Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee

LPAC Committee Chair: Damian Syrnyk, AICP

The Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee (LPAC) is responsible for developing and implementing the Chapter’s legislative and policy action program. LPAC members are appointed by the Board president. Board oversight and involvement is ensured through the Legislative Policy Review Subcommittee (LPRS). LPRS is comprised of the President (or Vice-President) of the Board and two additional Board members – one representing cities and one counties – as well as a University representative and a member from the Department of Land Conservation and Development. The Chair serves as an ex officio member of LPRS. LPRS represent the Executive Board and Chapter on legislative and planning policy matters, as well as in determining the Chapter’s position on proposed legislation and policy when the Executive Board is unable to define the Chapter position in a timely manner.

In 2015, OAPA updated it’s legislative Guiding Principles:

  • Benefit. Will the policy advance the goals of the Oregon planning program and the APA objective of “making great communities happen”? Does the policy recommend “best planning practices” for both process and outcomes? Does it facilitate effective and meaningful engagement of citizens; help sustain vital, resilient, and healthy communities?
  • Clarity. What will the proposed policy require? Is it clear? What are the outcomes and products expected from local, regional, state, and federal agencies, businesses, and private citizens? Is this a policy that will help the public understand the benefits of planning?
  • Diversity. Is the policy helpful and balanced to a broad range of citizens rather than narrow special interests? Do all local governments required to implement the change in policy have the resources to do so? Does the policy support and further equity especially and including communities that have faced historic injustice?
  • Cost. How much will the policy cost, to the state, the public, local governments, or others? Does it provide for an efficient and equitable allocation? Who will pay?
  • Creativity. Can we come up with a more efficient, effective and creative policy that accomplishes the same purpose with broader political and public support? If a policy has negative impacts, can we come up with a way to overcome the harmful effects consistent with the proposal’s intent? Can we think of a way to accomplish the purpose in a way that gets broader legislative support?
  • Demonstrated Need. Does the change in policy address a demonstrated need or problem? Is there evidence that shows the Legislature needs to act to address a need or solve a problem?

To view 2017 legislative bills and legislative concepts, click here.

To view past legislative agendas, click on the following links:

General information on the legislative session can be found at http://www.leg.state.or.us/index.html and information on specific bills at http://www.leg.state.or.us/searchmeas.html.

OAPA tracks land use related bills every legislative session. You can review this list here.

LPAC also created a Policy Subcommittee that tracks and comments on non-legislative national, state, and local policy activities. This group is currently tracking policy related to transportation, natural hazards and resiliency, regional planning and governance, rural issues, urban issues, natural systems, infrastructure, and energy. For more information, please contact Richard Ross, Policy Subcommittee Chair at richardnross@earthlink.net.

To see a complete list of LPAC testimony and Policy Subcommittee testimony, go here.

Anyone interested in more information on LPAC, please contact Damian Syrnyk, Chair dsyrnyk@bendoregon.gov.