Reports & Publications
Great & Growing: People and Jobs in Oregon's Agri-Cluster
One in eight Oregon jobs. $22 billion in economic activity. Jobs and communities in every corner of the state. Our November 2013 report chronicles the many economic and community benefits of Oregon agriculture and the businesses that depend on it--which together comprise the second-largest industry in the state. Learn more and read the report at friends.org/growing.
More Extensive Is More Expensive (PDF)
When it comes to infrastructure, many Oregon communities are making the wrong bets. Our 2013 report explores how building infrastructure for sprawl is draining the budgets of many communities, and recommends simple steps that cities can take to bring their budgets back in line. Learn more and download the report at friends.org/infrastructure.
Public Participation in Land Use Planning (PDF)
Public Participation is the first goal in Oregon's land use planning program. Why? Beginning in the 1960s and ’70s, our nation witnessed an emerging demand for the integration of social, political, and environmental concerns in public decision making. When “sagebrush subdivisions, coastal condomania, and the ravenous rampages of suburbia” threatened Oregon’s quality of life and economic base, Oregonians demanded greater participation in the land use decisions impacting their communities. Within the very process of creating the state's land use laws, citizen involvement was the critical first step.
Citizen's Guide to Land Use Appeals (currently being updated)
Need to appeal a case to the Land Use Board of Appeals? Our Citizen's Guide will have everything you need to know. Thank you for your patience as we update our older guide. If you have questions, please contact Mary Kyle McCurdy, MKM@friends.org or 503.497.1000 x130.
Click here for current and back issues of Landmark, the journal of 1000 Friends.
Inclusionary Zoning Resources
Today, too many Oregonians struggle to find reasonably priced housing in healthy neighborhoods. Fair share housing policies allow everyone to live in vibrant communities with access to amenities and resources. Inclusionary zoning (IZ) is a basic planning tool used throughout the country since 1974 to ensure that new developments offer housing options for people at all income levels. In 1999, the Legislature passed a bill banning IZ. Texas is the only other state that prohibits this tool. As a result, Oregonians experience increased concentrated poverty and racial segregation, as well as health and educational disparities. Now, HB 2564 seeks to repeal this ban. We support this bill. You can find additional information on IZ here and here.
Smart Growth America
1000 Friends is a coalition partner of Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. Visit their website at www.smartgrowthamerica.org for resources, reports and opportunities to take action advocating for sustainable communities at the local, state and national level.
Blueprint for Oregon's Future: Strategies and Actions to Help Us Meet Oregonians' Shared Goals (2008) (PDF)
Blueprint has its roots in the second round of Envision Oregon town halls in 2007. It lays out the shared values and goals of forum participants and outlines a strategy to meet those goals. Click here to download the Blueprint.
Envision Oregon, Round One report (2007) (PDF)
In 2006, 1000 Friends co-sponsored a series of town halls across the state to "have a conversation about Oregon's Future. Over 1100 Oregonians participated. Find out what they said.
Too Many Homes on the Range: The Impact of Rural Sprawl on Ranching and Habitat (PDF)
Based upon dozens of interviews with ranchers, environmentalists, land use planners and others, this report explores the impact of development on both ranches and plant and animal habitat in Eastern Oregon.
The LUTRAQ alternative was developed by 1000 Friends as a comprehensive solution, integrating land use and transportation policies, for managing projected growth in Washington County, Oregon.
The LUTRAQ alternative provides residents of Washington County with an alternative to the proposed Western Bypass freeway and continued suburban sprawl. It is based on the idea that land use and transportation planning must be integrated, in order to reduce reliance on the automobile, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and foster sense of community. Simply put, people will not drive less, until their communities are designed to provide reasonable alternatives.
Creating Better Communities: The LUTRAQ Principles of Land Use, Transportation & Air Quality (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 1, Modeling Practices, 1991 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 2, Existing Conditions, 1991 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 3, The LUTRAQ Alternative, 1992 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 3A, Market Research, 1992 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 4, Model Modifications, 1992, Revised 1996 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 4A, The Pedestrian Environment, 1993 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 4B, Building Environment, 1994 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 5, Analysis of Alternatives, 1996 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol 6, Implementation, 1995 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol. 7, Making the Connections- LUTRAQ Project Summary, 1997 (PDF)
LUTRAQ, Vol. 8, Making the Connections - Technical Report, 1997 (PDF)
Site Design & Travel Behavior - A Bibliography, 1993 (PDF)
The Long & Winding Road: Farmland Protection in Oregon 1961-2009 (PDF)
Edward Sullivan & Ronald Eber
Examines Oregon's use of tax policies and land use laws to preserve farmland and measures their effictiveness. Originally published in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review.
Putting the People in Planning:
A Primer on Public Participation in Planning (3rd Edition, May 2008)
Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development (DLCD)
A "how to" manual about public participation in land use planning. A great resource for planners and local officials to help implement Oregon's Statewide Planning Goal One - CItizen Involvement - and explain Goal One to non-planners.
Download the manual (129 pages) from DLCD's web site.
Measure 37-related reports
How Have Land-Use Regulations Affected Property Values in Oregon?
Oregon State University Extension Service (PDF)
This study suggests Oregon's land-use laws don't limit or reduce property values, but may, in fact, boost them.
Two Years of Measure 37: Oregon's Property Wrongs
A companion report to 1000 Friends' And Fairness for None video, the report documents how Measure 37 has affected residents of seven communities--farmers, foresters, business owners, and suburbanites--and examines whether the initiative is undermining the very rights it claimed to protect
Click here to download individual stories or the entire report.