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Planning Division

Carolyn Johnson
Community Development Director

johnsonc@co.curry.or.us
(541) 247-3228

Nancy Chester
Planner

chestern@co.curry.or.us
(541) 247-3284

Office hours: Monday - Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. 
Closed for lunch from Noon to 1 PM.

The Planning Division office is closed Wednesdays Noon to 5 PM. 
The entire office is closed on Fridays. 

We are located at: 94235 Moore Street, Ste. 113, Gold Beach, OR (Basement)

Call us at 541-247-3304
FAX: 541-247-4579

The Planning Division reviews and authorizes development permit applications, administers and maintains the Curry County Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Land Division Ordinance. The Division also administers special land use projects such as  but not limited to housing, environmental and transportation studies.

Planning Fees Schedule  
Contact Nancy Chester, Planner at 541-247-3284 with any questions.

Application Forms and Information

Accessory Dwelling Unit  (ADU)    An ADU is a second dwelling unit that may be allowed in conjunction with a single family dwelling in the RCR, R-1 and R-2, R-3 zoning districts.  NOTE:  ADU's are not permitted in the RR zoning district at this time.  ADUs may be permitted in the RC zone on each contiguous ownership or platted subdivision lot approved prior to August 12, 1986 or lot subsequently approved at the minimum lot size specified by the RC zone.  ADUs are subordinate in size, location, and appearance to the primary single family dwelling. One ADU on one residential lot may be permitted subject to the following standards:
1.          A location either within, attached to, or detached from the primary detached single family dwelling unit. With a building permit, an ADU may be added to or over an attached or detached garage, or constructed as a detached single story structure or as a part of a new single family dwelling.
2.          An ADU must have its own outside entrance, kitchen and bathroom and sleeping area completely independent of the primary dwelling.
3.          The ADU shall not exceed one thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet in floor area but shall be no smaller than two hundred forty (240) square feet.
4.          An ADU may not be created through the conversion of a required main level garage space for living space. This standard does not include the conversion of the attic space above a garage.
5.          An ADU that is attached to the primary dwelling shall share a common wall with firewall construction, roof and foundation.
6.          A detached ADU shall be located a minimum of twenty (20) from the foundation of the primary dwelling.
7.         The minimum front, rear and side yard setbacks for the Accessory dwelling shall be that of the underlying land use district.
8.        One (1) off-street parking space shall be provided for the ADU.
9.        Department of Environmental Quality authorization for septic services shall be provided prior to County authorization for an ADU.
10.      Evidence of potable water availability shall be provided prior to County authorization of an ADU.  
11.      The primary residence that meets the standards of (a-k) may be converted to an accessory dwelling upon completion of permitted, larger residence.
12.       A home occupation may be conducted from either primary or ADU.
13.       Either the primary or ADU shall be occupied by the property owner.

Guest House.     
You can build a guest house in any single family residential zone, including the RR zone, subject to compliance with DEQ requirements, water service and County permits.  A guest house is defined in the CCZO as “A detached accessory structure containing a sleeping facility and bathroom but without kitchen equipment or provisions for such which is used in conjunction with an existing dwelling and does not exceed 500 square feet in size.”  Contact the Community Development Department (541-247-3304) for additional information about guest houses.

Conditional Use Permit Application
Conditional Use Application Packet
Conditional Use Permits are required to permit new development and to enlarge or alter existing development. Development is required to comply with the Curry County Zoning Ordinance regulations. The County may also impose conditions on development to protect the best interests of the surrounding property, area, or county as a whole and comply with all County Zoning Ordinance regulations. The development must also comply with any requirements of service providers (water, sanitary, fire, others).
Securing a Conditional Use Permit Involves the procedures outlines below:
1.  Applicant submittal of the application form and deposit.
2.  Planning Division  notification to an applicant within 30 days of the date the application is received as to whether the application is complete. 
3.  Once the application is complete,  Planning Division notification of neighboring property owners of the application of a  20 day comment period on the application proposal. 
4.  At the end of the 20 days,  Planning Division review of any written comments and preparation of a decision to approve,  deny or to forward the application to the Planning Commission for action.
5.  Once a decision is rendered on the application, the Planning Division will send out a notification of the decision to the applicant and all parties who responded to the notification referenced in Step 2 above.

Hardship Dwelling
With a Conditional Use Permit, permission to place a manufactured dwelling or mobile home in conjunction with an existing dwelling as a temporary use for the term of the medical hardship suffered by an existing resident or relative of the resident.  A letter of verification signed by the Doctor describing the need for the hardship dwelling.  An annual doctors’ verification letter and fee is required.  The hardship dwelling must be removed at the end of the hardship.
A Hardship Dwelling Conditional Use Permit Application must include:
Service Provider Confirmation
Sewage-Building Coordination Form

Home Occupation:
Home Occupation Findings Form
A home occupation must be a secondary use of a dwelling or building accessory to a dwelling; except that a home occupation may not be authorized in  a structure accessory to a resource use in a forest or agricultural zone.  A home occupation shall occupy no more than 30 percent (30%) of the floor area within a dwelling and no more than four hundred (400) square feet within an accessory building.  No materials or mechanical equipment shall be used which will be detrimental to the residential use of the property or adjoining residences because of vibration, noise, dust, smoke, odor, interference with radio or television reception, or waste products outside of the dwelling or enclosure. No materials or commodities shall be delivered to or from the property which are of such bulk or quantity as to require delivery by a commercial vehicle or a trailer, or the parking of customer’s vehicles in a manner or frequency as to cause disturbance or inconvenience to nearby residents. No advertising signs shall be allowed with the exception of one non-lighted sign indicating only the name and trade of the property owner as specifically approved by the County.  This sign shall not exceed a size of nine ( 9 ) square feet.

No structural alterations shall be allowed to accommodate the home occupation except when otherwise required by law, and then only after the plans for such alterations have been reviewed and approved by the County.  Such structural alterations shall not detract from the outward appearance of the building as an accessory structure to a residence.

A home occupation located on high value farm land may employ only residents of the home.

Home Occupation Conditional Use Application must include:
Conditional Use Application Packet
Home Occupation Findings Form
Service Provider Confirmation
Sewage-Building Coordination Form

Single Family Dwellings in a Forest Grazing or Timber zone:
Conditional Use Application Packet

One of three standards must be met to apply for a Conditional Use Permit application for a single family home. These include a grid test, lot of record, or large tract consisting of 160 acres. 

Lot of Record: Lot of record is the person, or their family, has owned the property since at least January 1, 1985. 

Large Tract:Ownership of a minimum 160 acres, or a total of 200 acres that consists or different parcels.  ( Deed restrictions will apply to certain parcels against siting a single family dwelling to total 200 acres) 

Grid Test:  A 160 acre grid must be centered over the parcel in question.  Eleven different parcels must touch INSIDE the box, and of the eleven, at least three must have dwellings that were sited prior to January 1, 1993.

Grid Test: Once Acre Square Overlay Map or 160 Acre Rectangle:
One Acre Square Overlay Map Example
160 Acre Rectangle Example
Resourse Dwelling Standards in FG Zone for CUP
Service Provider Confirmation

Zone Change:
If the present zoning of your property does not permit you to develop or use the land in the way that you desire, you may request a  change the land use designation in the Curry County Comprehensive Plan and the zoning of the property to allow your intended use.  In order to do this you must request a site specific plan/zone change.  See the information on the links below for further information. 
Zone Change Applicant Assistance Sheet
Zone Change Application

Planning Clearance Form (Including Erosion Control):
Some land uses are permitted outright and do not require a Conditional Use Permit; however most all development requires a building permit. The Planning Division reviews  development applications to authorize land uses that are consistent with the County's Zoning Ordinance with a Planning Clearance Form.    Approval of this form authorizes only what is applied for at the time it is filed and the authorization is good for one year from the day the Planning Clearance is approved.  
If  erosion control is required by the Zoning Ordinance, an erosion control application is also required. 
Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application

Zoning Violation and Procedures and Request for Violation Investigation:
By State Law, all properties in Curry County are zoned for specific uses. Each zone has outright and conditional uses that are permitted. A zoning violation occurs when a particular property is used contrary to the authorized uses in that zone. Some examples of common zoning violation are: residential or non-residential construction without permits, using a Recreational Vehicle (RV) as a dwelling, or operating a commercial business in a residential zone.  The County responds to violations on a complaint basis. 
Zoning Violation-Complaint Form

Other Documents:
Lot Line Adjustments
Lot Line Vacation
Pre-Application Meeting Form
Building Codes Coordination Form
Service Provider Confirmation Form
Rural Address Application Form