2015 ORS 94.534¹
Policy on transferable development credit systems

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that:

(a) Working farms and forests make vital contributions to Oregon by:

(A) Providing jobs, timber, agricultural products, tax base and other social and economic benefits;

(B) Helping to maintain soil, air and water resources;

(C) Reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and

(D) Providing habitat for wildlife and aquatic life.

(b) Natural resources, scenic and historic areas and open spaces promote a sustainable and healthy environment and natural landscape that contributes to the livability of Oregon.

(c) Population growth, escalating land values, increasing risks due to wildfire and invasive species and changes in land ownership and management objectives, with a resulting increase in conflict caused between resource uses and dispersed residential development, require that new methods be developed to facilitate the continued management of private lands zoned for farm use, forest use and mixed farm and forest use for the purposes of:

(A) Agricultural production and timber harvest; and

(B) Preservation of natural resources, scenic and historic areas and open spaces for future generations.

(2) The Legislative Assembly declares that transferable development credit systems:

(a) Complement the statewide land use planning system in Oregon and encourage effective local implementation of the statewide land use planning goals.

(b) Provide incentives for private landowners, local, regional, state and federal governments and other entities to permanently protect farm land and forestland, including a land base for working farms, ranches, forests and woodlots, significant natural resources, scenic and historic areas and open spaces.

(c) Benefit rural land owners, including owners of working farms, ranches, forests and woodlots, that voluntarily provide stewardship of natural resources on private lands.

(d) Provide voluntary and effective methods to help improve the livability of urban areas and to mitigate and adapt to global climate change. [2009 c.504 §1]

Note: 94.534 (Policy on transferable development credit systems), 94.536 (Definitions for ORS 94.536 and 94.538) and 94.538 (Transferable development credit systems) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 94 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 94—Real Property Development, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors094.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.