Jackson County Regional Plan Enters Crucial Phase

In November 2011, after eight years of work and nearly two more years of public hearings, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved, or "adopted", the Greater Bear Creek Regional Problem Solving Plan (RPS), which will guide growth for six Jackson County cities for the next fifty years.

The plan creates urban reserves as the first priority areas for urbanization.

Although adoption is a major step, over the next year the plan must be approved by the state Land Conservation and Development Commission, as well as each of the participating cities. Changes are possible throughout this process, which is a good thing, because while much of the plan represents an important step forward for farmland conservation in the region, other aspects leave much to be desired.

Throughout the coming year, there will be many opportunities for Southern Oregon residents to share their comments about how the region can accommodate growth while fostering the unique communities and protecting the irreplaceable farmland and open spaces that make the Bear Creek Valley a special place to live. 

Click here to learn more about the Regional Problem Solving process moving forward, including information on upcoming public meetings and how you can submit comments.

Our Southern Oregon Regional Advocate, Greg Holmes, has been closely involved in the RPS plan for nearly the last decade, and analyzes what he calls "The Good, the Bad, and the Other" features of the plan here.