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Planning Division

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed: Noon to 1 PM

Closed: Major Holidays

94235 Moore St.
Ste. 113 
Gold Beach, OR 97444 (Basement)

MAIN: 541-247-3304
FAX: 541-247-4579

Becky Crockett
Planning Director
(541) 247-3228

Nancy O'Dwyer
(541) 247-3284





The Planning Division reviews and authorizes Planning Clearance and Land Use Applications for all development, maintains the Curry County Comprehensive Plan and associated ordinances (Zoning, Land Division and Flood Damage Prevention), and administers special land use projects, such as (but not limited to) housing, environmental and transportation studies.

Planning Clearance Applications:
Any development to a site or a structure requires submittal and approval of a Planning Clearance Form. The Planning Division reviews Planning Clearance applications for consistency with the Curry County Zoning Ordinance. Planning Clearance Approval authorizes only what is applied for at the time it was filed and is valid for one year from the approval date. Planning Clearance applications which include structural development are forwarded to the Building Department to initiate a building permit application. An Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control form is included with each Planning Clearance Form, per Zoning Orginance requirement.

Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application - Structural
Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application - Septic Only
Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application - Manufactured Dwelling
Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application - Manufactured Dwelling & Structural
Planning Clearance Form With Erosion Control Application - AG Building
Planning Clearance Form - Erosion Prevention Only

Land Use Application:
Any development requiring a Land Use Decision, either by Administrative Approval (Planning Director) or Planning Commission, requires a Land Use Application. The Planning Division reviews the application for consistency with the Curry County Zoning Ordinance. If approved, conditions may be imposed to protect the best interests of the surrounding properties, area, or county as a whole and to ensure compliance with all County Zoning Ordinance regulations. Land Use Applications must also compy with any service providers (water, sanitary, fire, electrical, etc) requirements.

Steps to Securing a Land Use Permit Involves:
1.  Applicant submits application packet and fee.
2.  Planning Division verifies application is complete within 30 days.
3.  Planning Division will notify neighboring property owners of the application, initiating a  20 day comment period on the application proposal. 
4.  At the end of the 20 days,  Planning Division will review any written comments and will decide to approve,  deny or to forward the application to the Planning Commission for action.
5.  Once a decision is rendered, 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/Land 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/Land Use Permit Application must include:
Service Provider Confirmation

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/Land Use Application must include:
Conditional/Land Use Application PacketHome Occupation Findings Form
Service Provider Confirmation

Single Family Dwellings in a Forest Grazing or Timber zone:
Conditional/Land Use Application Packet
One of three standards must be met to apply for a Conditional/Land 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
Resource 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

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

Accessory Dwelling units in Curry County Oregon

Tiny Homes

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.

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

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