World Nature Conservation Day
Happy World Nature Conservation Day! We at Winterbrook Planning use land-use and environmental planning to create a more harmonious relationship with nature.
We recently worked with McMinnville to inventory and protect the City’s resources within their urban growth boundary (UGB), and then outside their UGB while planning for the future. This innovative process is laid out in our recent piece “WINTERBROOK PLANNING INNOVATIONS: Planning for natural hazards, Protecting natural resources and communities”
Goal 5, from the Department of Land Conservation and Development website, “is a broad statewide planning goal that covers more than a dozen resources. The resources range from wildlife habitat, to historic places, and gravel mines. To protect and plan for them, local governments are asked to create a number of inventories. The inventories in a local plan may address only a portion of the resources included in Goal 5.
When a local governments first developed its Goal 5 plan, they looked at the Goal 5 resources that occurred locally and were important to address. Cities and counties reviewed land uses allowed on or near each resource site that might have a negative impact on the resource. They then decided on a level of protection appropriate for each resource site and adopted codes to put their policies into effect. State rules for implementing Goal 5 have been adopted and amended over the years. As cities and counties update their plans and codes they have the opportunity to adopt policies and codes that are consistent with the current state rules for Goal 5.
We have worked with many cities around Oregon in an effort to conserve and protect the resources of the state.