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Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee

About CIAC

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Citizens of Oregon often ask how they can participate in the statewide land use planning program. The system, after all, is complex and can be cumbersome and intimidating.

The CIAC operates, in part, to provide a regular forum where citizens around the state can share their experiences and find information.

The CIAC is supported in this effort by the department´s staff, Sadie Carney, who helps citizens and professionals alike find easier ways to:
  • Access planning information;
  • Demystify planning and legal processes;
  • Put you in touch with staff and public records; and
  • Foster an interaction with the department and its public policy decision-making body, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

This website has been designed to help citizens and citizen planners, who often ask for a Statewide Planning 101 course. Beyond the basics, you can also learn about how citizens of Oregon are actively involved in protecting the citizen involvement process, promoting and challenging the statewide land use program, finding new avenues of expression and involvement in critical land use planning issues, and expanding citizen involvement around the state.
Online citizen’s guides (see the Publications page ) will also show you how to work with the program’s 19 Statewide Planning Goals and Oregon administrative rules. They also will help you to better understand how federal programs and executive initiatives influence the way that statewide land use planning, development and conservation are being achieved in Oregon.
Each city and county comprehensive plan includes a Citizen Involvement Program (CIP), which describes how the public can participate in each phase of the planning process. Local governments must periodically evaluate their efforts to involve citizens, and, if necessary, update their programs. These requirements are established in Goal 1, Citizen Involvement:
  1. A Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) be established to monitor citizen involvement;
  2. A Citizen Involvement Program (CIP) be adopted, providing for involvement in all phases of the planning process; and
  3. The CIP be reviewed periodically to assure that opportunities continue to be provided.
ORS 197 established the state´s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC) to advise LCDC and local governments on matters pertaining to citizen involvement.
CIAC is a permanent committee established by this statute. CIAC is only an advisory body; it has no explicit or implied authority over any local government or state agency. It does not set policy nor review local land use plans or decisions.
The CIAC has eight volunteer members, one from each of Oregon´s five Congressional Districts and three chosen at-large. Committee members are appointed to four-year terms by LCDC.

CIAC´s chair is elected, by the committee´s members, for a term of one year. The committee meets every other month alternating between meeting in Salem and meeting electronically.

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Meeting Schedule

The meetings of the Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee are open to the public. Persons wishing to participate may address the committee during the agenda item "Public Comment" and other designated agenda items. Persons wishing to address the committee should consult the meeting agenda for further information.


​Date ​Location ​Agenda
​March 15/16, 2018
9am - 12pm
​Salem ​Agenda
​June 7, 2018
9am - 12pm
​Teleconference ​Agenda
​September 6, 2018
9am - 12pm
​Teleconference ​Agenda
​December 6, 2018
​Teleconference ​Agenda


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Current Members



​Member ​District ​Appointed ​Term Expires
Sebastian Lawler ​District 1 ​January 2018 ​January 2022
Bill Snyder ​District 2 ​January 2018 ​January 2022
​Steve Faust (Chair) ​District 3 ​May 2013 ​April 2021
​Vacant ​District 4 ​March 2008 ​December 2018
Wendy Hudson (Vice-chair) ​District 5 ​January 2018 ​January 2022
​Marissa Grass ​At-large ​July 2014 ​July 2018
​Jerry Gerspach ​At-large ​July 2014 ​July 2018
Kelly Maloney ​At-large ​January 2018 ​January 2022


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ACE Awards for Citizen Involvement

The Achievement in Community Engagement (ACE) Award recognizes organizations and individuals who have actively promoted and implemented the values of Oregon's Statewide Planning Goal 1 through an outstanding community engagement strategy.

Read the ACE Awards Press Release

ACE Award Application - fillable form

ACE Award - Committee Review Form

ACE Awards Recipients - 2017

Completed applications are due March 16 for the projects completed this year.

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