Op-Ed: The Reserves Agreement and Oregon's Future

In an op-ed published March 14 on The Oregonian's website, 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner describes how the urban and rural reserves agreement emerged from a local government's failure, and why supporters of farmland should be prepared to defend it.

Daily Journal of Commerce: CRC's Demise Means Money for Delayed Projects

Over $116 million that would have simply paid for debt service on the Columbia River Crossing over the next two years can now be applied to important maintenance projects elsewhere, reports the Daily Journal of Commerce:

That is because $116.6 million that the state expects to receive in federal money – previously allocated to pay for two years of debt service on the CRC – could be reallocated to eight highway projects around the state, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this week.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Oregon City

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, March 3: Oregon City, the oldest incorporated city west of the Mississippi.

A Win for Farmland: Court Reverses Overreaching Urban Reserves

On February 20, the Oregon Court of Appeals released a historic ruling that is a big win for Oregon farmland. By reversing Metro's urban and rural reserves proposal, the court agreed with 1000 Friends that Washington County and Metro had stepped outside the law and tried to open too much farmland to development.

1000 Friends released this statement on the ruling:

Court Ruling on Metro Urban/Rural Reserves Expected Thursday

Christian Gaston
The Oregonian
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:28am

The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday on a court case challenging the 50-year growth plan the Portland region adopted in 2010.

What the court says about the plan could determine the outcome of a major piece of legislation Oregon lawmakers are working on that would redraw the map that local governments agreed upon.

Willamette Week: Bill Could "Bust the Boundary"

Nigel Jaquiss
Willamette Week
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 9:00am

Willamette Week's Nigel Jaquiss reports on an unprecedented bill that could nuke Oregon's established local process for land use planning and force the implementation of Metro's 2011 urban growth boundary expansion.

Today on the Land Use Trail: Hood River Valley

We’re continuing our tour of our Land Use Trail. Today, January 13: The Hood River Valley, America's top pear producer and one of Oregon's most beautiful farming regions. 

McCall Society Speaker Series: Benjamin Ross in Eugene and Portland

McCall Society Speaker Series
Benjamin Ross: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

1000 Friends is pleased to welcome author Benjamin Ross to our 2014 McCall Society Speaker Series. Ross's new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, is a history and a strategy for creating more livable places and fighting suburban sprawl. Ross will speak in Eugene and Portland.

Event Date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

McCall Speaker Series: Julie Campoli on "Made for Walking"

McCall Society Speaker Series: 

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/30/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

More Super-Siting from the Oregon Legislature?

A potential bill in the 2014 legislative session could usurp citizen appeals and open Washington County farmland to immediate development, The Oregonian's Christian Gaston reports. It's another example of legislative "super-siting": overriding local plans to pave the way for development.

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