State of Oregon Territorial Sea Plan
Marine planning in Oregon can trace its roots back to 1973 when the Oregon legislature established a statewide land use program and created and instructed the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to develop a set of statewide planning goals to guide local government planning and state agency programs. Parts of this statewide program are keystone elements of Oregon’s marine planning program today, such as citizen involvement, local government planning, and state agency coordination. An Ocean Resources Goal established a priority for renewable resources, emphasized optimum-yield management for fisheries, and established a decision-making process that required adequate inventory information and the assessment of impacts from development actions.
In 1990 an Ocean Task Force developed the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Plan that the LCDC subsequently adopted as part of the state’s coastal management program. The plan built on the intent of the Ocean Resources Goal but did not specify how specific areas or activities in Oregon’s territorial sea should be managed. Oregon’s territorial sea extends 3 nm from the shore and covers about 2,600 km2 of marine waters.
In October 2008 the Oregon LCDC directed the Department of Land Conservation and Development to initiate a Territorial Sea Plan administrative rulemaking project. The project was intended to develop mandatory policies that apply to state and federal agency approvals for the location and operation of ocean-based energy power generation facilities in the Oregon territorial sea. In November 2009 the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted an Oregon Administrative Rule for the Territorial Sea Plan. The new rule includes policies that apply to state and federal agency approvals for the location and operation of ocean-based energy power generation facilities in the Oregon territorial sea.
The outcomes of the new territorial sea plan will be to: (1) find ocean energy sites; (2) protect commercial/recreational fisheries; (3) prevent conflicts with existing ocean users; and (4) protect important ecological areas and values.
A comprehensive plan for the territorial sea will be completed in 2012.
|Authority:||Oregon State Legislation and Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972|
|Lead Planning Agency:||Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development|
|Financing:||Between US$1-5 million|
|Size of Planning Area:||2,600 km2 (State waters of Oregon)|
|Time required to complete the plans:||Four years|
|Drivers of MSP:||Offshore renewable energy, particularly wave energy|
|Sectors included in planning:||All|
|Relation to coastal management:||The Territorial Sea Plan will be part of the Oregon Coastal Management Program|
|Relation to marine protected area management:||Not specified|
|Plan approval:||Anticipated in 2012|
|Legal Status of Plan:||Regulatory and enforceable|
|Plan revision:||Not specified|
|Performance monitoring and evaluation:||TBD|
|Oregon Ocean website|