Envision Oregon

What is Envision Oregon?

Thirty years ago, in a series of meetings held all over the state, Oregonians asked and answered two fundamental questions: What do we love most about Oregon and what kind of place do we want it to be? The answers helped create the system of statewide planning goals that shape the Oregon we have today.

Thirty years from today, better than one and a half million more people will call Oregon home. Oregon and our world are changing: our economy increasingly faces global competition, energy prices are surging and climate change looms. The 2005 Legislature passed Senate Bill 82, which created a 4 year review of the land use tools (known as the "Big Look") we need to address the future. Unfortunately, the public has not been engaged in the process as it was thirty years ago.

1000 Friends of Oregon believes that any discussion about Oregon's future needs to involve those who love her most. In an effort to include the public in assessing and creating tools to build better communities and protect our unique landscapes, we launched a public involvement effort to "Envision Oregon" through town hall forums. We were joined in this effort by over 90 organizations that agreed that it is critical for Oregonians to participate in creating Oregon's future.

 

About Envision Oregon:

Round One of Envision Oregon was conducted in 2006. About 1200 Oregonians came together in six town hall forums held in communities across the state to identify common values and develop a vision for the future. The results of those discussions were documented in the Round One Final Report.

In 2007, we conducted Round Two town halls in 11 towns and cities. Participants picked up where the previous year's conversations left off and discussed specific policy options that could help make the vision developed in Round One into reality.

Before Envision Oregon was all over, more than 2,200 participants of varying backgrounds, ages, and party affiliations gathered at forums held in sixteen cities around the state. They came from more than 140 different Oregon communities, ranging from the very rural to the very urban.

The results have been documented in A Blueprint for Oregon's Future.

For more information, to provide comments, or to get a printed copy of the Blueprint, e-mail us at info@friends.org