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.

Planning Commission April 13, 2021
March 2, 2021
Planning Commission March, 9, 2021

Help the City decide the best way to create more housing options.

If you missed our public open house on February 17, 2021, it's not too late to get involved and provide your input on what actions the City could  take to create opportunities for more housing development in our community. Please visit our Virtual Open House (link) to view our housing presentation.  At the end of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to participate in a questionnaire and provide your input.

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PUBLIC NOTICE - Mailed November 16th & 17th, 2020

The City of La Grande is amending the Land Development Code to address new State Laws required by House Bill 2001, which predominantly focus on affordable housing and allowing duplexes in all residential zones where single-family dwellings are permitted. 

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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, 2020, executive order (Executive Order 20-12) and subsequent exentsions, 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 as needed, 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 we are meeting with customers by appointment only to receive land use applications and to 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


Kendra VanCleave, Department Secretary

Phone:  541-962-1307


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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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
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