A consolidated Growth Policy will be the City and County’s guide for addressing future issues and taking advantage of opportunities, particularly in light of the coming Black Butte Copper Mine. The document will briefly evaluate the City and County’s existing conditions, identify trends and provide goals and specific actions to address things such as economic development, local services, public safety, housing, land use and natural resources etc.

Please Note: The Consolidated Growth Policy will provide the legal basis for the City and the County to either update existing regulations such as Subdivision Regulations or to considering adopting new regulations such as zoning.  For example, if the City Council is going to consider adopting a new zoning code that regulates land uses, building construction and other issues in the City, the Consolidated Growth Policy must have language supporting the process.  Similarly, any update of the County Subdivision Regulations must be supported by language in the Consolidated document.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A GROWTH POLICY?

  • Help residents understand issues/opportunities and how to address them.
  • Promote economic development.
  • Promote projects that improve infrastructure and services (roads, bridges, sewer, streets, emergency services, healthcare etc.).
  • Promote safe and affordable housing particularly for seniors.
  • Ensure the City and County’s existing and future regulations comply with statute.
  • Improve funding opportunities – good planning will make the City and County much more competitive for grant funds
  • Create a priority list of achievable projects to be completed.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ISSUES THE CONSOLIDATED GROWTH POLICY CAN FOCUS ON?

Statute requires that certain elements to be addressed in the Growth Policy.  Residents, the City\County Planning Board and the governing bodies can identify additional things that are important to them. The contents of a Growth Policy generally include:

  • Land Use: Analysis of land use to promote safe and cost effective residential, commercial, development.
  • Population: Understanding the general population characteristics can help the City and County to provide the public facilities and services needed in the future.
  • Housing: High level assessment of the condition of the City and County’s housing stock can help understand what types of housing are needed and how housing options be affected by future events?
  • Economic Conditions: High level analysis of economic data to understand the City and County’s current economic situation and the impact of potential changes to help make decisions that could strengthen the economy. What specific actions might be taken to improve economic conditions?
  • Local Services: Discuss fire protection/EMS, law enforcement, healthcare, schools, library, social services and other services valued by residents. Are these services sufficient? Are any improvements needed?
  • Public Facilities: Examine roads, bridges, streets, sewer, buildings, parks and other facilities. What is the status of each? Which need investment?
  • Natural Resources: What are the natural resource characteristics of the City and County? What opportunities and constraints do residents face? Inventory and describe specific topics such as floodplains, sand and gravel resources and the wildland urban interface.
  • Other Topics Determined by Residents: What are other issues or opportunities of importance to residents? What should be done to address them or take advantage of them?