For the purposes of this division of administrative rulesadditional definitions are found in OAR 123-001 (Procedural Rules). As used in these rules, the following terms have the meanings set forth below, unless the context demandsotherwise.
Abatement means the taxation and assessment of property comprising an eligible project under ORS 307.123.
Applicant means a business firm, including but not limited to a privately or publiclyheld corporation, other for-profit company,peoples utility district, or a joint operating agency under ORS 262.005, seeking approval from the Commission for Abatement.
Application means the Department-prescribed form described in OAR 123-623-1400, which is available at and submitted to: Incentives Economic Development, Business Oregon, State Lands Building Suite 200, 775 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301-1280, see www.oregon4biz.com, as well as all supplemental attachments, exhibits and so forth that the Applicant completes or furnishes to the Department for the Strategic Investment Program.
Approved Project means an investment or investments in taxable property that:
Is not Existing Property;
The Applicant owns or leases;
The Commission has determined shall receive Abatement; and
Conforms to the project definition established with the determination of the Commission according to OAR 123-623-1700.
County means the government of the county in which the Approved Project is located. (Except with respect to SIZs, County also refers to the tribe/tribal government if the Approved Project is anywhere on the reservation of a federally recognized Indian Tribe)
Existing Property means any property:
Comprising all or part of a prior Approved Project, unless the property was never actually subject to Abatement.
That at the time of the Departments receipt of the Application, the Applicant already:
Owns or leases, regardless of location, including but not limited to recently acquired land or other property; or
Has a contractual right or obligation to purchase or lease, including but not limited to doing so upon completion of improvements, construction, reconstruction or installations already underway at the Approved Projects site.
Located in an SIZ, or for which any construction or installation began there, before the effective date of the SIZs designation or the Departments receipt of the Application, regardless of whether the SIZ is the basis of Abatement under ORS 285C.606(2) and 285C.626.
Retained Jobs means the Total Jobs that existedsome time before the Approved Project became fully operational, or that are associated with later, intra-firm transfer of operations within this state, according to OAR 123-623-4200.
SIZ means a strategic investment zone designated by the Commission at the request of the County according to OAR 123-623-3000 to 123-623-3400.
Total Cost means the cumulative amount spent on real and personal property comprising the Approved Project and subject to the Abatement, adjusting only for property retired and removed from the projects location(s).
Total Jobs means the total number of hours, for which relevant jobs, employees or hires were paid over a years time, divided by 2,080, consistent with OAR 123-623-4200.
Urban Project means an Approved Project located entirely outside a rural area as defined under ORS 285C.600, and hence, at least partially inside the urban growth boundaryas acknowledged and in effect on the date of the Departments receipt of the Application:
Of the Portland metropolitan region, aside from the exceptions in OAR 123-632-1115; or
That surround any city outside that region, for which the population equals or exceeds 40,000 based on the most recent U.S.Census count or estimate available from the Portland State University Population Research Center (which currently consists of Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Medford, SalemKeizer and Springfield).