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Agency would prioritize farm, forest
The state agency responsible for governing Oregons local land-use plans has come up with a new plan for itself.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development has two missions: to conserve farm and forestland, and to develop land for houses and jobs.
State law requires local governments to continually ensure they have sufficient land for houses and jobs.
DLCDs draft strategic plan starts with a goal to work with state agriculture and forestry experts to ensure a sustainable land supply for Oregons agricultural and forest industries.
Mary-Kyle McCurdy with land use advocate 1000 Friends of Oregon said she appreciates the new plans focus.
What does it mean and what does it take to protect and preserve Oregons farm and forest lands for the long term in terms of their ability to produce food and fiber, and not simply looking at them as lands that are put off for a while, for development? she said.
The draft plan also prioritizes helping cities make better use of urban land, such as through redevelopment and better road and park systems.