Timely, Orderly and Efficient Arrangement” of Public Facilities and Services: The Oregon Approach

Providing urban services and facilities plays a significant role in assuring adequate urban design. The 6th International Urban Design Conference welcomes Mr Edward Sullivan
of Portland State University who will be presenting this article at the upcoming conference 9th – 11th September at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

Mr Sullivan will examine the evolution of planning policy in Oregon with respect to public facilities and services and the role to providing those services and facilities plays in urban design. Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 11 involves the provision of public facilities and services. The aim of the Goal is to have cities and counties plan and develop “a timely, orderly and efficient arrangement of public facilities and services to serve as a framework for urban and rural development.”

Such plans must take into account the nature of the required facilities to determine the need for and timing of their development. Public facility and service extensions are one of the first steps to developing more intense urban areas, and then can serve as a method by which growth occurs in a timely and orderly fashion. When service extensions are coupled with capital improvements, public and private development decisions are made with added certainly because land owners know when and how much development may occur, and local officials can prepare budgets that anticipate levels of other support services.

Goal 11 requires that development of public facilities plans be a coordinated effort among affected local governments, special districts, and state agencies. Agencies providing funding for sewer, transportation, water, and solid waste facilities identify in their coordinated programs how they will coordinate that funding with other state agencies, and with the public facility plans of cities and counties. This presentation will address the enduring public facility and service issues of: coordinated planning; financing; timing; urbanization and protection of resource lands; maintenance; and the role of providing these services and facilities play in urban design. The article details the manner by which Oregon addresses these common problems.

Edward J. Sullivan is an owner in the Portland office of Garvey Schubert Barer, and specializes in planning, administrative, and state and local government law. He also teaches planning law at Northwestern College of Law at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University and has written numerous law review articles on land use and administrative law. Mr. Sullivan has taught Planning Law and Administrative Law at the undergraduate, graduate and law school levels since 1972. In addition, he serves as 9th Circuit North Regional Vice-President of the International Municipal Attorneys Association (“IMLA”) since 1992 and has served as Chair of the Land Development Planning and Zoning Section. Mr. Sullivan is a member of the American Planning Association Amicus Curiae Committee and has also served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section on State and Local Government Law, and currently chairs the Section’s Comprehensive Planning Subcommittee.

If you would like to attend Mr Sullivan’s presentation click here.  Registrations to the The 6th International Urban Design Conference are open and a copy of the program is available online.

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