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.

Oregon Cities Grow More, Expand Less than National Average

Dave Garlock, 1000 Friends Communication Intern
Thu, 04/05/2012 (All day)

An aerial view of the Urban Growth Boundary in Cornelius, OregonAmerican cities are growing rapidly, and across much of the country this has meant further sprawl. But a look at the most recent U.S.

LCDC Remands McMinnville Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

On February 29, 2012, the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) sent an excessive urban growth boundary expansion plan back to the City of McMinnville.

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.

Jackson County Regional Plan Enters Crucial Phase

In November 2011, after eight years of work and nearly two more years of public hearings, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved, or "adopted", the Greater Bear Creek Regional Problem Solving Plan (RPS), which will guide growth for six Jackson County cities for the next fifty years.

Mia Nelson in News-Register: How Newberg's Planning Decisions Gambled With Its Future

Mia Nelson, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Willamette Valley Advocate, argues in a commentary for the Yamhill Valley News Register that the City of Newberg has delayed its urban growth boundary expansion and needed economic growth through unsound planning choices.

Good Planning Requires Reliable Forecasts: A Victory in Yamhill County

Solid research is required to achieve a proper balance of growth that allows for the right mix of jobs and housing opportunities, ensures efficient infrastructure investments, and protects the vital farmland and forestland that form the backbone of Oregon's economy. The Yamhill County Board of Commissioners wisely recognized this on Thursday, October 27, when they voted unanimously to reject an erroneous 20-year population forecast prepared by the City of Newberg.

Metro Council Passes 1,985-Acre Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

On October 20, 2011 the Metro Council approved a 1,985-acre Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) expansion for the Portland metropolitan region. The expansion is split into four areas, all of them in Washington County, including roughly 1,650 acres for new residential developments and 330 acres intended to attract industrial employers that use large lots.

A map of the expansion, provided by Metro, is available here.

Ask Metro Council To Invest In Existing Communities in 2011

Metro Council plans to vote October 20 on a proposed urban growth boundary (UGB) expansion for the Portland metropolitan region. They need to hear now from area residents and businesses who believe that a strong UGB supports sustainable economic growth, needed infrastructure investments, and the vibrant neighborhoods we all value.

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