Land Use Victories in Salem

Jason Miner

Today was another busy day in Salem – we're excited to share three legislative updates with you: 

  • SCR 17, a resolution honoring Hector Macpherson Jr., passed the Senate this morning. No person did more to defend Oregon's farmland and foodsheds than Hector. He was the voice for agriculture during the quite revolution in land use that transformed our state. 
  • Across the Capitol in the House, HB 2831, a bill fixing a loophole allowing "property line adjustments" that subdivide farmland for development passed the House floor and is headed to the Governor's desk. 
  • Also on the House floor is HB 2734, a bill that empowers local governments to establish land banks to acquire contaminated brownfiled sites. Land banks can bring the patience and perspective to clean up contaminated land and shepherd it into redevelopment for housing, parks or jobs that benefit neighborhoods. 

Hector Macpherson Jr. knew that Oregon's character relies on protecting the agricultural backbone of the state while making our cities and towns great places to live, work and play. Today, that vision moved forward in Salem.