ORS 308A.309¹
Submission of application for approval of local granting authority
  • grounds for denial
  • approval
  • application withdrawal

(1) Within 10 days of filing in the office of the assessor, the assessor shall refer each application for classification to the planning commission, if any, of the governing body and to the granting authority, which shall be the county governing body, if the land is in an unincorporated area, or the city legislative body, if it is in an incorporated area. An application shall be acted upon in a city or county with a comprehensive plan in the same manner in which an amendment to the comprehensive plan is processed. In determining whether an application made for classification under ORS 308A.300 (Definitions for ORS 308A.300 to 308A.330) (1)(b) should be approved or disapproved, the granting authority shall weigh:

(a) The projected costs and other consequences of extending urban services to the affected lot or parcel;

(b) The value of preserving the lot or parcel as open space;

(c) The projected costs and other consequences of extending urban services beyond the affected lot or parcel; and

(d) The projected costs and other consequences, including the projected costs of extending urban services, of expanding the urban growth boundary in other areas if necessary to compensate for any reduction in available buildable lands.

(2) The granting authority shall not deny the application solely because of the potential loss in revenue that may result from granting the application if the granting authority determines that preservation of the current use of the land will:

(a) Conserve or enhance natural or scenic resources;

(b) Protect air or streams or water supplies;

(c) Promote conservation of soils, wetlands, beaches or tidal marshes;

(d) Conserve landscaped areas, such as public or private golf courses, which enhance the value of abutting or neighboring property;

(e) Enhance the value to the public of abutting or neighboring parks, forests, wildlife preserves, nature reservations, sanctuaries, or other open spaces;

(f) Enhance recreation opportunities;

(g) Preserve historic sites;

(h) Promote orderly urban or suburban development; or

(i) Affect any other factors relevant to the general welfare of preserving the current use of the property.

(3) The granting authority may approve the application with respect to only part of the land which is the subject of the application; but if any part of the application is denied, the applicant may withdraw the entire application. [Formerly 308.755]

(formerly 308.755)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Criteria to apply in classifying land as open space, (1972) Vol 35, p 1273

(formerly 308.740 to 308.790)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Criteria to apply in classifying land as open space, (1972) Vol 35, p 1273; golf course as open space land, (1980) Vol 40, p 288

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 308A—Land Special Assessments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors308A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 308A, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano308A.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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