ORS 196.678¹
Wetland conservation plans
  • contents
  • procedure for adopting

(1) Any city or county may develop and submit to the Department of State Lands a wetland conservation plan for review pursuant to the provisions of ORS 196.678 (Wetland conservation plans) to 196.684 (Amendment of plans).

(2) A wetland conservation plan shall include the following elements:

(a) A description and maps of the area to be covered by the plan;

(b) A detailed inventory of the wetlands, identifying the location, quality and quantity of the wetland resource and the source of the water for the wetlands within the area covered by the plan;

(c) An assessment of wetland functions and values, including an historical analysis of wetland degradation, alterations and losses;

(d) Designation of wetland areas for protection, conservation or development. Wetlands within areas designated for development shall be delineated to determine regulatory boundaries;

(e) A mitigation plan, including a program for replacement of planned wetland losses and restoration of lost functions and values through creation of new wetlands or enhancement of existing wetland areas which designates specific sites within the plan area and actions for restoration and enhancement;

(f) Policies and implementing measures establishing protection, conservation and best use of the wetlands in the plan area;

(g) Specification of sites for fill or removal, or both, and the conditions and procedures under which fill or removal, or both, may occur;

(h) Monitoring provisions that insure the wetland mitigation measures are implemented and mitigation goals are achieved;

(i) Identification of public uses of the wetlands and waters and conflicting planned uses; and

(j) Specification of buffer areas and uses allowed on lands which are adjacent to wetlands and which are necessary to maintain, protect or restore wetland functions and values.

(3) The proposed wetland conservation plan shall be adopted by the affected local government according to the procedures set forth in ORS 197.610 (Submission of proposed comprehensive plan or land use regulation changes to Department of Land Conservation and Development) to 197.625 (Acknowledgment of comprehensive plan or land use regulation changes). [1989 c.837 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 196—Columbia River Gorge; Ocean Resource Planning; Wetlands; Removal and Fill, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors196.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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