Land Use Board of Appeals

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.