Land Use Decision

Appeals

The Gorge Commission hears appeals of decisions made under the land use ordinances for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Five of the Gorge counties administer their own land use ordinances (Multnomah, Hood River, and Wasco counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington). The Gorge Commission’s Executive Director administers the Scenic Area land use ordinance for Klickitat County, Washington.

Appeals of decisions made by a county are handled under Commission Rule 350-60. These appeals are “on the record” which means that the Gorge Commission only reviews the decision of the county for error; no new evidence can be considered. Click here downloadable templates.

Appeals of decisions made by the Executive Director of the Gorge Commission are handled under Commission Rule 350-70. These appeals are “de novo,” which means that the parties may provide new evidence to prove their cases. In these cases, the Commission makes a decision on the case independent of the Executive Director’s decision. Click here for downloadable templates. 

Gorge Commission Appeal Decisions (as of August 18, 2021)

In re Fowler, No. C19-0004 (modified) (Mar. 9, 2020) Final Opinion and Order

Akers v. Clark County, Nos. COA-C-18-01 & COA-C-18-02 (consolidated) (Oct. 22, 2019) Final Opinion and Order

In re Fowler, No. C19-0004 (Sept. 5, 2019) Final Opinion and Order

Union Pacific RR v. Wasco County, Nos. COA-W-16-01 & COA-W-16-02 (consolidated) (Sept. 8, 2017) Final Opinion and Order

GLW Ventures v. Skamania County, Nos. COA-S-13-02 & COA-S-13-03) (consolidated) Corrected Final Opinion and Order

In re Survey of Dallesport Urban Area on Arndt Property, No. COA-K-11-02 (Mar. 8, 2014) Order Accepting Settlement

Drach v. Skamania County (Whistling Ridge II), No. COA-S-10-01 (Aug. 24, 2010) Final Opinion and Order

Friends v. Klickitat County (Arndt Short Plat), No. COA-K-09-03 (Aug. 5, 2010) Final Order

Darcy v. Multnomah County, No. COA-M-06-04 (June 29, 2007) Final Order

Reynier v. Skamania County, No. COA-S-06-03 (June 29, 2007) Final Order

Bacus v. Skamania County (Andersen Dwelling), No. COA-S-04-01 (Aug. 10, 2004) Final Order

Friends v. Multnomah County (Heuker), No. COA-M-02-01 (July 9, 2002) Final Order

Bacus v. Skamania County (Andersen Forest Road), COA-S-01-04 (June 19, 2002) Final Order

Irish v. Skamania County (Haight), No. COA-S-01-07 (May 8, 2002) Final Order

Messmer v. Multnomah County, No. COA-M-01-06 (Mar. 19, 2002) Order Dismissing Appeal for Lack of Prosecution

Johnson v. Multnomah County, No. COA-M-01-02 (Nov. 5, 2001) Order Dismissing Appeal for Lack of Jurisdiction

Friends v. Skamania County (Eagle Ridge), No. COA-S-99-01 (June 22, 2001) Final Order

Murray v. Executive Director, No. C98-0010-K-G-11 (May 30, 2001) Order Dismissing Appeal for Lack of Prosecution

Haigh & Friends v. Wasco County (Trujillo), NO. COA-W-00-01 (Apr. 16, 2001) Final Order

Castle & Swann v. Executive Director, C99-0017-K-G-11 (Feb. 16, 2001)

Friends v. Skamania County (Huett), No. COA-S-00-02 (Dec. 20, 2000) Final Order

Friends v. Skamania County (L'Hommedieu), No. COA-S-00-04 (Oct 16, 2000)  Final Order

Heany v. Executive Director, No. C99-0002-K-S-11 (Feb. 22, 2000) Final Order

Clark & Kearney v. Skamania County, No. COA-S-99-04 (Feb. 22, 2000) Final Order

Reynier v. Skamania County, Nos., COA-S-98-01 & COA-S-98-02 (consolidated) (Dec. 10, 1999) Final Order

Murray v. Wasco County, No. COA-W-98-03 (Oct. 5, 1999) Final Order

Friends v. Skamania County (Carell), No COA-S-96-03 (June 2, 1998) Final Order

Friends v. Skamania County (Spiegl), No. COA-S-96-02 (July 24, 1997) Final Order

Woodall v. Skamania County, No. COA-S-96-01 (Jan. 7, 1997) Final Order

Windle v. Executive Director, No. C96-0009-H-G-11 (Dec. 10, 1996) Final Order

Friends v. Skamania County (Mills), No. COA-S-95-02 (June 27, 1996) Final Order

Friends v. Skamania County (Nature Friends), No. COA-S-95-01 (Nov. 16, 1995) Final Order

Haigh v. Executive Director (Czernieki), No. C94-0041-W-G-11 (Apr. 12, 1995) Final Order

Sexton v. Executive Director, No. C94-0068-K-G-11 (Mar. 16, 1995) Final Order

Kuhlman v. Skamania County, No. COA-S-94-01 (Mar, 14, 1995) Final Order

In re Eagle I Wind Partners Final Order (Apr. 19, 1994)