Urban Area Planning Commission

Purpose

The Grants Pass Urban Area Planning Commission (UAPC) is the advisory agency to the City Council for land use procedures as set forth in Article 7.045 of the City of Grants Pass Development Code.

The UAPC consists of eight members, four appointed by the City Council and confirmed by the Board of County Commissioners, and four appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and confirmed by the City Council.

The members must reside or own property within the Urban Growth Boundary and be residents of Josephine County, and shall generally represent the 4 wards of the City of Grants Pass and their future expansion North of the Rogue River, and the 3 geographic areas south of the Rogue River: Fruitdale, Harbeck and Redwood.

No more than two voting members of the commission may engage principally in the buying, selling or developing of real estate for profit as individuals, or be members of any partnership, or officers or employees of any corporation, that engages principally in the buying, selling or development of real estate for profit. No more than two members shall be engaged in the same kind of occupation, business, trade or profession (ORS 227).

Responsibilities

The Urban Area Planning Commission has the authority:

  • To make a final decision on all land use matters requiring a Type III procedure
  • To make recommendations to the City Council or Board of County Commissioners on all land use matters requiring a Type IV procedure
  • When requested by the Board and Council, to make recommendations to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners on land use matters of joint deliberation requiring a Type V procedure.

Members

  • Susan Tokarz-Krauss (County)
  • Mark Collier (County), Vice Chair
  • Clint Scherf (County)
  •  Jim Coulter (County)

  • Eric Heesacker (City), Chair 
  • Loree Arthur (City)
  • Jennifer Aviles (City)
  • L. Ward Nelson (City)
  • Ryan Nolan, Staff Liaison

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

  1. Accepting applications for Bikeways and Walkways Committee

    Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Grants Pass and Josephine County Bikeways & Walkways Committee due to expiring terms. These are three-year appointments. Read on...
  2. Accepting applications for Parks Advisory Committee

    Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Parks Advisory Committee due to expiring terms. These are three-year appointments. Read on...
  3. Accepting applications for Housing Advisory Committee

    Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) due to expiring terms. These are 3-year appointments. Read on...
  4. Accepting applications for Historical Building and Sites Commission

    Applications are being accepted for a position on the Historical Buildings and Sites Commission. This is a four-year appointment. Read on...
  5. Accepting applications for Urban Tree Advisory Committee

    Applications are being accepted for four positions on the Urban Tree Advisory Committee due to expiring terms. These are 2-year appointments. Read on...
  6. Accepting applications for Committee on Public Art

    Applications are being accepted for one position on the Committee on Public Art (CoPA) due to a resignation. This term will expire on January 1, 2025. Read on...
  7. Accepting applications for Collaborative Economic Development Committee

    Applications are being accepted for two positions on the Collaborative Economic Development Committee (CEDC) due to one vacancy and one term expiration. These are three-year appointments. Read on...
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Application

  1. Committee / Commission Application - fill out and submit online.

    Open Positions

    Apply for Central Business District Vitalization Taskforce - Applications are being accepted for one position - fill out and submit online by May 16, 2022

    Apply for Collaborative Economic Development Committee - Applications are being accepted for two positions. Special Qualifications: Business Retail and Health Care- fill out and submit online by May 20, 2022

    Apply for Committee on Public Art - Applications are being accepted for one positionFill out and submit online by June 3, 2022

    Apply for Bikeways and Walkways Committee - Applications are being accepted for two positionsFill out and submit online by June 3, 2022

    Apply for Parks Advisory Committee - Applications are being accepted for two positionsFill out and submit online by June 3, 2022

    Apply for Historical Buildings and Sites Commission - Special Qualifications: This position is for a representative who is either a licensed designer or architect or retired licensed designer or architect, or, if no candidate is available who is either a licensed designer or architect, the Mayor and City Council may appoint a representative with similar credentials, with preference given to those candidates with historic preservation experience and training- fill out and submit online by June 3, 2022

    Apply for Housing Advisory Committee - Applications are being accepted for two positionsFill out and submit online by July 12, 2022

    Apply for Urban Tree Committee - Applications are being accepted for four positionsFill out and submit online by September 7, 2022