Text Amendment T-094-23

Notice is being mailed to affected landowners on April 5, 2024. The Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for April 25th, 2024. The Planning Commission Hearing was rescheduled to Thursday May 2, 2024 at 6:00PM at the Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton OR 97801. The Board of Commissioner Hearing is scheduled for June 5, 2024 at 10:00AM at the Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton OR 97801.

Virtual hearing options for the Board of Commissioner hearing will be posted online at: https://umatillacounty.gov/departments/bcc/agendas

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Not sure your property's zoning? Search by name or address HERE, and then click on Assessors Summary under the main account page.

Amendments to the Umatilla County Development Code regarding animal density standards in the following zones: Multiple Use Forest (MUF), Forest Residential (FR), Mountain Residential (MR), Unincorporated Community (UC), Rural Residential-2 (RR-2), Rural Residential-4 (RR-4), Rural Residential-10 (RR-10), Commercial Rural Center (CRC) and Future Urban-10 (FU-10) within rural Umatilla County.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The current animal density standards in the RR-2, RR-4 and RR-10 zones have been no more than 2 animals (goats, sheep, cows, horses, etc.) per acre, and have been in place since 1972.


The proposed text amendment does:

  • Restrict number of roosters and other fowl with loud calls in non-resource zones, such as rural residential
  • Increase the number of small livestock animals (goats, sheep, etc) from 2 animals per acre to 4 per acre
  • Adds the same animal density standards to other non-resource zones, such as forest and mountain residential


The proposed text amendment does not

  • Change the number of cows and horses allowed in non-resource zones, such as rural residential
  • Affect resource zoned land such as Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) and Grazing/Farm (GF)
  • Change the property line setback standard for barns (moves the current standard to the dimensional standards section in each zone)
  • Change your farm deferral tax status
  • Change your property's zoning



Planning Commission

To contact a member of the Umatilla County Planning Commission email the Planning Department

Suni Danforth, Chair

Sam Tucker, Vice Chair

Tami Green

John Standley

Kim Gillet

Emery Gentry

Ann Minton

Malcolm Millar

Andrew Morris

Planning Commission Application

Meetings, Agendas and Minutes dealing with Land Use

The County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners hold land use meetings/hearings throughout the year. Below is the schedule of these meetings/hearings along with past agendas and minutes.

More information about participating in County Land Use hearings available here: Guidelines For Participation In A Land Use Hearing 

Schedule of Land Use Hearings

Planning Commission Land Use Hearing:

Board of Commissioners Land Use Hearing: