Planning Commission Meeting (Thursday, January 8, 7 PM)


The proposed resort on Bayocean Spit is again before the Tillamook County Planning Commission on Thursday, January 8th – second floor of the Tillamook County Courthouse, 201 Laurel Ave, Tillamook. Doors open at 6:30 and hearings start at 7:00.   We hope you can attend. A large turn-out will demonstrate that the community wants the Spit to remain undeveloped and opposes the resort.

People are encouraged to make a short presentation to the commission. Testimony is limited to 3 minutes. The Commission must make its decision based on the 6 criteria (printed at the end of this note), and the most effective testimony clearly shows how the points raised address these issues. If you don’t have a specific topic, you can, based on your own experience, describe the ways the eco-resort “will alter the character of the surrounding area in a manner that substantially impairs, limits or prevents” their use (say you are speaking to criteria 4). Personal experience testimony is very effective.

If you have any questions, please email John Harland ( Thank you for your continued support in this important issue. We hope to see you on Thursday.

Planning Commission Decision Criteria from the Land Use Ordinance:
Any CONDITIONAL USE authorized according to this Article shall be subject to the following criteria, where applicable: 

(1) The use is listed as a CONDITIONAL USE in the underlying zone, or in an applicable overlying zone.
(2) The use is consistent with the applicable goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan.
(3) The parcel is suitable for the proposed use considering its size, shape, location, topography, existence of improvements and natural features.
(4) The proposed use will not alter the character of the surrounding area in a manner which substantially limits, impairs or prevents the use of surrounding properties for the permitted uses listed in the underlying zone.
(5) The proposed use will not have detrimental effect on existing solar energy systems, wind energy conversion systems or wind mills.
(6) The proposed use is timely, considering the adequacy of public facilities and services existing or planned for the area affected by the use.”

Posted by John Harland