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1 OREGON LAND USE BOARD OF APPEAL (LUBA) Tod A. Bassham Board Member, LUBA

2 Overview I.Oregon Land Use Program Brief History Land Use Procedures II.Land Use Board of Appeals How Review at LUBA Works III.Selected Discussion of Historic Preservation Cases and Rules

3 A Brief History of Land Use Planning 8,000 B.L.U.P. (Before Land Use Planning) : Agriculture Introduced in Mesopotamia 7,999 B.L.U.P. First Land Use Conflict: Cain v. Abel 7,998 B.L.U.P. to 1920 A.D.: Various Wars over Land Use Conflicts 1916 A.D. New York Law Regulating Land Use Adopted, Upheld

4 Early Oregon Land Use Program 1919 Cities Authorized to Plan and Zone Counties Authorized to Plan and Zone. Many Oregon Cities and Some Counties Adopted Comprehensive Plans and Land Use Regulations. In Oregon, Comprehensive Plan > Land Use Regulations

5 Modern Oregon Land Use Program 1973 Senate Bill 100 adopted Required Cities and Counties to adopt Plans and Regulations Created Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) Required LCDC to adopt Statewide Planning Goals

6 Overarching Theme Most Residential uses, Industry, Commerce, Public Services Located Inside Urban Growth Boundaries Resource Uses (Farm, Forest) Outside Urban Growth Boundaries Many, Many Exceptions, e.g. dozens of non-farm uses allowed in EFU zones

7 The New Landscape Statutes (ORS Chapter 197) Require Goals, Plans and Regulations Goals Implemented by Administrative Rules (OAR Chapter 660) Plans and Regulations Acknowledged to Comply with Goals and Rules Permits Comply with Acknowledged Plans and Regulations

8 Statewide Planning Goals Goal 1 (Citizen Involvement) Goal 2 (Land Use Planning) Goal 3 (To Preserve and Maintain Agricultural Lands, Mostly for Farm Use) Goal 4 (To Conserve Forest Lands, Mostly for Commercial Forestry)

9 More Statewide Planning Goals Goal 5 (To protect natural resources and conserve scenic and historic areas and open spaces). Goal 9 (Economic Development: to provide adequate opportunities for a variety of economic activities) Goal 10 (Housing: to provide for housing needs)

10 Still More Statewide Planning Goals Goal 11 (Public Facilities and Services appropriate for rural and urban lands) Goal 14 (Urbanization: restrict urban development to urban lands, require urban growth boundaries based on population and demonstrated need) Goals (Willamette River, Coastal Protection)

11 Goal Exceptions Local governments can adopt case-by case “exceptions” to goal requirements if: 1.Land physically developed, or 2.Land is irrevocably committed to non- goal uses by surrounding uses, or 3.Reasons justify why goal should not apply and areas not requiring exception cannot accommodate use

12 Acknowledgment Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) administers the Land Use Program, under LCDC. By 1986, DLCD and LCDC completed acknowledging comprehensive plans and LURs for 36 counties and 240 cities.

13 Post-Acknowledgment After acknowledgment, changes to plans and LURs are processed as post- acknowledgment plan amendments (PAPAs). Review by LUBA. Periodically (~ 20 yrs), DLCD/LCDC review plans and LURs for compliance with goals, rules and statutes: Periodic Review

14 The Great Compromise Problem: Increased Regulation + Citizen Involvement = Slow Development Review and Approval Process and Slow Appeals, which threaten economic development. Answer: Speed Up Local Land Use Decision-Making and Appellate Review

15 120-Day/150 Day Rule 120 days to issue decision on permit or zone change for property within UGB 150 days to issue decision for property outside UGB Enforcement: Mandamus remedy, Refunds, Attorney fees

16 Quasi-Judicial Hearings ORS provides minimum procedures for Q-J hearings on zone changes, permits, etc. Notice, Staff Report, Evidence, Rebuttal Raise It or Waive It

17 Permit Decisions w/o Hearing ORS (counties) and (cities) allow permit decision w/o hearing if 1.Notice of decision provided to neighbors 2. Opportunity to appeal decision to a de novo hearing.

18 Limited Land Use Decisions Quicker Procedures for some permits: 1. Within a UGB, concerning 2. Approval or denial of a tentative subdivision or partition plan, or 3. Site review, design review and similar discretionary permits regarding physical characteristics of use permitted outright.

19 Appellate Review Before LUBA Pre-1979, local government land use decisions appealed to circuit court by writ of review. Slow. Circuit Court decision can be appealed to Court of Appeals. Slower. Court of Appeals decision can be appealed to Supreme Court. Slowest.

20 Enter LUBA 1979, Legislature creates LUBA on temporary basis, subordinate jurisdiction with LCDC re Goals. 1983, LUBA made permanent state agency with exclusive jurisdiction over appeals of “land use decisions.”

21 Why LUBA? Panel of land use experts > solo circuit court judge unfamiliar with land use Consistent application of statewide law Authoritative decisions published to guide land use decision-makers Reduce # of appeals to Court of Appeals Expedited review

22 Time Is Of the Essence ORS et seq. 21 days to file an appeal with LUBA. 77 days for LUBA to issue its opinion after the local record is filed and settled. ORS days after oral argument for the Court of Appeals to issue its decision on appeal from LUBA.

23 LUBA Review Deadlines 21-day deadline to file objections to record 21 days after record settled to file Petition for Review (PFR) 21 days after PFR to file Response Brief Oral Argument Issue Final Opinion within 77 days after record settled

24 Elements of LUBA Review Cost to file appeal: $200 fee plus $200 deposit for costs – Cheap! $100 fee to intervene Persons can represent themselves LUBA’s review of evidence confined to local record Typical Review Time: 4 to 6 months

25 LUBA’s Limited Scope of Review Only Issues Raised Below PAPAs not in compliance with Goals LURs not in compliance with Plan Procedural Error Not Supported by Substantial Evidence Misconstruction of Law Unconstitutional Inadequate Findings

26 Deference to Local Plan/Code Interpretations ORS (1) LUBA shall affirm a local government’s interpretation of a local plan/code provision unless the interpretation is inconsistent with the express language, purpose or underlying policy, or inconsistent with statute/rule/goal the provision implements.

27 Deference on Evidentiary Calls LUBA cannot reweigh the evidence or make its own evidentiary judgment, but must affirm the local government’s evidentiary call unless LUBA concludes, based on the whole record, that no reasonable person could reach the conclusion the local government decision maker did.

28 LUBA Jurisdiction I “Land Use Decision”: Final decision of a local government concerning the adoption, amendment or application of the Goals, a comprehensive plan provision, or land use regulation Includes final decision by a state agency to which the agency is required to apply the Goals

29 LUBA Jurisdiction II Exceptions to “Land Use Decision” 1.Decisions made under LURs that do not require interpretation or exercise of policy or legal judgment 2.Building permit issued under clear and objective LURs.

30 LUBA Jurisdiction III Other Exceptions: Transportation Improvements authorized under Comprehensive Plan Decision on Final Subdivision or Partition Plat State Agency Land Use Compatibility Statements

31 LUBA Jurisdiction IV LUBA also has exclusive jurisdiction over “Limited Land Use” Decisions, which involve decisions within a UGB concerning: 1.Tentative Subdivision or Partition Plat 2.Site and Design Review decisions regulating characteristics of use permitted outright

32 LUBA Jurisdiction V Exhaustion of Local Remedies Standing of the Petitioners Appearance, Participation Adversely Affected Timely Appeal Petition for Review filed on Time

33 A Land Use Bestiary Legislative comprehensive plan and LUR amendments, e.g. adopt new regulations Quasi-Judicial plan and LUR amendments, e.g. zone change Conditional use permits Site design, historic review, other discretionary permits Land divisions, PLAs

34 More Beasts of the Jungle Variances, adjustments Nonconforming Use determination and expansion/alteration Vested Rights Annexations UGB amendments Use Category

35 LUBA Procedure : The Appeal Notice of Intent to Appeal (NITA): 1.Filed within 21 days of the date the challenged decision became final (some exceptions). 2.Deemed filed on date of mailing if mailed certified or registered, otherwise on receipt. 3. Served on all parties entitled to notice of the decision

36 LUBA Procedure: The Early Rounds Within 21 days of filing NITA: 1.Local government must file the local record with LUBA and petitioner 2.Motions to intervene must be filed (tolled if not served with NITA) 3. Sometimes motions to dismiss filed

37 LUBA Procedure: I object! Objections to the Record: 1. Must be filed within 14 days of date record received at LUBA. 2. Can object that record is (a) missing something placed before the decision- maker, (b) includes something not placed before decision maker.

38 LUBA Procedure: Briefing Petition for Review (PFR): Must be filed 21 days from date record received or settled Appeal dismissed if PFR untimely filed PFR must establish jurisdiction, set out assignments of error providing a basis for reversal or remand under LUBA’s standards of review

39 LUBA Procedures: Responses Response Brief (RB) filed within 21 days of date PFR is filed Reply brief filed within 7 days of RB, limited to 5 pages and only “new matters” raised in RB Oral Argument held days after RB filed

40 LUBA Procedure: the Decision LUBA (usually) issues its decision within 77 days from date record settled Dispositions: 1.Affirm the Decision 2.Remand the Decision for Repairs 3.Reverse the Decision 4.Dismiss appeal

41 What if LUBA gets it wrong? No procedure for reconsideration Appeal to Court of Appeals within 21 days Expedited review before COA. Supreme Court review possible but rarely granted percent of LUBA decisions appealed to COA.

42 Land Use Planning and Historic Preservation Planning and Historic Preservation intersect in Goal 5, which requires LGs to “conserve” historic resources. Goal 5 requires LGs to inventory “cultural areas” and encourages, but does not require, inventories of historic resources. Guidelines suggest that state and federal registries and recommendations should be used to designate historic sites.

43 Old Goal 5 Rule The old Goal 5 rule, at OAR , required LGs to inventory significant G5 resources, identify conflicting uses, and develop program to achieve the Goal. Many if not all LGs adopted cultural and HR inventories Superseded by OAR except for cultural resources.

44 New Goal 5 Rule The new Goal 5 Rule, OAR , sets out a “standard” process for inventorying and deciding whether and how to protect significant Goal 5 resources. OAR is the specific rule for historic resources, and partly supersedes the standard process. OAR determines when Goal 5 applies to plan or code amendments.

45 OAR LGs not required to provide new or amended HR inventories or programs. If LG chooses, develop new inventory and program under the standard process, but need not use the ESEE process to develop program. Must provide broad notice of process. Must adopt list of significant HR sites.

46 OAR con’t Must protect HR of statewide significance even if not designated in the local plan. Must allow land owners to refuse designation and remove designation if “imposed” by the LG. Cannot approve demolition or modification of removed HR for at least 120 days.

47 HR Protection Programs “Protect” means to require LG review of applications for demolition, removal or major exterior alteration of a significant HR. LGs can protect more than required by Goal 5. Commonly, programs require design review for modifications or new construction in HR district.

48 Designation Issues Must the LG designate? Yes. DLCD v. Yamhill Co., /42, 17 Or L 1273 (1989) Unclear designations. Carlton Dev. LLC v. Portland, , 62 Or L 157 (2010); Paulson v. Wa Co, Removal of designation. Demlo v. Hillsboro, , 39 Or L 207 (2001)

49 Program Issues Ambiguous Text. Burgess v. Corvallis, , 55 OL 482 (2008); Save Amazon v. Eugene, , 29 OrL 335 (1995). Amendments to Program. Cox v. Polk Co , 49 OrL 78 (2005); NWDA v. Portland, , 50 OrL 310 (2005).

50 Archeological Resources Aggregate mining and archeological sites. Walker v. Deschutes Co., 55 Or L 93 (2007) (no obligation to find new sites, but must protect designated sites against impacts of mining). Murry v. State of Oregon, 203 Or App 377 (2005) (Gorge Commission requirement for cultural survey prior to development does not constitute takings).

51 How to Avoid LUBA Write clear, objective, unambiguous comprehensive inventories and DR regs. Follow all required procedures. Write adequate findings (criteria, facts, explanation) Make well-reasoned interpretations, following PGE format.

52 Final Thoughts Most of the HR land use action is local, developing HR inventory and regs, and making permit decisions. LUBA has limited role, given rarity of appeals and limited scope of review. HR permit decisions are subject to discretionary permits procedures (hearings, adequate findings, etc.)


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