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Goal 5 Cultural Areas Rule

On November 2, 2023, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) directed Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) staff to begin rulemaking for Goal 5 cultural areas. While statewide land use planning Goal 5 lists Cultural Areas as important resources in Oregon, Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) currently do not provide specific direction of how to consider these types of areas in Oregon Communities.

The commission's charge directed staff to work with Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) members to develop a definition for this resource category, and to develop recommendations to identify, avoid, preserve, or mitigate development of significant resource sites. A new division 23 rule will work in tandem with existing state laws protecting archaeological objects and sites.

Staff expect the RAC to meet four to five times in three-hour meetings during 2024. Applications were accepted through midnight, December 26, 2023.

DLCD also plans to convene a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TAC will advise the DLCD staff on laws and rules governing the treatment of archaeological sites and systems for preserving the confidentiality of known sites.

For more information on the charge to the RAC, read the commission approved rulemaking charge.

Stay Informed

Community members will be able to view RAC meetings and are welcome to email comments to staff throughout the rulemaking process at RAC and TAC meeting summaries will be available on this page. LCDC will hold a public hearing when staff presents a recommended draft for consideration.

For substantive questions about the rulemaking, or if you are interested in being interviewed as a stakeholder, please contact Natural Resources Specialist Amanda Punton at or 971-718-3245.

Goal 5 Cultural Areas RAC members.

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Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meetings



Amanda Punton
Natural Resource Specialist
Phone: 971-718-3245

Kirstin Greene
Deputy Director and Tribal Liaison
Phone: 971-701-1584