The notice below is regarding a recent study performed for the city of Eagle Point, near Medford. As it states, it is the 1st of 15 to be done in Oregon. Bend is also working toward implementing state mandated rules to reduce carbon. Read the summary below, click the links to review the studies findings and recommended actions and provide input to the process.
August 31, 2023
DLCD is Inviting Public Comment on the City of Eagle Point Climate-Friendly Area Study
Congratulations to the City of Eagle Point for submitting its climate-friendly area study under Oregon’s Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) program! This study is the first of fifteen in Oregon metropolitan areas this year.
The study is available on DLCD’s climate-friendly and equitable communities program web page.
If you would like to provide comments on the study, please send them to DLCD.CFEC@dlcd.oregon.gov.
Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on September 21, 2023.
A climate-friendly area is an urban mixed-use area with a mixture of housing, jobs, businesses, and services to allow residents, employees, and visitors to meet more of their daily needs with shorter or fewer driving trips. The requirements for climate-friendly areas (CFAs) are in Oregon Administrative Rules 660-012-0310 through 660-012-0325.
A city or county undertakes this study as the first step in the process of adopting a climate-friendly area or areas. If you would like to learn more about the information required in a CFA study and the process for review, read sections (4) and (5) of Oregon Administrative Rule 660-012-0315.
A local government may choose one or several CFAs, based on local goals, needs and development patterns. The studies identify the most promising candidate areas for designation as a CFA. The fifteen cities and counties subject to the rule have until December 31, 2023, to submit their CFA studies for review and comment by the department and community members.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development will post climate-friendly are studies on the CFEC web page within 30 days of receiving them from a local government. Interested persons have opportunity to review and provide comments on the study within 21 days of posting.
The department will send CFA study notifications to this list after communities submit them. If you did not receive this directly and would like to receive notifications, sign up for email updates from the climate-friendly and equitable communities program.
For each of the fifteen communities, the department will review the study and any public comments. Staff will then provide department comments to the local government, along with any public comments, within 60 days of posting.
A climate-friendly area study is not a land use decision. The study informs the second step in the designation process, the adoption of a climate-friendly area or areas. To adopt CFAs, local governments update zoning or comprehensive plan maps to show the location of CFAs, and may need to update development codes. Unless the department has approved an alternative date for the local government, local governments are required to adopt CFAs by December 31, 2024.
For questions, please contact Kevin Young at 503-602-0238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.