The Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI)


LULI, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s leadership training program, was established in 2012. LULI connects participants with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors through monthly discussions in forums ranging from informational panels to site visits to field trips. The program showcases Oregon’s innovative land use planning, highlights the most-pressing land development issues, and equips participants with a land use toolkit to utilize in issues that matter to them.

LULI is about much more than land use. It harnesses the power of think-tanks by bringing together community members who form a wide range of perspectives. Instead of looking at land use in a narrow frame of reference, Fellows are encouraged to share stories in how planning decisions directly impact their community and the issues they care about. When meeting with officials who shape land and transportation decisions, Fellows raise issues like  public health and unequal access to services. The cohort instantly uses their toolkit, anticipating unintended consequences and brainstorming solutions. In this collaborative setting, Fellows not only learn about urban development, but also learn how to be effective advocates in the allocation of resources across the region and state.

Questions? Please contact Sam Diaz, Community Engagement Manager, at or (503) 497-1000 x 122. 


Coming to the Portland Metropolitan Region in January 2019

Land Use Leadership Initiative 2019: Climate Smart Communities Revisited



Community training opportunity: Make a difference for housing, transit, climate, and more. 

Right now, across Southern Oregon, important decisions are being made that impact all of us. These decisions are often made without community input, creating a mismatch between decisions made and the real and growing needs of our community for things like affordable, accessible housing, public transportation, access to locally produced healthy foods, and a stable climate.

This year the Rogue Action Center, AllCare Health, Jackson Care Connect, Rogue Climate, AARP Oregon, and many other partners are excited to co-sponsor a Southern Oregon program focused on local issues.

2018 Southern Oregon Program
The 2018 LULI Program will consist of six training sessions from September through December. Each session will focus in-depth on one specific issue to provide participants with a deeper understanding of land use advocacy.

Topics include: Land Use 101, Urban Growth Boundaries, Housing, Transportation and Public Transit, and other local issues.

Logistics: Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings after work with food and childcare provided. Transportation assistance available, just check the box when you apply. The full list of dates are on the attached flyer and in the application.

How to apply: There will be 25 slots available and applications are being accepted now through this web portal until Friday, August 17th. Thanks to our many sponsors there is no charge to participate. 

Click the link here to apply. [Application is not open.] 

What Do Previous LULI Fellows Say?

Lisa Frank
"After graduating college with a degree in Government and Spanish, I was thrilled to land at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and have the opportunity to put my advocacy skills to work, transforming the cities and suburbs of Washington County into a better place to live, work, play, and bike. It didn't take long for me to realize that the biggest challenges facing Washington County did not have their origin in misplaced transportation priorities, but rather in land use patterns and choices that dictated a car-dominant system. I turned to LULI and 1000 Friends of Oregon for help understanding land use and how it is interconnected with transportation, housing, the environment, racism, and more. One of the most valuable aspects of LULI for me was the ability to meet and learn from people working in all these fields, who also understood land use to be the fabric knitting Oregon together. We are lucky here to have an organization like 1000 Friends that is boldly venturing beyond farm and forest land protection into the heart of our cities, suburbs, and apartments to examine how we can best organize our communities and the services we rely on. LULI for me has been a key to enter that conversation and form lasting personal and professional bonds with other participants."

Stuart Campbell
"I went into the LULI program wanting to learn more about planning, housing, and the politics involved in these areas. I can definitely say that I learned about all of those things, and more. When we role-played a neighborhood association meeting in SW Portland, I realized the dynamic nature of planning and land use development within the small, but personal, context such as a neighborhood. It help bring to life arguments and dilemmas that are often heard about but not always experienced - I liked this simple but meaningful activity. I liked that the class followed a larger local issue, such as Metro's Climate Smart Strategy while learning about other planning issues. Being giving opportunities to speak out on Climate Smart Strategy was great, as I may not have been aware enough to send in a written statement.

One of the highlights for me was just hearing from professionals and leading voices. I really enjoy lectures from people who are 'in the field' and knowledgeable. This did not stop at guests who came to our classes either. The cohort was a wealth of knowledge, as well. 

LULI was important to me personally, along with my career efforts. Because of LULI, I realized more clearly that I wanted to pursue a career in planning, and I am now set to begin PSU's MURP program this fall! I also know that I have a solid network of LULI's that I can reach out to for questions or information – priceless!"

Heidi Guenin​
"Being someone who works in this area a bit more than the other LULIs, it was always valuable to hear the kinds of questions they asked, the bits of information they were surprised about, the sheer lack of jadedness that envelops many of the professional advocates in this space.  I hope that everyone stays engaged in the efforts that you highlighted - it would invaluable to have even half of those voices continue to participate in and shape the many projects coming our way in the next few years!"

Omar Carrillo
"The LULI curriculum provided an excellent introduction to Oregon’s planning system, as well as the nuances of what this means for the Portland Metro area. It provided me with a more thorough understanding of Metro’s role in our planning processes and how to advocate for livability issues at the Metro level. It was also interesting to get to compare Oregon and Portland’s system to other metro areas and states and critically evaluate the benefits and burdens of our current system.One of the highlights was getting to hear from different people working in the field. Their perspective was incredibly valuable. The couple times we got out of the “classroom” were great too (there should be more in the future!). I now have a better sense of the diversity of regional planning programs and the pros and cons of each of these. I also have a better sense of how local jurisdictions and cities can work together to achieve livability and equity goals, even if the Portland Metro area is far from this."