1000 Friends of Oregon
1000 Friends of Oregon
Land Use Update
August 20, 2008

Contents:
Speak Out to Protect Oregon's Future
Global Warming Town Hall Meeting

Dear Oregonian,

Speak Out to Protect Oregon's Future   
Oregon’s population could grow by 1.7 million people in the next 30 years. Will we be ready? The time is approaching to tell the Big Look Task Force to protect the quality of life of all Oregonians by improving Oregon's land use planning system.

think out loud logo Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio talk show, took up the issue of the Big Look and their recommendations earlier this week.


The most controversial proposal is a concept to give local governments more flexibility to develop lands not classified as being of  "statewide importance" and to reduce the state's role in protecting those lands.  In a recent article in The Oregonian, our own Eric Stachon said,

"The thrust of what they're saying seems to be that the current system has done a good job of protecting farm and forest land from development, but the challenge of the future will be even greater -- so the solution is to weaken the system."

image of vineyardThe Red Hills area near Dundee was targeted for subdivision development, he said, but because of land-use regulations was preserved as farmland. Now it's an internationally acclaimed wine-growing region and Yamhill County's economic engine.

"If you'd given locals more flexibility, we wouldn't have the wine industry we have now," Stachon said.

In central Oregon, local officials have approved destination resorts that will affect water use, wildlife and farming, he said. "It's an issue where local governments are more susceptible to the wishes of developers."

Together, we as Oregonians face some big challenges. How do we accommodate population growth, curb global warming pollution, protect our farms, forest and natural areas and maintain our quality of life?

1000 Friends of Oregon believes that - in the face of these challenges - Oregon's land use planning system needs to be stronger, not weaker.

We urge you to speak out to protect Oregon's future. Please attend the town hall meeting listed below and tell the Big Look Task Force to:

  • Protect Oregon’s livability and quality of life
  • Protect Oregon’s valuable farm and forests and natural resources
  • Reduce global warming pollution by building livable communities that give residents options to walk, bike or take transit

Region Location Date & Time
Tillamook Tillamook County Library
1716 3rd St
Tillamook, OR 97141
September 17th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Portland Not announced September 18th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Klamath Falls Klamath County Courthouse
316 E Main St
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
September 23rd
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Medford Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater
23 S Central Ave
Medford, OR 97501
September 24th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Coos Bay South Slough Interpretive Center
61907 Seven Devils Rd
Coos Bay, OR 97420
September 25th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Eugene Not announced September 26th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Dalles Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Dr
The Dalles, OR 97058
September 29th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
LaGrande Not announced September 30th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Burns Burns Amory
619 S Fairview Ave
Burns, OR 97720
October 1st
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Bend Bend Armory
875 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, Or  97702
October 2nd
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Global Warming Town Hall Meeting
Portland, August 14th - Consensus is clear – global warming is happening and happening fast. Inaction is expensive: if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t curbed, we will see irreparable harm to our economy, environment, and health. Please join Congressman Earl Blumenauer and State Representatives Jackie Dingfelder and Ben Cannon as they welcome input from Oregonians on federal and state solutions to global warming pollution.

According to a recent poll, 76% of Oregonians agreed that “global warming is so urgent a problem that even in these difficult economic times, we should take action now."

Do you agree? What actions should we take? What concerns should your elected representatives keep in mind as they craft climate change policy? Come to the town hall and share your opinion. 

Portland  PCC Southeast - In the Great Hall
2305 SE 82nd Ave. (at Division)
Portland Oregon 97216
August 21st
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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