Oregon Statutes - Chapter 568 - Soil and Water Conservation; Water Quality Management - Section 568.330 - Determination of need for district; factors considered in determination; territory need not be contiguous.

(1) After the hearing, if the State Department of Agriculture determines upon the facts presented at the hearing and upon such other relevant facts and information as may be available, that there is need, in the interest of the general welfare, for a district to function in the territory considered at the hearing, it shall make and record such determination and shall define the boundaries of the district.

(2) In making the determination and defining the boundaries, the department shall give due weight and consideration to:

(a) The topography of the area considered and of the state.

(b) The composition of the soils.

(c) The distribution of erosion.

(d) The prevailing land-use practices.

(e) The desirability and necessity of including within the boundaries the particular lands under consideration and the benefits such lands may receive from being included within such boundaries.

(f) The relation of the proposed area to existing water sheds and agricultural regions and to other soil and water conservation districts already organized or proposed for organization.

(g) Such other physical, geographical, and economic factors as are relevant.

(3) The territory to be included within such boundaries need not be contiguous. [Amended by 1981 c.92 §9]

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