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.  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.

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!





The City of Wheeler will be holding a City Council meeting at City Hall on September 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Topic of discussion includes . Please come and share your thoughts with us on the current signs and what you would like to see as the City moves forward with updating the ordinance.

September 2018 CC Meeting Agenda




The City of Wheeler is now accepting applications for the City Manager position. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references to:  City of Wheeler, Attn: Wheeler City Manager Recruitment, P.O. Box 177, Wheeler, OR 97147 or email to A detailed position profile and veterans preference form can be found on the City’s website:, under the Employment Opportunities (right hand side bar).  Questions may be directed to Wheeler City Hall at (503) 368-5767. Position open until filled. First review of applications will begin September 14, 2018.

Wheeler City Manager Profile-08172018

Supplemental Questions

Veterans Preference Form 10-13




The City of Wheeler is hosting an Emergency Shelter Orientation and Drill. The City invites people interested in participating, either in a shelter volunteer role or as a “client,” to come to City Hall on October 13, 2018. Click the link below to learn more about how you can participate.

2018-10-13 Flyer – Wheeler Emergency Shelter Drill – white



The City of Wheeler is looking for volunteers interested in helping out for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, and even a few years. If you are interested in Emergency Preparedness, Parks and Recreation (operations and maintenance), putting out the flags on holidays, serving on citizens advisory committees, sitting on the City Council or Planning Commission, working on Wheeler Clean-up Day, helping our Public Works Director on the dock, cataloging emergency supplies, coordinating local events, general office work for a few hours, or anything else you might be interested in helping with, please fill out the Volunteer Form below send send it in to We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Applications




Short Term Rentals: The City of Wheeler Zoning Ordinance defines a short term rental as “a dwelling unit occupied for remuneration for less than 14 calendar days, including portions of days as full days” (Section 1.070 Definitions). It further states in Section 5.035 that short-term rentals are prohibited outright in Zone R-1, and are prohibited per Section 6.035 except for as allowed in Section 6.030 (12). Section 6.030 (12) is RV parks or campgrounds of 10 acres or more. See the City of Wheeler Zoning Ordinance for more information.



Look for Wheeler’s Blue and White Temporary Tsunami Assembly Site Signs

Wheeler has seven (7) designated Temporary Tsunami Assembly Sites where you can meet immediately following a local earthquake:

  • Top of Ridgeview
  • Third & Cedar Street
  • Third & Gregory Street
  • Wheeler Upper Park
  • Top of Gamble Street
  • Pennsylvania Street
  • Paradise Cove – north side of Hwy 101, east of the pool

Assembly sites are designated meeting places, located safely above the inundation zone, used in the event of a large earthquake and tsunami.  Due to earthquake aftershocks and multiple tsunami waves, Assembly Sites are the safest places to go and remain until you receive notice that it is ‘all clear’.

Know where to go from home, work, play to get to safety!  Practice getting there with your GoBag.  Know how long it takes (10 minutes is safest).



Public Hearings will be held July 12th, 2018 at the Planning Commission Meeting at 7:00 p.m. and at the City Council Meeting July 18th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2016 Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for Wheeler, Oregon and an ordinance consistent with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 44 Chapter 60.3 Floodplain Management Criteria Flood Prone Areas (44 CFR 60.3). The FIRM and FIS are available at the FEMA Map Service Center Website:,%20CITY%20OF#searchresultsanchor

Maps should look like this:


Search “All Products” under “Preliminary Maps” for Wheeler, Oregon. (Panel Numbers include 41057C0208G, 41057C0216G, 41057C0230G.)

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Planning Commission Meeting Packet:

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The City of Wheeler’s annual drinking water quality report for 2017 can be viewed at the link below. If you have any questions about this report or the water utility, please contact Joe Velkinburg at (503) 812-9214.

Wheeler Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – 2017



The City of Wheeler Budget for FY 2018-2019 was adopted by City Council on June 19, 2018.

To see the final adopted budget, please click the link below:

FY 2018-2019 Adopted Budget



The City of Wheeler’s water rates have increased as of July 1, 2018. City Council passed resolution 2018-05 on June 19, 2018 that sets water rates over the next five years. The first year increases rates by ~44% to catch up the cost index over the past 12 years where rates have not changed. For more information click below on “Water Rates” set by the resolution, or on “Water Rates Study.”

Water Rates

Water Rates Study and System Development Charge Methodology



The City of Wheeler has been awarded an ODOT Small City Allotment grant for improvement to Wheeler City streets. This program requires the City to submit an application for improvements that either serve heavily trafficked thoroughfares, or based upon a high public need. As the City has inventoried public needs based on improvement to public safety as its highest priority, this years application was awarded contingent upon this premise. The timeline for work has yet to be established, but the City plans to pave this summer. Included in this project will be the paving 2nd Street (from Rowe Street to Akin Street), Vosburg Street (3rd Street to 4th Street), and Dubois Street (US 101 to Winkler Street). The paving project at 4th Street was dropped due to funding limitations. To see the project plan, please click the link below.

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