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Coastal Hazard Facility Siting - Forest Zone
This proposed rulemaking would authorize the approval of certain types of emergency storage structures in forest zones near coastal areas in order to facilitate local community tsunami preparedness planning efforts.

The department has received a request from Cannon Beach for consideration of a rule amendment that would permit structures to be planned and constructed in forest zones as part of the local community tsunami preparedness planning efforts. That city, and in fact several coastal communities, are considering identifying pedestrian evacuation routes for tsunami emergencies. The communities seek to allow special structures at or near the termination points of identified evacuation routes to store various essential items for displaced households due to a tsunami emergency. Because termination points are sometimes located in forest zones, changes to administrative rules OAR 660, division 6, may be required to permit these structures. DLCD forest land rules allow "locationally dependent uses" but do not describe such uses and this authorization cannot be reasonably interpreted to reference such tsunami evacuation structures.


Rules Advisory Committee
At its September 20-21 meeting, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) authorized the department to proceed with administrative rule amendments to authorize such emergency storage facilities and to appoint a rules advisory committee of affected interests to include representatives of coastal local governments, Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of Emergency Management and a land use advocacy group. Representatives of these groups as well as a representative of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association comprise the rules advisory committee.
​Name ​Affiliation
​Rainmar Bartl ​Cannon Beach
​Chuck Perino ​Oregon Emergency Management
​Jennifer Bunch, CFM ​Clatsop County
​Althea Rizzo, Ph.D. ​Office of Emergency Management
​Jim James ​Oregon Small Woodlands Association
​Steven R. Schell ​Oregon Shores S
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Proposed Rule Amendments