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.
The two programs are the:
Industrial Development Projects of State Significance - Up to 10 projects per biennium may be subjected to an expedited process when job creation, wage and other criteria are met.
Regionally Significant Industrial Areas - Between five and 15 areas planned and zoned for industrial use that have potential long-term job creation and meet legislatively defined criteria.
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Transportation Role Implementation SB 766
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for ensuring a safe and efficient transportation system for the movement of people, goods and services for the State of Oregon. A good transportation system is important to the economic growth and vitality of Oregon.
In implementing SB 766, ODOT’s Director is a designated member of the ERRC. ODOT will work 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 for ensuring 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. Proposed developments that are being considered through the SB 766 Projects of Statewide Significance process will need to submit an Application for State Highway Approach as part of their SB 766 Application or as otherwise prescribed in the Project Order.
ODOT will evaluate the information provided by the applicant 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 action. Mitigation requirements will generally be consistent with ODOT’s authority allowed through OAR 734-051.
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