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.

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....

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....

Our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) took a tour of the Portland Metro region's Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County on Thursday, February 21. 

Below, LULI participant Josh Baker reflects on what he learned, and participant Mark Gamba shares photos from the tour.

A surprise talent I’ll demonstrate to my crop of Portland friends is to identify specific breeds of sheep or cows as we drive out of the city and...

We're pleased to introduce the 20 individuals who have been selected to participate in the second year of our Land Use Leadership Initiative. They come from a diversity of perspectives and professional backgrounds, and together will consider and confront some key issues facing the Oregon and the Portland region.

We're excited to work with them throughout the next six months, beginning with our launch today. We'll learn from each other about the role of land use planning in key issues like active transportation, affordable housing, and climate change. Our goal is to help inform these emerging leaders' professional work and personal passions as they help shape Oregon's future.

Meet the whole 2013 cohort here: friends...