GOAL5 Preparation
To protect natural resources and conserve scenic and historic areas and open spaces. Local governments shall adopt programs that will protect natural resources and conserve scenic, historic, and open space resources for present and future generations.

These resources promote a healthy environment and natural landscape that contributes to Oregon's livability.

The following resources shall be inventoried Riparian corridors, including water and riparian areas and fish habitats, Wetlands, Wildlife Habitat, Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers, State Scenic Waterways, Groundwater Resources, Approved Oregon Recreation Trails, Natural and Wilderness Areas, Mineral and Aggregate Resources, Energy sources, and Cultural areas.


1. The need for open space in the planning area should be determined, and standards developed for the amount, distribution, and type of open space.

2. Criteria should be developed and utilized to determine what uses are consistent with open space values and to evaluate the effect of converting open space lands to inconsistent uses. The maintenance and development of open space in urban areas should be encouraged.

3. Natural resources and required sites for the generation of energy (i.e. natural gas, oil, coal, hydro, geothermal, uranium, solar and others) should be conserved and protected; reservoir sites should be identified and protected against irreversible loss.

4. Plans providing for open space, scenic and historic areas and natural resources should consider as a major determinant the carrying capacity of the air, land and water resources of the planning area. The land conservation and development actions provided for by such plans should not exceed the carrying capacity of such resources.

5. The National Register of Historic Places and the recommendations of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation should be utilized in designating historic sites.

6. In conjunction with the inventory of mineral and aggregate resources, sites for removal and processing of such resources should be identified and protected.

7. As a general rule, plans should prohibit outdoor advertising signs except in commercial or industrial zones. Plans should not provide for the reclassification of land for the purpose of accommodating an outdoor advertising sign. The term "outdoor advertising sign" has the meaning set forth in ORS 377.710(23).


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