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Alexis Biddle
Tue, 05/29/2018 (All day)

On July 7th, 2017 the Oregon Legislature passed SB 1051 with overwhelming bipartisan support.  This legislation requires cities and counties of certain sizes to:

  • Expedite certain categories of affordable housing permits
  • Strengthen requirements for clear and objective review standards for housing developments
  • Streamline local government procedures to make it easier to provide more  housing and especially affordable housing
  • Allow additional accessory dwelling units in single family neighborhoods
  • Allow religious institutions to use their property to develop affordable housing
  • Define “needed housing” as all housing

Within Section 6(5) of SB 1051, cities (with populations over 2,500) and counties (with populations over 15,000) are required to allow at least one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for each single family dwelling in areas zoned for single-family dwellings...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 05/24/2018 (All day)

OHSU Farmer's Market from Oregon Department of Agriculture.  

Strong local food systems can provide fresh, healthy food to urban communities as well as jobs for agricultural workers. The foundation of a strong local food system is the preservation of agricultural lands for farming and ranching. Preservation of urban-edge agricultural lands also creates green space and helps spark demand for new urban development in the right places.

Alyson Marchi-Young
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:30pm

For years 1000 Friends of Oregon and Save Helvetia have teamed up to protect the amazing farmland in Washington County’s Helvetia area, just north of Hillsboro. This diverse farming community is home to vineyards, tree farms, fruit orchards, and lavender fields, just to name a few. Helvetia has long been on the edge of urban development given its proximity to more urbanized cities in the Portland-Metro area. However, its high quality farming lands and rich agricultural and cultural history have inspired the community to fight to preserve the landscape. Save Helvetia is an active organizing group whose mission is to advance policies, leaders, and actions that protect...

Meriel Darzen
Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:10pm
Solar Farm in Ontario, Canada by Invenergy, a solar developer looking to expand in Oregon.

Yamhill County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to change the county zoning ordinance to restrict commercial solar installations on high-value farmland soils. The decision is not a complete ban on solar; rather, commercial solar arrays would still be allowed on lower-class soils. Instead, according to Yamhill...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Sun, 04/29/2018 - 9:00pm
Aerial photo of the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville from Billy Newman Photo. 

In its tenth year, the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival is looking to relocate to a new, bigger venue. After years in Brownsville, the four-day festival, which sees around 25,000 attendees per day, has outgrown its location and worn out the local residents’ patience. So says Friends of Marion County President, Roger Kaye. The Bi-Mart Festival planners...

Greg Holmes
Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:00pm

Through good times and economic downturns, agriculture is consistently one of the strongest sectors in Oregon’s economy. That success depends entirely on our protecting Oregon’s family farmers and the land that they need to do their work.

1000 Friends of Oregon has a long history of working within Oregon’s pioneering land use program to protect that land from incompatible uses so that farmers have it available. But long-term success is not just about having the right types land in the right places, which is why we have also worked for decades to help farmers succeed economically so that they face fewer pressures to convert their lands to other uses. But this work is bigger than any single...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Thu, 03/29/2018 (All day)
Rajneeshee cameramen at Rajneeshpuram, following staff visiting their then City Hall.

Who would have guessed that a Netflix series prompts 1000 Friends to dive into the archives? Two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have. With the series Wild Wild Country on Netflix, a fresh new look at a fascinating piece of Oregon history is now captivating a new generation. With twists and turns, Wild Wild Country explores the rise and fall of the Rajneeshee movement to Oregon. In the early 80s, followers of an Indian spiritual leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, aimed to build a utopian city in...

Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/28/2018 (All day)