State Successfully Attracts East Coast Biotech Firm to Lake Oswego
A Boston-based bioscience company relocates its operation to Lake Oswego in the fall of 2011.
The Economic Recovery Review Council (ERRC) may expedite the permitting of up to 10 industrial development projects of state significance per biennium. The council reviews the proposed project to determine if the project meets the criteria for applicable discretionary local permits and discretionary state permits. The process includes several provisions that make it different from the procedures of many local and state agencies, including:
If the council determines that the proposed project meets the applicable standards and criteria, it will issue a Project Certificate approving the development project, which could include conditions of approval.
The council's decision is binding on all state and local agencies whose permits are addressed in the council's review. These agencies must issue necessary construction and operating permits. The council's decision does not apply to federally delegated permits issued by state agencies.
To be eligible, a project must:
The council also will consider whether a project is appropriate in light of additional policy considerations, such as geographic distribution, public involvement, economic criteria, project timeline and permitting.
During its review, the council consults with affected state and local agencies to ensure that the council considers all those agencies' concerns. The council encourages applicants to work directly with the agencies to promote better understanding of their proposed projects. Applicants need not wait until they submit an application to begin working with state and local authorities.
Oregon workers' compensation rates have declined or remained neutral for the last 20 years, a national record.