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Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities

The Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities program aims to reduce climate pollution, provide more transportation and housing choices, and promote equitable land use planning outcomes.

The program strengthens Oregon's transportation and housing planning in regions with populations over 50,000 people (Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene/Springfield, Grants Pass, Medford/Ashland, Portland Metro, and Salem/Keizer).

Local Support and Grants

DLCD helping local governments implement the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities program through direct staff-to-staff assistance, advising, and guidance. The department is also providing direct funding or consultant assistance to many communities.

Overview and Program Basics

Oregon is striving to meet statutory goals and policy to reduce climate pollution, including the roughly 36% of climate pollution that comes from transportation. Unfortunately, Oregon is off-track in our efforts to reduce how often and how far Oregonians have to drive to meet their daily needs.

To course correct, the Land Conservation and Development Commission updated Oregon's Transportation Planning Rules and related administrative rules. After two years of extensive community engagement, the commission adopted the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities program on July 21, 2022, and subsequently adopted corrections, clarifications, and adjustments.

The current rules are available on the Secretary of State's web page (Division 8Division 12, and Division 44.)

A printable version of the Transportation Planning Rules (TPR) can be found here for convenience onlyTPR 

For official rules rely on the Secretary of State's web page.

More background on the rulemaking process.

To help communities implement this program, staff will post resources on this page as they are developed. ODOT's web site has additional assistance resources.

CFEC and Housing

The CFEC program works closely with our housing programs.

Office Hours

Office hours, drop-in sessions for local governments and other parties to ask questions about the CFEC program to DLCD and ODOT staff, are scheduled:

Climate-Friendly Area Studies

Once received, Climate-Friendly Area Studies will be posted here for public comment. Comments should be sent to dlcd.cfec@dlcd.oregon.gov by the date posted.

Climate-Friendly Areas Guidance and Assistance

Parking Reform Guidance and Assistance

Alternative Dates and Exemptions

Rules Language

A printable version of the Transportation Planning Rules (TPR) can be found here for convenience only  TPR 

Plain Language Topic Summaries

Background Materials

E-mail Updates and General Information

Subscribe to email updates about this implementation work, including when resources are published, question and answer sessions, and more.

The department filed the permanent Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities rules adopted by the commission with the Secretary of State in July, 2022, and they are now in effect. Though petitions for judicial review have been filed, the rules remain in effect unless and until the Court of Appeals declares a rule invalid.

The department believes all rules were adopted in accordance with applicable rulemaking procedures. Communities should be implementing the rules according to the timing established in the rules.

The department is eager to assist communities in implementing the rules and has grant money and assistance that must be used this biennium. Given rules timelines, Oregon's housing crisis, and the increasing cost and urgency of climate disruption, communities should begin this work.

Local Government Program Pages

As communities work on the climate-friendly and equitable communities program, many have set up program-specific web pages. Links:

Contacts

Evan Manvel Climate Mitigation Planner evan.manvel@dlcd.oregon.govPhone: 971-375-5979

Cody Meyer Land Use and Transportation Planner cody.meyer@dlcd.oregon.gov Phone: 971-239-9475