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Virtual Public Meeting to Introduce New Climate-Friendly Areas Rules

The cities of Ashland, Medford, and Talent, in partnership with the Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) and Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), are hosting a virtual public meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30pm to introduce new state requirements regarding Climate-Friendly Areas. The meeting will include a presentation on the rules from DLCD representatives and breakout sessions to learn about what each community is doing to implement the rules. The meeting will be recorded and made available via each city’s project website.
 
Virtual Public Meeting
Climate-Friendly Areas Southern Rogue Valley
Thursday, February 2 from 6:30 to 8 PM

Meeting Link
Call: +1 253 205 0468
 
To help the state meet its climate pollution goals, more development will need to occur in urban areas where residents, workers, and visitors are less dependent upon single vehicle trips. “Climate-Friendly Areas” are intended to be places where people can meet most of their daily needs without having to drive by having housing located near a mix of jobs, businesses, and services. Oregon adopted the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities rules on July 21, 2022.
 
The first phase of the process is to study and determine potential locations of climate-friendly areas by the end of 2023. The second phase is to adopt development standards for these areas and amend the official zoning map as needed by the end of 2024.
 
The Climate-Friendly Areas process requires centering voices of underserved populations and working towards equitable outcomes. While some may see Climate-Friendly Area designation as a benefit, others may fear gentrification-caused displacement. State standards require specific analysis of this issue and adoption of anti-displacement measures.
 
Please contact a local representative for more information or if translation services are needed to participate in the meeting.
 
City of Ashland
Derek Severson
(541) 552-2040
derek.severson@ashland.or.us
 
City of Medford
Carla Paladino
(541) 774-2395
carla.paladino@cityofmedford.org
 
City of Talent
Kristen Maze
(541) 535-1566
kmaze@cityoftalent.org
 
Subject: Virtual Public Meeting on Climate-Friendly Areas
 
You are invited to join the cities of Ashland, Medford, and Talent at a virtual public meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30pm to learn about new state requirements regarding Climate-Friendly Areas. The meeting will include a presentation on the rules from Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) representatives and breakout sessions to learn about what each community is doing to implement the rules. The meeting will be recorded and made available via each city’s project website.
 Virtual Public Meeting
Climate-Friendly Areas Southern Rogue Valley
Thursday, February 2 from 6:30 to 8 PM

Meeting Link 
Call: +1 253 205 0468
 
To help the state meet its climate pollution goals, more development will need to occur in urban areas where residents, workers, and visitors are less dependent upon single vehicle trips. “Climate-Friendly Areas” are intended to be places where people can meet most of their daily needs without having to drive by having housing located near a mix of jobs, businesses, and services. The Climate-Friendly Areas process requires centering voices of underserved populations and working towards equitable outcomes.
 
For more information, visit the state website: https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/CL/Pages/CFEC.aspx