HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 05, 2003   Hearing Room D

1:00 PM  Tapes 21 - 23

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Patti Smith, Chair

Rep. Vicki Berger, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mary Gallegos, Vice-Chair

Rep. Mark Hass

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Steve March

Rep. Dennis Richardson

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Kimberly A.  Medford, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES HEARD:                     HB 2691 Public Hearing

                                                HB 2300 Public Hearing

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 21, A

004

Chair Smith

Calls the meeting the order at 1:15 p.m. and opens the public hearing on HB 2691.

HB 2691 PUBLIC HEARING

008

Kimberly Medford

Committee Administrator. Explains HB 2691.

019

Rep. Patti Smith

HD 52. Co-sponsor of HB 2691 submits (EXHIBIT A) and states the purpose of the bill. Explains the importance of increasing the supply of industrial land in Oregon. Introduces (EXHIBIT B), a map and list of closed mill sites in Oregon, provided by Paul F. Ehinger and Associates.

059

Sen. Rick Metsger

SD 26. Comments on SB 2, the unemployment benefits extension and states that the long term element needed is putting people back to work and providing for economic stability in Oregon.

071

Sen. Metsger

Continues to testify in support of HB 2691 and states that this bill will provide market ready sites for industrial land.

122

Rep. March

Notes for the record that a number of mills were not closed because of the Spotted owl, but because of the expense to bring the mill in line with standards of today.

145

David Harlan

Executive Director, Port of Hood River. Submits written testimony in favor of HB 2691, (EXHIBIT C). Discusses the high unemployment and low average wage, in contrast to the high real estate market and that Hood River is adjacent to the largest population center in the state and approximately one hour from an international airport. 

227

Harlan

States that moving the UGB does not solve the lack of industrial land. Examples the dilemma with Cardinal Glass’s sewer being 2300 feet away.

293

Rep. Berger

Asks what the site was previously and what type of glass is manufactured.

295

Harlan

Answers that the site was a saw mill. The plant assembles insulated glass panels that have argon gas injected between the panels and there is a particular sea level requirement.

305

Bill Fashing

Economic Development Coordinator. Explains why the elevation is critical to the window seal.

314

Rep. March

Asks if the agricultural community has expressed concerns.

323

Fashing

Answers that he is not aware of any.

331

Fashing

Begins testimony, submits (EXHIBIT D). Supports the need to open lands for industrial development.

366

Mike Benedict

Senior Planner, Hood River County. Explains the -3 amendments and the primary reasons for the proposed change, (EXHIBIT E).

409

Rep. March

Asks does the county have plans to change the zoning.

415

Benedict

Answers no.

435

Harlan Levy

Staff Attorney, Oregon Association of Realtors. Testifies in support of HB 2691.

TAPE 22, A

033

Levy

Concludes testimony and states this bill will help to create jobs.

046

Rep. Berger

Asks if there in interest in mill sites in other parts of the state.

057

Levy

Answers affirmatively and will look into providing specific examples.

058

Jessica Harris

Associated General Contractors. Testifies in support of HB 2691. States that this is good land use planning and economic development.

079

Bob Rindy

Department of Land Conservation and Development, (LCDC). Refers to the report that was submitted to the legislature at the beginning of session from the Commercial/Industrial Land Supply Committee. 

117

Rindy

Testifies in support of HB 2691 and notes that there will be an emergency rule making meeting.

128

Rindy

Suggests having a work group that can look at all the legislation being proposed.

153

Rep. Gallegos

Asks for clarification on the 20-year supply provision.

171

Rindy

Responds that LCDC goals require local governments to plan for industrial land. Notes that the term shovel-ready is a relatively new term.

192

Rep. March

Asks for the list of bills that he referred to and what those recommendations are.

201

Rindy

Responds and notes a work group has been trying to resolve this issue.

212

Rep. March

Asks are there specific problems in this legislation that could surface later.

221

Rindy

Responds that the problem of most concern is that of public facilities because these sites are remote. Notes that the Forestry department has noted a minor concern with the definition of “mill site”.

230

Rep. Richardson

States there are a number of bills that appear to micro-manage the department. Asks are there attempts within the department to anticipate where some of these questions and resulting bills are coming from.

282

Rindy

Responds that LCDC finds that achieving general consensus is hard to do.

301

Rep. Gallegos

Asks who makes up the work group.

328

Rindy

Responds by listing those who represent the workgroup.

349

Ron Fox

Manager of Business and Industry Programs for OECDD. Comments on the efforts made with regard to the Cardinal Glass project. Discusses site evaluations.

TAPE 21, B

026

Chair Smith

Asks of the 13 that have been evaluated how many were re-developed.

031

Fox

Answers the Astoria Plywood facility site was a brown-field which has been redeveloped for commercial and residential housing.

038

Mike Burton

Assistant Director, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, (OECDD). Adds that he is aware of four sites currently in use or being built on.

053

Randy Tucker

Legislative Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon. States the goals of 1000 Friends regarding industrial lands.

078

Carrie Maclaren

Staff Attorney, Farm, Forest, and Rangeland. Expresses there are some concerns about definitions and scope. Suggests proximity restrictions and consideration of neighboring lands.

114

Rep. March

Asks what definitions need work.

120

Maclaren

Answers a definition of what is an abandon mill site; and permitted uses.

164

Burton Weast

Special Districts Association of Oregon. Testifies in support of         HB 2691 and explains that current land use rules do not address sanitary sewage sites outside the UGB.

194

Ken Armstrong

Oregon Ports Group. Testifies in support of HB 2691. Emphasizes that this bill addresses a critical need in rural Oregon.

235

Jon Chandler

Legislative Advocates on behalf of the Urban Developers Coalition. Testifies in support of HB 2691. 

266

Chandler

Refers to Rep. Gallego’s earlier question regarding the 20-year land supply and states that the issue was not about how many years but rather the having the tools available to local governments to supply enough land within their boundary. 

302

Chandler

Comments on bills regarding the transportation and infrastructure package and how economic development is dependent on that package.

345

Art Schlack

Association of Oregon Counties. Testifies in support of HB 2691.

410

Schlack

Notes that the rules adopted by LCDC limit the extension of services and on site package treatment plants.

435

Rep. March

Discusses fire suppression services and emergency services. Asks would it be within the county prerogatives to require have on site fire or ambulance equipment.

412

Schlack

Answers that the state Fire Marshall has the ability to address fire safety issues.

TAPE 22, B

025

Steven Kafoury

Oregon Chapter, American Planning Association. States that he does not have a particular position on this bill. Refers to Rep. Richardson’s question regarding LCDC and responds LCDC’s funding has been constrained.

060

Chair Smith

Closes the public hearing on HB 2691. Opens the public hearing on HB 2300.

HB 2300 PUBLIC HEARING

070

Mike Burton

Assistant Director, OECDD. Submits and briefly explains the OECDD Annual Report and prepared testimony, (EXHIBIT F).

109

Burton

Discusses telecommunication issues explaining that tele-communications should be formally recognized as a critical component of infrastructure.

123

Rep. Richardson

Refers to Section 1 and asks what type of technical assistance would be provided.

130

Burton

Responds that the Qwest money was provided to enhance communications throughout the state. Notes that rural communities do not have the same market access that metropolitan areas have. Relates personal experience that while in Lakeview he was unable to remain logged-on long enough to get connected to e-mail.

170

Rep. Richardson

Asks if OECDD advisors would compete directly with private enterprise if assistance to set up telecommunications was requested.

173

Burton

Responds it is not the intention of OECDD to compete with for-profit service providers. Notes that in many areas of the state there is not enough market demand to drive a competitive investment.

235

Vice-Chair Gallegos

Asks were the people who provided the training already on staff.

244

Burton

Responds that the department hired four people and notes the funding will be ending. Explains that it is his expectation that one of the regional coordinators will continue to provide this role but that it will be funded by lottery resources.

273

Burton

Continues on to Section 4, relating to OECDD’s Business Retention Service.

333

Burton

Reviews Section 6 and Section 7, page 6.

392

Rep. Richardson

Asks why take the independent evaluation and report to the legislature should be taken out.

400

Burton

Responds there is a blanket assessment and the overriding biannual reporting requirement that the department already does. Explains there is a tendency almost every session to put additional performance requirements on the department.

TAPE 23, A

003

Patrick Allen

Small Business Manager, OECDD. Explains the circumstances in 1995 under which the requirement was put in. Summarizes that they are not trying to eliminate the accountability but rather to address the disconnect of measuring different things in different places.

011

Chair Smith

Announces that there will be another hearing on this Wednesday. Closes the public hearing on HB 2300 and adjourns the meeting at   2:55 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.  HB 2691, Written testimony, Rep. Patti Smith, 2 pp

B.  HB 2691, Mill Site Map by Paul F. Ehinger and Associates, Rep. Patti Smith, 10 pp

C.  HB 2691, Written testimony, David Harlan, 6 pp

D.  HB 2691, Written testimony, Bill Fashing, 2 pp

E. HB 2691-3 amendments dated 3/4/03, Mike Benedict, 1

F. HB 2300, written testimony and Annual Report, Michael Burton, 43 pp