The Large Lot Industrial program is a tool to allow for the identification and designation of properties for large-scale industrial development in Central Oregon. COIC’s role is to determine if properties that are the subject of applications meet the regional program criteria. Without the LLI program, there is essentially no way to set aside large parcels for potential development.
In 2008, Central Oregon leaders recognized the economic advantages of an inventory of large lot industrial sites in order to recruit large, traded-sector industrial firms to the region. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) funded Deschutes County to do an Analysis to determine the extent of the regional large lot land need in Central Oregon. The Analysis was performed by Johnson-Reid LLC and overseen by representatives from Central Oregon cities, counties, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), COIC, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Central Oregon Realtors Association, DLCD, Division of State Lands, and Business Oregon.
The Analysis identified a short-term need (within 10 years) for a regional inventory of industrial sites:
- Three 50-100-acre sites,
- Two 100-200-acre sites, and
- One 200+ acre site located in the geographic center of the region – the north side of Bend or the south side of Redmond.
The Analysis also noted that current state land use statutes make it difficult to examine land needs at the regional scale – communities assess land needs on an individual basis – but that Central Oregon is in reality an integrated regional market for industrial recruitment. The Analysis called for a regional process to identify suitable sites while safeguarding resource lands. COIC, as the region’s Council of Governments, is uniquely suited to coordinate this process.
For further information, please contact:
Scott Aycock, Community and Economic Development Manager
541-548-9523 | Email