The Land Use Leadership Initiative
Connecting people. Building communities.
Oregon is known for pioneering a state vision for land use planning that emphasizes farmland preservation and fighting sprawl. Many of the leaders who have spearheaded these efforts have come through 1000 Friends as staff, board members or supporters, and they have much to teach our state’s emerging leaders.
1000 Friends launched the Land Use Leadership Initiative in 2012 to connect these established leaders with the next generation of innovators and advocates for healthy communities and working landscapes. The Land Use Leadership Initiative creates a forum for informative conversations, problem-solving, and action around transportation and land use policy challenges and opportunities.
Participants in the 2012 program attended monthly discussions and tours on diverse land use and transportation policy topics facing Oregon’s communities. Our inaugural year of the program wrapped up in November 2012.
During 2013, participants will share what they learned in a variety of ways such as hosting house parties, inviting friends to 1000 Friends’ events, writing communications pieces or co-hosting events. To learn more about what participants learned in 2012, please visit the blog at http://www.friends.org/luli/blog.
The 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative
The 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative program will focus on 1000 Friends’ Cool Communities urban policy work, and participants will consider connections between land use, transportation, and community inclusion. Participants will discuss how areas for redevelopment and new development are prioritized in Oregon’s urban areas, strategies to promote good infill projects, and how to ensure that transportation options provide access to jobs and housing. Participants will develop an action agenda with recommendations that emerging leaders can champion through continued involvement with 1000 Friends or with their own organizations or communities.
We are pleased to announce our 2013 LULI class. Meet them here: friends.org/luli2013.
The 6-month program will launch on February 1st, 2013. This program is free for participants. However, we ask that participants commit to sharing the knowledge and experience they gain through the program in a way that is beneficial to both the participant and to 1000 Friends of Oregon.
If you have questions about the program, please contact our Outreach Director, Tara Sulzen at 503-497-1000 x137 or at email@example.com.
Events and Topics for 2013
The 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort will engage in a variety of tours, conversations, and activities related to 1000 Friends’ Cool Communities work. These include:
Land Use 101: At this introductory event, we’ll consider why we have statewide land use planning in Oregon and discuss opportunities for reform that the next generation can champion.
Urban Growth Boundary Tour: How does new growth at the edge impact central cities and neighborhoods? We’ll take a trip along the edge of the Portland region, and discuss what is considered in urban growth boundary expansions and how scenario planning could help make more efficient use of our land.
The Transportation and Land Use Connection: This conversation will consider how land use and transportation planning works in Oregon. Participants will visit transportation infrastructure projects and consider strategies to improve active transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
Affordable Communities: As communities change, it is important to make sure everyone benefits. This tour and discussion will discuss ways to create and preserve affordable housing and slow displacement.
Urban Economic Development: How can land use planning promote economic development to strengthen local communities and create jobs? We’ll talk with experts who will help us make the connection.
Ongoing opportunities for participants: 1000 Friends will setup trainings, networking events and discussions with other emerging leaders groups, and the 2012 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort throughout the year to provide opportunities to share ideas, build skills and learn about new opportunities. We will also work to setup group trips to visit the legislature and an opportunity to participate in the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association Big Ideas Forum and statewide planning summit in May.