Mt. Hood above Hood River

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Development Code and Comprehensive Plan Updates

Code Ammendments

A number of code amendments are proposed for the city. The first series of code amendments include proposed revisions to Title 16 (Subdivisions) and Title 17 (Zoning) that target workability and clarity of the Hood River Municipal Code (File Nos. 2018-05 and 2018-06). The amendments reflect recent changes in state law, case law, and are expected to be consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. A second series of code amendments as well as Comprehensive Plan amendments (File No. 2018-07) are anticipated after the Planning Commission and City Council review the Westside Concept Plan Report. MORE INFO>>

Westside Concept Plan Info

The Hood River Westside Area Concept Report responds to findings of the City’s 2015 Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and Housing Strategy, and recommends updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and development code. The west side of Hood River contains the majority of the community’s buildable land, and it is where most new development is expected to occur in the future. As noted above, amendments to the deveopment code and Comprehensive Plan are anticipated after the Planning Commission and City Council review the Westside Area Concept Plan Report (File No. 2018-07). MORE INFO>>

More info on Measure 56 Notice

All property owners within the City's Urban Growth Boundary were sent a notice of proposed development code and Comprehensive Plan amendments (File Nos. 2018-05 -06 and -07), commonly referred to as a "Measure 56 notice". Ballot Measure 56 (1998) requires cities and counties to provide affected property owners with notice of a change in zoning classification; adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan; or adoption or change of an ordinance in a manner that limits or prohibits previously allowed uses. MORE INFO>>


Hood River County is updating the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Mitigation plans outline community risk to natural hazards and outline potential actions the County can take to reduce risks to people, property and the local economy BEFORE the next hazard event (e.g. wildfire, winter storm, flood, earthquake, etc.). The Cities of Cascade Locks and Hood River are creating locally specific sections as well. 

Learn more about the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan and share your perspective by filling out a short survey.  MORE INFO>>



























Hood River Comprehensive Plan

The City of Hood River completed a Comprehensive Plan in 1983 to implement Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals locally. The goals express the state's policies on land use and related topics, such as citizen involvement, housing, and natural resources. The "Comp Plan" provides the basis for the City's zoning map as well as the zoning and subdivision ordinances that regulate new development in the city.

Current Topics - Fact Sheets

Establishing a Vision and Meeting Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals on the Local Level What is the Westside Concept Plan Report? Accommodating Hood River’s Housing Needs
Statewide Planning Goals on the Local Level PDF What is the Westside Concept Plan Report? PDF Accommodating Hood River’s Housing Needs PDF

Location and Hours of Operation

The City of Hood River Planning Department is located in City Hall at 211 2nd Street. A planner typically is available for walk-in questions from 8:00 a.m. through noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This schedule is necessary to ensure adequate time for staff to focus on land use applications, legislative tasks, building permits and enforcement.

Important: Walk-in service will be strained in July due to a front desk staff vacancy.  The Planning Department is working hard to honor its walk-in hours through the employee turnover, but it is possible that a staff person may not be immediately available. Appointments are highly recommended if you do not have a flexible schedule or have time sensitive project.  Appointments can be made by calling (541) 387-5210 or emailing


Application Forms & Documents

Visit the Application Forms & Documents page.

Planning Commission Information, Agendas, and Minutes

Review Agendas & Minutes for the City of Hood River Planning Commission.

Short-Term Rentals

Information about Hood River's zoning- and licensing regulations for Short-Term Rentals is available here

2015 Housing Needs Analysis and Housing Strategy

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