Previously a surface mine and reclaimed according to the standards of the Department of Mining and Industries, 540 acres of land owned by Tumalo Irrigation District must be rezoned as it is no longer operates as a surface mine. The Tumalo Irrigation District began discussing the rezoning process with Deschutes County in September 2015 with the intention to ask for rezoning to an MUA-10 (multiuse agricultural 10 acre parcels).
Tumalo Irrigation District’s goal is to identify options for the property that best serve the District’s mission and financial obligations to provide irrigation water to its patrons. Its fiscal duty as holders-in-trust of the property is to maximize the value to the District. In view of the current issues related to maintaining the safety of those using the 540-acre parcel for recreational purposes, TID views the rezoning process as an opportunity to create a beneficial asset for Tumalo residents.
TID will keep patrons informed as the rezoning process continues. In the meantime, more information is available below:540 Acres MapPatron LetterQ & A