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


What is the Urban Land Supply?

November 29, 2017

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…


Oregon State Legislature Proposes Housing Bills in 2017 Session

March 21, 2017

BY JAMIE HOWSLEY & JOSEPH SCHAEFER This article originally appeared in the February 15, 2017, edition of the Cascade Business News. Housing doesn’t often rise to the top issues being faced in Oregon.  But the 2017 legislature is cognizant of…


How the Hirst Decision Will Affect Development Plans

January 26, 2017

BY KRISTIN L. FRENCH & JOSEPH SCHAEFER This article originally appeared in the January 13, 2017, edition of the Vancouver Business Journal. On October 6, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court ruled against Whatcom County in the case Whatcom County v.…


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