Where We Stand: July Oregon Stories Reviews the 2011 Legislature and the Future of Land Use Planning

It has been quite a year in Salem. The 2011 legislative session, with the first divided House in Oregon history, recently came to a close, capping several months of debate and struggle for the heart of Oregon's land use planning system. The close of this challenging session provides an opportunity to reassess the state of Oregon's land use planning system, and look toward how we can improve its effectiveness for the future. Our monthly Oregon Stories newsletter is dedicated to this question for July.

LCDC Meeting-Salem

Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission Meeting

June 22, 8:30am

Department of Land Conservation and Development

635 Capitol Street, Basement Hearing Room, Salem

Event Date: 
Wed, 06/22/2011 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Congressional Livable Communities Task Force Envisions "Freedom from Oil"

As gas and energy prices climb, leading some in Congress to call for more domestic oil drilling, the Congressional Livable Communities Task Force intends to change the conversation in Washington DC. On June 2, the group, led by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Portland, released a report titled "Freedom From Oil," outlining a clear set of common-sense actions that government, businesses and individuals can take to help move America toward a future free from foreign sources of energy.

New Report Finds Deferred Road Repair a Financial Time Bomb for Many States, Including Oregon

Repair Priorities: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads

June 1, 2011

Decades of spending on new road construction, instead of regular repair, have left many states’ roads in poor condition, and the cost of pushing back repairs is growing at an alarming rate each year. A new report from Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.

A savings, not a cost: Arresting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense

Editorial Board
Register-Guard

A savings, not a cost: Arresting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense

A great editorial by the Register Guard on the economic benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to read our own analysis of the issue.

Portland Economist Paints A Different Picture of Transportation and Economic Growth

Kevin Pozzi, 1000 Friends of Oregon Communications Intern
Fri, 05/13/2011 (All day)

Portland economist Joe Cortright is a staunch defender of smart choices in transportation. At a Transportation for America event in Bend this month, cosponsored by 1000 Friends of Oregon, he told central Oregon leaders and activists how reducing their dependence on automobile transportation doesn’t just protect the environment. It actually grows the local economy, keeping as much as $800 million a year in the region's economy, instead of

Oregon Land Use Planning System Is Honored By Harvard

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends of Oregon Communications Intern

Oregon's landmark land use planning system has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the university announced this week.

Legislative Update, April 25

Last Thursday, April 21, was the deadline for Legislative bills to pass out of their first committee. Many of the 140 bills that 1000 Friends was tracking are now dead, although several significant bills have passed out of committee or been referred to the Ways and Means Committee (which keeps them alive for another four weeks). Moreover, due to the Legislature's complex rules, no bill is really "dead" until the final gavel falls to close the session.

Why 1000 Friends Supports Senate Bill 766

1000 Friends of Oregon supports SB 766, which will protect areas currently zoned for industrial use from being converted to other uses, and streamline permitting new industrial projects "of statewide significance" within urban growth boundaries. We believe that SB 766 will create economic development opportunity while protecting the integrity of UGBs and the viability of agriculture throughout the state.

There's been some misunderstanding by some about the purpose of the bill and what it does.

Fixing our Federal Transportation System: Our Trip to Capitol Hill

Fixing our Federal Transportation System: Our Trip to Capitol Hill

Tara Sulzen, 1000 Friends Organizer

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