In 1979, the Oregon Legislature created the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) as an agency with exclusive jurisdiction to review appeals of land use decisions made by cities, counties, districts and state agencies. Prior to LUBA’s creation, appeals of land use decisions were heard in 36 different county circuit courts, and sometimes before the Land Conservation and Development Commission. In creating LUBA, the Legislature intended to provide a simpler and faster process for resolving land use disputes and also to promote a consistent interpretation of state and local land use laws. LUBA’s decisions are reviewable by appeal to the Court of Appeals. LUBA’s secondary mission is to publish its orders and opinions which citizens, decision-makers and participants in land use processes can use to guide future land use decision-making.
LUBA is the first tribunal of its kind in the United States. The governor appoints the three-member board to serve four-year terms, subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate. Each board member must be a member of the Oregon State Bar. The board is assisted by two administrative staff and a staff attorney.
Mailing Address: 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 330, Salem 97301
Contact: Melissa M. Ryan, Board Chair; Kelly Burgess, Paralegal
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 197
Records, Publications and General Information
State Archives Holdings from This Agency
The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour
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Title: Appeal Case Files
Dates: pre 1987
Cubic Ft.: 102
Title: Hearings Case Files
Dates: 1979 - 1990
Cubic Ft.: 161.75