Recent Land Use Wins

Mary Kyle McCurdy and Meriel Darzen
Tue, 09/27/2016 - 1:30pm

Partners, Affiliates, and Cooperating Attorneys all see successes

We are thrilled to highlight some significant Land Use Wins from our partners and Affiliates.

First on the docket, Friends of Yamhill County v. Yamhill County (Hintermeyer) – a 1000 Friends Cooperating Attorney Program (CAP) case.

A Win for Farmland: Court Reverses Overreaching Urban Reserves

On February 20, the Oregon Court of Appeals released a historic ruling that is a big win for Oregon farmland. By reversing Metro's urban and rural reserves proposal, the court agreed with 1000 Friends that Washington County and Metro had stepped outside the law and tried to open too much farmland to development.

1000 Friends released this statement on the ruling:

Court Ruling on Metro Urban/Rural Reserves Expected Thursday

Christian Gaston
The Oregonian
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:28am

The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday on a court case challenging the 50-year growth plan the Portland region adopted in 2010.

What the court says about the plan could determine the outcome of a major piece of legislation Oregon lawmakers are working on that would redraw the map that local governments agreed upon.

1000 Friends Celebrates Victory for Marion County Farmland

In March 2012, a slight Marion County farmer named Lolita Carl spoke at 1000 Friends' Tom McCall Legacy Gala. Lolita, whose family has farmed in Marion County for generations, told our guests how 1000 Friends staff were helping her defend her farmland and way of life in Woodburn.

Deconstructing Koontz: The Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Land Use

In the media buzz over a series of important Supreme Court cases in June, one ruling with serious implications for land use largely slipped through the cracks.

Newberg Graphic Editorial: Stop Unwarranted Attacks on Land Use Planning

Editorial Board
Newberg Graphic
Sat, 02/18/2012 (All day)

After a heated Newberg City Council meeting earlier this month, in which several members of the City Council expressed extreme anger at land use planning laws and 1000 Friends affiliate Friends of Yamhill County for blocking an illegal urban growth boundary expansion in January, the Newberg Graphic issued a strong rebuke in a February 18 editorial.

U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Measure 49

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications and Development Coordinator

In an important move protecting the intentions of Oregon voters, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of Measure 49, the 2007 ballot referendum that reversed the worst excesses of 2004’s Measure 37.

Court Decision Protects Polk County Forestland

Craig Beebe

The Oregon Court of Appeals delivered an important opinion November 9, when it blocked a proposed lot adjustment by Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company in a forested area of Polk County. The proposal would have opened the area, which is productive for commercial forestry, to potential housing development. 1000 Friends stood with Polk County and our local affiliate Friends of Polk County to defend this area from Weyerhaeuser's plan, and celebrate the proposal.

Oregon Supreme Court Delivers Important Victory for Oregon Farmland

In a significant victory for Oregon farmland and the integrity of our land use system, the Oregon Supreme Court last week prevented the development of a subdivision on farmland in Yamhill County that had won final approval the day before Measure 49 was passed by Oregon voters.  This is a big victory for our affiliate Friends of Yamhill County and Crag Law Center, who brought the case, as well for as all of us who believe that prime Willamette Valley farmland should be protected f

Court of Appeals Reaffirms Balanced Approach for McMinnville UGB Expansion

This week, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a ruling that clearly reaffirms a balanced approach toward protecting vital Yamhill County farmlands while allowing for appropriate growth for the City of McMinnville. The Court reversed the Land Conservation and Development Commission's previous approval of a McMinnville's proposed urban growth boundary expansion (UGB), which included over 800 acres of top-quality farmland.

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