How will the county regulate my land if it is included in the urban reserves?

Inclusion in urban reserves will not trigger any change in the use of a property, meaning current uses can continue. Based on state rules, some land-use policies have been developed to ensure that land in urban reserves will remain rural while also being prioritized for future urban growth. For example, under the proposed policies, single-family dwellings will still be allowed on legal lots if the County’s regulations would have allowed them prior to inclusion in urban reserves, but requests for zone changes allowing more intensive uses on exception areas and non-resource land (e.g., land with residential or industrial land use designations) will not be allowed until the land is brought into the UGB. Similarly, property owners cannot request farm or forest land to be changed to a non-resource designation (like residential or industrial) until after it is included in the UGB. Requests for zone changes or re-designation are very complex, include a lengthy application and review process, and approval is not guaranteed. The proposed policies can be reviewed in the plan amendments which are part of the adoption materials posted on the Urban Reserves web page

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1. How do I know if my land is being considered for inclusion in urban reserves?
2. What will happen if my property is included in urban reserves?
3. Will I get City services, such as water and sewer, if my property is included in urban reserves?
4. If my property is in urban reserves, then brought into the UGB, will I be required to annex into the City?
5. Can I keep doing what I’m doing on this land if it is included in urban reserves?
6. How will the county regulate my land if it is included in the urban reserves?
7. Will urban reserves impact agreements set out by Homeowners Associations (HOAs) or through Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs)?
8. Do I have a choice about whether my property is included urban reserves?
9. If my septic system fails and I am within the UGB but outside of city limits, will I be required to annex?
10. What’s the likelihood that my property will come into the UGB if it’s in urban reserves?
11. If my property is zoned Exclusive Farm Use and is included in urban reserves, would I lose my farm tax deferral? What if my property was brought into the UGB?
12. What will the impact be on my tax rate if my property is brought into urban reserves?
13. How will the value of my land change if it is included in urban reserves, the UGB or the city limits?
14. How does urban reserves adoption work?
15. When will the public hearings happen?
16. How can I watch or attend meetings?
17. What do I do if I still have questions? How do I provide my input?
18. Return to Urban Reserves Web Page