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Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities

Oregon is off track in its work to meet statutory goals and policy to reduce climate pollution, particularly pollution from transportation. 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 rules to implement the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities program on July 21, 2022.

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). More background on the rulemaking process.

Six-Page Overview of the Program
Slideshow Overview of CFEC (contact staff for a PowerPoint version)

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.

Overview Guidance and Assistance, Alternative Dates and Exemptions

Local government tasks and deadlines overview
Implementation funding assistance and timelines from DLCD and ODOT
Guidance on Applying for Alternative Dates
Guidance to Applying for Exemptions
Report on Alternative Dates as of March 17, 2023 
Report on Exemptions as of March 6, 2023

Climate-Friendly Areas Guidance and Assistance

Climate-Friendly Areas plain-language one-pager
Designation of Climate-Friendly Areas six-page overview
Climate-Friendly Areas Methods Guide
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0315, Anti-Displacement Analysis in CFAs
Anti-Displacement Toolkit (and more background and details)

Parking Reform Guidance and Assistance

Parking Reform Requirements one-page summary
Parking Reform and Electric Vehicle Conduit plain language overview
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0405, Parking Regulation Improvements
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0410, Electric Vehicle Conduit
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0415, Parking Maximums
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0430, Parking Reform for Equity Uses
Guidance on OAR 660-012-0440, Parking Reform Near Transit
Guidance on Unbundled Parking
Guidance on ADA Parking
St Paul Minnesota slides on Parking Reform
Parking reform webinar recording August 30, 2022slides
What Happens When Parking Mandates are Reduced
Parking Supply, Car Ownership, and Driving Rates: Five Studies
Additional parking reform resources (Transportation Growth Management)

Plain Language Topic Summaries

Six-Page Overview of the Rules
One Page Summary of the Rulemaking
Climate-Friendly Areas
Transportation Planning Rules Update
Regional Planning for Climate Pollution Reduction
Parking Reform and Electric Vehicle Conduit

Rules Language

Rules language can be found here:

The commission may consider making small clarifications or corrections to the rules later in 2023. List of potential clarifications.

Unofficial transportation planning rules (OAR 660-012) formatted for easier reading are here:Single column Two column

Background Materials from DLCD/State of Oregon

Resumen de una página de la elaboración de reglas
Land use and transportation planning and climate pollution (overview)
Every Mile Counts four-agency initiative (ongoing)
Equitable Outcomes Statement with connection of items to permanent rules
Summary of initial outreach about the rulemaking
Follow-up implementation outreach post-rulemaking

E-mail Updates

Click to 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: 


Evan Manvel
Climate Mitigation Planner
Phone: 971-375-5979

Cody Meyer
Land Use and Transportation Planner
Phone: 971-239-9475