ORS 376.157¹
Continuation of preexisting sewer service

(1) A way of necessity that provides a continuation of preexisting sewer service to land that has access to a public road:

(a) Terminates six months after a local government, as defined in ORS 174.116 (“Local government” and “local service district” defined), having jurisdiction over the affected land issues a notice to affected property owners declaring the completion of a public sewer line that provides direct access to the land.

(b) May not be approved in circumstances where the abandonment of an existing private sewer line connection is necessitated by permitted development or redevelopment.

(2) Compensation paid by the owner of the benefited land to the owner of the land burdened by the way of necessity must reflect the temporary duration of ways of necessity approved under ORS 376.175 (Order granting or denying way of necessity). [2009 c.318 §4]

Notes of Decisions

Way of necessity may not be es­tab­lished if peti­tioner could acquire ease­ment for access to public road through other legal ac­tion. Chambers v. Disney, 65 Or App 684, 672 P2d 711 (1983)

Way of necessity created under these sec­tions must be open to public and, so construed, sec­tions do not violate article I, sec­tion 18 of Oregon Constitu­tion. Chapman v. Perron, 69 Or App 445, 685 P2d 492 (1984)

Where peti­tioner’s land does not abut highway, ORS 376.180 (Conditions for way of necessity) requires peti­tioners to show they lack ease­ment so as to show need for way of necessity. Witten v. Murphy, 71 Or App 511, 692 P2d 715 (1984), Sup Ct review denied

Under these sec­tions, if peti­tioners have existing enforceable access to public road, they are not entitled to way of necessity, notwithstanding whether such access is reasonable. Pike v. Wyllie, 100 Or App 120, 785 P2d 764 (1990), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 376—Ways of Necessity; Special Ways; Pedestrian Malls, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors376.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 376, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano376.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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