The waterfront town with a million dollar view!

Wheeler, the gem of the Oregon Coast

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2013 – Wheeler’s Centennial Year

The lovely little village of Wheeler lies at the edge of the Pacific on Nehalem Bay along Oregon’s spectacular north coast.  Wheeler was born in the early 1900’s when a railroad link was completed connecting Portland to the timber-rich area surrounding the bay.  The train delivered lumber as well as seafood to eager markets to the east.

The lumber mills and fish packing plants of Wheeler’s early decades are gone now….leaving a village of charming, historic buildings strung together on the edge of that beautiful bay as if they were displayed on a holiday mantle.

Virgil Staben and family - Wheeler Pioneer for June 2013

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Eunice Massie, and Mayor Stevie Burden cutting the ribbon for the new Centennial Historical Display

Wheeler enjoys a wonderful “mini” climate and is often bathed in sunshine while surrounding coastal areas enjoy fog and mist.  Natives call Wheeler “Pukalani” (hole in the sky) as the surrounding hills seem to protect Wheeler from the prevailing northwest wind and fog. Our sunsets can be some of the best in the world!

Wheeler has been called “the little town with the million-dollar view!”.  It is a coastal refuge where people come to relax, refresh, and enjoy the scenic splendor of Oregon’s north coast.  Wheeler is small enough to be peaceful and unhurried — yet big enough to offer the services and advantages of a tight-knit community.  We are very proud of our sweet little town.

Welcome to Wheeler — for a visit …. or a lifetime!

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WALTER NELLIS TRANDUM June 15 ,1930-July 7, 2017

It is with much regret that the City of Wheeler makes notice of the passing of Walter Nellis Trandum. Walter (better known as “Walt”) was a tireless contributor to the City of Wheeler as a  Mayor, and in retirement, a continual advocate within the community. Walt was primarily responsible for the upkeep and preservation of the City’s flags and recognition of National holidays, in addition to his unending contributions  of community support through the Lions Club of Rockaway Beach. Also known for his column in the the North Coast Citizen, “The Old Geezer”, Walt displayed a sharp wit and tact that was  of enjoyment and benefit to all who followed his work. A Korean War Veteran and submariner of the United States Navy, Walt was always dedicated to the notions of civic and national responsibility. He will be greatly missed by our community and by those who called him a friend.


The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is planning on an aerial application of herbicides sometime in early to mid August. As of this time the exact date is not known as this type of application is dependent on wind and visibility factors. The application is to take place eight miles North/North East of Wheeler on the upper reaches of Dry Creek and Lost Creek in units owned by ODF.  ODF reports as of this time (07/31/17), that no formal campgrounds will be in the application area but disbursed remote camping areas could be affected. They are also reporting that no watersheds are in the target application area. Please check back for updates as they become available. ODF will also be issuing 2 day notices to ensure Worker Protection Standards (WPS) are adhered to by forest industry and contractors in the area.


The Wheeler City Council adopted the approved FY 2017/2018 Budget on 06/20/17.

Adopted Budget 1718 Final


The Wheeler Comprehensive Plan Update has been completed and adopted by the Wheeler City Council. While this update requires final state approval to be initiated as law within the City of Wheeler, the draft is attached below for citizen review. The Wheeler City Council, Planning Commission, and City Administration would like to thank the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) for all of their diligence over the three years it took to complete the final draft. It is of special note that this work could not have been completed without the leadership of Eunice Massie, Vice Chair of the CAC, who passed away this last Spring. Her commitment to the betterment of Wheeler will be felt for many years through the pages and policies of this living document.

Comprehensive Plan – Final Draft


The City of Wheeler is currently working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Tillamook County, the other incorporated Cites of the County, and several Port Districts in updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies the natural hazards that exist within the City’s jurisdiction, and offers a mitigation strategies for these hazards.  A draft of the Risk Assessment has been completed and can be found at the link below.

The Final Draft of the Multi-Jurisdictional Plan has also been completed and submitted to FEMA for review. A copy of the draft can be found through the link below.

Additionally, comments received from the public have as to the plan have been received and cataloged. They can be found at the link below.

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The Wheeler Planning Commission is currently soliciting interest from Wheeler residents for appointment to the City’s primary citizen involvement and land use oversight board. The Planning Commission is actively involved in reviewing land use applications that require public consideration, long term community development and planning, and matters that relate to administration of the floodplain. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and become involved in local government. All Wheeler residents who reside within Wheeler and the Urban Growth Boundary are eligible for application to serve, as are non-residents who own property or a business that operates within the City or its Urban Growth Area. Please contact City Manager Geoff Wullschlager at (503)368-5767 if you are interested in learning more.

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