In 2010, the Marine Board initiated a broad, statewide strategic planning process with statewide public meetings to gather feedback from recreational boaters. Based on the input, the Oregon State Marine Board developed the Strategic Plan 2011-2016. The plan included recommendations, goals, and strategies for the agency to pursue over the next six years. Primary goals included better representation and integration of non-motorized boating into the agency; a framework to review and prioritize needed changes and updates to boating rules; a systematic update to the Board’s law enforcement contract agreements; improvements regarding interagency collaboration, marketing and outreach, and cross-board relationships; and a review of the agency mission and vision statements.
A key lesson learned through this process was the importance of two-way dialog. As a direct result of this plan, external advisory committees (Boat Oregon Advisory Teams -BOATs) were created and helped the agency plot a new course for how the agency operates to serve in the best interest of all recreational boaters. The agency also convened rule advisory committees to help draft rule language for any rulemaking/rule updates. These committees are also charged with developing fiscal impacts with local businesses.
In 2016, the agency compiled a list of strategic plan accomplishments and used the BOAT committees to help draft the 2017-2022 strategic plan. The goal of this plan was to enrich the recreational boating experience by reducing on-water conflict, enhancing collaboration, expanding boating access, and improving boater knowledge and proficiency.
In 2019, the BOAT committees were merged into one and renamed the Watercraft User Group. This group convened once. Since a majority of the projects entered either, rule advisory committees, rulemaking, or legislative processes, members were encouraged to participate.
A new iteration of an agency strategic plan process will commence in late 2022.