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A rule "interprets or prescribes law or policy" of a state agency (ORS 183.310). State boards and commissions are given the authority to write rules that define details and clarify how a statute or program will be carried out.

Almost any time the legislature passes a statute on land use planning, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) needs to create or update rules so everyone can understand the processes and steps to best accomplish the legislature's intention. The legislature designates this power to the Land Conservation and Development Commission in ORS 197.040.

The rulemaking authority of LCDC is limited to rules that apply to land use. The guiding statute further lists specific steps that the commission must follow to ensure that interested parties and the public can give input.

This page describes rules that LCDC has proposed or recently adopted. Sign up for DLCD email notifications to receive updates on current rulemaking and upcoming public meetings for rulemaking advisory committees.

Current Rulemaking

To see planned rulemaking activities for the agency, review the DLCD Policy Agenda.

Solar Facilities on High-value Farmland

In September 2018, the Land Conservation and Development Commission initiated rulemaking to consider possible amendments to existing rules that regulate siting of utility-scale solar power generating facilities on high-value farmland. The commission appointed a rulemaking advisory committee to assist the Department of Land Conservation and Development in development of rule amendments, if any.

See the rulemaking page for Solar Facilities on High-value Farmland.

Adopted Rules

The following list provides DLCD adopted rules beginning 2017. All other rulemaking documents, RAC materials, or other related records for rules adopted earlier are available via public records request.

Public Participation in Rulemaking


Casaria Taylor
Rules, Records & Policy Coordinator
Phone: 503-934-0065

Palmer Mason
Senior Policy Advisor

Sadie Carney
Policy Analyst & Communications Manager

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