For the Deumling Family, Land Use Is a Way of Life

Sun, 12/16/2018 - 9:00am

As an Oregonian, I am so grateful for this time of year, when we wrap ourselves in scarves and sweaters, and gather around the hearth with loved ones. With the last leaves fallen, and the first snows laying thick across the Cascades, I am reminded once again of the incredible beauty and bounty of our beloved state, and especially of the connections between Oregon's forests and families like yours and mine.

A Fond Farewell, and a Warm Welcome

Wed, 01/16/2019 (All day)

Farewell, Madeline, and Welcome, Sam!1000 Friends of Oregon today announces that Madeline Kovacs, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone Program Coordinator, will be leaving to take on the job as Sightline Institute's newest Fellow, working on state-level abundant-housing efforts in Oregon and Washington.

Metro UGB expansion proposals miss the mark

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 09/25/2018 (All day)

It’s been in the news, and it’s been on our minds: Metro is considering expanding the urban growth boundary for four cities in the region. Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, and Wilsonville have submitted proposals to expand their urban growth boundaries for added housing. This week, the Metro Council will give directions to these cities on how to improve their expansion proposals to meet the needs of all residents. Metro will make a final decision in December.

Testimony on Metro UGB expansion proposals

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 09/17/2018 (All day)

September 17, 2018

Metro Council President Hughes
Metro Council
600 NE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97232

Re:  2018 Growth Management Decision: Chief Operating Office Recommendation

Dear President Hughes and Council Members:

Urban Growth Boundaries

1000 Friends Staff and Board
Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:20pm

It's time to double down on their protection

You may already know UGBs are the single most contested aspect of Oregon’s land use planning program. UGBs make Oregon different by giving landowners certainty, shaping our cities and towns, and enabling our agricultural economy to thrive without risk of urban sprawl. Today UGBs face a pressing threat: special interests are claiming they drive up housing costs.

Oregonians in Action Propose UGB Name Change

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:15am

Last month, Oregonians in Action proposed a language change for statewide documents.

Dispelling the Myth of UGBs and Affordability

Alyson Marchi-Young and Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:55pm

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  • Metro's Chief Operating Officer: Don't Expand the UGB

    Mary Kyle McCurdy

    1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the recommendation of Metro's Chief Operating Officer that Metro not expand the regional urban growth boundary (UGB) in 2015, but instead focus on how to grow better inside the UGB. The recommendation points out that the region has enough land inside the UGB for the next 20 years' worth of population and employment growth, and then states:

    "It is time for our region to move on from the land supply debate and consider actions that will:

    Grist.org: "Want to breathe new life into your city? Build a fence around it."

    Nathanel Johnson
    Grist.org
    Tue, 05/06/2014 (All day)

    Grist.org, a national blog devoted to "getting people talking, thinking, and taking action", takes a look at how sharpening the edge of Portland's region helped revive the city's core in a fascinating piece.

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