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Eastern Oregon Economic Development Planning Project

In 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) received $300,000 for economic development planning assistance from the Oregon Legislature via HB 5201. The bill allocates funding "for the purpose of providing technical assistance grants to eastern Oregon counties for economic opportunity analyses (EOAs)." Funding from this program must be spent in its entirety by June 30, 2019.

The purpose of an EOA is to ensure that cities have an available land supply to support economic growth. An EOA includes analysis of local and regional economic trends, evaluation of the community's opportunities and barriers to economic growth, and a determination of the types and amounts of land and infrastructure needed to support expected employment.

In order to complete the work on time, DLCD is contracting with consultants experienced in completing EOAs and associated public facility inventories. The consultant will work for a city – or group of cities within a county – to prepare draft updates to local comprehensive plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Was Eligible To Apply

All cities and counties in Eastern Oregon were eligible to submit a Request for Assistance. Eastern Oregon is defined in state law as the following 17 counties: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler. Because EOAs are completed for a specific urban growth area, a county government is eligible only as a convener for a group of cities within its boundaries.

DLCD received more interest in EOAs than the available funding could cover. Priority was given first to cities that are: (a) in a county with a population smaller than 20,000; (b) in a distressed area; and (c) geographically isolated. Second priority was given to those cities that are: (a) in a county with a population smaller than 20,000; and (b) in a distressed area. The department considered local government readiness and gave special consideration to those applications that included multiple cities within a region or county.

Applications

DLCD accepted applications for planning assistance from cities and counties in Eastern Oregon through May 31, 2018. For reference, the application is linked here. The deadline for applications has now passed and no new applications will be accepted for this current funding cycle.

2018 Planning Assistance Awards

This project funding has allowed DLCD to contract with consultants to provide planning assistance to cities and counties in Eastern Oregon. Thirty-two cities will receive a buildable lands inventory in 2019. Twenty-seven cities will receive an adoption-ready economic opportunities analysis (EOA) concluding steps needed to maintain a 20-year supply of employment land. One additional city (Maupin) was added to the list using other agency funds bringing the total number of cities receiving an adoption-ready EOA to 28, and the total number of cities receiving assistance to 33. The following cities and counties are participating in this project:

Baker County: Baker City, Haines, Halfway, Huntington, Richland, Sumpter, Unity
Grant County: Canyon City, Dayville, Granite, John Day, Long Creek, Monument, Mt. Vernon, Prairie City, Seneca
*Wallowa County: Lostine, Joseph
Harney County: Burns, Hines
Lake County: Lakeview, Paisley
Wheeler County: Fossil, Mitchell, Spray
Sherman County: Grass Valley, Moro, Rufus, Wasco
Gilliam County: Arlington, Condon, Lonerock
*Wasco County: Maupin

*All counties shown above are acting as a convener for the group of cities within their administrative boundary, except for Wallowa and Wasco counties.

Related Documents

House Bill 5201 Section 177
Frequently Asked Questions
Request for Assistance
Notice of Intent to Award

Contacts

Kirstin Greene
Economic Development Specialist
kirstin.greene@state.or.us
Phone: 503-934-0017

Tabatha Hoge
Grants Administrative Specialist
tabatha.l.hoge@state.or.us
Phone: 503-934-0054

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