Planning Division

I would like to welcome you to the Planning Division's web page.  My name is Michael Boquist and I am the Community Development Director for the City of La Grande.  The Planning Division oversees all Land Use standards that relate to Residential, Commercial and Industrial development within La Grande and its Urban Growth Boundary.  The Planning Division also serves as the support staff for the City Council, Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission.

I hope that you have a positive experience using this web page and are able to find the information you need.  The web page is designed to be an extension of our office and provides many of the same resources that are available at the Planning Division counter.  Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT - HOUSING NEEDS ANALYSIS

PUBLIC NOTICE - FALL 2020

The City of La Grande is amending the Goal 10 - Housing Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan Ordinance and adoption a Housing Needs Analysis (ver. June 2019)

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March 27, 2020
Temporary Planning Department Office Closure: COVID-19

In response to Governor Brown’s March 23 executive order (Executive Order 20-12), the City of La Grande Planning Department office is closed to the public.  However, the Department remains open for business for the duration of this executive order. We have implemented telework and work-at-home options for all Department employees, and are committed to continuing to serve the public, answer questions and process land use requests. All staff are available via email and phone, but have been directed to stay home as much as possible.  As needed, we are meeting with customers by appointment only to receive land use applications and exchange other necessary materials. Please stay in touch with us and reach out with any questions.

Michael Boquist, Community Development Director

Phone:  541-962-1306

Email:  mboquist@cityoflagrande.org

Kendra VanCleave, Department Secretary

Phone:  541-962-1307

Email:  kvancleave@cityoflagrande.org

Land Use Applications, Review and Decisions:

·    Administrative: Applications that are subject to administrative review, such as zoning approvals, site plan review, lot line adjustments and minor land partitions will continue to be accepted and processed as timely as possible. 

·      Planning and Landmarks Commission:

o   To protect the public and respond to state guidance on social distancing, all Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission meetings have been canceled for the month of April.

o   Applications subject to a Commission review process will continue to be accepted. They will be reviewed by Planning Department Staff to determine if they are complete or if additional information is needed to address minimum City requirements.  If deemed complete, the application will be temporarily placed on hold for possible consideration in May.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and we look forward to connecting with you by phone or email.

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Historic Landmarks and Historic Resources
Ordinances & Resolutions
Ordinances & Resolutions
  • Land Development Code
  • Downtown Historic District Standards
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Annexation Ordinance

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Maps

The Planning Division maintains several maps that are used for managing a variety of land use issues within the City.  Maps available on-line include zoning, flood plain, potential wetlands, historic district, plus others. 

Through the following links, you will be redirected to the Planning Department interactive on-line ArcGIS maps for public use:

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Application Forms For Download
Livestock and Beekeeping Regulations

The City of La Grande has adopted new urban livestock (e.g. chickens) and beekeeping regulations.  A permit is required for eligible properties.  Livestock are only allowed on properties with a single dwelling, which are 10,000 square feet and larger.  Please visit this link for information specific to permit requirements and development standards.

Prior to October 5, 2018, livestock uses were prohibited in the City of La Grande.  Uses that existed prior to this date are not grandfathered and are not a protected right, except in rare circumstance. Please contact the City of La Grande Planning Department for more information.

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October 8, 2015
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned

By Ordinance of the City of La Grande City Council, all marijuana related facilities are banned or prohibited from locating and operating within the City of La Grande.  This includes the establishment and operation of new medical marijuana processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers and recreational marijuana retailers.

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION

Planning Commission meeting agendas and meeting minutes.  Occasionally, applications under consideration by the Commission may be available on-line through this link.

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Resource Links

This page provides links to websites of other Agencies that you might find useful when looking for property ownership, County Assessor maps, and State laws on a variety of issues and topics.

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