Protecting Gimpl Hill: a community comes together

Hilliary Giglio
Sat, 07/01/2017 (All day)

What would you do if someone tried to pave 133 acres of forest habitat and family vineyards in your rural community for 19 sprawling residential lots? 
Bob Cattoche called 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Stop the Dump: 1000 Friends files an amicus brief

Meriel Darzen
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:30am

1000 Friends has filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review a recent Court of Appeals decision that will impact farmland across the state. 

State law bars a non-farm use like a landfill from expanding onto farmland if the expansion will have "significant" impacts on area farms.  In approving an expansion of a local landfill on farmland, 

Mega Tollway Testimony

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:10pm

Dear Chair McKeown and Committee Members:

1000 Friends of Oregon opposes HB 3231. 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. 

Westside Bypass: The Zombie Dinosaur

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 05/26/2016 - 5:20pm

Why we don't need a freeway through farmland

The Westside Bypass Freeway was a dinosaur in the early 90s, when regional leaders wisely determined that transportation dollars could be better spent to move more people and freight by investing in transit, a grid street pattern, bicycling facilities, and walkable communities.  Instead of building an oversized and costly freeway through some of the world’s most valuable farm land, Washington County and Metro successfully implemented a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated transportation and land use system.

Woodburn UGB Mediation Resolution

Joint statement by City of Woodburn and Marion County
Wed, 12/16/2015 - 10:00am


On December 14, 2015, the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners completed a joint hearing at Woodburn City Hall. The meeting represents a critical step in bringing Woodburn’s longtime effort to expand it Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to a conclusion.

Remand of Stafford-Area Urban Reserves: Written Testimony

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:00pm

LCDC Remand Order 14-ACK-001867 Metro Ordinance No. 11-1255

Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the matter of the remand from the Court of Appeals’ and the Land Conversation and Development Commission to Metro regarding the designation of the Stafford, Rosemont, Borland, and Norwood areas in Clackamas County as urban reserves under ORS 195.145.  We are unable to attend today’s hearing; therefore, we are submitting written testimony and plan to appear at your next hearing on this.

Planning for Eugene's Future

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:00am

An Overview of The Eugene Planning Process and Next Steps

On October 21, the Eugene city council made a decision that rolls back years of comprehensive planning decisions, by blocking up-zoning of residential areas to accommodate more housing types.  The council made its decision before taking public comments, freezing out the people who would be affected by the council’s hasty decision. This impacts current and future residents, threatens surrounding farm and forest lands, and - at the core - constructs an inequitable housing policy that punishes Eugenians who live in multi-family housing types.

Evening in Eugene

You’re invited to a behind-the-scenes briefing about growth and development in Eugene. Join Mia Nelson, our Willamette Valley Advocate, and emerging land use advocates from our summer internship program to hear about upcoming decisions that will shape Eugene for decades.

Event Date: 
Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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