Hearing and Potential Adoption of Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rules May 19

The Land Conservation and Development Commission is holding a hearing on draft Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities rules at its May 19-20, 2022 meeting. The Commission will consider adoption of the rules on May 19. Please find the agenda and meeting materials for that agenda item here.

The rules have been revised several times over the past year in response to input from community members, advisory committee members, local government partners, and the Commission.

They have been further revised since the first official Commission hearing on the rules in March, in response to testimony from the community and direction from the Commission.

Staff report on the proposed rules
Summary of draft rules and changes since March draft
Draft housing planning rules
Draft transportation planning rules
Draft metropolitan greenhouse gas reduction target rules

How to Testify

Written testimony on the draft rules will be accepted until the Commission meeting, though is most easily reviewed and considered if received by May 11. E-mail testimony to esther.johnson@dlcd.oregon.gov.

Oral testimony may be offered at the Commission meeting. It may be offered in person at the basement hearing room at 635 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97301, or virtually.

How to testify at the Commission meeting: see pages 4-5 here

The supplemental Commission packet will provide an exhibit with staff responses to the testimony received at the first hearing, and be published on the meeting web page by May 13.

Background and Context 

In March 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-04, directing state agencies to reduce climate pollution. In response, the Land Conservation and Development Commission initiated this rulemaking in September 2020.

The rulemaking aims to significantly boost transportation and housing choices and to make it easier for Oregonians to get around without having to drive long distances to meet their daily needs.

The updated rules would set new standards for land use and transportation plans in areas with populations over 50,000 people — Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene-Springfield, Grants Pass, Medford-Ashland, Portland Metro, and Salem-Keizer.

To meet Oregon’s climate pollution reduction goals in a context of more equitable outcomes, the draft rules call for updates including designation of walkable, climate-friendly areas and related code changes; reform of costly parking mandates; and more robust planning for, and investing in, networks for people of all ages to safely walk, bike or take transit to meet some of their daily needs.

Why is this Rulemaking Happening?

  • Oregon is not meeting its goals to reduce climate pollution. While some sectors have made significant progress, transportation-related climate pollution has increased. Under current trends, Oregon would emit more than four times as much transportation pollution by 2050 as our adopted goal.
  • Transportation accounts for roughly 38% of Oregon’s climate pollution. Transportation, and especially reducing driving in larger cities, will have to be part of the solution for all Oregonians.
  • Oregonians are expected to benefit from reducing climate pollution, including better health outcomes, cleaner air and more choices for Oregonians on where to live and how to get to places they want to go.

Join the Conversation

Learn more about the rulemaking effort, find contact information to provide input, and sign up for updates here.

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