Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI)
The Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI) is an integrated statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity. The effort is the result of several bills passed by the Oregon Legislature, and it is designed to help the state meet its 2050 goal of reducing GHG emissions by 75 percent below 1990 levels.
Oregon Industrial Development
Oregon Industrial Development - In order to advance critical job creation and economic development activities, industrial development must occur without lengthy approval processes through multiple agencies. Senate Bill 766 passed during the 2011 legislative session. The Oregon Legislature reviewed the permit processes at state agencies, and created an environment where agencies work together to meet a 120-day timeline.
To oversee this process, the Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC) was created to administer two distinct programs. 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.
Least Cost Planning (LCP)
"Least-Cost Planning means a process of comparing direct and indirect costs of demand and supply options to meet transportation goals, policies or both, where the intent of the process is to identify the most cost-effective mix of options."
ODOT is now working with stakeholders to develop a least cost planning methodology that will meet the definition above. ODOT expects LCP to enable a more comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions and improve consistency, transparency, and accountability for decisions made with LCP.
The 2011 Legislature passed Senate Bill 264 during their regular session. SB 264 primarily addressed ODOT requirements regarding permitting of access to a state highway. However, the legislation also required ODOT to perform a review of the state highways that have been designated as Expressways by the Oregon Transportation Commission. The intent of this review was to ensure that the various highways with the Expressway classification are still appropriate.