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Corvallis Area MPO Scenario Planning – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Project

In 2007, Oregon State Statute 468A.205 declared that it is the policy of the State of Oregon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a level that is at least 75% lower than the 1990 level by 2050. In 2009, HB 2186 and HB 2001 (Job and Transportation Act) focused on the GHG emissions of the transportation sector, which accounts for approximately one-third of emissions by all sources in the State of Oregon. HB 2186, among other initiatives, directed the formation of a Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) GHG Emission Task Force to study alternative land use and transportation solutions for the reduction of GHG emissions. In 2010, SB 1059 directed the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to: Additionally, ODOT was charged with developing and adopting statewide transportation strategies for reducing GHG emissions. DLCD was required to adopt GHG emission reduction targets for each of Oregon’s MPOs.

In 2010-2013, ODOT and DLCD worked with stakeholder committees to develop responses to SB 1059 requirements. In March 2013 the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) accepted the Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS), the State’s 2050 Vision for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction. The STS was developed as part of a larger effort known as the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI), an integrated statewide effort to reduce GHG emissions from Oregon’s transportation sector. To learn more about OSTI, click HERE.

Among the eight MPOs in Oregon, only Portland Metro and the Central Lane (Eugene-Springfield) MPOs are legislatively mandated to conduct scenario planning for the reduction of GHG emissions. The other six MPOs are encouraged to engage in such activities. The Corvallis Area MPO is the first MPO that voluntarily undertook the task for its benefits to the community.

In January 2013, representatives of ODOT and DLCD met with the CAMPO Policy Board and local transportation and land use professionals and discussed the task and its meritorious outcome to the community. The Policy Board deliberated the issue and determined that the benefits of the project to the community far outweigh its possible encumbrances. It was further concluded that the effort is consistent with the policies of environmental stewardship that this area has long upheld.

In July 2013 the CAMPO Policy Board signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with ODOT to perform an assessment of the MPO Area’s GHG emissions by 2035. The task titled as “Strategic Assessment of GHG Emissions” constitutes Phase I of CAMPO’s Scenario Planning effort. In Phase II, which could begin in FY 2015, CAMPO, ODOT and DLCD will examine the impacts of adopting measures and policies that would most effectively reduce greenhouse gases.

Strategic Assessment of GHG Emissions 

 The intent of the Strategic Assessment is to help better understand what the community may look like in the future given the area’s current plans and trends. The assessment evaluates the likely outcomes of existing land use and transportation plans and allows the local governments to evaluate whether taking additional improvement measures is needed.  

As part of this step, CAMPO consulted local stakeholders including city planners, utility companies, transit administrators,  and others to provide data about existing plans and policies.

Inputs included demographics characteristics about the population in the CAMPO area (age, per capita income, household size, etc.) as well as the types of development in the area (including high-density development), transit miles, arterial lane miles, parking cash-out programs, car-sharing, workplace transportation-demand-management programs, individual transportation-demand-management outreach, electricity emission rates, transit fuel mix, and other criteria.

The Strategic Assessment concluded June 30, 2014 and indicated that a 2.3% emissions reduction is projected by 2035, based on current trends and existing plans. The Strategic Assessment also identified several possible policies that, pursued together, could enable the region to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 21% by 2035. 

Please click on the following link for a brief video on the State of Oregon's efforts for reducing GHG emissions, prepared by ODOT: Strategic Assessment

Results of Phase I - Strategic Assessment:

Report:  Strategic Assessment of Transportation and Land Use Plans, July 2014

PowerPoint Presentation:  Strategic Assessment of Transportation land Use Plans, Presented to the Policy Board on July 9, 2014

Sensitivity tests were conducted as part of the Strategic Assessment. The following link allows you to view the outcome of different policy choices: Sensitivity Test

Results of Phase II - Scenario Analysis:

PowerPoint Presentation:  Scenario Analysis, Presented to the Policy Board on April 13, 2016

Final Report of Scenario Analysis

Scenario Synthesis Technical Memo