At its July 21, 2022 meeting, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC ) adopted its “Climate Friendly & Equitable Communities” rules. These rules are designed to reduce GHG emissions from transportation while creating more equitable communities by planning for diverse and affordable housing and transportation choices.
Oregon is home to over 110,000 miles of rivers and streams. Across the state, only 2,173 miles of rivers and streams are currently designated as Wild and Scenic, but, thanks to Senator Wyden and Merkley’s River Democracy Act of 2021, an additional 4,700 miles of streams and rivers may soon be protected.
While it feels like far longer than just a few months ago when President Biden signed the Federal Infrastructure Bill — also called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 — it was the largest single investment in infrastructure in over 40 years, including the largest ever allocations for transit funding, and for bridge maintenance and repair.
The Board of Forestry is seeking public input on wildfire risk mapping criteria before voting on the rules in June. The Board needs to hear from you that adopting these fair and comprehensive rules is critical to increase community safety & preparedness, reduce future wildfire risk, and build resiliency to withstand the increasing severity and frequency of wildfires in Oregon.
In a win by 1000 Friends — representing Friends of Douglas County — for residents of Douglas County, the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remanded a decision by the Douglas County Commission to essentially create a new type of zone through an ordinance that would allow for more development in areas of fire risk, big game habitat, and farm and forestland.