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)
  • Brad Clark, Staff Liaison

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Application

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

    Open Positions

    Apply for Urban Area Planning Commission - Applications are being accepted for two positions. Special qualification: Applicants are required to have their principal residence within the City Limits or the Urban Growth Boundary. Fill out and submit online by November 16, 2022

    Apply for Historical Buildings and Sites Commission - Applications are being accepted for two positions. Special qualification: One position is for a representative from local historical societies in Grants Pass, and one position is a representative who is the owner of a business located within the Central Business District of the City of Grants Pass. Fill out and submit online by November 4, 2022

    Apply for Committee on Public Art (CoPA) - Applications are being accepted for two positions.  Fill out and submit online by November 4, 2022

    Apply for Budget Committee - Applications are being accepted for two positions. Special qualification: A resident and elector of the City of Grants Pass who seeks diversity of philosophy and representation of divergent views of the community. Fill out and submit online by November 4, 2022

    Apply for Sustainability and Energy Action Taskforce - Applications are being accepted for one position. Special qualification: A Grants Pass High School Student. Fill out and submit online by October 7, 2022

    Apply for Historical Buildings and Sites Commission - Applications are being accepted for one position. Special qualification: This position is for a representative who is either an owner of a property located within the Historic District, the owner of a property located within a Conservation District, or the owner of a Historic Landmark as defined by Section 13.312 of the Development Code and Designated under Section 13.420 of the Development Code. Fill out and submit online by October 7, 2022

    Apply for Urban Tree Advisory Committee - Applications are being accepted for four positions. Special qualification: Interest in promotion and enhancement of the urban forest.  Fill out and submit online by October 5, 2022.

    Apply for Bikeways and Walkways Committee - Applications are being accepted for three positions. Special qualification:  Person who represent the interest of walkers.  Fill out and submit online by October 5, 2022.