Jackson County Commissioners Adopt Regional Plan Changes

The Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving plan (RPS) is one step closer to final adoption. On Wednesday, June 27, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt all of the revisions recommended by the state Land Conservation and Development Commission.

When it is adopted, RPS will guide development and conservation for the next fifty years for Southern Oregon's largest urban area. Jackson County previously adopted a version of the plan last fall, after two years of public hearings.

After testimony from local residents and 1000 Friends Southern Oregon Advocate Greg Holmes, LCDC requested several changes to the plan at its April 2012 meeting. These included removing some additional prime farmland from urban reserves, and increasing target densities in the City of Medford.

The County has now adopted all of those revisions.

The revisions must now be adopted by the elected officials in each of the six participating cities. (Those cities are Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent.) Local planning commissions and city councils will be considering the changes at public hearings are underway and will continue throughout July and August. If they all adopt the changes, the plan will return to LCDC in the fall.

For more information on the hearings schedule going forward, please visit this page.

For more information on the RPS plan generally, visit our main RPS page.