Keeping the Oregon Spirit: Our September Newsletter Explores Reserves, Food Innovators, and More

The September issue of Oregon Stories features a letter from our director on why we're challenging Metro's reserves plan, a profile of two food innovators bringing a new kind of economic development to Salem, recent commendations for Oregon's land use program, and more.

Boundaries and Connections: Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours the UGB

Among the most well-known of Oregon’s land use planning tools, urban growth boundaries help ensure efficient growth while protecing the productivity of working farms and forests. But how effectively are they working in Oregon today? Last Friday, August 17, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants went right to the edge to find out.

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Oregon Land Use Program Is "What Works" in Government

An award-winning magazine describes Oregon's innovative land use planning program as the country's foremost model for achieving a balance of high-quality communities and thriving rural resource lands.

Economic Impact of Oregon Farmers Markets Continues Growth

After the USDA released impressive new statistics last week demonstrating a nearly 10 percent increase in national farmers markets, the Oregonian digs into what the numbers mean for Oregon. Unsurprisingly, we are a national leader in local consumers supporting local produce, and the impact is growing.

State Lines, Stark Contrasts: Report Charts Rural Sprawl in Greater Portland

A new report from Sightline Institute explores the spread and prevalence of rural sprawl in the Portland region. The conclusion: clear evidence of the impact of wise land use planning, with rural sprawl far more widespread in Clark County, Washington, than in Oregon's share of the metro region.

Jackson County Commissioners Adopt Regional Plan Changes

The Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving plan (RPS) is one step closer to final adoption. On Wednesday, June 27, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt all of the revisions recommended by the state Land Conservation and Development Commission.

Seeing Demographic Shifts, Developers Refocus

Oregonians' neighborhood and housing preferences are changing, and developers are taking notice. After decades of building low-density subdivisions and suburban garden apartments, smart builders are refocusing inside the urban growth boundary.

Seven Things We Learned Biking in Helvetia

1000 Friends was pleased to join our friends at the Westside Transportation Alliance and Helvetia Community Association on Sunday, June 10, in hosting a Pedalpalooza ramble through lovely Helvetia.

Oregon Land Use Key Factor in Success, Says Central Oregon Cycle Tourism Company

As bicycle tourism grows in popularity, Oregon has an advantage: it's much easier to get out of town and traffic, and into gorgeous scenery. In a recent blog post, Bike Around Bend features the story of a new local cycling company, Ride Cycling Tours. The company's founder, Whit Bazemore, cites land use planning as a key factor that will help his business succeed.

DLCD Recommends Partial Remand of Portland Metro UGB

Nick Christensen
Metro News
Fri, 04/20/2012 (All day)

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development has recommended that the Land Conservation and Development Commission remand portions of an 2,000-acre regional urban growth boundary expansion adopted by Metro in 2011.

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