The purpose of this press release is to alert you, as a Harney County property owner or interested person, of proposed rules being proclaimed by the state of Oregon from both the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) that may regulate development on private land to protect important sage grouse habitat.
If you own land, recreate, hunt, fish, have an interest in or simply visit the vast rural portions of this county, you may want to comment on these rules and better understand them. Below are the opportunities to do so in this community.
The DRAFT administrative rule for mitigation of impacts to sage grouse habitat caused by development will be presented Wednesday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder in Burns. This is a public hearing process, and the public is welcome to testify. The ODFW Commission will make a decision to consider adoption of this rule at its July 27 meeting in Salem.
A presentation and decision to consider adoption of a DRAFT administrative rule regulating size, types and location of primarily large-scale commercial development on private land that may impact sage grouse habitat will be held Thursday, July 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway in Burns. Note that agricultural use within Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) zoned land is exempt from this rule. There will be time allowed for the LCDC Commission to hear public comment prior to its decision.
Both rules are posted on the home page of the Harney County website: www.co.harney.or.us.