Legislative & Policy Priorities

State Capitol Building, Salem, Oregon

OAPA’s 2021 Legislative Priorities were approved by the Board on December 10, 2020, and include the following:

  • Confront climate change
  • Address the housing crisis
  • Promote resiliency and recovery
  • Advance racial equity
  • Advocate for Oregon’s planning program

2021 Legislative Priorities (detailed)

Las Prioridades Legislatives de 2021 (2021 Legislative Priorities - Spanish, detailed)

2019-2020 Policy Priorities

OAPA annually presents a legislative priorities agenda to the membership. The Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee (LPAC) is responsible for developing and implementing the Chapter’s legislative and policy action program. For more information, please contact  LPAC Chair Eunice Kim, AICPLPAC@oregonapa.org.

Guiding Principles

OAPA's Legislative and Policy Guiding Principles are used by the Board and LPAC to develop the Chapter's Legislative and Policy priorities (approved by the Board January 2019):

  • Benefit. Will the policy advance the goals of the Oregon planning program and the APA objective of “creating great communities for all”, in keeping with OAPA’s mission and vision? Does the policy recommend “best planning practices” for both process and outcomes? Does it facilitate effective and meaningful engagement of all community members? Does it help sustain vital, resilient, and healthy communities? Does it provide for processes and resources (e.g. access to technical assistance and funding opportunities) that benefit both urban and rural communities or place an unfair burden on a geographic area or type of community?
  • Clarity. What will the proposed policy require? Is it clear? What are the outcomes and products expected from local, regional, state, and federal agencies, businesses, and residents? Is this a policy that will help the public understand the benefits of planning?
  • Cost. How much will the policy cost, to the state, the public, local governments, or others? Does it provide for an efficient and equitable allocation? Who will pay? Do all local governments required to implement the change in policy have the resources to do so
  • Creativity. Can we come up with a more efficient, effective, and creative policy that accomplishes the same purpose with broader political and public support? If a policy has negative impacts, can we come up with a way to overcome the harmful effects consistent with the proposal’s intent? Can we think of a way to accomplish the purpose in a way that gets broader legislative support?
  • Collaboration. Does the policy support partnerships, integration of strategies, or prioritize opportunities that increase capacity and meet multiple objectives?
  • Demonstrated Need. Does the change in policy address a demonstrated need or problem? Is there evidence that shows the Legislature needs to act to address a need or solve a problem? Are local and regional governments better suited to address these needs in the absence of state legislation?
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Is the policy reflective of and responsive to Oregon’s diverse people and places? Does the policy further equity and inclusion or reduce disparities and remove barriers, especially for communities that have faced historic injustice? Does the policy seek social justice by working to expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration? Does it alter policies, institutions, and decisions that oppose such needs? (Adapted from the American Institute of Certified Planners Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.)