In 2011 the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted rules (OAR 660 - 044) setting targets to guide long range planning by Oregon’s metropolitan areas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from auto travel. By law, Oregon's long term goal is to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 75% below 1990 levels by 2050 (HB 3543). LCDC's target rules were in response to the legislative mandate of 2010's Senate Bill 1059.
In May 2015, LCDC completed a required review of the rules. It approved the staff report TargetsFullReport.pdf
and agreed the rules should be updated to set targets for the years beyond 2035.
In 2016, the department worked with other state agencies (the Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Quality, and Oregon Department of Energy) to gather the technical information needed for updating the rules. The department convened an advisory committee to advise the update, including an evaluation on how scenario planning efforts can be better integrated into other metropolitan area work on transportation and land use plans.
In January 2017, LCDC adopted updated targets for the state's metropolitan areas. In brief, the updated targets:
- Move targets farther out into the future (2040-2050) to account for MPO planning horizons
- Incorporate new knowledge about future assumptions
- Incorporate lessons learned through scenario planning
Read the staff report, including the Rulemaking Advisory Committee Target Recommendations Report http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/docs/meetings/lcdc/012517/Item_13_GHG_Targets.pdf
Metropolitan Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Rulemaking Page