The 2013 Oregon legislative session was a fairly quiet one for land use law, but a few new laws coming out of the session will likely have a fairly significant impact on certain aspects of land use. The concern about economic conditions in Oregon and a desire to keep the state moving in the right direction were the impetus behind two bills that focus on spurring development of industrial lands. Together, SB 246 and SB 253 create and provide a funding mechanism for the Oregon Industrial Site Readiness Program, which will allow the state to enter into tax reimbursement arrangements with qualified project sponsors, as well as provide loans to those sponsors, while creating new certified regionally significant industrial sites.

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