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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment opportunities, community services, shopping, and more. And urban Oregonians will have better service, which could include more bus routes, higher frequency service, and evening and weekend service.

This bill, if passed in full, will be transformational for Oregon. It signals a statewide commitment to breaking transportation barriers, to cutting our...

Andrew Riley
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 9:55am
The entire team at 1000 Friends of Oregon is excited to congratulate our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative cohort on their graduation from the program last Thursday, June 22nd!
 
Since 2012, 1000 Friends' Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) has equipped advocates and activists with the tools they need to engage on issues in their communities. Our 17 new graduates have spent...
Madeline Kovacs
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:45am

In the Fall, 1980 edition of the 1000 Friends newsletter, then-State Housing Council Chair Betty Niven stressed the importance of fully implementing land use planning Goal 10, Housing. Niven reminded readers that reforms required by the Goal pertain not only to housing supply, but also to "what people can afford to pay for a house - what might be called 'income-sensitive zoning.’

​Niven’s words could have been written today, as Oregon struggles to address a statewide housing shortage, and as Oregonians from every county and municipality are being evicted and/or priced out of their communities. As Mayor Vinis of Eugene...

Nellie McAdams
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

Chief sponsors of the bill, Representatives Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), Knute Buehler (R-Bend) and Brian Clem (D-Salem) each spoke in support of the legislation noting the major potential economic and environmental impacts the loss of Oregon’s agricultural land would have on the state’s economy.

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Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:30am

Stop the erosion of Oregon’s land use laws TODAY!

Two Senate bills that deteriorate our land use system received a hearing this week. Both passed through the Senate Committee on Rules without any recommendation. As of this update (6/28/17) we are waiting to see where these bills go next. 

SB 432 will allow counties to remove land use laws from large portions of eastern Oregon and SB 644 would allow strip-mining on farmland in the same region. The natural beauty and valuable working lands of a large portion of our state are under immediate threat! These bills individually are bad...

Thu, 06/08/2017 (All day)

House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

HB 2007 does this by:

  • Fast tracking affordable housing building permits
  • Strengthening requirements for clear & objective review standards for housing developments.
  • Streamlining local government procedures to make it easier to provide more housing, and especially affordable housing, in all Oregon communities.
  • Allowing additional dwelling units (ADUs) and duplexes in single-family neighborhoods.
  • Allowing religious institutions to use their property to develop...
Meriel Darzen
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:30am

1000 Friends has filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a recent Court of Appeals decision that will impact farmland across the state. 

State law bars a non-farm use like a landfill from expanding onto farmland if the expansion will have "significant" impacts on area farms.  In approving an expansion of a local landfill on farmland, 

Yamhill County found that the landfill could mitigate any impacts by compensating farmers for any harm to their farms.  For example, when a farmer demonstrated that his hay would be contaminated with litter from the landfill, instead of denying or limiting the landfill operation, the County allowed the landfill to pay for litter patrols on the field. The...