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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1856-[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.

Since 1856 orders, ordinances, and resolutions have been recorded in the County Court Journal and successive records (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioner's Court [Records, Notes, and Orders], 1915-1973 (5.50 cu.ft.);
County Roads Misc. Orders, Etc. [includes road orders], ca.1963-1971 (.25 cu.ft.);
Roadway of Necessity Petitions, Orders, Etc., 1961-1969 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Records Storage Room:
Pub/County Rds [Public and County Roads State Highway-Case Files-includes petitions, orders, deed copies, road survey copies, and related documents], ca.1900-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Case Files-includes petitions, orders, vacations, correspondence, road survey copies, and related records], ca.1878-present (15 cu.ft.);
Roads [Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1856-ca.1970 (2 binders);
State Hwys [Highway Establishment and Survey Record-includes references to petitions, orders, vacations, road surveys, and related documents], ca.1870-ca.1970 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Planning Office:
BCC Orders [Board of County Commissioners], 1976-2010 (1 binder);
Codes [Zoning Ordinances-includes land development], 1958-1994 (9 binders);
Josephine County Rural Land Development Code [includes zoning information], 2005 (1 binder);
Ord [Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinances], 1981-present (9 binders);
[Property Files-Legal Land Use Action Case Files-includes information related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, subdivisions, partitions, and other planning actions-also includes planning commission minutes-by tax lot number-in boxes], ca.1958-2004 (185 cu.ft.);
[Property Files-Legal Land Use Action Case Files-includes information related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, subdivisions, partitions, and other planning actions-also includes planning commission minutes-by tax lot number-in cabinets], 2005-present (160 cu.ft.);
RLDC [Rural Land Development Code-includes zoning information], 2001-present (1 binder);
[Resolutions-County Commissioners], 1980-1987 (1 volume);
Sub [Subdivision Ordinance Amendments], 1978-1991 (2 binders).

Records at the Josephine County Web Site:
Ordinances [County-PDF], ca.1981-present (Internet);
Planning Documents and Forms [includes historical codes and ordinances], 1994-present (Internet);
Rural Land Development Code [includes historical documents related to the urban growth boundary and subdivisions-PDF], 1958-present (Internet).

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