Legislative & Policy Tracking & Testimony

Testimony is informed by the Chapter's Legislative and Policy Priorities. Learn more about these priorities and how they are identified on the Legislative & Policy Priorities page.

How to Testify Information Sheet

Click here to download a pdf on how to testify at the Oregon Legislature, for the 2021 Legislative Session.

Contact the LPAC Chair for access to prior years' legislative and policy testimony documents.


OAPA Legislative Tracking: 2022 Legislative Concepts & Bills

Click here for OAPA’s legislative tracking sheet of bills related to land use and transportation. (Note that bills that appear in gray are dead but are included here for reference.)

2022 Oregon Legislative Testimony

  • Letter of support to House Speaker Day Rayfield and Senate President Peter Courtney on the February 22 Press Release: $100 Million Climate Resilience Budget Aims to Tackle Drought, Extreme Weather, Infrastructure Needs (February 24, 2022)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Housing in opposition to HB 4118, relating to allowing a city to expand its urban growth boundary, or to require Metro to expand its urban growth boundary, in order to include land designated as urban reserve that supports workforce housing and commercial development supportive of workforce housing if certain conditions are met. (February 11, 2022)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Environment and Natural Resources in support of HB 4077, relating to renaming the Environmental Justice Task Force as Environmental Justice Council, directing the Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority to develop environmental justice mapping tool, and directing natural resource agencies to consider results of environmental justice mapping tool when developing administrative rules or agency policies or programs. (February 9, 2022)
  • Testimony to the Oregon Transportation Commission in support of allocating at least $15 million of funds available from Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for the purpose of, as described in the Agenda Item K staff report,  (January 19, 2022)

2021 Oregon Legislative Testimony

  • Testimony to the House Committee On Rules in opposition to HB 3318-5, relating to use of land–requiring, if certain conditions are met, Department of Land Conservation and Development to approve City of Bend's expansion of urban growth boundary to include specified lands and allows department to approve other land use regulations for those lands. (June 15, 2021)
  • Testimony to Senate President Peter Courtney, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senator Betsy Johnson, Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, and Representative Dan Rayfield in support of HB 2488 A, relating to addressing climate justice through land use planning, and requesting a Joint Ways and Means Natural Resources Subcommittee Work Session. (June 11, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Joint Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On Natural Resources with a proposed Budget Note addition to SB 5530, DLCD budget, supporting implementation of HB 2488, relating to climate justice through land use planning. (May 28, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery in support of House Bill 2110, relating to payments by petitioners to Land Use Board of Appeals petitions. (April 26, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Energy and Environment in support of House Bill 2488-2, relating to addressing climate justice through land use planning. (March 29, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Energy and Environment regarding House Bill 2520, relating to the adoption of energy policies into statewide land use planning goals. (March 29, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Housing in Support of House Bill 3335, relating to housing. Authorizes Housing and Community Services Department to grant moneys to nonprofit organization for ADU community pilot programs that develop accessory dwelling units for income-eligible homeowners and that are available for lease by income-eligible tenants. (March 25, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Energy and Environment in Support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 17, establishing environmental justice framework of principles for State of Oregon. (March 17, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Economic Recovery and Prosperity in Opposition to House Bill 3040-1, relating to system development charges. (March 16, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Housing and Development in Opposition to Senate Bill 8, relating to land use planning for housing. Limits standards and conditions of approval that local governments may apply to certain affordable housing. Requires local governments to allow development of certain affordable housing on lands not zoned for residential uses. Allows establishment of certain affordable housing at increased density. (March 16, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery in Support of Senate Bill 287, relating to wildfire. (March 16, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Energy and Environment in Support of House Bill 2488-1, relating to addressing climate justice through land use planning. (March 8, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Rules in Support of House Bill 2560, relating to expanding remote participation of public in self -government through use of technology. (March 4, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Housing in Opposition to House Bill 3072, relating to workforce housing. Requires local government to expand its urban growth boundary to include land designated as urban reserve that supports workforce housing and commercial development supportive of workforce housing if urban services are or can be made available. (March 4, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Housing in Opposition to House Bill 3154, relating to buildable lands. Excludes manufactured dwelling parks and certain multifamily dwellings from inclusion of buildable lands available for infill. (March 4, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Housing in Support of House Bill 3155 with Concerns, relating to residential land use planning by local governments within urban growth boundaries. Requires cities within Metro with population greater than 10,000 to conduct housing needs analysis. (March 4, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Joint Committee On Transportation in Support of Senate Bill 395 with Amendments, relating to transportation. Increases required expenditure on footpaths and bicycle trails from one percent to five percent of amounts received from State Highway Fund. Updates Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee membership and duties. (March 4, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Energy and Environment in Opposition to SB 16, relating to Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region housing; allows counties to partition and rezone up to 200 acres of lands within Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region from exclusive farm use to residential uses. (March 1, 2021).
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Housing and Development in Opposition to SB 391, relating to accessory dwelling units in rural residential areas. (February 24, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources in Support of Senate Bill 5531, relating to the financial administration of the Land Use Board of Appeals. (February 23, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee on Housing and Development in Opposition to SB 458, relating to land division for residential development; allows land division to separate dwelling units for new middle housing allowed in cities. (February 18, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Economic Recovery and Prosperity Opposing HB 2282, relating to temporary development opportunities; approve City of Bend’s expansion of urban growth boundary. (February 18, 2021)
  • Testimony to the House Committee On Energy and Environment in Support of House Bill 2398-1, relating to building codes. (February 17, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources in Support of Senate Bill 5530, relating to the financial administration of the Department of Land Conservation and Development; appropriates moneys from General Fund for certain biennial expenses. (February 16, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Senate Committee On Energy and Environment on SB 286, relating to environmental justice, and SB 289, relating to environmental equity. (February 8, 2021)
  • Letter to partners supporting HB 2488, Land and Climate Justice Act, requiring the Land Conservation and Development Commission to amend the Statewide Land Use Planning Goals to address climate justice and promote environmental justice to disadvantaged and historically underserved communities. (December 24, 2020)

2021 Oregon Policy & Rulemaking Testimony

  • Testimony to the Land Conservation and Development Commission on Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking. (November 17, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Land Conservation and Development Commission on environmental justice and climate change, Goal 1 community involvement, and Goal 5 cultural resources. (September 22, 2021)
  • Testimony to the Land Conservation and Development Commission on Wildfire Rules Temporary to Permanent. (May 19, 2021)

2021 Federal Legislative & Policy Testimony

  • Testimony to Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkely regarding the Unlocking Possibilities Program (Section 40103) in the Build Back Better Act, relating to housing and housing affordability. (December 16, 2021)