Joseph S. Schaefer

Paralegal/Land Use Specialist

Joseph S. Schaefer


Joseph serves as a land use planner at Jordan Ramis. He assists our attorneys with various land use, real estate, and environmental development matters. Joseph has years of experience preparing land use applications and interfacing with local planning staff in both Washington and Oregon to efficiently obtain land use entitlements.

Prior to joining Jordan Ramis, Joseph worked as a permit coordinator for the City of Albany Community Development Department and as a land use planner for a large regional law firm. He has been responsible for land use entitlements, including design review, site plan review, historic design review, and the negotiation of infrastructure requirements. Joseph has frequently performed due diligence for real estate transactions and has handled the drafting and recording of real estate documents.

Joseph received a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and earned his Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. He currently serves as the Chairman of the City of Aurora’s Planning Commission.


  • B.A., St. Lawrence University
  • M.U.R.P., Portland State University


Sheetz case poised to invalidate onerous development regulations and fees

February 26, 2024

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE PORTLAND METROPOLITAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION. FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE HBA BUILDING NEWS, FEBRUARY-MARCH 2024 ISSUE. On January 9, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that may force local governments to…


Appeals Court Reaffirms that Nearby Farmland Must Be Considered When Rezoning EFU Properties to Non-Agricultural Uses

February 6, 2024

Republished with permission from Cascade Business The Oregon Court of Appeals reaffirmed on January 24, 2024, the critical importance of properly analyzing project impacts on surrounding farmland–not just the project site–when proposing non-farm uses on agricultural land. Applicants must demonstrate…


What is the Urban Land Supply?

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BY JAMIE HOWSLEY AND JOSEPH SCHAEFER This article originally appeared in the November 22, 2017 edition of the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce.   Oregon cities are required to maintain a 20-year supply of land within urban growth boundaries.  Proposals…


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