Ocean Planning

Ocean Planning

On May 23, 2012 the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners adopted a Goal 19 element to the county’s comprehensive land-use plan. On June 25, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development acknowledged the new amendment.

The purpose of Statewide Planning Goal 19 is “to conserve marine resources and ecological functions for the purpose of providing long-term ecological, economic and social value and benefits to future generations.”

In response to interest in ocean renewable energy (wind and wave) development along the Oregon Coast, Clatsop County began exploring comprehensive plan, plan/zone map, and zoning ordinance amendments to address permanent structures. These include wave and wind energy devices, cables and pipelines, buoys, and other fixed structures in the territorial sea, extending three and a half nautical miles from shore.

The Goal 19 element also addresses dredged material disposal, mining and mineral extraction in the territorial sea. The amendments do not regulate fishing or navigation.

Goal 19 Comprehensive Plan Element

Goal 19 amendments

Goals 5, 8, 9, 13, 17 and 18 amendments

Oregon Ocean Resources Management Act