A city with a population over 2,500 in its urban growth boundary (UGB) that adds more than 50 acres to its UGB submits the amendment to DLCD for review. Based on this review, the DLCD director decides whether the amendment complies with applicable laws and whether to approve the submittal. A UGB review includes analyses, findings, and conclusions regarding whether there is a need for an expansion, if so how much, and if so where the expansion should be located. Currently, such amendments often must be submitted as one package when all of the various components are complete and adopted by the city and county.
Senate Bill 418 (2017) created a new process by which local governments may submit these components to DLCD in sequential phases, and DLCD will review the component and make a decision on it prior to the completion of the final UGB amendment. The legislation created the new process, but details of how it works will reside in administrative rules.
The Land Conservation and Development Commission initiated rulemaking to implement SB 418 at its May 2018 meeting. DLCD will propose a new rule and amendments to existing rules at the commission's January 2019 meeting. The recommended rules were developed with the assistance of a workgroup composed of representatives from local government and interests that routinely use the UGB amendment process.
Rulemaking Hearing and Proposed Rules
January 24, 2019
Basement Hearing Room
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Proposed draft amendments to OAR chapter 660, divisions 24 and 25