Territorial Sea Plan Amendment Process
In March 2008, Governor Kulongoski directed that the Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) be amended to guide the siting of ocean renewable energy facilities and that the Department of Land Conservation and Development lead this work. Phase I, completed in November, 2009 after extensive engagement of stakeholders and affected agencies, created a new Chapter 5 “Uses of the Territorial Sea for the Development of Renewable Energy Facilities or Other Related Structures, Equipment or Facilities.” Chapter 5 spells out the policies, standards, and procedures that state agencies will use to approve new energy development. Phase II, expected to be completed in 2011, will result in maps to guide the location of energy facilities while protecting areas important to ocean fisheries and important marine habitat as required by Statewide Planning Goal 19, Ocean Resources. There will be public meetings to describe the mapping component to the TSP Part 5, and to provide opportunity for community input to the process. Click here to read more about this process in our Citizens Guide to the Territorial Sea Plan. As new data and maps become available, they will be made viewable by the public on Oregon MarineMap.