Implementation of Statewide Planning Goal 9 ensures that cities plan and designate an adequate land supply for future economic development and employment growth in Oregon. DLCD offers a variety of resources to assist local governments in achieving their economic development planning goals. We provide training, information, and resources on economic development planning. We also lend a hand to any agency working to improve local economies. If there is a plan to revitalize downtown or improve the supply of employment land, we are happy to help make it happen.
We also help planners conduct Economic Opportunities Analyses (EOAs). These reports help cities and counties identify likely industrial and other economic development opportunities and corresponding employment land needs over a 20-year planning period. The results help inform future investors and developers on what industries will best fit the region.
Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)
Economic growth is a bit like the weather – while we never know what will happen for sure, knowing the forecast helps us plan for the most likely situation. An Economic Opportunity Analysis (EOA) is like an economic forecast for an area: it tells cities how to prepare for expected growth over time. These reports help cities and counties understand which industries and services will thrive in their area, and how they can best use land within their urban growth boundary (UGB).
To build an EOA, planners research their area’s economic history and use that data to build economic forecasts. Then they examine how land is used in the region to determine whether or not there will be enough buildable land to account for the projected growth. Buildable land includes vacant lots, and land that could be redeveloped to better serve the area.
DLCD provides grants to help cover the cost of conducting an EOA. For more details on DLCD's grant programs, go to the Grants Information page.
Take a look at the following resources to learn more or contact us These sources provide answers to some frequently asked questions and common issues that come up during an economic opportunity analysis:
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)." For more information about this project, go to the Eastern Oregon Economic Development Planning Project page.
Take a look at the examples below if you’re curious about what a complete EOA looks like. Please keep in mind that each EOA is unique to a community’s circumstances. The examples provide insight for a variety of city sizes and conditions and should not be copied and used without adding information specific to your community.
Industrial and Other Employment Lands Analysis Guidebook
If you are a planner, then this guidebook will help you analyze the land within your community for industrial and other commercial uses. We recommend that you print the guidebook and keep it in a three-ring binder for easy reference.
The guidebook is intended to be an ongoing resource and will be updated over time. Because this is the first version of the guidebook, your feedback and comments are welcome and necessary to make improvements.