Governor Kitzhaber today (1.25.2013) thanked the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission for moving forward on a decision to adopt an amendment to Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan. LCDC members approved the amendment, which will allow for future siting of marine renewable energy development projects.
“Oregon has long been a leader in renewable energy development, and energy issues will have the single greatest impact on Oregon in the coming decade,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “This balanced proposal shows Oregon can thoughtfully support this emerging and promising industry while protecting our coastal communities’ quality of life, our commercial and recreational fisheries, and a coastline that all Oregonians treasure.” Click Here to view the full press release.
With the LCDC's decision, Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan now guides the siting of wave energy and other forms of marine renewable energy to areas that pose the least conflict with existing ocean uses and natural resources. The Territorial Sea Plan amendment adopted by LCDC identifies four "Renewable Energy Suitability Study Areas" where initial development of wave energy will be encouraged. When specific projects are proposed, developers will have to show that they will meet standards for protecting ecological resources, fishing and other existing uses, and coastal views. Marine renewable energy developers can also seek approval for projects in other areas off Oregon’s coast, but will have to meet more stringent standards.
Working Towards Adoption of the Part 5 Amendments
The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), met January 24th to rule on the plan amendments up for consideration. An agenda for the meeting was posted online, available for download here and on the Commission website. Likewise, all of the meeting documents are available from the calendar event.
The Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee (TSPAC), an advisory committee to the LCDC, developed a parallel set of recommendations, addressing the questions and concerns raised during the early part of the policy by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC). Click Here to read the TSPAC recommendations which were finalized at its last meeting on December 6th, 2012. Information related to the TSPAC and subcommittee meetings can be found by looking back through the calendar of TSP related meetings, or by reading the rest of this article.
The Ocean Policy Advisory Council also met recently and finalized its own set of recommendations which will be communicated with the LCDC prior to the Commission meeting on Jan 24th. Click Here to read the OPAC recommendations.
If you are interested in getting email announcements from the working group, please add yourself to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council email listserv, by clicking on the link and following the instructions provided.
There was extensive public involvement by the public during the process by those attending and participating the meetings listed below held during the TSP planning process. At any and all of these meetings there was an opportunity to provide comments, either verbally or in writing, to the committees. There was also the opportunity to Submit a Public Comment online (Click Here to Submit a Public Comment online), or to read previously submitted public comments.
For a listing of all the public policy meetings that were part of the Territorial Sea Plan Amendment Process, Click Here. The policy process included meetings of both the OPAC and TSPAC committees, and the rest of this provides a brief explanation of that process.
The TSPAC first met on May 8th, 2012 where the members divided into subcommittees to address each issue area raised by OPAC; Fishery Resources, Recreational Resources, Visual/Aesthetic Resources, TSP Part 5 Language, Energy, and Ecological Resources. After each of the subcommitees finished their work, the recommendations were provided to the full TSPAC. The TSPAC would then consider the recommendations and make a decision which would then be forwarded as a recommendation the LCDC should consider for adoption. TSPAC provided a suite of recommendations to be forwarded to the LCDC, those can be downloaded by clicking here.
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