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Statewide Planning Goals
Fort Rock in Lake County
Since 1973, Oregon has maintained a strong statewide program for land use planning. The foundation of that program is a set of 19 Statewide Planning Goals.
 
The goals express the state's policies on land use and related topics, such as citizen involvement, housing, and natural resources.
 
Most of the goals are accompanied by guidelines, which are suggestions about how a goal may be applied. As noted in Goal 2, guidelines are not mandatory.
 
Oregon´s statewide goals are achieved through local comprehensive planning. State law requires each city and county to adopt a comprehensive plan and the zoning and land-division ordinances needed to put the plan into effect.
 
The local comprehensive plans must be consistent with the Statewide Planning Goals. Plans are reviewed for such consistency by the state´s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). When LCDC officially approves a local government´s plan, the plan is said to be acknowledged. It then becomes the controlling document for land use in the area covered by that plan.
 
Oregon´s planning laws apply not only to local governments but also to special districts and state agencies. The laws strongly emphasize coordination -- keeping plans and programs consistent with each other, with the goals, and with acknowledged local plans.
 
Oregon's 19 Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines booklet
 
Definitions for the Goals and Guidelines
 
Goal 1  Citizen Involvement
 
Goal 2  Land Use Planning
 
Goal 3  Agricultural Lands
 
Goal 4  Forest Lands
 
Goal 5  Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Open Spaces
 
Goal 6  Air, Water and Land Resources Quality
 
Goal 7  Areas Subject to Natural Hazards
 
Goal 8  Recreational Needs
 
Goal 9  Economic Development
 
Goal 10  Housing
 
Goal 11  Public Facilities and Services
 
Goal 12  Transportation
 
Goal 13  Energy Conservation
 
Goal 14  Urbanization [Old Goal 14]
 
Goal 15  Willamette River Greenway
 
Goal 16  Estuarine Resources
 
Goal 17  Coastal Shorelands
 
Goal 18  Beaches and Dunes
 
Goal 19  Ocean Resources

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