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Legislation streamlines development of industrial lands
01/10/2012

In order to advance critical job creation and economic development activities, industrial development must occur without lengthy approval processes through multiple agencies. In order to facilitate this, the 2011 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 766, designed to create an environment in which state agencies work together to meet a 120-day timeline for permitting industrial sites.
 
To oversee this process, the Governor’s Office created the Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC). The council is made up of agency directors from five state agencies: Business Oregon, Environmental Quality, Land Conservation and Development, State Lands, and Transportation. The council also must include a representative from an affected local government if requested.

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The ERRC administers two programs:
 
SB 766 designates ODOT’s director as a member of the ERRC.  ODOT is working in partnership with the other ERRC members to foster an environment that helps promote statewide and regional economic job growth while addressing critical land use, infrastructure, and environmental goals and objectives.
 
ODOT primarily will be responsible to ensure transportation impacts from proposed developments are adequately addressed.  This will usually be accomplished through an Application for State Highway Approach where proposed developments wish to connect to a state highway.  ODOT will evaluate the information the applicant provides to determine the appropriate design and location of highway access and any additional transportation infrastructure required to mitigate any safety or operational problems created by the proposed development.  Mitigation requirements will generally be consistent with ODOT’s authority under administrative rules (OAR 734-051).
 
For more information, visit ODOT’s industrial development webpage or Business Oregon’s webpage.