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About Us
Welcome to the Department of Land Conservation and Development
Guiding Principles:
  • Provide a healthy environment;
  • Sustain a prosperous economy;
  • Ensure a desirable quality of life; and
  • Provide fairness and equity to all Oregonians.
Strategic Goals:
Secure Oregon's Legacy
  • Conserve coastal, farm, forest, riparian and other resource lands.
  • Promote a sense of place in the built and natural environments.
  • Protect unique and threatened resources by guiding development to less sensitive areas.
Promote Sustainable, Vibrant Communities
  • Integrate land use, transportation and public facilities planning.
  • Provide for housing choices.
  • Encourage economic development.
Engage Citizens and Stakeholders in Continued Improvements of Oregon's Land Use Planning Program
  • Support regional perspectives and strengths.
  • Ensure equitable application of regulatory programs.
  • Develop strong, collaborative partnerships with citizens and communities.
Provide Timely and Dynamic Leadership
  • Develop and coordinate strategic initiatives with other state agencies and local governments.
  • Seek solutions that address immediate and long-range challenges including climate change, in collaboration with local governments, community and academic partners.
Deliver Resources and Services that are Efficient, Outcome-Based and Professional
  • Provide local government with services and resources to support their comprehensive planning process.
  • Communicate with the public in a timely and transparent manner.
  • Focus on communications, staff training and administrative systems to ensure continued improvement of customer service.
Mission Statement
To help communities and citizens plan for, protect and improve the built and natural systems that provide a high quality of life. In partnership with citizens and local governments, we foster sustainable and vibrant communities and protect our natural resources legacy. 
Annual Performance Measures

2011-13 Biennial Report

2011-13 Annual Performance Progress Report
2009 Ways & Means Budget Presentation to Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources 

2015-17 Agency Request Budget



Oregon’s statewide land use planning program — originated in 1973 under Senate Bill 100 — provides protection of farm and forest lands, conservation of natural resources, orderly and efficient development, coordination among local governments, and citizen involvement.
The program affords all Oregonians predictability and sustainability to the development process by allocating land for industrial, commercial and housing development, as well as transportation and agriculture.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) administers the program. A seven-member volunteer citizen board known as the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) guides DLCD.
Under the program, all cities and counties have adopted comprehensive plans that meet mandatory state standards. The standards are 19 Statewide Planning Goals that deal with land use, development, housing, transportation, and conservation of natural resources. Periodic review of plans and technical assistance in the form of grants to local jurisdictions are key elements of the program.
DLCD's State Agency Coordination Programs
DLCD is organized into four divisions:
Community Services Division: The Community Services Division is composed of regional representatives who assist local governments in the implementation of the statewide land use planning program by providing technical and educational assistance to local government planners and officials, the general public, and interest groups. The division includes specialists dealing with urban and rural development, farm and forest land protection, and economic development.  The division also provides financial assistance to urban and rural communities.
Planning Services Division: The Planning Services Division provides specialized technical assistance and policy consultation to DLCD’s regional representatives serving local governments and citizens. The division includes the Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) and specialists dealing with mineral and aggregate resources, natural resource management, floodplain management and landowner compensation (Measure 49). 
Ocean and Coastal Services Division: The Ocean and Coastal Services Division works with coastal cities, counties, and state and federal agencies to administer Oregon’s federally approved Coastal Management Program, which emphasizes conservation of estuaries, shorelands, beaches and dunes, and ocean resources. The division provides financial and planning assistance to local governments, implements a coastal hazards and assessment program, supports the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council, maintains an online Oregon Coastal Atlas, and has authority under federal law to review federal programs and activities for consistency with Oregon’s federally approved coastal program standards. 
Administrative Services Division: The Administrative Services Division provides services in the following areas: budget, accounting, purchasing, payroll, safety, space and facility management, mail distribution, information systems, landowner notification, agency policy and procedure development, inventory and property control, and reception.