Comprehensive Plan

Comprehensive Plan

Since 1973, Oregon has maintained a strong statewide program for land use planning. The foundation of that program is a set of 19 Oregon Statewide Planning Goals. The goals express the state’s policies on land use and on related topics, such as citizen involvement, housing, and natural resources. Most of the goals are accompanied by “guidelines,” which are suggestions about how a goal may be applied. As noted in Goal 2, guidelines are not mandatory.

The local comprehensive plans must be consistent with the Statewide Planning Goals . The state’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) reviews local comprehensive plans for consistency with the Statewide Planning Goals. When LCDC officially approves a local government’s plan, the plan is said to be “acknowledged.” It then becomes the controlling document for land use in the area covered by the plan. Oregon’s planning laws apply not only to local governments but also to special districts and state agencies. The laws strongly emphasize coordination-keeping plans and programs consistent with each other, with the goals, and with acknowledged local plans.

Clatsop County’s Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies Document, codified May 29, 2007, is divided into two sections, Countywide Elements and Community Plans. The complete document is available by clicking on Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies.

Of special interest are the individual Community Plans, found in Section 2:

Introduction to Community Plans


State of Oregon Planning Goals

Clatsop County Comprehensive Plan

Goal 1

Citizen Involvement

Clatsop 1

Goal 2

Land Use Planning

Clatsop 2

Goal 3

Agricultural Lands

Clatsop 3

Goal 4

Forest Lands

Clatsop 4

Goal 5

Open Spaces, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Natural Resources

Clatsop 5

Goal 6

Air, Water and Land Resources Quality

Clatsop 6

Goal 7

Areas Subject to Natural Disasters and Hazards

Clatsop 7

Goal 8

Recreational Needs

Clatsop 8

Goal 9

Economic Development

Clatsop 9

Goal 10


Clatsop 10

Goal 11

Public Facilities and Services

Clatsop 11

Goal 12


Clatsop 12

Goal 13

Energy Conservation

Clatsop 13

Goal 14


Clatsop 14

Goal 15

Willamette River Greenway – (Willamette River area only)


Goal 16

Estuarine Resources

Clatsop 16

Goal 17

Coastal Shorelands

Clatsop 17

Goal 18

Beaches and Dunes

Clatsop 18

Goal 19

Ocean Resources – (Oregon Off-Shore Territorial Waters only)

Clatsop 19