Planning and Development Services

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A letter from LUT Director Stephen Roberts


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) is providing important services to our community while abiding by Governor Brown’s “Stay Home. Save Lives” Executive Order No. 20-12.


Many of LUT's services are “essential.” While it's not exactly "business as usual" at LUT, we are still conducting our business. Most of our employees are working remotely, but we have found alternative ways to deliver many of our services so that development and building projects – which are critical to sustaining the economy – are able to continue on schedule. See our list of remote resources


Building permits and inspections, plan reviews, land use approvals, survey and plat reviews and other development-related activities are being conducted remotely through the Public Permitting and Services Portal, Electronic Plan Review or the mail. As a result, developers, builders and contractors are able to move forward with many of their projects, though schedules may change due to coronavirus-related issues. Construction projects in school buildings, for example, may be starting ahead of schedule since the buildings are vacant earlier than usual. 


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Andy Back, Division Manager

Welcome to Planning and Development Services, a division within Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT). Planning and Development Services is located in the Charles D. Cameron Public Services Building and consists of three sections:

Building Services

Scott Linfesty, Building Official

We work with developers, consultants, contractors, residents and the public to ensure that construction projects in unincorporated areas of the county are permitted and constructed in accordance with federal, state and local laws and codes.

Phone: 503-846-3470
Fax: 503-846-3993

Current Planning

Tom Harry, Principal Planner

We work with developers, consultants, residents and the public to ensure that development in unincorporated areas of the county complies with state, Metro and Washington County plans, policies and codes. We also process complaints regarding potential improper uses or conditions on property in unincorporated areas of the county.

Phone: 503-846-8761
Fax: 503-846-2908

Long Range Planning

Theresa Cherniak, Principal Planner, Community Planning

Erin Wardell, Principal Planner, Transportation Planning

Long Range Planning prepares and maintains the County's planning documents and ordinances, including the Comprehensive Framework Plan for the Urban Area, the Rural/Natural Resource Plan, all Community Plans for urban unincorporated areas and the countywide Transportation Plan.

Phone: 503-846-3519
Fax: 503-846-4412