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STAR Award for Citizen Involvement
Award Overview

The STAR Award for Citizen Involvement recognizes organizations and individuals who have actively promoted and implemented the values of Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 1 through an outstanding public involvement effort. The STAR Award is intended to recognize distinct, completed planning efforts and is appropriate for outstanding individuals, student led groups, contracted planning practices, cities, counties, special districts, regional governments, or other land-use planning related planning exercises. 

Goal 1, Citizen Involvement calls for “the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process.” The STAR Award intends to honor the best examples of Goal 1 implementation across the state.
This award is intended to be presented annually. Winner(s) will receive a certificate presented by Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). Winning submissions will be announced with a news release and on the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) website.

Nomination Process
Nominations may be submitted by individuals and organizations that are directly involved in a land use-related project, or by a third party.  
Nomination length will be limited to five typed pages not including references, and must be submitted electronically. Please include the name, address, phone and e-mail of the contact person; the name of the project and the lead organization; and names of individuals to receive the award.  
The winner will be chosen by LCDC’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC), with input from LCDC. The committee reserves the right to issue no award some years, if suitable nominations are not submitted.

Nomination Elements
All nominations must address the following:
  • Describe the work of the nominee(s), and challenges and opportunities they encounter regarding public outreach
  • Describe public engagement activities, how they evolved, how they were implemented and how results were used
  • Describe how final outcomes of land use processes have been improved through this work
  • Show how the activities support the spirit and legal requirements of Goal 1
  • Provide two references who participated in the citizen engagement process

Award Criteria
Preference will be given to 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. Feel free to provide links to websites, social media pages, press releases, etc. 
  • Provide clear, accessible communication to the public (links and citations welcome, please no non-english submissions)
  • Use public input to inform or imporve a land use decision
  • Encourage community participation and collaboration at all stages of the planning process
  • Provide ideas or methods which will be transferable to others working on land use processes
  • Are completed by December 31, in the calendar year prior to application deadline
  • Evaluate and improve methods of public involvement as process evolves

Winners will be asked to provide a staff contact as part of their application who will serve as a resource to local governments or other groups seeking guidance in designing a public outreach process.

STAR Award Nomination Form
NOTE: 2015 STAR award nominations are due to DLCD by 5 p.m. March 1, 2016.
Please send nomination forms via e-mail to Casaria Taylor.
Past Winners
2008 City of Newberg/Newberg's Future 
2009 none
​2010 ​City of Eugene/Envision Eugene ​City of Bend/UGB Expansion
Clackamas County
Deschutes County
City of Eugene/Envision Eugene
Civic Plan Manager Laura Kelly
City of Portland/Portland Plan
City of Salem/Salem Planning Commission
City of Helvatia/Save Helvatia
City of Sunriver
​2011-13 ​none
​2014 ​City of Portland ​City of West Linn