The Baker County Planning Commission will hold a work session to discuss adopting standards for wind power into the Baker County Zoning Ordinance at 5:00 p.m., and a public hearing for a Conditional Use Permit application at 6:00 p.m. on January 28th, 2016, in the Commissioner’s Chambers located in the Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third Street, Baker City, Oregon. Mike and Cathy Cook have requested a Conditional Use Permit (Case CU-15-003) for a wine processing facility and tasting room at 45714 Cook Road. The subject property is in the Exclusive Farm Use zone, identified as Tax Lot 2400, in Township 8 South, Range 42 East W.M., Baker County, OR (Ref. 7557).

CU-15-003 will be reviewed using criteria in Baker County Zoning Ordinance #2014-01 Sections 210.05 (B), 410.06 (A) and (C), 340.05.008, 345 and the Comprehensive Plan. Generally, unless otherwise noted, if a request is found to be consistent with the Zoning Ordinance it is considered to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. This request will also be reviewed under Oregon Administrative Rule 660-033-0130 (5, 28) and Oregon Revised Statutes 215.283(1)(r) and 215.296.

A copy of the application, all documents and evidence submitted by or on behalf of the applicant, and the applicable criteria are available for inspection at no cost and can be provided at reasonable cost. The staff report the Planning Commission will use in its decision making process for this request will be available for inspection at the Baker City-County Planning Department by January 20, 2016. A digital copy of the documents can be emailed to you at no cost, or a hard copy can be mailed to upon request, for a reasonable cost. 

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting. Persons wishing to comment on the proposed application may do so by presenting oral testimony at the hearing, or by submitting written testimony. Testimony should avoid repetition of issues, be based on the application, and address the criteria listed above. Only comments on the relevant approval criteria are considered applicable evidence. Telephone conversations cannot be accepted as testimony. All written testimony must be submitted to the Planning Department by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the hearing date, January 28, 2016, or submitted in person during the hearing. Failure to raise an issue in a hearing, or failure to provide statements or evidence sufficient to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue, precludes appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) based on that issue.

If you have questions regarding the work session, please contact Holly Kerns at (541) 523-8219 or hkerns@bakercounty.org. If you have questions about the Conditional Use Permit, please contact Carson Quam at the Baker City-County Planning Department at (541) 523-8219 or cquam@bakercounty.org. The Planning Department is located in the basement of the Baker County Courthouse, 1995 Third Street, Suite 131, Baker City, Oregon.