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From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4272

01-28-16

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County tracking marijuana-related land use applications, code enforcement complaints

On Jan. 4, Clackamas County’s new marijuana land use ordinance approved by the Board of Commissioners became effective and the county began accepting land use applications for marijuana-related businesses.

In the three weeks since then, the County has received 37 applications. The applications are going through the usual land use application review process, and approvals are likely to begin as early as this week.

The Clackamas County Code Enforcement Division is also ready to respond to any complaints regarding marijuana businesses, and will be tracking the number and type of violations, and staff time associated with bringing any violators into compliance.

The county’s Code Enforcement Manager, Scott Caufield, stated, “We plan to diligently pursue any marijuana-related violations, especially those that might impact life, health or safety. Code enforcement for marijuana businesses is a top priority for us and the Board. With the new ordinance that became effective January 4, we now have something to enforce.”

Because of limited resources, the Code Enforcement Division utilizes a priority system and guidelines approved by the Board of Commissioners on which it bases its response to complaints. 

The division’s complaints intake policy reviews different types of complaints and responses. The marijuana land use permitting process and guidelines provides additional details for people thinking of applying for a land use permit.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274.

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