Senate Bill 1059 (2010) and House Bill 2001 House Bill 2001 (2009) direct Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt rules by June 1, 2011 that set targets for metropolitan areas to plan for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. Both bills anticipate that local governments in metropolitan areas will engage in land use and transportation scenario planning to evaluate and select a preferred scenario for achieving the adopted targets.
House Bill 2001, which applies primarily to the Portland metropolitan area, requires development and adoption of scenario plans. Senate Bill 1059, which applies to the state’s other five metropolitan areas, (Salem-Keizer, Eugene-Springfield, Rogue Valley, Bend and Corvallis), anticipates but does not require preparation of scenario plans at this time.
In 2011, the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted targets based upon the recommendations from the Target Rulemaking Advisory Committee, in their report Recommendations on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets.
In addition to target rulemaking by the Land Conservation and Development Commission, Senate Bill 1059 directs the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Department of Transportation to work together with local governments in metropolitan areas to produce several other products to support scenario planning and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. These include:
- Preparation by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Energy of estimates of future vehicle and fuel technology to inform the target rulemaking. The report, Agencies' Technical Report was delivered on March 1, 2011 and was used by the Target Rulemaking Advisory Committee in its recommendation.
- Development by the Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission of a Statewide Transportation Strategy for greenhouse gas reduction. The Oregon Transportation Commission has appointed a Statewide Transportation Strategy Policy Committee to assist in the effort. A draft strategy is expected late in 2011.
- Preparation by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development of guidance for scenario planning, including scenario planning guidelines and a toolkit of recommended practices and evaluation techniques for greenhouse gas reduction.
- A scenario planning funding report, delivered to the Legislature in January 2011, provided estimates about the amount of funding that local governments in metropolitan areas will need to conduct scenario planning.
- A public education effort to inform the public about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the costs and benefits of reducing emissions.
For more information about the Metropolitan Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets or related work contact Cody Meyer by email at email@example.com or phone at (503) 934-0005.