New McMinnville Economic Analysis Revisions Raise More Concerns

After a consultant paid by a shopping center developer made revisions to a draft Economic Oportunities Analysis in McMinnville--revisions that more forcefully stated a "need" for a new regional shopping center--a member of the city's Advisory Committee is crying foul.

Wins, Wastes, and What's Next: Recapping the 2013 Legislative Session

Like most legislative sessions, 2013 began and ended with a flurry of activity in Salem. Back in February, over 150 bills – good and bad – were introduced that pertained to land use planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, and other issues that 1000 Friends works on.

1KF in the News: Salem Bridge Looking Shaky, and Questions in McMinnville

The dangers of building a bridge on unstable foundations, and concerns about converting high-quality industrial land for a big box development in McMinnville: 1000 Friends has been active in the Willamette Valley lately.

Stepping Ahead: Oregon Enters New Phase of Scenario Planning

What do a sidewalk in Keizer, faster bus service in Medford, neighborhood parks in Corvallis, and mixed-use buildings in Bend have in common?

They are all benefits that might arise from Oregon’s most significant recent planning initiative: regional scenario planning.

Daily Astorian Editorial: Protect Planning's Integrity, Reject Senate Bill 845

A strong April 11 editorial in the Daily Astorian urges lawmakers: don't usurp the integrity of Oregon planning for a single company's location preferences. 

LULI Meets the UGB: Reflections from a "Farm Kid" Now Living in the City

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) took a tour of the Portland Metro region's Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County on Thursday, February 21. 

New 1000 Friends Report Explores the Full Costs of Sprawl

Entitled More Extensive Is More Expensive, our new report explores Oregon's growing fiscal burden from sprawl-related infrastructure. Using examples from around the nation, we suggest a more transparent approach that could savie Oregon communities millions.

Setting the Record Straight on Newberg's UGB Proposal

As the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners considers a flawed urban growth boundary proposal doggedly pursued by the City of Newberg, 1000 Friends' Mia Nelson tells the Newberg Graphic why the City is taking the wrong course.

Two Videos Make the Connection Between Land Use Planning and Agriculture

An online video channel called Cooking Up A Story has released a pair of videos that explain why Oregon's land use planning program is so essential to protecting farmland and the farmers who work it--as well as the state's overall economy. They are embedded below.

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