MEASURE 37 INFORMATION HELP
Please contact Polk County's Community Development Department 503-623-9237 if you have questions or if you would like hands on help with this process.
STEP 1: DEED SEARCH
The first piece of information that is needed to complete the Measure 37 application is a copy of the property's chain of title. The chain of title is supporting evidence for the Measure 37 claim. The chain of title issued from a title company must be turned into the Polk County Community Development Department at the time of submission of the claim and within 30 days of the title company issuing the report. Label the deed “Exhibit A”. If there are multiple deed documents, label “Exhibit A-1”, “Exhibit A-2”, etc., from the most current back through time to the relevant document of ownership.
STEP 2: MAP THE PROPERTY
A map of the property with the current zoning displayed is the second piece of information that is needed to complete the Measure 37 application. To create a map yourself there is a link to Polk County's Interactive Mapping Site. If you need help with this site please see the help file or contact the Polk County Community Development Department.
STEP 3: READ CURRENT ZONING DESCRIPTION
Read the current zoning description of the property. To find all of the current zoning descriptions please see the hyperlink in STEP 3: READ CURRENT ZONING DESCRIPTIONS.
STEP 4: FIND HISTORICAL ZONING
Finding the historical zoning of the property is the fourth piece of basic information that need to complete the Measure 37 application. Locate the property and historical zoning value on the historical map. If you are unable to read the historical map please see the Polk County Community Development Department.
BOX 1 CHOICES
Map Number - The map number (township, range, section , quarter, quarter) of the property.
Examples: 8.5.15 or 7.5.27B or 7.5.14AD
BOX 2 CHOICES
Date - Enter the date the property was acquired. If the property was inherited the search will need to be done for both the date it was inherited and the date it was acquired by a relative.
STEP 5: HISTORICAL ZONING CHAPTER SEARCH
Select the properties historical zone chapter at the time of acquisition See STEP 4: FIND HISTORICAL ZONING for this information.
BOX 1 CHOICES
Historical Zoning of the Property - Select the properties historical zone chapter at the time of acquisition from the drop-down list.
Example: If AR-5 was listed on the historical map select:
AR-5...............128.500..................Acreage - Residential-Five Zoning District
from the drop-down list.
STEP 6: ORDINANCE SEARCH
Another piece of information that to aquire when filing for Measure 37 is the ordinance affecting the historical zoning. This step will allow you to find the ordinances affecting the historical zone before the date date entered. To use this query, form a sentence using the words in the boxes that describes what you want to find. There are three text boxes that need values.
The first box lets you to enter a zone chapter. Do Step 5: HISTORICAL ZONING CHAPTER SEARCH first!!!
The second box allows you to select the type of ordinance you are searching for.
The third box allows you to enter a date. All ordinances with an effective date before the entered date will be displayed in the results.
BOX 1 CHOICES
Zone Chapter - This is the zone chapter(s) that was affected by the ordinance.
125, 136, 128.500
BOX 2 CHOICES
Ordinance Type - This is the type of the ordinance. Possible choices are: Change in definition, Change in multiple properties, Change in single property, Change in defintion & multiple properties, Change in defintion and single property, Change in definition, multiple & single property, Change in multiple & single property, and Select All.
DROP-DOWN OPTION DEFINITIONS:
Change in definition: This represents a change in the language or text of the ordinance and does not reflect a change in the zoning of your property. It could, however, change the uses allowed on your property or the criteria used to determine if a use is allowed or if the property could be divided or if a house would be permitted. For example the PA zone was modified to allow restaurants, or the minimum lot size in the EFU zone was changed from 20 to 80 acres.
Change in multiple properties: This means that a legislative zone change was adopted and applied to the entire county by the ordinance. It does not mean that the zoning on all property was changed, but on specific classes of property. For example, 6000 acres was changed from AF to FF or EFU or TC.
Change in single property: This typically means that a property owner applied to the county for a change in the zoning of property and the ordinance implements that request. For example, Joe Martinez applied to change his property from SR to CG.
Change in definition and property: This means that a new zone district was initiated or modified and zoning of property was changed in the adoption of the ordinance. For example, the FF zone was created and the zone was allied to 40,000 acres of property that was formerly zoned AF.
Select All: This will show all types of ordinances.
Example: To find all ordinances select 'Select All'.
BOX 3 CHOICES
Date - The search will find all ordinances with an effective date that is less than the date you enter.
Example: If you enter 1/1/1970, the search would find all ordinances affecting your zone, with the type selected, from the years 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, etc...
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