In March 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 directing state agencies to reduce climate pollution. The Order directed state agencies to promote cleaner vehicles, cleaner fuels, and less driving. It also directed the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to draft changes in Oregon’s planning system for communities in Oregon’s eight (8) most populated areas, including the City of Grants Pass. The rules require those 48 cities to change their local transportation and land use plans to ensure that citizens have more safe, more comfortable ways to get around while improving equity helping community transportation, housing, and planning to serve all Oregonians, especially underserved Oregonians. On July 22, 2022, after approximately 18 months of meetings by a Rulemaking Advisory Committee, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted permanent rules related to the Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities (CFEC) initiative. Various sections of those rules go into effect at different times over the next few years, but the first trigger date is January 1, 2023, and relates to off-street parking requirements.
Pursuant to direction from OAR 660-012-0430 through 0440 issued by the State of Oregon, the City of Grants Pass (City) Community Development Department shall apply the following CFEC parking reforms for all development applications submitted on or after January 1, 2023.