House Bill 2001, adopted by the 2009 Legislature, directed the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to adopt administrative rules to guide Metro and local governments, in the Portland metropolitan area, in the selection and implementation of a land use and transportation scenario that meets the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target adopted by LCDC in May 2011.
“Scenario planning” involves the development of a preferred future vision—to the year 2035—of the Portland metropolitan area’s land use and transportation that meets the target of a 20 percent reduction per capita in GHG emissions from light vehicle travel.
On November 15, 2012, the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted rules to guide the Portland metropolitan area as it conducts scenario planning required by HB 2001.
The rules are designed to incorporate scenario planning into the region's already well-established process for coordination of regional planning decisions. In general terms, Metro will conduct scenario planning through an update to the region's framework plan - the plan that sets forth the region's long-term land use and transportation vision and guides other planning efforts.
- Direct Metro to adopt a preferred land use and transportation scenario by December 2014;
- Describe how Metro will adopt and implement a preferred scenario -
- The preferred scenario will be adopted through an amendment to the Regional Framework Plan; and
- The scenario in the framework plan will be implemented through amendments to Metro's Functional Plans.
- List factors and considerations that Metro must address as it develops and evaluates alternative scenarios;
- Describe how Metro is to coordinate its work with cities, counties, state agencies and others;
- Describe how LCDC will review and approve Metro's preferred scenario -
- The LCDC will review Metro's Framework and Function Plan amendments "in manner of periodic review".
- Describe the process for implementation by cities and counties -
- Local governments will amend their plans and ordinances as necessary to carry out Metro's functional plan.
- Directs Metro to monitor and report progress in implementing the plan and to update the preferred scenario as the region in coordination with other major plan updates.
Requirements for Scenario Planning are summarized in this chart prepared by the department.