The Department of Land Conservation and Development’s (DLCD) Wildfire Adapted Communities Stakeholder Group will hold its second meeting on May 17, 2022, from 1 to 3 p.m.
This meeting will be available for livestreaming and later available for viewing on the DLCD YouTube channel. A link to this stream and a recording of the meeting will also be posted on the project webpage. Written public comment will be taken via comment form.
This Stakeholder Group and community engagement feedback will inform DLCD’s work required under Senate Bill 762:
- DLCD is required to submit a report to the Wildfire Programs Advisory Council and Oregon State Legislature by October 1, 2022.
- The report must include recommendations on changes to the statewide land use planning program and local comprehensive plans and zoning codes needed to incorporate wildfire risk maps and minimize wildfire risk, allowing for regional differences.
- DLCD must also identify appropriate levels of state and local resources necessary for effective implementation of land use related recommendations.
Community listening sessions and other methods of engaging Oregonians, including an online open house and survey open through May 27, 2022, will also inform the report’s recommendations. Visit WildfireAdaptedOregon.com to learn more about community engagement opportunities.
- The Stakeholder Group will meet five times between May and August 2022.
- The draft report will be presented to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (Commission) at their July 2022 meeting, with a final report presented at their September 2022 meeting. Oral and written public comment will be taken at both Commission meetings.
- Visit the project website for information about upcoming meetings.
In 2021, Legislators passed Senate Bill 762, Oregon’s first comprehensive wildfire preparedness and resiliency bill. The legislation aims to minimize loss of life and property, protect the lives of firefighters, protect and manage Oregon’s forest assets, and create more predictable and protected future for communities and development at risk to the effects of wildfire. Oregon’s Wildfire Programs Advisory Council and the State Wildfire Programs Director are coordinating implementation of the work directed by SB 762.