The Clatsop County commissioners approved new zoning rules on non-urban residential property and other lands Wednesday.

The new rules stem from an Oregon Supreme Court case from Curry County that set new minimum-size standards for residential parcels outside of urban growth boundaries. Those parcels in the Single Family Residential, Coast Residential and Rural Agriculture zones will have a minimum lot size of two acres.

The ordinance setting the new rules, however, also includes exception areas that take in the Clatsop Plains, Cove Beach, Arcadia Beach and other residential areas with existing smaller lots that will not be subject to the new rules.

The rules also include new limits on commercial and industrial uses. New commercial developments are limited to 3,000 square feet in floor space, and industrial uses to 30,000 square feet. But provisions in the ordinance allow existing uses to expand and some new uses to be built larger than the new standards.

The commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance Wednesday. The second and final reading will take place at the board's next meeting.

In other business, the board:

• approved the Rural Communities zoning designation for Arch Cape, Knappa, Svensen and Westport, which put in place new standards for residential, commercial and industrial development in those areas.

• approved the county's Transportation System Plan. Final adoption of the plan, which lays out future road and highway improvements, was delayed after the commissioners sought to include some mention of their concerns about the proposed U.S. Highway 101 improvement project through Seaside and Gearhart.

Commissioners worry about the Oregon Department of Transportation's plans to restrict traffic access onto the highway at the Lewis and Clark Road intersection. A state land-use official said the county could attach letters to ODOT expressing those concerns to the transportation plan without going through the approval process again.

• expressed its support for a proposed expansion of Fort Clatsop National Memorial to take in three sites in Washington. The National Park Service is considering adding the Station Camp and Megler Rest Area sites and a parcel in Fort Canby State Park to Fort Clatsop park, and linking it with Fort Canby and Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon.

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