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.

Metro Considers 3800-acre Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

On July 5th, 2011 Metro released its recommendation of options for where the Portland region should expand its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to accommodate projected residential and industrial uses over the next 20 years.  Metro is considering expansion areas that total approximately 3800 acres to the UGB, primarily in Washington County.

A Visit to Zenger Farm: Reflections from Our Summer Intern

Nathaniel Berger, Duke Intern

One of our Summer Interns, Nathaniel Berger, recently paid a visit to Zenger Farm, in Southeast Portland, where he participated in a volunteer project and learned about urban agriculture. Nathaniel hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is a rising Junior at Duke University.

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