an election in the city upon the question of the withdrawal of the affected territory.

(9) If an election is called and a majority of the votes cast at the election is in favor of the withdrawal of the designated area from the city, the legislative body of the city shall, by resolution or ordinance, declare that the territory is detached from the city. If the majority of the votes cast is against the withdrawal, the legislative body of the city shall enter an order declaring the results of the election and that no withdrawal shall occur.

(10) The described area withdrawn shall, from the date of entry of the order, be free from assessments and taxes levied thereafter by the city. However, the withdrawn area shall remain subject to any bonded or other indebtedness existing at the time of the order. The proportionate share shall be based on the assessed valuation, according to the assessment roll in the year of the levy, of all the property contained in the city immediately prior to the withdrawal. [1985 c.702 §2; 1989 c.1063 §13]

Note: 222.460 (Procedures for withdrawal of territory) and 222.465 (Effective date of withdrawal from domestic water supply district, water control district or sanitary district) were added to and made a part of ORS chapter 222 by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 222

Notes of Decisions

Provisions of this chapter do not require final decisions on small tract annexa­tions to be made in quasi-judicial pro­ceed­ings rather than by popular vote. Stewart v. City of Corvallis, 48 Or App 709, 617 P2d 921 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 222—City Boundary Changes; Mergers; Consolidations; Withdrawals, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors222.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 222, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano222.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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