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Land Board approves next steps for 945-acre project in Deschutes County   (Photo) - 08/14/18

SALEM, Ore. -  A project that aims to bring tech businesses, a fairground expansion, and a new military readiness center to Deschutes County moved forward today as the State Land Board approved next steps for a 945-acre property near Redmond. 

The project, a collaboration between the Department of State Lands (DSL), the City of Redmond, Deschutes County and the Oregon Military Department, would bring the parcel inside the Redmond urban growth boundary and annex the property into the city. 

DSL would exchange 140 acres with Deschutes County for an expansion of the county fair and expo center, and sell 20 acres to the Oregon Military Department for a new readiness center. 

"This will continue the investment made with state and local partners to meet the needs of Deschutes County, the Oregon Military Department, the City of Redmond, and open the door to bring all kinds of new family-wage jobs to Central Oregon," said DSL Director Vicki Walker.

The remaining acres would become large lot industrial land - a designation Central Oregon needs to diversify its employment opportunities, according to a 2011 study commissioned by area cities and counties. The designation is aimed to appeal to tech businesses and other light industrial, low-impact uses that require large parcels of land. 

"The authorization positions Redmond to work with Redmond Economic Development, the state, and other partners to focus on transforming that bare land into a hub of family-wage industrial jobs and to keep up with the growth in Central Oregon," said Redmond Mayor George Endicott.

The Land Board's decision allows DSL to submit land use applications to the city and county for the project, to fund infrastructure improvements required for the large lot industrial zoning designation, and to partition the parcels for the fairgrounds and readiness center.  

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit. 

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Pictured from left to right: Vicki Walker, Director, Department of State Lands; Jon Stark, Senior Director, Redmond Economic Development Inc.; Stanley Hutchison, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department; Governor Kate Brown; Mayor George Endicott, City of Redmond; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Clara Taylor, Real Property Analyst, Department of State Lands; and John Swanson, Real Property Planner, Department of State Lands.


 

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Media Availability: State to auction items from abandoned safe deposit boxes - 08/08/18

Diamond rings, antique pocket watches, rookie sports cards, and gold and silver coins are among thousands of items from abandoned safe deposit boxes that will be auctioned August 10 and 11 in Salem. 

Media Availability 
Representatives from the Oregon Department of State Lands and auctioneer Stuart Realty Group, Inc. will be available tomorrow morning during the auction preview for interviews and to show high-interest items:
Thursday, August 9 
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Note: Doors open to the public at 8 a.m. for the auction preview. A line typically forms prior to doors open.)
Capitol Auction, 1717 25th St. SE, Salem

Public Auction Events 
Preview: Thursday, August 9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Coin Auction: Friday, August 10, 9 a.m. 
Jewelry Auction: Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m.
All events at Capitol Auction, 1717 25th St. SE, Salem 

More details in the full news release

Land Board to consider land use applications, infrastructure improvements for 945-acre property in Deschutes County   - 08/08/18

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will be asked to approve next steps in the planning process for an approximately 945-acre state-owned property in Deschutes County during the August 14 Land Board meeting. 

The Department of State Lands (DSL) is requesting approval to: 

  • Submit land use planning applications to the City of Redmond and Deschutes County for the property, known as the South Redmond Tract. The applications are to expand the Redmond urban growth boundary, annex the property into the city, and apply the large lot industrial zoning designation.
  • Partition two parcels from the property for a land exchange with Deschutes County and a land sale to the Oregon Military Department.
  • Fund the infrastructure improvements necessary to meet City of Redmond requirements for community development and State of Oregon requirements for large lot industrial zoning.  

During the meeting DSL will also request Land Board approval to add an additional policy option package to the previously approved 2019-21 agency budget request. Additionally, an update on a Request for Information (RFI) for certified forest lands management will be presented. 

The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, August 14 
10 a.m. to noon 
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities.  If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting. 

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQA7FHTWwl-gjJkQeYPJ1IA

Meeting agenda: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Pages/SLBmeetings.aspx

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit. 

State to auction jewelry, collectibles, coins from abandoned safe deposit boxes - 08/02/18

SALEM, Ore. – Diamond rings, antique pocket watches, rookie sports cards, and gold and silver coins are among thousands of items that will be sold August 10 and 11 during two public auctions in Salem. 

Auction catalogs are available now at auctioneer Stuart Realty Group, Inc.’s website: www.stuartrealtygroup.com. A preview day will be held August 9. Bid in-person or online.  

Banks turn over the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes to the Department of State Lands (DSL) – which manages Oregon’s unclaimed property program – when box owners have not kept up rental payments and cannot be located after three years. 

Unclaimed box contents of monetary value are sold at public auction. Before holding an auction, the state searches for box owners, whose names are also posted in Oregon’s searchable unclaimed property database. Sale proceeds are posted to the owner’s account and are available forever to be claimed by owners or their heirs. 

Until claimed, funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon’s K-12 public schools.

Abandoned Safe Deposit Box Auction Events
 Location: Capitol Auction, 1717 25th St. SE, Salem 
Auction Preview: Thursday, August 9, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Coin Auction: Friday, August 10, 9 a.m.
Jewelry Auction: Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. 

For more information: DSL, 503-986-5257, www.oregon.gov/dsl; Auctioneer Stuart Realty Group, 503-263-7253, www.stuartrealtygroup.com.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.  

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Media Availability 
Representatives from DSL and auctioneer Stuart Realty Group, Inc. will be available for interviews and to show high-interest items: 
Thursday, August 9
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Note: Doors will open at 8 a.m. A line typically forms prior to doors open.
Capitol Auction, 1717 25th St. SE, Salem 

State seeking comments on proposed rules for easements on state-owned lands - 08/01/18

Upcoming meetings in Ontario, Bend, and Salem will offer the public an opportunity to comment on proposed rules for easements on state-owned lands for Divisions 122 & 123.

The proposed changes would create separate rules for easements on trust lands and non-trust lands. Trust lands are managed to maximize revenue for the benefit of schools. Non-trust lands, such as state-owned waterways, are managed for public trust values such as navigation, commerce, fisheries and recreation.

Existing rules for easements on trust lands would be modified, and new rules for easements for non-trust lands would be added.

Three meetings will be held to hear public comment:

  • Aug. 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. MDT at the Clarion Inn, Lewis and Clark Room, 1249 Tapadera Ave, Ontario, Oregon
  • Aug. 22, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST at the Deschutes County Road Department, 61150 SE 27th, Bend, Oregon
  • Aug. 28, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST at the Department of State Lands, Land Board Room, 775 Summer St NE, Salem, Oregon

Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. Comments must be received by this time and date to be considered. Written comments may be submitted online, by email to ulemaking@dsl.state.or.us">rules@dsl.state.or.us or by mail to DSL Rules Coordinator, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301.

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) developed the draft rules with the guidance of a rulemaking advisory committee that included representatives from businesses and groups most likely to be impacted by easement rule changes. 

The draft rules, advisory committee roster, and additional information are on the DSL website.

 

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Willamette River beach will close to overnight use - 07/27/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – A stretch of state-owned land along the Willamette River will close to overnight use beginning August 15 to protect an ongoing waterway restoration project.  

The land, located on the west bank of the river from approximately south of the Marquam Bridge to south of the Ross Island Bridge, was an industrial site for many years. The land is currently leased to ZRZ Realty Co. (Zidell) for required remediation of historic soil contamination. The company in 2012 installed a sediment cap to help keep contaminated materials in place, and planted vegetation to stabilize the cap. 

Increased overnight use has destroyed and damaged plants, which compromises the stability of the sediment cap and puts the success of the overall remediation efforts at risk. Zidell asked the Department of State Lands (DSL) to consider closing the property to overnight use.  

In May 2018, DSL requested public comment on potential closure of the land. Nearly 100 comments were received. Comments indicated widespread support for closing the land to overnight use, and for maintaining access during the day. 

The land remains open for day use. Closure hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closure will be in effect for five years, providing Zidell and DSL time to assess the outcomes of the closure. 

A map of the closed area is on the DSL website. 

About the Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.