Goal 12: Transportation Planning – What the Fighting’s All About


OAR 660-015-0000(12)

To provide and encourage a safe, convenient and economic transportation system.

A transportation plan shall


(1) consider all modes of transportation including mass transit, air, water, pipeline, rail, highway, bicycle and pedestrian;


(2) be based upon an inventory of local, regional and state transportation needs;


(3) consider the differences in social consequences that would result from utilizing differing combinations of transportation modes;


(4) avoid principal reliance upon any one mode of transportation;


(5) minimize adverse social, economic and environmental impacts and costs;


(6) conserve energy;


(7) meet the needs of the transportation disadvantaged by improving transportation services;


(8) facilitate the flow of goods and services so as to strengthen the local and regional economy; and


(9) conform with local and regional comprehensive land use plans.


Each plan shall include a provision for transportation as a key facility.


Transportation — refers to the movement of people and goods.


Transportation Facility — refers to any physical facility that moves or assists in the movement of people and goods excluding electricity, sewage and water.


Transportation System — refers to one or more transportation facilities that are planned, developed, operated and maintained in a coordinated manner to supply continuity of movement between modes, and within and between geographic and jurisdictional areas.


Mass Transit — refers to any form of passenger transportation which carries members of the public on a regular and continuing basis.


Transportation Disadvantaged — refers to those individuals who have difficulty in obtaining transportation because of their age, income, physical or mental disability.






  1. All current area-wide transportation studies and plans should be revised in coordination with local and regional comprehensive plans and submitted to local and regional agencies for review and approval.
  2. Transportation systems, to the fullest extent possible, should be planned to utilize existing facilities and rights-of-way within the state provided that such use is not inconsistent with the environmental, energy, land-use, economic or social policies of the state.
  3. No major transportation facility should be planned or developed outside urban boundaries on Class 1 and II agricultural land, as defined by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service unless no feasible alternative exists.
  4. Major transportation facilities should avoid dividing existing economic farm units and urban social units unless no feasible alternative exists.
  5. Population densities and peak hour travel patterns of existing and planned developments should be considered in the choice of transportation modes for trips taken by persons. While high density developments with concentrated trip origins and destinations should be designed to be principally served by mass transit, low-density developments with dispersed origins and destinations should be principally served by the auto.
  6. Plans providing for a transportation system should consider as a major determinant the carrying capacity of the air, land and water resources of the planning area. The land conservation and development actions provided for by such plans should not exceed the carrying capacity of such resources.




  1. The number and location of major transportation facilities should conform to applicable state or local land use plans and policies designed to direct urban expansion to areas identified as necessary and suitable for urban development. The planning and development of transportation facilities in rural areas should discourage urban growth while providing transportation service necessary to sustain rural and recreational uses in those areas so designated in the comprehensive plan.
  2. Plans for new or for the improvement of major transportation facilities should identify the positive and negative impacts on:

(1) local land use patterns,

(2) environmental quality,

(3) energy use and resources,

(4) existing transportation systems and

(5) fiscal resources in a manner sufficient to enable local governments to rationally consider the issues posed by the construction and operation of such facilities.


  1. Lands adjacent to major mass transit stations, freeway interchanges, and other major air, land and water terminals should be managed and controlled so as to be consistent with and supportive of the land use and development patterns identified in the comprehensive plan of the jurisdiction within which the facilities are located.


  1. Plans should provide for a detailed management program to assign respective implementation roles and responsibilities to those governmental bodies operating in the planning area and having interests in carrying out the goal.