Land Use Leadership Initiative - Blog

This is a list of news items, discussions or other content related to 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative. Learn more about the Land Use Leadership Initiative's purpose and potential here.

This past December, 19 emerging land use leaders from communities across Southern Oregon joined the ranks of the more than 100 other Fellows who have graduated from our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) since 2012.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

As we reported in September, 2018 saw the formation of the first-ever LULI cohort outside of the Portland Metro area. Last summer, an initial cohort of 22 participants was drawn from a pool of 45 applicants, all of them community advocates from Jackson and Josephine counties, and representing an overall level of diversity that exceeded the regional average. We were thrilled to see such interest in our program!

LULIs (as we fondly call them...

Wed, 01/16/2019 (All day)

Farewell, Madeline, and Welcome, Sam!1000 Friends of Oregon today announces that Madeline Kovacs, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone Program Coordinator, will be leaving to take on the job as Sightline Institute's newest Fellow, working on state-level abundant-housing efforts in Oregon and Washington.

Simultaneously, Sam Diaz has returned to 1000 Friends to advance housing, transportation, and livability efforts in the greater Portland area. Most recently, Diaz was Program Manager of the Resources Legacy Fund, a conservation philanthropy serving Western North America. From 2015 to 2017, Diaz served in the Administration of California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., developing environmental and natural resources policy, setting grant program priorities,...

Greg Holmes
Tue, 09/25/2018 (All day)

Since 2012, 1000 Friends' Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) has equipped advocates and activists with the tools they need to knowledgably engage with issues in their communities. Dozens of alumni have graduated from six cohorts in the Metro area around Portland. Thanks to the generosity of multiple partners, this fall we began the first ever non-Metro cohort in the Rogue Valley of Jackson and Josephine counties.

The Rogue Valley, like much of the state, is facing numerous land use challenges. In response to the housing affordability crisis that has plagued communities nation-wide, many southern Oregon cities are revising older housing policies. With growing populations and challenges around climate change, cities and the counties are taking a new look at their transportation...

Andrew Riley
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:00am

On Saturday, October 8th, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) began a 9-month training program with a tour of the Southwest Corridor area in the Portland metro region. Located between southwest Portland and Sherwood along Highway 99W and Interstate 5, the Southwest Corridor area is expected to experience explosive population and employment growth over the next 20 years. At the same time, the area’s transportation network is already at capacity, which leads to a fundamental question which our LULIs will explore between now and June:

Where will the tens of thousands of new...

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative recently took its final tour, a visit to the Jade District of East Portland, centered on SE Division and 82nd Avenue. LULI fellow Aaron Brown reflects on the experience and what it teaches him about neighborhood-led urban renewal.

In the past few months, the 1000 Friends of Oregon Land Use Leadership Initiative group has taken some excellent tours to explore how issues facing communities throughout the metropolitan area are interrelated to 1000 Friends’ mission of prudent, thoughtful land use.  However, I couldn’t help but notice how many of our tours were focused on Washington...

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative drove out TV Highway on Friday, May 17, to visit the diverse, unincorporated Washington County community of Aloha. We met with local organizers and planners working for a better community transportation system. Here, participant Tony DeFalco reflects on what he learned.

Photos by Mark Gamba.


It was both an inspiring and depressing tour of the Aloha-Reedville area.

This 9-square mile unincorporated area of Washington County 11 miles from downtown Portland centers on the Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway and has about 50,000 residents. According to our hosts, Mike Dahlstrom from Washington County‘s...

In April, our Land Use Leadership Initiative met for a frank afternoon discussion of a conflicted history of race, discrimination, and exclusion in Oregon. In this post, participant Aaron Brown reflects on the intersection of this history with his personal history and advocacy passions.

When I applied to participate on 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Land Use Leadership Initiative, I was most excited by the opportunity to learn about how land use policy and advocacy intersects with affordable housing, clean energy and environmental justice. I was eager to spend time engaged in deep discussion with citizens and organizations from across the region...

Tara Sulzen
Mon, 04/08/2013 (All day)


Our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) took a tour of North Portland and Cully neighborhoods on Thursday, March 21. LULI Program Coordinator Tara Sulzen reflects on what we learned and discussed. 

As members of the 2013 Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) prepared for our affordable housing tour on a recent blustery March afternoon, we began by considering what is considered “affordable” for people of different ages, income levels, cultures and family sizes. This particular tour was for the LULI cohort to consider how housing supply, availability and affordability are planned for at the state, regional and local level, and to visit neighborhoods where significant change in the range of housing options and amenities available has occurred (or is likely to occur in the future), and how that impacts different communities....