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Oregon Industrial Development

In order to advance critical job creation and economic development activities, industrial development must occur without lengthy approval processes through multiple agencies. After reviewing the permit processes at state agencies, the 2011 Oregon Legislature created two programs that streamline the process to ready industrial lands for business. The two programs are the Industrial Development Projects of State Significance and Regionally Significant Industrial Areas (RSIA).

The Industrial Development Projects of State Significance program focuses on up to 10 projects per biennium that may be subjected to an expedited process when job creation, wage, and other criteria are met. This program ended in 2018.

The second program designates Regionally Significant Industrial Areas (RSIA) planned and zoned for industrial use that have potential long-term job creation and provides some protection for using the land for business and employment purposes. This program ended in 2018, though sites retained designation for at least 10 years.

In 2013 the Legislature created a complimentary program providing designation and development incentives for Regionally Significant Industrial Sites (RSIS). The designation does not have the same protection as Regionally Significant Industrial Areas, but does provide for the protection and development of sites through agreements.