In Place: Jackson County Regional Plan Approved

On March 28, 2013, after more than a decade of meetings, workshops and hearings, the Greater Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving (“RPS”) Plan became final. This plan, which 1000 Friends of Oregon worked tirelessly on, will dictate how Jackson County and the cities of Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Phoenix and Talent will develop and expand for decades to come.

This plan illustrates how collaboration, both between various levels of government and with the public, can result in forward-looking plans that benefit a region. Prior to the beginning of Jackson County’s public hearings process, densities proposed by the cities were too low to support a moderate transit system, there were hundreds more acres of critical farmland slated for urbanization, and there was no mechanism in place to prevent cities from expanding outside of the urban reserves in the future. With encouragement from citizens, Jackson County and LCDC worked with the cities to make changes to address these and other concerns during their hearings processes.

We at 1000 Friends want to thank all of those people who participated in the process or gave their support in other ways. The changes made during the process were significant, and would not have happened without either the participation of citizens or the work of 1000 Friends.

Click here to learn more about the RPS vision, process, and implications for Southern Oregon.