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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 01/27/2016 (All day)

It's time for inclusionary zoning, a healthy climate, and affordable housing for all Oregonians

Fifteen state legislators from the greater Portland region heard from dozens of speakers and a room of over three-hundred citizens about the affordable housing issues facing Oregonians - not only in the Portland area, but around the state. The lack of affordable housing has been building for a long time, and it has come to a head with more and more families having to look for housing far from transit, jobs, and everyday needs like grocery stores. Our communities need a full tool box to ensure all Oregonians have safe and affordable housing - and that includes land use tools. Oregon's...

Pam Phan
Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:00pm

Seattle shares lessons learned with Portlanders combating displacement and gentrification

1000 Friends hosted Community Development Manager Nora Liu, from Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development and Ryan Curren, Former Program Manager of Seattle’s Office of Housing for an informal conversation about how to include anti-displacement and affordability in city planning. Anti-Displacement PDX (ADPDX) Coalition Members joined us to have an illuminating conversation. Seattle staff were just as curious about how ADPDX has been able to gain...

Joint statement by City of Woodburn and Marion County
Wed, 12/16/2015 - 10:00am


On December 14, 2015, the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners completed a joint hearing at Woodburn City Hall. The meeting represents a critical step in bringing Woodburn’s longtime effort to expand it Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to a conclusion.

In March 2015, officials from the City of Woodburn, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Marion County and the Department of Land Conservation and Development entered into a mediation process with the goal of resolving Woodburn’s effort to expand its UGB. The mediation achieved an agreement for how to...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:00pm

LCDC Remand Order 14-ACK-001867 Metro Ordinance No. 11-1255

Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the matter of the remand from the Court of Appeals’ and the Land Conversation and Development Commission to Metro regarding the designation of the Stafford, Rosemont, Borland, and Norwood areas in Clackamas County as urban reserves under ORS 195.145.  We are unable to attend today’s hearing; therefore, we are submitting written testimony and plan to appear at your next hearing on this.

While this hearing is focused on the Stafford area, our testimony addresses an issue we expect to arise:  whether some or all of the...

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:00am

An Overview of The Eugene Planning Process and Next Steps

On October 21, the Eugene city council made a decision that rolls back years of comprehensive planning decisions, by blocking up-zoning of residential areas to accommodate more housing types.  The council made its decision before taking public comments, freezing out the people who would be affected by the council’s hasty decision. This impacts current and future residents, threatens surrounding farm and forest lands, and - at the core - constructs an inequitable housing policy that punishes Eugenians who live in multi-family housing types. This does not reflect Eugene’s...

Josie Savaria-Watson
Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:59pm

Goal 1 in Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines calls for a “citizen-involvement program that ensures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the land use planning process.” The problem, we see now, is that underrepresented communities are unable to access decision-makers who will have real impact in these individual's lives. Initiatives and decisions are being made every day, and are lacking the input of people who have a unique and relevant perspective but may not know, or are unable, to share it. As a Junior in...

Sam Diaz

Sam Diaz recently sat down with Allison Giffin and Jerry Chia-Rui Chang to get an inside scoop on this year’s Gerhardt and Duke Engage Interns. 

The Paul Gerhardt Jr. Internship

Before I introduce our 2015 Gerhardt Intern, let me introduce Paul Gerhardt, Jr. Paul began working at 1000 Friends in 1981, taking the role of Senior Planner in 1982 at the age of 24. In the creation stages...

Pam Phan & Christine Corrales

Housing affordability has become a focal concern for many Oregonians. Across communities, finding a place to live that fits within a family's budget has become much more challenging in recent years. Cities throughout Oregon have reported historically low vacancy rates, a common measure for the health of the housing market. Higher vacancy rates indicate more housing options – and often lower rents as a result. While those looking to buy a home are seeing the highest list prices on record in Oregon. 

Both renters and those looking to buy a home have...