Ben Ross: To Fight Sprawl, Look Closer In

It may seem that fighting sprawl is all about the edge: have a strong urban growth boundary and and the rest will fall into place. But that's only one piece of the puzzle, argues author Ben Ross. We need also need more places to live in existing communities--yet how can we build that in an age of opposition?

Springfield Discovers That More Extensive Is More Expensive

The City of Springfield is considering expanding its urban growth boundary to pursue the possibility of new large-scale employment, but recent calculations show the cost to serve any expansion with infrastructure could be overwhelming.

The Register-Guard reports:

City officials have identified five areas where Springfield could expand its urban growth boundary, and roughly calculated how much it would cost to extend sewer and streets and collect stormwater to serve that future development.

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

2014 Oregon Legislative Recap: 5 Key Takeaways for Land Use

This year's short legislative session was a typically wild ride in Salem. When legislators concluded their work on March 7, we emerged with big wins on some important topics, but also some key questions left unanswered. Here are our 5 key takeaways from this session.

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.

Willamette Week: Bill Could "Bust the Boundary"

Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Week
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:00am

Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss reports on an unprecedented bill that could nuke Oregon's established local process for land use planning and force the implementation of Metro's 2011 urban growth boundary expansion.

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.

More Super-Siting from the Oregon Legislature?

A potential bill in the 2014 legislative session could usurp citizen appeals and open Washington County farmland to immediate development, The Oregonian's Christian Gaston reports. It's another example of legislative "super-siting": overriding local plans to pave the way for development.

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