The Pilot Program for Regional Farm and Forest Land Conservation was enacted through Executive Order No. 12-07, and directs the Department of Land Conservation and Development to work with Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties, and with other state agencies.
Executive Order (EO) 12-07 follows legislative activity in the 2011 and 2012 sessions. Then,
two bills, HB 3615 and HB 4095 were introduced which would have given Douglas, Jackson and
Josephine counties the ability to recommend new, regional definitions to Statewide Planning
Goals, 3-Farmland, and 4-Forestland, to LCDC. Though ultimately these bills were not adopted,
they would have allocated money to the three counties, and to several state agencies, to support
the work necessary to propose the regional goal definitions, map affected lands and develop
standards for development on the lands no longer designated as resource lands.
The Governor’s Office was involved in discussion with legislative leadership in both sessions,
with regard to deliberations on these bills, and at the end of the 2012 session agreed to issue an
executive order that mirrored, though not completely, key aspects that were contained in the
prior proposed legislation.
EO 12-07 directs that the department will make the legislatively approved $350,000 to the
three named counties, should they elect to proceed with the project, and collaboratively work
with them to prepare material necessary for a petition for rulemaking to the commission no
earlier than July 1, 2013. $200,000 is also made available to the department for assistance by state agencies, including DLCD, with this project. These funds are available only through the2011-13 biennium (June 30, 2013), and if additional funds are needed to complete the material needed for submission of a rulemaking petition, or necessary for the counties to implement the new rules, if adopted, they would need to be sought from, and allocated in, the 2013 legislative session.
For up to date local information on the Regional Pilot Program visit http://soregionalpilot.org/
Executive Order 12-07
Clarification on EO 12-07 Process
LCDC Staff Report, July 2012
Update, July 2012
Draft Final Work Plan
Signed Grant Contract