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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1892-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Beginning in 1917 orders, ordinances, and resolutions were included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals). 

Records at the Deschutes County Archives:
Orders From Commissioners Journals, 1984-1988 (1 cu.ft.); 1989-1998 (3 cu.ft.); 2002-2004 (1 cu.ft.);
Ordinances [County], 1984-1990 (1 cu.ft.); 1998-2002 (1 cu.ft.);
Ordinances From Commissioners Journals, 1990-1998 (3 cu.ft.);
Record of Roads [includes road establishment orders and resolutions-road no. 1 to 40-with index], vol. 1, 1920-1922 (1 volume);
Resolutions [County], 1998-2002 (1 cu.ft.);
Resolutions From Commissioners Journals, 1983-1998 (3 cu.ft.); 2002-2004 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Research Room:
Deschutes County Code [includes zoning ordinance], n.d.-ca.1996 (1 volume); vol. 1-2, 2001-2002 (2 binders).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Elections Room:
Commissioners Journals [includes orders, ordinances, resolutions, and various attachments], vol. 3-28, 1938-1978 (9 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Elections Ballot Wanding Room:
Commissioners Journals [includes orders, ordinances, resolutions, and various attachments], vol. 28-47, 1979-1983 (9 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Storage Room:
Commissioners Journals [includes orders, ordinances, resolutions, and various attachments], vol. 24-170, 1977-1998 (83 reels of microfilm); vol. 1999-2002, 1999-2002 (18 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Legal Counsel's Conference Room:
Legislative History Deschutes County Code [Ordinances-arranged by code title number and date], ca.1970-ca.2005 (11 binders);
Orders [County], 1980-present (26 binders);
Ordinances [County], 1980-present (21 binders);
Resolutions [County], 1980-present (20 binders).

Records at the Deschutes County Community Development Building, Second Floor Planning Division Office:
Ordinances [Comprehensive Plan Related-with index], 1981-present (18 binders).

Records at the Deschutes County Community Development Building, Second Floor Planning Division Conference Room:
Current Ordinances & Amendments [includes zoning and land division ordinances], 1979-1980 (1 binder);
PL-15 [Zoning Ordinance with Amendments], 1971-1990 (1 binder).

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Engineering Vault:
Book of Ordinances [includes zoning and subdivision-with index], 1960-1966 (1 volume);
Burned Records of Road Department [includes petitions, orders, notices, and reports-with index], ca.1920-1941 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Crook County Road Jackets-Case Files-includes petitions, reports, notices, orders, and related records], 1892-1916 (2 cu.ft.);
Deschutes County Roads Formerly Crook County Roads [consists of photocopies of road jackets-includes petitions, reports, notices, orders, and related records], vol. 1-4, 1892-1916 (4 volumes);
Linen Tracings [includes road survey maps, field notes, orders, and related records-photocopies], 1917-present (6 binders).

Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Front Vault:
County Road Files [includes petitions, orders, resolutions, viewer's reports, dedications, maps, rights-of-way, correspondence, and related records], ca.1900-present (60 cu.ft.);
Orders Resolutions Ordinances [includes comprehensive plan, zoning, and land division ordinances], ca.1975-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Bend Public Library:
Deschutes County Code [includes zoning ordinances], vol. I-II, 1920-1996 (2 volumes);
Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan [Deschutes County Ordinance 81.043-Subdivision and Partition], 1981 (1 volume);
Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan [Deschutes County Ordinance 83.037-Solar Access], 1983 (1 volume);
Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan [Geothermal Element for the Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance], 1985 (1 volume);
Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan [Zoning Ordinance], 1979 (1 volume);
Deschutes County Ordinances [includes zoning ordinances], vol. 1-8, ca.1982-1999 (8 binders);
Deschutes County Transportation System Plan [Ordinance no. 98.044], 1998 (1 volume).

Records at the Deschutes County Web Site:
Deschutes County Code [includes comprehensive plan and zoning and subdivision ordinances], 1920-present (Internet).

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