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Yachats, Gem of the Oregon Coast

Looking to the future and the next 50 years, members of the City Council opened a new chapter in the history of Yachats by hiring our first city administrator. The City’s new web site and awareness of the Trails Committee design work led to a discussion about the need for a new city logo. This topic was discussed by the council for a couple of months. A few modifications were suggested; implemented and adopted by the council at the July meeting. The new logo now appears on the city’s main web site.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our community, we hope you will appreciate the new design as a symbol of renewal and a celebration of all the qualities that make Yachats the Gem of the Oregon Coast.

Current News

Meet David Mattison 1/12/2019

Upon Larry’s retirement, Dave Mattison is serving as our contract planner and code enforcement officer.  Dave will be in Yachats on Tuesdays but will also be working remotely during the week to serve our community.  Dave comes from an extensive planning background and has already spent the day with Larry learning about current projects.  Larry will be available to answer questions as Dave comes on board.  I asked Dave to do a little write up to tell a little about himself to the community.


A little bit about me, Dave Mattison, ……… a Planner, an Oregon Duck, a Colorado Buffalo, a Thespian, and a Dad.


I live to the north of Yachats in Tillamook. Before Yachats, I worked in planning in Colorado (Clear Creek County), Eastern Oregon (Umatilla County), and here on the Oregon Coast (Tillamook, Nehalem, and Manzanita).


In terms of education, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM), obtained from the University of Oregon in 1992, and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), obtained from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1995.


I’ve done quite a bit of acting with the local theater in Tillamook, in the 19 years I’ve been here, playing in shows from the Wizard of Oz, Twilight Zone, to other comedies. 


My wife, Sami, and I have a seven-year-old daughter. One of the most rewarding things I have done is volunteer a bit of my time to assist with the teaching of my child’s class – it is exhausting but worth it!


I am delighted to be invited to take on the responsibilities of the City Planner/Code Enforcement position.  This exciting opportunity appeared at an opportune time in my career, and I am looking forward to working with the City of Yachats.





David Mattison

Multi-purpose room flooring update 1/10/2019

January 18, 2019 UPDATE:

The analysis was complete and no asbestos was found.  https://yachatsoregon.org/Documents/Download/2019-01-18_Asbestos_Analysis.pdf 

Due the schedule in the Commons and the length of additional time the removal will take.  Installation will still resume in March.  Thank you for your understanding.

Monday it is was discovered that the tile under the old laminate flooring is not stable enough to glue the new flooring to and must be removed – otherwise our new flooring would fail.

Oregon passed a law the first of the year (Jan 1st 2019) that all building materials that are removed from a building - that were installed prior to 2008 - have to be tested for asbestos before they can be removed. This testing can take up to two weeks before results are given. It is the opinion of the flooring contractor, as well as inspector that the tiles are not asbestos, but nevertheless the testing must be done before we proceed. The laminate flooring - that had been laid on top of the tile and had been separating - was installed in 2012-13 so it doesn't need to be tested. As soon as we were made aware of this new development, we reached out to our community partners who were going to be using the building. 

We want to make sure that we can continue our valuable community events while we wait for test results, so we have placed a piece of plywood over the small section of exposed tiles by the storage room.  We have placed an area rug over the plywood and taped both of those down.  We just ask that you use care around the area – we don’t want anyone to trip on the rug or plywood that it is covering.

Winter Wonderland has decided to hold their event at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday.  However, the YAAS event will be held in the multi-purpose room on Sunday and all classes will resume on Monday Jan 14th.

We will look at resuming work in March to allow plenty of time for the testing and our amazing community events scheduled throughout January and February.  Due to the extra work to remove the tiles underneath, it is anticipated that it will take 2-3 weeks to complete installation of the flooring.  We recognize this unanticipated wrinkle has caused a different timeline than originally stated.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we address this new development.

We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.

Thank you,

Heather Hoen, Facilities Manager

2019 Council Goals 1/4/2019

Hello Yachats!

Please see the Council's Goals for the 2019 Calendar Year


Firewood cutting permits available on the Siuslaw National Forest 10/3/2018

Contact: Siuslaw National Forest offices in Corvallis (541-750-7000), Hebo (503-392-5100), Reedsport (541-271-6000), or Waldport (541-563-8400).

 (Corvallis, OR) October 3, 2018 - Firewood cutting season is beginning on the Siuslaw National Forest and will continue through February 28, 2019. Firewood permits can be purchased Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Waldport and Reedsport District offices on the Central Coast Ranger District and at the Hebo Ranger District office. Permits are also available on Wednesdays at the supervisor's office in Corvallis for the Central Coast Ranger District.

 Requests for commercial permits must made in advance at any district office and could take up to two weeks for approval. Permits are required regardless if the firewood is for personal use or to be sold commercially. Anyone interested in purchasing a permit is encouraged to contact their nearest national forest office for details.

 Hebo Ranger District: Permits for personal use go on sale beginning October 9th. The cost is $10/cord with a two cord minimum purchase and six cord maximum per calendar year. Commercial permits go on sale beginning October 10. The cost is $20/cord with a six cord minimum purchase and 30 days to harvest the wood from date of permit purchase. Areas are designated for either commercial or personal use and firewood collection is only permitted in those areas. Additional “fall your own” areas may become available for purchase later this fall or winter. Interested buyers are encouraged to contact the Hebo Ranger District for more information. Preliminary packets about available areas are ready for pickup.

 Central Coast Ranger District: Personal use permits are now on sale now at both the Waldport and Reedsport district offices, as well as the supervisor’s office in Corvallis. There will be a reduced supply of personal use permits due to a current shortage of harvestable wood. Green Alder permits will be available at various locations. Individuals may purchase a commercial permit for up to a maximum of 15 cords. The cost for commercial permits is $20/cord with a six cord minimum and 15 cord maximum, with 30 days to harvest the wood from date of permit purchase. A commercial cutter can request up to 2 permits at one time.  All firewood permits are issued in person with a valid ID and the permit holder must be present when the wood is harvested.

 Across the forest, firewood harvesting must occur in designated cutting areas only. Maps are available for review at district offices prior to purchasing a permit and will also be issued at the time of permit sales.

 When collecting firewood, harvesters are reminded to:

  • Adhere to provisions listed on their permit
  • Clean up cutting area, scattering or removing debris from wood cutting
  • Keep firewood lengths to 6 feet or less when transporting
  • Accurately record quantities cut on their removal cards and firmly attach load tags to the transported wood

 If collecting only limbs, chunks of wood or bark for personal use only, firewood gatherers should request a free-use permit. No power equipment can be used when gathering free-use firewood. Free-use permittees cannot gather their firewood within cutting areas designated for paid permittees. Failure to comply with provisions on any firewood permit may result in fines up to $5,000, forfeiture of the permit or both.

 For more information or to obtain a permit, contact a Siuslaw National Forest office in Corvallis (541-750-7000), Hebo (503-392-5100), Reedsport (541-271-6000), or Waldport (541-563-8400).

Budget 2018-19 7/1/2018

City Council Vision

Our village is a place where natural resources are valued and protected, where diversity is celebrated, and where a vibrant economy and sense of community pride create and recreate a living spirit. Yachats cares not just for its citizens’ basic needs but also supports them in their efforts to excel mentally, physically, artistically, and spiritually. It is a community with an enduring sense of itself.

Upcoming City Meetings More…

  • Planning Commission

    2/19/2019 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Yachats Academy

    2/20/2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Parks & Commons Comm.

    2/21/2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Compassionate Community

    3/2/2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Compassionate Community

    3/3/2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Council Work Session

    3/6/2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Emergency Planning

    3/7/2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Public Works & Streets Comm.

    3/12/2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Finance Committee

    3/13/2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Council Meeting

    3/13/2019 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM