Aug
23

Ocean-Facing Roads Comment Opportunity

When
August 23, 2022 - 4:00 PM
Where
Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye St
Newport, OR
Sponsors
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
Cost
Free--public meeting

 

Erosion threatens Ocean Road in Yachats.
Erosion threatens Ocean Road in Yachats.\Photo by Susan Mackinnon.

Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) is considering a change to the state’s land use rules to allow shoreline armoring to protect roads adjacent to the ocean shore, including Highway 101.  The hearing on the proposed new rule will take place far from the coast, at the next LCDC meeting at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, in John Day.  But those on the central coast will have an opportunity to testify in person on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 4 p.m., in the Newport Public Library (35 N.W. Nye St.).  A hearings officer will be present to take testimony.

Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has been working toward a change in the rules to address a gap.  When the rules were written, they failed to specify that “ocean-facing roads” were eligible for protection from erosion by shoreline armoring where necessary. Conservation groups including Oregon Shores, while not opposed to protecting Highway 101, believe that the state should commit to mitigating for the loss of the public beach to riprap by acquiring other lands for State Parks or other public purposes.

For details on the proposed rule change and its implications, see our website article.

A draft of the proposed rules and fiscal statements is available, on DLCD’s website at: https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/LAR/Documents/660-004-0022CORRECTEDNoticeFilingTrackedChanges.pdf

How to Comment in Writing: You may comment on the proposed rules by sending written comments by Sept. 22 to:

Rules Coordinator, Department of Land Conservation & Development
635 Capitol St., Ste. 150
Salem, Oregon 97301
or via email: [email protected]