County Planner

Matt Davis

701 Adams Street

PO Box 447

Fossil, OR 97830

Phone: (541) 763-2126


Hours: Monday - Friday

8:00 am-5:00 pm



Planning Commission

Kendal Derby

Deb Stubblefield

Steve Bray

Sandy Whitmore

Suzette Greear

Kimmy Sue Lickteig





On February 12, 2021 the Wheeler County Planning Department received a complete Conditional Use Permit application from landowners of record Jerry and Amanda Wallace for the establishment of a Non-Farm Dwelling on a pre-existing 23 acre Non-Farm Parcel described as Tax Lot 109 in Township 8 South Range 24 East.


A Public Hearing to consider this land use request has been scheduled for Thursday, March 25th 2021 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the 3rd Floor Courtroom of the Wheeler County Courthouse, 701 Adams St., Fossil, OR 97830. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. You may also submit testimony in writing to Wheeler County Planning Department, PO BOX 447, Fossil, OR 97830. Written testimony must be received before 3:00 PM on the day of the hearing to be included in the official record. 


Staff Report and supporting materials will be available for inspection 7 days prior to the public hearing in the Planning Department office.


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Department At-A-Glance

Land use and zoning permits for activities on all lands outside the Urban Growth Boundary of the three Cities:  Partitioning; Property Line Adjustments; Conditional and Permitted Use Permits, Ag Exempt Permits; GIS mapping services; Wild and Scenic Waterways and Flood Zone Determination; Comprehensive planning and development; Rural Addressing.

The Planning Commission meets as needed. The meetings are held in the Jeanne E. Burch Family Services Building located at 401 Fourth Street; Fossil, OR, unless otherwise published in the newspaper of record.

The Planning Department strives to protect the agricultural and forest lands within the County while promoting responsible development for the benefit of landowners and the economic health of the county as a whole.  Parties interested in building, development, or other actions governed by State statute and the local Wheeler County Zoning Ordinance are encouraged to call the County Planning Department and discuss regulations and possible options for consideration in an effort to promote healthy stewardship of lands within our County.

All building permits for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and mobile home placement are issued through the State of Oregon Building Codes Division. You may access their information online at, by phone at (541)276-7814, or by email at



Water Master - Wheeler: Phone (541)384-4207


Wheeler Soil and Water Conservation District (website):  Phone (541)468-2990


Onsite Septic Program (Harney County) (website): 

Jesse Barnes, County Onsite Specialist
Phone: 541-573-8195
Cell Phone: 541-589-2696


State of Oregon Building Codes (website): Phone  (541)276-7814 Pendleton


Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (website)


DEQ Eastern Region Contacts - Call (541)633-2018 to verify location of septic tanks