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.

Tara Sulzen
Thu, 11/08/2012 (All day)

For our final Land Use Leadership Initiative tour and policy discussion, emerging leaders and advisors traveled to Tigard to see how coordinated land use and transportation planning have been driving the city’s Community Vision effort.

This event wrapped up a year of discussions on various aspects on Oregon’s statewide planning program by focusing on how land use planning can improve transportation planning, and vice-versa.

To set the stage for a lively discussion, our group of advisors and emerging leaders first considered our own favorite transportation infrastructure projects, ranging from the Big Dig to the Staten Island Ferry to Portland’s bike network. Next, we discussed our individual wish lists of transportation projects--ideas mentioned included transforming the Metro region’s arterials into complete streets, burying I-5, or full implementation of the Outer Powell Boulevard Safety Improvements.

Adding it all up...

Victoria Demchak, 1000 Friends Volunteer
Fri, 10/05/2012 (All day)

On Saturday, September 22, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants joined the 1000 Friends Board of Directors to witness the productivity and pressures affecting some of Oregon’s most productive farmland, in the French Prairie region just south of the Portland metro region.

Our conversations focused on the challenges of keeping this historic yet active farmland in agriculture. We were joined by Ben Williams, President of Friends of French Prairie, representing the farming region that bridges Clackamas and Marion counties, and Jim Johnson, land use specialist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Ben treated us to a geological and social history of the area, and Jim described the high soil quality, productivity, and economic contributions of the area.

We started out tracing the Willamette River just south of Wilsonville on the crisp first day of fall. The northern edge of French Prairie cuts...

Among the most well-known of Oregon’s land use planning tools, urban growth boundaries help ensure efficient growth while protecing the productivity of working farms and forests. But how effectively are they working in Oregon today? Last Friday, August 17, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants went right to the edge to find out.

Outreach Director Tara Sulzen recounts the trip:

We headed out to the edge of the Portland Metro region’s urban growth boundary in Washington County. With temperatures hovering around 95 degrees that afternoon, we were grateful that most of the tour took place within the...

Craig Beebe
Tue, 06/26/2012 (All day)

Land Use Leadership Initiative participants explore affordable housing policy and developments

On Friday, June 22, the 1000 Friends of Oregon Land Use Leadership Initiative took a dip into the interesting and challenging world of affordable housing. The topic is perennially discussed in Oregon, particularly in the Portland region, as evidenced by a recent Oregonian series on the challenges faced by a region where residents have a very wide range of economic ability and housing is expensive or hard to find in some key areas.

LULI participants observed and discussed two approaches to bringing affordable housing to one such key area: Portland’s Pearl District. Internationally heralded as a livable and largely successful redevelopment of a former railyards and warehouse district, the Pearl has struggled to meet its original vision as a place with room for everyone, including families and those who...

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Land Use Leadership Initiative Participant

Thoughts and reflections from Brandon Spencer-Hartle, a Land Use Leadership Initiative Participant who is the Field Programs Manager for the Historic Preservation League of Oregon. Photos by Peter Ovington.

On May 4, 2012, a group of participants in the 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Land Use Leadership Initiative went to Salem to learn about how the City conducts downtown urban renewal, and to discuss the vision for downtown. As most planning-curious Oregonians know, urban renewal certainly isn’t a new tool, and it certainly isn’t without controversy in resource-strapped, tax-capped, equity-mapped 21st Century Oregon. While it may take Portland only a month to marathon an urban renewal area process from its initial public announcement to its final council...

On April 22, 1000 Friends staff, Land Use Leadership Initiative participants and Rebooting Democracy conference attendees had a conversation about changing practices and trends in public engagement, considering strategies for enhancing the value of public involvement in land use planning and decision-making.

Panelists provided insight about measures being taken at the state level and by local jurisdictions to improve the quality of public input in long term planning processes. Then attendees had the opportunity to strategize about garnering better public input, as well as strategies to help local governments with limited resources expand their capacity for public...

On Saturday, March 10, participants in 1000 Friends of Oregon's Land Use Leadership Initiative had the opportunity to head to Yamhill County to consider how land use policies impact and support the wine industry in Oregon.

We toured the rolling hills of farms and vineyards, sipped local wines at Winter’s Hill Vineyards, sampled local food from McMinnville’s Community Plate restaurant and talked about ways to advocate for policy solutions that support Oregon’s growing wine industry.  Follow along on a photo tour of our trip!

Photos and captions by Kevin Pozzi, Communications Intern.


kicking off the day...

Kevin Pozzi, Communications Intern
Tue, 02/21/2012 (All day)

Prior to a formal address on Wednesday evening, author, developer and self-described ‘land-use strategist’ Chris Leinberger led an engaging discussion over coffee and cookies with the Land Use Leadership Initiative participants at 1000 Friends of Oregon’s office.

Leinberger, founder of the New Urbanist development firm Arcadia and known for his national work organizing smart-growth-minded realtors, surprised the group with his admission that he first came to know Henry Richmond, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s founder, when challenging the urban growth boundary.

“Thank goodness I lost!” Leinberger exclaimed, noting his change of heart decades ago regarding infill and development patterns.

The conversation slowly shifted to ways in which we as a group can better explain and market the concept of transit-oriented, smarter, denser development. Meeky Blizzard, Livable Communities...