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Modification of Existing Exceptions for Transportation Facilities in Rural Reserves


The policy intent behind the designation of rural reserves is to provide long-term protection for large blocks of agricultural and forest lands. Consistent with this intent, OAR 660-027-0070(4) specifies that new transportation facilities may not be built in rural reserves if an exception to Statewide Planning Goals 3, 4, 11, or 14 is required. This rulemaking addresses a unique issue that concerns an extension of Arndt Road within a rural reserve near Canby. Clackamas County took an exception in 2003 to extend Arndt Road between Barlow Road and Highway 99E, but that roadway has not yet been built due, in part, to a challenging grade differential across the UPRR tracks and capacity problems on the Highway 99E bridge over the Molalla River. Clackamas County would therefore like to be able to modify the 2003 exception to change the location of the road extension. However, the method for modifying an exception is to take a new exception, which is prohibited in the rural reserves under OAR 660-027-0070(4). This rulemaking would modify the rural reserves rules to allow for a modification of an existing exception for a transportation facility.

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How to Comment

You may comment on the proposed rules by sending written comments by January 14, 2016, close of the hearing, to:

Land Conservation and Development Commission
c/o Casaria Taylor
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301

Or via email to: casaria.taylor@state.or.us

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Rulemaking Hearing

You may also provide oral or written comments at the rulemaking hearing, which will take place:


DATE:​ January 14, 2016​
​TIME: ​8:00 AM
​PLACE: ​205 South Central Ave., Medford, Oregon


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Advisory Committee

The Land Conservation and Development Commission has established this Rules Advisory Committee to assist the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) in drafting proposed rules for consideration by LCDC.


Karen Buehrig, Clackamas County​ ​Dan Chandler, Clackamas County
​Mary Kyle McCurdy, 1000 Friends of Oregon ​Rick Robinson, City of Canby
​Mary Anne Nash, Oregon Farm Bureau ​John Williams, Metro


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Advisory Committee Meetings

If you would like to be on the mailing list for meeting notices and general project updates, please email Casaria Taylor. All meetings are open to the public.


​December 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


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Staff Contact

Dan Eisenbeis, Policy Analyst
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 934-0020

Carrie MacLaren, Deputy Director
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 934-0051

Casaria Taylor, Rules Coordinator
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 934-0065

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