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Community Planning: A Lessons Learned Guide to Revising Land Use Plans

"Coos County, City of Coos Bay and City of North Bend co-manage the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan (CBEMP) where Coos County is considered the lead agency for updates to the plan. A revision process for the CBEMP was initiated through a desire from the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds (PCW) to modernize the local estuary management plan and provide information to the local governments to facilitate an update. The PCW is a group of civic-minded community members representing land use planners, coastal managers, business interests, tribal interests, conservation interests and community interests.

As the first community in Oregon to make large strides in fully revising an estuary management plan, this Lessons Guide has been developed so that other communities can examine and learn from our process. While our focus is the estuary management plan, this guide has value for community planning and land use plan updates in general."


Schmitt, J. and J. Rolfe. 2019. Community Planning: A Lessons Learned Guide to Revising Land Use Plans. Report prepared for Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds. South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Coos County Planning Department, Charleston, OR.

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