Rural-use zoning decision possible today

Jackson County commissioners could decide a controversial rural zoning issue today.

Deliberations are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the county courthouse auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The meeting is open to the public.

Commissioners last year approved a plan that said owners of rural property could divide their land into 10-acre lots if they could prove the property had been zoned incorrectly. Previously, the minimum was 20 acres.

But the decision was criticized by Ashland, which won appeals of the plan before both the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals.

According to data compiled by county officials, the zoning change could affect an estimated 105,000 acres (about 164 square miles) of rural land and has the potential to create 2,591 new lots of 10 acres or more.

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