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The Planning Division maintains the Curry County Comprehensive Plan and associated ordinances (Zoning, Land Division and Flood Damage Prevention), administers special land use projects (such as housing, environmental and transportation studies), and authorizes Planning Clearance and Land Use Applications for all development.
PLANNING CLEARANCE APPLICATIONS:
Any development to a site or structure requires submittal and approval of a Planning Clearance Application. Once submitted, applications are reviewed for consistency with the zoning ordinance and approval, valid for one year, authorizes only what was applied for. Applications which include structural development are forwarded to the Building Department to initiate a building permit application. An Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) form is included with all applications, as required by the zoning ordinance.
Planning Clearance Application with EPSC - Structural
Planning Clearance Application with EPSC - Septic Installation Only
Planning Clearance Application with EPSC - Manufactured Dwelling
Planning Clearance Application with EPSC - Manufactured Dwelling & Structural
Planning Clearance Application with EPSC - AG Building
Planning Clearance Application - Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Only
Planning Clearance Application - Storage Shed - No Building Permit Required
LAND USE APPLICATIONS:
Any development requiring a Land Use Decision, either by Administrative Approval (Planning Director) or Planning Commission, requires a Land Use Application. Once submitted, the application is reviewed for consistency with the zoning ordinance. If approved, conditions may be imposed to ensure compliance with the zoning ordinance and to protect the best interests of the surrounding properties, area, or county as a whole. Land Use Applications must also comply with any service provider (water, sanitary, fire, electrical, etc) requirements. Additional information: Land Use Application Process, Land Use Application
Conditional Use Approval of a Temporary Dwelling During a Medical Hardship:
Property owners can request permission to place a temporary dwelling (RV or manufactured home) in conjunction with an existing primary dwelling for the term of the medical hardship suffered by the resident or relative of the resident. Requirements for a Temporary Medical Hardship Dwelling are listed under Section 7.040 #18 of the Curry County Zoning Ordinance. The temporary hardship dwelling must be removed at the end of the hardship. A doctors’ verification letter and a renewal fee is required annually. This application must include: Land Use Application, Service Provider Confirmation(s), and Findings for a Temporary Dwelling During a Medical Hardship.
Conditional Use Approval of a Temporary Dwelling While Constructing a Primary Dwelling:
Property owners can request permission to place a temporary dwelling (RV or manufactured home) while building a primary residence. An active building permit is required, and the temporary dwelling must be removed when the primary residence is complete (prior to the Certificate of Occupancy being issued). This application must include: Land Use Application and Service Provider Confirmation(s).
Conditional Use Approval of a Home Occupation:
Property owners can request permission for a home occupation as a secondary use of a dwelling or a building accessory to a dwelling. Requirements for a Home Occupation are listed under Section 7.040 #7 of the Curry County Zoning Ordinance. Home Occupation approval does not run with the land and must be renewed every three years, prior to expiration. This application must include: Land Use Application, Service Provider Confirmation(s), and Findings for a Home Occupation.
Conditional Use Approval of a Single- Family Dwelling on a Property with Resource Zoning
Property owners can request permission to place a single-family dwelling on a property with Timber (T), Forestry-Grazing (FG), Agriculture (AFD), or Exclusive Farm Use (EFU), if the property meets the lot of record test, the large tract test, or density grid test. Requirements for dwelling approval are listed under Section 7.040 #17 of the Curry County Zoning Ordinance. This application must include: Land Use Application and Service Provider Confirmation(s). Additional information: Single-Family Dwelling on a Resource Parcel and Resource Dwelling Standards.
Property owners may request a change to a property's land use designation. Depending on the zoning designations, the Curry County Comprehensive Plan may also have to be changed. This application must include: Land Use Application. Additional information: Zone Change Assistance Sheet, and 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 permitted outright uses and conditional uses. 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 and complaint forms are available on the Curry County Code Enforcement Department website (link in blue box, upper left corner).
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Guest Houses
Land Use Planners Working in Curry Co.
Surveyors, Geologist, and Engineers Working in Curry Co.
Storm and Surface Water Facilities Plan for Brookings-Harbor Area (116 MB)
Lot Line Adjustments
Lot Line Vacation
Pre-Application Meeting Form
Service Provider Confirmation Form
Rural Address Application Form
Land Use Application (for Conditional Use, Development Permit, Partition, Variance, etc)
Land Use Decision Appeal Form