Planning Department Offices Closed
The City of Medford is continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our citizens, volunteers, and staff is our highest priority. Effective March 20, 2020, and until further notice, the City is suspending in-person interactions.
Although our office is closed, staff is still working and conducting business. We are making meeting appointments in some circumstances. Please use the following contact information:
We will happily answer your questions and make every effort to provide information effectively.
At this time, meetings at which public hearings are held (including meetings of the Planning Commission, Site Plan and Architectural Commission, Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council) will continue as scheduled. However, you are encouraged to submit written comments instead of testifying in person. If you provide timely written testimony, you need not testify in person to have standing in an appeal.
Submitting Planning Applications
Applications for land use permits can be submitted via email, US mail, or dropped off by appointment. Once received by the City, staff will make contact via phone to arrange for payment by phone. Payment may also be sent via US mail. Land use permits without the required payment will not be processed until payment is received.
Welcome to the City of Medford Planning Department!
Eighteen of us comprise the Planning Department and we have three primary components, Comprehensive Planning, Current Planning and Housing and Community Development. The Department also has a GIS Coordinator, who provides geographic information analysis, cartographic production and data maintenance.
Comprehensive Planning is responsible for helping develop and implement the City’s land use policies, which includes maintaining and updating the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Development Code. Current Planning is responsible for all new development applications such as site development, subdivisions, planned unit developments, conditional use permits, historic preservation, sign permits, etc. Housing and Community Development oversees the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and affordable housing initiatives.
We provide staff support to the Planning Commission, Site Plan and Architecture Commission, Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Advisory Commission, Community Development Grants Commission, Transportation Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the City Council, when necessary.
Planning staff also are available at the front counter from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer your questions and accept land use applications. Feel free to come to the office or call us at 541-774-2380. You can also contact us via email us at email@example.com.