Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Holding Coastal Community Meetings on Proposed Offshore Wind Leases, May 29

The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) will be hosting a series of community meetings along the Oregon coast related to a proposal by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to lease areas of the ocean off Oregon’s coast to explore possibilities for wind energy development. The proposed BOEM leases would authorize companies to study the areas off Oregon’s coast for potential offshore wind energy development projects. After obtaining leases, companies would perform activities in the ocean that may include placement of scientific buoys and collection of data about seafloor conditions, ocean habitats, and wildlife. More information on the proposed leasing actions can be found at BOEM’s proposed leasing action is not a proposal to permit the construction of an offshore wind project. A BOEM decision whether to approve a Construction and Operations Plan for a wind energy facility would be subject to a separate federal consistency review by the state, after some years of additional site assessment and project design. As part of the state’s federal consistency review authority under the Coastal Zone Management Act, DLCD’s Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) staff will review the proposed BOEM actions for consistency with current, enforceable Oregon coastal zone policies. The result of this review would be either to agree with BOEM’s proposed leasing actions, agree with conditions, or object to BOEM’s proposed actions. Enforceable policies in the coastal zone are existing state and local policies that have been approved by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management for use in federal consistency reviews, consistent with national Coastal Zone Management standards. During the community meetings, OCMP staff will provide information about the proposed activities that are being reviewed and the applicable state policies and authorities related to a consistency review. Community members are encouraged to provide comments on the consistency review during the 45-day comment period, which ends on June 15, 2024. The community meetings will be an opportunity to provide comments in person which will be recorded by OCMP staff. The meeting program is as follows: Open House 5:30 p.m., Presentations 6:00 p.m., Public Comment 6:30 p.m., Next Steps and Adjourn 8:00 p.m. DLCD Community Meetings: May 29, 2024 (Wednesday) from Noon to p.m. Virtual – join information will be available on our web page. June 3, 2024 (Monday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brookings-Harbor High School, 8293, 625 Pioneer Rd., Brookings; June 4, 2024 (Tuesday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sunset Middle School, 245 S Cammann St., Coos Bay; June 6, 2024 (Thursday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Siuslaw Middle School, 2525 Oak St., Florence; June 7, 2024 (Friday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Newport High School, 322 NE Eads St., Newport. All ages and families are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Comments will be accepted through June 15, 2024. Email or written comments: Please be sure to address the enforceable policies you believe are relevant in your comments. OCMP staff may review comments on proposed actions for alignment with enforceable policies and potential conditions to enhance consistency. For more information on the federal consistency review and how to comment, visit Online comments: Comments may be submitted online through a webform here: In-Person comments: Community members wishing to comment in person should plan to limit comments to three minutes per person. If many people wish to comment, staff may need to limit comment time further as we want to hear from as many community members as possible.

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