by Oregon Office of Environmental Public Health

Notes from Energy Bulletin: This letter was submitted by the the Administrator of Oregon’s Office of Environmental Public Health by invitation from the Oregon Department of Planning and Development and is their response to a review of the “Big Look: Choices for Oregon’s Future” draft report.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on your department’s “Big Look: Choices for Oregon’s Future” draft report (Report). Oregon’s Public Health Division is charged with “protecting and promoting the health of the people of Oregon” within the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) mission to help people become independent, healthy and safe. The Big Look report holds promise for furthering that mission and we greatly appreciate your commitment to solicit feedback to build a shared vision of Oregon’s future.

Toward that end, we offer the following comments on the May 30, 2008 draft report for your consideration. In addition to some broader statements, this letter provides more specific comment on individual sections of the draft report.

Overall, we encourage the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Big Look Task Force (Task Force) to identify and address the very real connections between land use and human health. Such recognition can begin by re-stating the overarching principles to specifically include protecting and promoting human and community health. Ensuring people are aware of the adverse human health impacts from unplanned or poorly planned land development can protect both the land and the people of our state.

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