Federal Consistency Authority
One of the incentives for state participation in the Coastal Zone Management Act is the federal consistency authority. The authority includes a review process that coastal states with federally approved coastal programs undertake, every time a federal activity is proposed in that state's Coastal Zone. The review process is usually triggered under three circumstances; when the federal activity is proposed by a federal agency, when a federal permit is needed for a proposed project, or when a project receives federal assistance (e.g. funding). The process assists early coordination between the state and a federal agency planning an activity that may affect coastal resources and uses. Learn more about the federal consistency review process.
Where Does Federal Consistency Apply?
Federal consistency applies to any project that affects a coastal use or resource, whether inside or outside of the coastal zone boundary. However, there are specific rules that apply to areas outside of the coastal zone boundary. Areas outside of the coastal zone must be within a designated geographic location description (GLD).
Learn more about where the federal consistency review process applies and Oregon's only designated GLD regarding marine renewable energy.
Enforceable Policies of the Program
The Oregon Coastal Management Program (Program) is made up of 42 partners at the county and city level
and 11 state agency
partners. Each local entity has documents governing how they operate and guiding how they administer land use in their community. Each state agency has chapters of statutes guiding operations and helping them administer state law. These documents include comprehensive plans and land use regulations, state statutes, and statewide planning goals. DLCD incorporates the documents in their entirety into the Program.
Information about the Jordan Cove Energy Project
DLCD is reviewing two major federal
permits/licenses needed for the proposed project: the Army Corps Section
404/Section10 permit and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's energy
siting certificate. The applicant for the proposed project submitted a complete
application on April 12, 2019. This letter was supplied to the applicant on May 13, 2019.
enforceable policies for the proposed project have been identified, however are
subject to change as additional information becomes available.
An opportunity to comment on whether the
project is consistent with Program enforceable policies has been postponed in order to gather additional information on proposed changes to the project including the FERC's preferred routing alternatives in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
The Oregon Department of Energy maintains current
information on the most recent
actions related to the Jordan Cove Energy Project.
Guidance for Federal Action Agencies
Guidance for Federal Permit Applicants
Public Notices and Comment Opportunities