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2010 News
Nominations sought for 2010 STAR Award for Citizen Involvement
December 28, 2010
Salem, Ore - The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development's Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC) is accepting nominations for the 2010 STAR Award for Citizen Involvement. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2011.
The award recognizes communities, organizations and/or individuals that are meaningfully involving citizens in local land use decisions and actively promoting and implementing the values of Oregon's Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement.
Criteria for nominations include citizen involvement efforts that:
  • Provide early notice and input opportunities to those people who will potentially be affected by a land use decision;
  • Use creative outreach techniques to seek out those who will potentially be affected by a land use decision (of particular note will be those efforts that use limited resources well);
  • Provide clear, accessible communications to the public;
  • Use public input to affect a land use decision;
  • Encourage community participation and collaboration;
  • Provide ideas or methods which will be transferable to others working on land use processes; and
  • Evaluate and improve methods of public involvement as process evolves.
More information about the award, including the nomination form, is available on the Department of Land Conservation and Development website at: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/STAR_award.shtml.

The State of Oregon's Climate Change Adaptation Framework report
November 30, 2010
Salem, Ore - The State of Oregon on, December 1, 2010, releases The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework. The framework was developed in partnership with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) and participating State of Oregon agencies and organizations in the Oregon University System. The framework is being released as an initial assessment of how Oregon might begin preparing for likely changes in our environment.  The report accompanies the Oregon Climate Assessment Report (OCAR) by OCCRI, regarding the state of scientific knowledge about climate change in Oregon.
Oregon’s framework lays out expected climate-related risks, short-term priority actions and several steps Oregonians might take to improve our collective ability to adapt to changing climate conditions.
Jeff Weber, DLCD’s Coastal Conservation Coordinator, says “This framework positions Oregon to take effective early steps to avoid some of the most costly potential consequences of climate change”.
The report will be presented in a series of events, beginning with the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Council on December 9th. The framework will then be presented to the following:
  • Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, December 10
  • House Environment and Water Committee, December 14
  • Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, December 15
  • Land Conservation and Development Commission, January 12 & 13
The framework report and a summary of the key findings and recommendations are available on DLCD’s website www.oregon.gov/lcd. More information about Oregon’s Climate Change Adaptation Framework may be obtained by contacting Jeff Weber at (971) 673-0964 or emailing jeff.weber@state.or.us.  To schedule a presentation of the report, contact Jim Rue at (503) 373-0050 ext. 223.

LCDC approves most Metro urban and rural reserve designations
November 1, 2010
Salem, Ore - The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has approved most of the urban and rural reserve designations made by Metro and the three Metro-area counties.  LCDC considered objections to the designations from over 45 parties, over four and one-half days of hearings.
On Friday, October 29, LCDC focused on three remaining areas in Washington County, approving a large area in North Hillsboro, and turning down a smaller area north of the City of Cornelius.  The commission also sent back an area north of Forest Grove, asking Metro and Washington County to examine the area closely and explain their decision more carefully.  To make up for the acreage north of Cornelius, the Commission indicated that Metro and the county may add land as an urban reserve or as undesignated land elsewhere in Washington County.
The LCDC decision, for the most part, brings to a close three years of work by the region to provide long-term certainty to both the farming community and local governments about where the region will and will not grown over the next 50 years. “This is a historic occasion.  After years of battles over the urban growth boundary, this decision sets the foundation for a broad agreement on how and where the region will grow long into the future.  We are very proud of the hard work of citizens, businesses and local governments that made this all possible,” said John VanLandingham, the Chair of LCDC.
Rural reserves in the Portland metro region will provide the long-term certainty that our agricultural and forest industries need to make significant capital investments. They also will help shape the region, and protect the landscapes and natural features that define it.  Urban reserves will be where the region expands if it needs new lands to meet future employment and housing needs.  By providing long-term certainty, urban reserves also will help communities in the region and their partners in the private sector and government to plan for efficient improvements to our roads, other transportation systems, and sewer and water systems, creating the foundation for great communities that can sustain long-term job creation and provide needed housing.

OCMP to honor excellence in coastal communities
October 15, 2010
Salem, Ore – The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) will, for the first time ever, recognize the hard work, dedication and creativity of staff, elected officials and citizens in Oregon’s coastal cities and counties in conserving and developing Oregon’s coastal resources. “There is so much good work going on to make communities on the coast great places to live and work, and we are very pleased to publicly reward the people and organizations who have done the hard work to make these successes possible,” said Richard Whitman, DLCD Director. Awards will be presented at a Coastal awards dinner, October 21, 2010, at the Coastal Planners Conference at the Florence Events Center, Florence, OR.
Between mid August and October 8, 2010 the program accepted nominations for awards in the following categories: Planning – Excellence in Local Government Planning, Problem Solving, Public Engagement; Projects – Habitat Protection, Urban Vitality, Waterfront Revitalization, Public Access, Information Technology; Leadership – Local Government, Elected Official, Professional Service. In addition, an Award of Special Merit: Against All Odds will be awarded. The special merit award honors a jurisdiction or an individual that led a planning effort to a successful conclusion despite difficult, perhaps hopeless circumstances. “We are really proud to recognize the hard work and effort by local governments to protect Oregon’s spectacular coast and develop great communities.  Their work benefits all Oregonians and, really, anyone who comes to the Oregon coast to work, play, or live.  So this is our way of saying thanks,” says Bob Bailey, OCMP Manager.
The first Oregon Coastal Management Achievement Awards go to:
Excellence in Local Government Planning: City of Astoria
For their efforts at urban and waterfront revitalization, in particular the Riverfront Vision Plan. (Meritorious in the category of public engagement as well)
Problem Solving: City of Newport
For their work in updating their Geologic Hazards code
Public Engagement: (see Excellence in Local Government Planning Above)
Habitat Protection: City of Cannon Beach/Friends of Haystack Rock
For the Haystack Rock Awareness Program
Urban Vitality: City of Waldport
For their downtown plan and makeover project.
Waterfront Revitalization: City of Florence
For their historic and ongoing efforts at revitalizing their waterfront.
Public Access: City of Brookings
For their work at Chetco Point.
Information Technology: Curry County
For their excellent and user friendly (web accessible) full featured GIS system.
Local Government: (two awards) City of Lincoln City
For their comprehensive efforts to address climate change and sustainability;
Tillamook County
For the Oregon Solutions Tillamook basin Flooding Reduction project
Elected Official: James Auborn, Mayor, City of Port Orford
For his leadership on numerous fronts related to planning and community development.
Professional Service: Diane Morris, City of Brookings
For her many years of service to local government and her consistent support for the planning objectives of the OCMP.
Non-Profit: Ocean Coastal Zone Management Association
For their efforts representing the interests of local governments in resource and development issues affecting the coast.
Award of Special Merit: Against All Odds
Port of Newport for the successful effort to bring the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific facility to Newport.

DLCD and PACE get innovative
October 14, 2010
Salem, Ore – The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development is partnering with the Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management on a project with the school’s Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises (PACE) program. The partnership formed over the summer providing another excellent opportunity for Willamette University to partner with a government agency.
This no cost partnership includes an international team of graduate students working as the Mill Creek Consulting group and a team of senior level managers from DLCD. The partnership team is working to develop innovative solutions to advance Oregon’s land use and geographical information into the 21st century.
DLCD manages the statewide land use planning program for citizens, communities and the state of Oregon. The planning program itself is a partnership between cities, counties and the state, formed by Senate Bill 100 in 1973. Senate Bill 100 established a program made up of local plans, with each community developing its own vision for the future within the general parameters of statewide planning goals. The department administers the planning program, which provides grants and technical assistance to help Oregon communities effectively plan for and invest in their futures.
DLCD works closely with its partners using a variety of data and planning tools. These tools are the key to Oregon’s statewide planning effort, helping communities plan for housing, economic development, infrastructure and natural resources. The Mill Creek Consulting group is working on a proposal to make those tools more readily accessible to Oregonians and Oregon communities. Possible tools include internet access to original land use maps, zoning maps, tax lot information, floodplain and natural hazard information as well as access to Oregon’s one of a kind statewide planning library including four decades of land use records and reports.
DLCD’s community services manager and Willamette graduate Darren Nichols notes, “DLCD’s partnership with Willamette University presents a tremendous benefit to future of Oregon and to Oregon communities. In an era of declining resources, we are fortunate to be able to partner with an international team of MBA students through the PACE program.” Later this year the group will submit to DLCD a business plan recommending product and service innovations, funding options to acquire and maintain the innovations, and an implementation plan.
This partnership opportunity is an excellent example of the “outside the box” thinking that is possible when the state and the university systems put all they have to offer on the table. This partnership provides fresh thinking for the state and real world application for the Willamette MBA students whose interests are in business, government and non-profit organizations. "We are very excited to have the opportunity to help contribute to the DLCD's vision and gain knowledge and experience in the Public sector while serving the citizens of Oregon," says Lindsey Fecteau, Mill Creek Consulting and PACE Program team member.
Contact: Jim Rue, (503) 373-0050 ext. 223; Teddy Leland, (503) 373-0050 ext. 237

DLCD Issues Report on Metro Urban and Rural Reserves
Sept. 28, 2010
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) today released its review of the Portland Metro urban and rural reserve decisions made earlier this year by Metro and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.
The DLCD report is a recommendation to the state's Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). The report recommends that LCDC approve the Metro and county decisions. LCDC is expected to make a final decision on the Metro reserves following several days of hearings in Portland in mid-October, when it will hear arguments from persons who filed objections to the local decisions and from the local governments.
The urban and rural reserves decisions guide where long-term growth may occur in the metro area, and identify areas where growth will not occur for the next 50 years. Urban reserves are areas where the regional urban growth boundary may expand, if the region shows that additional urban lands are needed.
“Designation of the reserve areas provides an important level of predictability for private and public investment, including the agricultural and forest products industries,” said DLCD Director, Richard Whitman. “On the whole, the department found that Metro and the counties designated a reasonable amount of urban reserves for a 50-year period, and properly considered the required factors in deciding where those reserves should be located.”
For a copy of the DLCD report and more information on the Metro urban and rural reserves, please go to:

Eberwein chosen to serve on LCDC
Feb. 8, 2010
SALEM – Barton Eberwein, a long-time vice president of Hoffman Construction in Portland, is the newest member of Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).
Eberwein was chosen recently by Governor Ted Kulongoski to replace Dennis Derby, who completed his second four-year term on the commission in December. The selection of Eberwein was confirmed by the Oregon Senate on Monday.
“I am pleased to appoint Bart to this very important service,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “The future of Oregon’s land use system depends on the leadership and vision of our Land Conservation and Development Commission and Bart’s keen intellect and dedication to public service will serve our land use system and our citizens well.”
LCDC directs the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), which administers Oregon’s statewide planning program, along with cities and counties. The seven-member volunteer commission usually meets eight times a year to guide state land use policy.
Eberwein comes to LCDC with 35 years of experience in construction, wood products and real estate. He has been vice president at Hoffman since 1988. He also is active on four other volunteer groups: National Forest Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cycle Oregon, and Construction Apprenticeship Workforce Solutions.

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