In the 2006-2010 Coquille Indian Tribe Strategic Plan, the Tribal Council made it a priority to complete a Comprehensive Plan for the Tribe’s Empire site. The Plan includes a land use inventory used to identify opportunities and constraints related to housing, public access, public safety, multimodal transportation and circulation, and environmental resource protection.
The Coquille Indian Tribe (CIT) encompassed over 750,000 acres in southwest Oregon for thousands of years before they were forced to relocate in the 19th century. In 1989, CIT was restored to federal recognition and they started rebuilding. Since then, CIT has regained more than 10,000 acres of their ancestral land.
3J developed a Comprehensive Plan for the CIT focusing on multimodal transportation, land use planning and redevelopment opportunities for an 1,100-acre site called the Empire property. The Plan will guide future transportation infrastructure development and land use designations. 3J led the consultant team whose tasks include preparing background reports, facilitating advisory committee and public meetings, developing land use and transportation alternatives, developing an implementation strategy, and preparing the Comprehensive Plan. The CIT Tribal Council approved the plan on July 14, 2018.
The project was partially funded by a grant from the Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program, a joint program of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).
Coquille Indian Tribe
The Coquille Indian Tribe identified a need to have a detailed inventory of land resources or land use designations on the Empire properties.
A variety of strategies were used to engage CIT members as well as service providers and adjacent communities. The Tribe and consultant team conducted a series of interviews with nine CIT stakeholder groups about community goals, values and options for Tribal properties.
A total of 282 acres of the Empire Parcels are identified as developable lands.