Carl Abbott in his Framing Paper captured this digital project’s mission best by stating: "The project speaks to the high reputation and interest that Oregon planning innovations and practices have developed among academic specialists, public officials, and community leaders both locally and in the nation at large.

It also offers a creative response to a problem of record-keeping and archiving of planning materials. Much of the documentation for planning initiatives and choices is contained in fugitive documents, reports, and memoranda that libraries have traditionally found it difficult to collect, accession, and maintain. National efforts in the 1970s and 1980s to develop microfiche archives of planning documents met with limited success, especially in terms of dissemination. The development of the Internet and World Wide Web, however, provides a powerful tool for storage and retrieval of such material."