Oceanside Incorporation Update: Public Hearings Scheduled for June 27, July 13 & July 27

By Jerry Keene, For Oceansiders United

Here is an update from Oceansiders United on the renewed petition to allow Oceansiders a vote on whether to formally incorporate as a city —

  • On May 6, Oceansiders United filed a new petition asking for a vote on incorporation in the November 8, 2022, General Election.
  • On June 6, Oceansiders United submitted signatures from 83 Oceanside residents supporting the petition for a vote on whether to incorporate.
  • On June 7, Oceansiders United mailed 950 postcards to all Oceanside property owners notifying them of the new petition and hearings
  • On June 13, the county certified that enough valid signatures were obtained to secure a hearing by the County Commissioners
  • On June 13, the county posted and published notices of hearings to be held online as follows:
     Who:    Tillamook County Board of Commissioners
Where:  ATV Building, Tillamook Co. Sheriff’s Office,
5995 Long Prairie Road (not the County Courthouse!)
When:  June 27 at 8:30 a.m.; July 13 at 1 p.m.; July 27 at 2 p.m.

The hearings will also be available to attend online.  The county usually posts the link on its website page (see below) the morning of the hearing.  Time permitting, we will send it out by email as soon as it is posted.

The Public Notice (including a Map) has been posted on the county website page, which will also be continuously updated with new notices, hearing documents and public comments during the course of the hearings. Here is a direct link:

County Website:  Oceanside Incorporation Hearings

Updated information and documents will also be posted at www.oceansidefriends.org and the “Oceansiders United” Facebook page.

On the county website, Community Development Director Sarah Absher has provided a comprehensive Staff Report summarizing the incorporation proposal, background information and public comment submitted to date.  This is a helpful document for newcomers to our newsletter and others who have not followed previous reports on the incorporation initiative.  The Staff Report appears at page 3 of the “BOCC Hearing Packet,” which also contains all documents and public comment filed to date. Here is a direct link to the packet:  

Oceanside Incorporation Hearing Packet – June 20, 2022

Oceansiders United has asked that all public comments (both for and against incorporation) that were submitted during the previous hearings be copied and included again for the Commissioners’ consideration in this new hearing. Oceansiders and others wishing to submit additional public comments for consideration during this hearing may email them to DCD Office Specialist Lynn Tone at:  ltone@co.tillamook.or.us

Finally, in a late-breaking development, an attorney representing The Capes Homeowners Association filed a legal challenge to the petition last Friday.  They have requested that the hearings be cancelled or postponed for three months. Oceansiders United has opposed the requests.  The county advises that the challenge will be addressed at the first hearing on June 27.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the hearings.