2017 ORS 285C.120¹
Zone boundary change restrictions when county ceases to be sparsely populated
  • waiver of distance limitations

(1) If the population density of a county increases to more than 100 persons per square mile, so that the county is no longer a sparsely populated county, any existing rural enterprise zone located wholly or partly within that county shall continue to exist with that zone boundary until terminated. A boundary change under ORS 285C.115 (Change of zone boundaries) that is subsequent to the date on which the county ceases to be a sparsely populated county may not add an area to the zone that:

(a) Is a separate area farther than five miles from the nearest point on the existing boundary;

(b) Increases the distance between the two points in the zone that are the farthest apart; or

(c) Creates a new line of distance to the farthermost opposite point in the zone that is longer than the greatest distance between any two existing points in the zone.

(2) In designating or changing the boundary of a rural enterprise zone under ORS 285C.065 (Designation of enterprise zone), 285C.115 (Change of zone boundaries) or 285C.250 (Redesignation or designation of new zone following zone termination) in a sparsely populated county, a zone sponsor may seek a waiver of the distance limitations under ORS 285C.090 (Requirements for area to be designated zone) (4) by providing the necessary documentation under ORS 285C.074 (Documentation for zone designation or redesignation to be submitted to department) or 285C.117 (Documentation for zone boundary change to be submitted to department). The Director of the Oregon Business Development Department shall grant the waiver if the director determines that:

(a) The designation or the boundary change satisfies all other applicable requirements; and

(b) Consistent with rules adopted by the Oregon Business Development Department, designation of a separate enterprise zone is not a practical option under the particular circumstances, that the overall distances involved can be effectively administered and that the waiver will further the goals and purposes of ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250) to 285C.250 (Redesignation or designation of new zone following zone termination). [Formerly 285B.683; 2005 c.94 §7; 2015 c.648 §19]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 285C—Economic Development Iii, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors285C.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.