Note: Due to state budget cuts due to COVID-19, the Natural Resources Specialist position is currently vacant. Please see the list of
DLCD Regional Representatives to identify the contact for your community, or contact the DLCD receptionist for assistance, by phone at 503-373-0050 or by email at
Goal 6 instructs local governments to consider protection of air, water and land resources from pollution and pollutants when developing comprehensive plans. The pollutants addressed in Goal 6 Include solid waste, water waste, noise and thermal pollution, air pollution, and industry-related contaminants. The goal asks cities and counties to designate areas suitable for use in controlling pollution. It calls on them to use a variety of market, zoning and management tools in creating these outcomes.
At a federal level, the elements within Goal 6 correspond broadly to the
Clean Air Act and
Clean Water Act. At a state level, Goal 6 covers many areas regulated by the
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) through its permitting actions. DEQ ensures its permitting decisions comply with the plan and zoning regulations of the affected local government and coordinates with DLCD and other agencies to be sure that city and county plans comply with state and federal laws.
Original Adoption: 12/27/74; Effective: 1/25/75
Read full text version of Goal 6
Administrative Rules that implement Goal 6:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Clean Air Act (EPA)
Clean Water Act (EPA)