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Prineville receives state land-use award


The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development¡¦s 2015 STAR Award for Citizen Involvement has been awarded by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to the City of Prineville for its excellence in performing outreach regarding local marijuana regulations.

The award will be presented at a reception held at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center on November 17.

The award recognizes the City of Prineville for actively promoting and implementing the values of Oregon¡¦s Statewide Planning Goal 1: Citizen Involvement.

Through their outstanding public involvement efforts, the city developed marijuana land use codes that are tailored to the needs and concerns of residents.

STAR Award recommendations are made to the LCDC by the state’s Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee (CIAC).

“I am continually impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness of our communities,” said CIAC Chair Steve Faust. “Each year we learn about new, innovative approaches to public involvement through the STAR Award nominations. These cities are doing great work.”

Criteria for nominations include citizen involvement efforts that:

–Provide early notice and input opportunities for people who are potentially affected by a land use decision;

–Use creative outreach techniques to seek out those who will potentially be affected by a land use decision (particularly efforts that use limited resources well);

–Provide clear, accessible communications to the public;

–Use public input to affect a land use decision;

–Encourage community participation and collaboration;

–Provide ideas or methods which will be transferable to others working on land use processes; and

–Evaluate and improve methods of public involvement as process evolves.

Past winners include the City of Newberg, the City of Eugene, the City of Portland, and the City of Aloha.

More information about the award is available on the Department of Land Conservation and Development website at:

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