(1) Notwithstanding any provision setting forth criteria or conditions for approval
of a permit or requiring action by the county in ORS chapter 92, 195, 196, 197 or
215 or in a local ordinance or charter, a county may deny any permit or otherwise
refuse to take any action that is inconsistent with the purposes and standards as
provided in sections 3 and 6(d) of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act,
P.L. 99-663, or the scenic area management plan adopted pursuant to the Columbia River Gorge
National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663. When taking action on a permit application, a county shall follow procedures consistent
with the procedures set out in ORS 215.402 to 215.438 and shall comply with the time limitations set out in ORS 215.427. The authority of a county to deny a permit or otherwise take action under this section
shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other authority for denial that may
be exercised by the county pursuant to the provisions of ORS chapters 195, 196 and
197. Any action of a county taken pursuant to this subsection shall be appealed to the
Columbia River Gorge Commission as provided in section 15(a)(2) of the Columbia River
Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a state agency may not take action
that must be reviewed for compatibility with an acknowledged comprehensive plan or
land use regulation in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area until the agency
determines through written findings that the action is consistent with the purposes
and standards as provided in sections 3 and 6(d) of the Columbia River Gorge National
Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663, and the interim guidelines or the scenic area management plan.
(3) A state agency may seek any of the administrative or judicial remedies or participate
in any proceeding provided by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, P.L. 99-663.
(4) The provisions of ORS 197.180 do not apply to the Columbia River Gorge Commission.
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