2017 Legislative Testimony HB 2144 Addressing Nonconforming Uses

Meriel Darzen
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:10pm

Chair Clem and members of the Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on HB 2144, a bill addressing nonconforming uses. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice.

Land Use in South Korea

Jenni Denekas
Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:50pm

A pictorial tour

Our volunteer and development assistant Jenni Denekas traveled to South Korea last month. Oregon is not the only place with effective land use policies. Check out Jenni's land use tour of South Korea and learn more about how other regions manage their lands to create livable communities, protect natural and working landscapes, and honor their history.

Equity Atlas 3.0

Andrew Riley

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $95,000 to the new Regional Equity Atlas team

On behalf of the Regional Equity Atlas project team, 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to announce that Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded $95,000 toward the development of the next iteration of the Regional Equity Atlas!

2017 Legislative Preview

Mary Kyle McCurdy

The 2017 Oregon Legislative session takes off in February, and 1000 Friends of Oregon will be working to pass several legislative proposals of statewide importance, impacting both rural and urban areas.Transportation Funding. Governor Kate Brown and Oregon’s legislative leaders have promised to pass a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation funding and policy package in the 2017 session.

Right-Sizing Population Forecasts

Mia Nelson

& what this means for UGB’s in Oregon

Year after year, 1000 Friends opposes persistent legislative efforts to weaken Oregon’s land use protections. Often, the best outcome one can hope for is preservation of what we already have; only rarely is the program significantly strengthened.

Update from the Circuit

Meriel Darzen

Six months with 1000 Friends

Hello from snowy Bend! Six months ago I began work as the Circuit Rider Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends. In this short time I have met people from all over the state and worked on many interesting land use issues.

Interim Director Lynn Peterson will join 1000 Friends this January

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:00pm

1000 Friends of Oregon Board announces transportation and land use expert Lynn Peterson to serve as interim executive director

Former Clackamas County Commissioner has also served as a senior transportation advisor to and Transportation Secretary in Oregon and Washington

CONTACT: Mary Kyle McCurdy, 503-497-1000 x130, mkm@friends.org

In Memoriam: Justin Buri

Andrew Riley
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:03am

1000 Friends of Oregon mourns the loss of Justin Buri, who passed away on November 1st, 2016. Justin was well-known in our community as a champion of housing justice: he served as a board member of Housing Land Advocates, a core member of the statewide Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, and as former Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants.

Connecting Oregon Farmers to Wholesale Markets

Greg Holmes
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:00pm

Earlier this month the Oregon Community Food System Network (OCFSN) brought farmers, distributors, and institutional buyers from around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest together in Medford to share ideas on how to help Oregon’s farmers get more Oregon-grown food onto the plates of Oregonians.

Agriculture and Oregon’s Land Use Program

Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development Release Updated Fair Housing Act Guidance on State and Local Land Use Laws

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:12pm

The US Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released updated guidance on how to apply the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to state and local land use and zoning laws.  The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national ori

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