OAR 291-032-0070
Dispute Resolution

(1) It is the intent of the Department to achieve compatibility between Department land use programs and acknowledged comprehensive plans and land use regulations, whenever possible. However, a situation may occur where the Department believes its statutory mandates, including but not limited to ORS Chapter 421 (Department of Corrections Institutions) (Department of Corrections Institutions) and 423 (Corrections Administration and Programs), may prevent the Department from meeting its land use compatibility responsibility under 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities).
(2) The Department shall attempt to resolve all land use disputes, including conflicting statutory obligations, by direct contact with the affected cities and counties. Whenever possible, Department efforts to avoid and resolve potential land conflicts concerning a specific use or action shall be conducted prior to and through local government land use proceedings. Such efforts may include Department participation in preapplication meetings and conflict resolution activities, and the provision of technical information and assistance to the affected local government(s).
(3) In the event the Department and a local government do not agree that a Department program or action is compatible with the applicable comprehensive plan and land use regulations, the Department will attempt to resolve the dispute though the following procedures:
(a) Hold direct discussions with the affected local government(s), the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and any other appropriate or affected persons or agencies to identify ways the project or action can be made compatible with the jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan and land use regulations;
(b) Examine alternatives to achieving the Department’s project or action, including possible modification of the proposed project or action, or withdrawal of the proposal;
(c) Appeal of local government denials of Department of Corrections requests for land use approvals or compatibility determinations when determined to be necessary by the Department; or
(d) If the dispute is not resolved through subsections (a) through (c) of this section, the Department may request informal mediation of a compatibility determination from the Land Conservation and Development Commission in accordance with established rules.
(4) If the Department’s statutory obligation remains in conflict, after exhausting the appropriate procedures in section (3) of this rule, and the Department determines that it must act, the Department shall adopt written findings explaining why it cannot act compatibly with applicable city or county comprehensive plans and land use regulation, and then adopt goal findings to assure compliance with statewide planning goals, in accordance with the Land Conservation and Development Commission rules.
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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