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2009 News
Volunteer sought for state advisory committee
Oct. 30, 2009
 
A new volunteer is being sought for the state’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC).
 
CIAC is an eight-person committee that advises the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and local governments on citizen involvement in land use planning.
 
The committee meets every two months; usually in Salem.
 
CIAC’s work centers on Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement. The committee furthers the goal through activities such as:

  • Writing materials to educate and inform Oregonians about citizen involvement;
  • Gathering and disseminating information about citizen involvement techniques; and
  • Advising LCDC and state and local officials about ways to enhance citizen involvement.
More information about CIAC is on the Web at:  http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/citizeninvolvement.shtml. Interested candidates are welcome to contact any of the current CIAC members for more information about duties and activities.
 
Completed applications must be received at the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2009.
 

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APPLICATION MATERIALS:

  • Resume
  • Four letters of recommendation and/or references
  • Answers to four questions below (Please answer on a separate sheet of paper.)
APPLICATION QUESTIONS:

  • Please explain why you are interested in this position
  • Please explain any involvement you have had with community planning or citizen involvement committees
  • Please explain any experience you have had with local land use planning actions or issues.
  • Please explain any experience you have had  in writing, editing or producing educational materials
  • Please explain any involvement you have had with state, regional or local advisory boards
Please mail or e-mail application materials to:
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
Attn: Communications Officer
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301
cliff.voliva@state.or.us

Nominations Sought for 2009 STAR Award for Citizen Involvement
Oct. 28, 2009
 
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 STAR Award for Citizen Involvement. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2010.
 
The award recognizes communities, organizations and/or individuals that are meaningfully involving citizens in local land use decisions, and actively promoting and implementing the values of Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement.
  
Criteria for nominations include citizen involvement efforts that:

  • Provide early notice and input opportunities to those people who will potentially be affected by a decision
  • Use creative outreach techniques to seek out those who will potentially be affected by a decision. (Of particular note will be those efforts that use limited resources well.)
  • Provide clear, accessible communication to the public
  • Use public input to affect a decision
  • Encourage community participation and collaboration
  • Provide ideas or methods which will be transferable to others working on land use processes
  • Evaluate and improve methods of public involvement as process evolves
More information about the award, including the nomination form, is available on the Department of Land Conservation and Development website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/STAR_award.shtml

City of Newberg wins first STAR Award for Citizen Involvement
Oct. 8, 2009
 
The planning division of the City of Newberg is the first recipient of the STAR Award for Citizen Involvement. The award will be presented to city staff in November at a regular meeting of the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).
 
The STAR Award recognizes exemplary efforts, by an organization or an individual, to involve citizens in a land use planning process. Newberg will receive the award for engaging its community in Newberg’s Future, a public outreach campaign designed to provide information and obtain feedback from citizens on how Newberg should plan for growth in the next 30 years.
 
With such a large task at hand – a 30-year planning effort – Newberg’s staff decided to use a variety of methods to tap into a cross section of its community. Over a five-year period between 2004 and 2008, the city organized:
  • 2 community nights – a “one-stop shop” community open house for citizens to hear about long-range planning and many other community topics
  • 21 editions of News of Newberg’s Future newsletter
  • 20 meetings of the ad hoc committee on Newberg’s Future
  • About 20 neighborhood meetings in each area proposed for a change
  • Speakers at civic clubs and events
  • Booths at community events
  • Public questionnaires
  • Website updates
  • 15 public hearings
  • Regular articles in the Newberg Graphic
“This award is a tribute to all the citizens of Newberg who took time to drop by a booth, read a newsletter, fill out a questionnaire, or just listen to a presentation,” said Barton Brierley, Newberg’s Planning and Building Director. “We wanted to make it easy for everyone to learn about and have a voice in the future of Newberg. We were rewarded by really learning what our citizens want.” 
 
“Newberg’s planning division went to great lengths to communicate with all segments of its population,” said Christine White, a member of the state’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC) that created the award. “It would have been easy for Barton and his staff to do one-quarter of what they did and feel good about it. But they obviously know how important it is to hear from the citizens.
 
“Our feeling on CIAC is, the more people you get involved, the better the product you are going to get. And with that comes a great sense of pride within the community. More people have ownership in the project.”
 
CIAC is an advisory committee to LCDC.
 
Nominations for awards in 2009 will be announced soon. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2010.
 
For more information, please contact Cliff Voliva at the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development at (503) 373-0050, ext. 268, or via e-mail at: cliff.voliva@state.or.us.
 

Legislature Enacts Measure 49 Hardship Provision
July 27, 2009
 
House Bill 3225, recently enacted by the Oregon Legislature, authorizes the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to prioritize processing of up to 100 Measure 49 Supplemental Reviews of Measure 37 claims, where the claimants present a demonstrated hardship.
 
The intent of the hardship provision is to aid claimants who may face extreme consequences related to their property prior to DLCD’s completion of their Measure 49 review if their claim is processed in the order received as is otherwise required by statute (ORS 195.305).
 
Such hardships include, but are not limited to:
  1. Threatened loss of ownership of the property;
  2. A contractual obligation to sell the property, entered into before November 6, 2007;
  3. Prolonged illness or medical expenses that threaten the financial status of the property owner;
  4. Threatened expiration of permits granted to carry out development on the property; and
  5. A situation in which a claimant cannot continue to occupy an existing dwelling on the property and wants to occupy a new dwelling on the property.
HB 3225 also requires that Measure 49 Supplemental Reviews be completed by June 30, 2010. If the claimant would encounter a type of hardship as described above, DLCD will consider a claimant’s request for priority processing. HB 3225 limits the number of claims that can be reprioritized to 100. The department strongly recommends that requests for priority processing be submitted prior to October 1, 2009.
 
The Measure 49 Compensation and Conservation Ombudsman will review the requests and make recommendations to the DLCD director. The requests must be made in writing, and should describe the hardship situation and include supporting documentation.
 
For more information, please contact the ombudsman at (503) 373-0050, ext. 326, or via e-mail at: carmel.bender@state.or.us.
 
Requests should be mailed to:
 
Carmel Bender Charland
Measure 49 Compensation and Conservation Ombudsman
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol Street NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540
 

State Creates New Award for Citizen Involvement
April 28, 2009
 
To shine a light on the best efforts to engage citizens in land use planning, Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has created an annual award to recognize those endeavors.
 
DLCD will be accepting nominations for the STAR Award for Citizen Involvement through July 1, 2009.
 
The award will recognize communities, organizations and/or individuals that are meaningfully involving citizens in local land use decisions, and actively promoting and implementing the values of Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement.
 
“This award is one more way of encouraging citizen involvement in Oregon’s land use process and rewarding those who go to great lengths to reach out to the public,” said Richard Whitman, Director of DLCD.
 
Criteria for nominations include citizen involvement efforts that:
  • Provide early notice and input opportunities to those people who will potentially be affected by a decision
  • Use creative outreach techniques to seek out those who will potentially be affected by a decision. (Of particular note will be those efforts that use limited resources well.)
  • Provide clear, accessible communication to the public
  • Use public input to affect a decision
  • Encourage community participation and collaboration
  • Provide ideas or methods which will be transferable to others working on land use processes
  • Are completed by the end of 2008
  • Evaluate and improve methods of public involvement as process evolves
More information, including the nomination form, is available on the DLCD website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/STAR_award.shtml
 

LCDC recommends Metolius Area of Critical State Concern
March 13, 2009
 
The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) decided Friday to recommend to the legislature that the Metolius River area be designated as an Area of Critical State Concern (ACSC).
 
LCDC made its decision after determining that the Metolius is a unique area with outstanding values that are important to all Oregonians, and that those values are threatened by current and future plans for large-scale development in and around the basin. LCDC's decision is a recommendation to the Oregon legislature. A final decision regarding the Metolius will be up to the legislature.
 
LCDC will meet in the near future to finalize the details of the recommendation, including the exact boundaries of the area, and the specifics of what the plan will mean for the properties that have been designated as eligible for destination resort siting by Jefferson and Deschutes counties.
 
LCDC’s decision came two days after the fourth and final public hearing on the proposal, in Madras. The commission and the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) were asked by Gov. Kulongoski in December to undertake the public process.
 
The governor’s request was prompted by recent proposals of two destination resorts in west Jefferson County. The proposed resorts are known as the Metolian and the Ponderosa.
 
The Metolian resort is currently planned in an area roughly one square mile and is just north of U.S. Highway 20 and Suttle Lake. The Ponderosa, which straddles the Metolius basin on Green Ridge, is a 10,000-acre property located about eight miles north of Sisters.
 
During its deliberations Friday, LCDC tentatively decided not to include the Three Rivers area in the management plan and also removed the idea of identifying the area around Round Butte as an optional resort location.
 
The commission expects its final recommendation will be transmitted to the legislature in the next week to 10 days. The legislature can approve, amend or reject the proposed ACSC and management plan.
 

First subcommittee draft plan for the Metolius basin released
Feb. 24, 2009
 
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) today released the first subcommittee draft of a plan for the Metolius River Basin Area of Critical State Concern.
 
This draft plan reflects the initial direction of the subcommittee of the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), following hearings on the first draft in Sisters and Madras earlier this month.
 
While continuing protection in the Metolius Basin from destination resorts and large-scale development, this draft also presents an alternative site (outside of the Metolius Basin) where destination resorts could be allowed by Jefferson County. Resort development at the alternative location would be subject to some limitations. The alternative site is near Round Butte, between the Metolius Basin and the City of Madras. The draft also gives the county the option to propose other new sites for destination resorts.
 
An important change from the previous draft is that the buffer area, (adjoining the southeastern edges of the basin), is not a set three-mile distance, but rather a boundary based on specific water and wildlife concerns that large-scale development would trigger.
 
The draft will be discussed at a public hearing in Madras on Thursday, February 26, starting at 5 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. 
 
The full LCDC will meet on March 11 to take action on the plan, and possibly make a recommendation to the 2009 Legislature. The legislature must approve any plan before it would take effect.
 

LCDC to hold public hearings on Metolius River basin protection
Feb. 3, 2009
 
SALEM – Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) will hold four public hearings over the next six weeks to gather public input on a proposal to designate the Metolius River basin as an “Area of Critical State Concern.”
 
The Area of Critical State Concern (ACSC) designation would include special management rules governing resort and other large-scale and residential development in and around the remote Central Oregon watershed.
 
Last December, Governor Kulongoski (LINK TO LETTER) asked LCDC to initiate the ACSC process, to not only protect the area, but also to allow Jefferson County to move forward with some destination resort development outside of the basin. Current plans have two potential resort sites – one inside the basin and the other one straddling its border.
 
LCDC voted on January 15 to direct a subcommittee of two of the commissioners to hold hearings in the region before mid-March.
 
“The Metolius River basin deserves special protection. It should not, and cannot, be lost to large-scale development,” Governor Kulongoski said. “I ask everyone to join in on the public discussion to develop a plan that preserves this area as much as possible for future generations.”
 
The first three public hearings are February 11 in Sisters and February 12 and 26 in Madras. A fourth hearing to consider the proposal will include the full commission on March 11 in Madras.
 
For more information on the Metolius River basin ACSC, a DLCD webpage will be available later today at. http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/metolius_river_basin_acsc.shtml
 

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DLCD Media Contact
DLCD's media contact is:
 
Cliff Voliva
Communications Officer
Department of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540
Phone: (503) 373-0050 x268
Fax: (503) 378-6033
cliff.voliva@state.or.us