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Mission statement

OCZMA serves local elected officials on the Oregon Coast.  OCZMA is a clearinghouse of objective information on issues relating to the Oregon Coast—this information is then shared with the state and federal government.  OCZMA conducts studies on the Oregon Coast's economy and carries out applied research to improve the standard of living in the region.  Through our extensive network of local government officials and many other partners, OCZMA gives voice to the concerns and needs of coastal residents.


Land Use
Coastal Goals (Goals 16 through 19)

Over time, LCDC promulgated nineteen Statewide Planning Goals (they have the legal status of Administrative Rules). Four of these Statewide Planning Goals pertain to the coast (the “Coastal Goals”). Goal 16 addresses estuaries, Goal 17 addresses Coastal Shorelands, Goal 18 relates to the management of Beaches and Dunes, and Goal 19 relates to Ocean Resources. The Coastal Goals guide how development occurs on the Oregon Coast. For instance, Goal 16, the Estuary Goal, specifies which coastal estuaries can be developed for ports and which estuaries must stay in a natural state.

The Coastal Goals mandate that local plans designate and reserve key coastal shorelands for water-dependant uses to preserve maritime uses. This means we won’t loose our connection to the sea because waterfront condominiums and shops encroach into these areas.

There’s a lot at stake. The fate of Oregon’s land use system will have a profound impact on the way development occurs on the Oregon coast. Here’s why. A large amount of land on the Oregon coast is zoned for timber conservation. Therefore, it can only be used for forestry. Thousands of these acres are located near the Pacific Ocean. If developed, these forestlands would offer valuable ocean views for homes, condominiums and hotels.

So, if state land use rules pertaining to forest resource lands are repealed or rendered ineffective, a stampede to develop these ocean view properties will occur. Currently, some of these forestlands are being converted to housing and urban development. But, this is happening at a measured pace because it is happening as part of a city’s urban growth boundary expansion. The end result is the development takes on a more compact form and it is served by urban infrastructure.

The Birth of Coastal Planning in Oregon
One of the founders of OCZMA, Wilbur Ternyik of Florence, served as Chairman of the OCC&DC for the entire four years of its existence. OCC&DC turned out to be one of the most important Commissions ever formed in Oregon. [more]


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