Wasco County Looks At 500 For Outdoor Gathering Permits

Wasco County Commissioners conducted the first reading of an ordinance to define outdoor mass gatherings requiring a permit as 500 people or more.  Currently, outdoor mass gatherings are defined as any event in rural Wasco County.  County Planning Director Kelly Howsley-Glover says currently the requirements for a permit can be unclear, and this will attempt to streamline that process.  She adds the ordinance is based on state law, but there are two areas where the County made changes, one of which is using the 500 person cap rather than the state’s number of 3,000, and the other is for fire safety.  The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading at the County Commission’s September 21 meeting.

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