Chair Clem and members of the Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on HB 2144, a bill addressing nonconforming uses. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice.
HB 2144 addresses the regulation of nonconforming uses, which are uses that preexist land use regulation. Such uses, if commenced today, would either not be permitted or would require land use approvals. Nonconforming uses can be anything from surface mines to home occupations to dog boarding. This bill appears to address concerns about how nonconforming uses can be recognized by counties such that they can continue without challenge.
1000 Friends of Oregon appreciates the intent of the bill and supports the concept of requiring nonconforming uses to have been lawful at the time of...