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Periodic Review

Periodic Review is a term used in Oregon law to describe the periodic evaluation and revision of a local comprehensive plan. Since 1981, state law (ORS 197.628 - 636) has called for cities and counties to review their comprehensive plans according to a periodic schedule established by the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). In 2007, the legislature revised the requirements of Periodic Review to include only those cities with a population greater than 10,000. Also, the legislature scaled back the requirements of periodic review to include only the fundamental building blocks of local planning. Comprehensive plans must make adequate provisions for economic development, needed housing, transportation, public facilities and services, and urban growth.

The overall purpose of Periodic Review is to ensure that local comprehensive plans are:

  • Updated to respond to changes in local, regional and state conditions;
  • Coordinated with other comprehensive plans and investments; and
  • In compliance with the statewide planning goals, statutes and rules.

DLCD works with cities to evaluate their unique planning and development needs in order to create a Periodic Review work program that will meet those needs. Once a city's program is approved, the city then submits specific planning tasks within the work program to DLCD for review.

Periodic Review Submittals

Cities and counties must use Form 6 to submit their completed work program tasks to DLCD. 

For more detailed information about current work program tasks under review by DLCD, go to the Local Government Decisions under Review page.

Grants for Conducting a Periodic Review

In order to help with the planning efforts required by periodic review, DLCD offers competitive grants to local governments who conduct a periodic review of their comprehensive plan. See the Community Grants page for more information.


Gordon Howard
Community Services Division Manager
Phone: 503-856-6935